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Information Management at the Heart of Mobility Issues

June 2016 News

Information Management at the Heart of Mobility Issues

Urban mobility and information technology : ACTIA takes on a global approach. Information and communication are highly important in the public transport sector. Traffic problems in towns can only be resolved through a global approach, involving all modes of transport. Transportation planning, developing a multi-modal approach, safety measures, and restructuring the offer around mobility needs rely on information systems deployed at the heart of the business and the vehicles themselves.

The distinctive feature of digital technology is that it makes it possible to interconnect previously heterogeneous and independent systems. Consequently, introducing digital technologies into the public transport sector makes it easier to interlink different vehicles and infrastructures.

Public transport providers face many information and communication issues in their daily work: managing signals on the network, controlling vehicle passage frequency, informing travellers in real time, or managing a reservation request via an exchange.

This is why digital mobility is a strategic priority for ACTIA.

IP x PT: An Open and Collaborative Initiative

The IT architecture developed since 2008 as part of the EBSF - European Bus System of the Future project has paved the way for a profitable implementation of on-board digital systems in public transport vehicles and for back office applications.

ACTIA has positioned itself as a key partner in the project, and today, it is a founding member of IP x PT - Information Technology for Public Transport, an association which supports the deployment of Plug & Play standards and practices for public transport IT systems and the relevant back office functions.

This standard IT architecture for public transport lays out the communication protocols and the hardware interfaces required to offer full IT system interoperability.

Based on open technology, IP x PT allows operators and organizing authorities to use public transport data everywhere in Europe, thanks to shared mechanisms, rules and standard protocols.

This IT architecture is adapted for buses, coaches and trams.

Following this same strategic approach, ACTIA, a factory fit equipment provider for vehicle manufacturers, integrates solutions for the needs of operators and integrators in advance, to equip their buses in line with the expectations of end customers and users.

The hardware and software system ranges for passenger information, entertainment, passenger counting, video surveillance and fleet management are all specially developed for large public transport operators and integrators.

ACTIA FLEET: À la Carte Services

ACTIA offers fleet management solutions for city buses, in order to combine the imperatives of Safety, Comfort, Environment
and Management.These solutions rely on on-board equipment - multi-functional telematics modules and displays - and on an
ACTIA Fleet portal, so the user can view and use the different data transmitted in Cloud mode by the vehicle. The information
is automatically transmitted to the user in real time, informing them about problems with maintenance, driving and BAII use.

The ACTIA Fleet portal offers customised services and can be used to read and manage the indicators and dashboards in real
time. The group's expertise in software integration and onboard systems allows ACTIA to interface its on-board telematics modules with the management portals of various partners, so that operators and fleet managers can benefit from the data management functions of these modules.

A few of ACTIA FLEET's functions

Geo-location: Public transport operators rely increasingly on satellite geo-location to optimize their offer and improve their performance, in order to benefit their customers. This places public transport among the sectors which have received the earliest and greatest benefits of the opening of GPS to civil applications.

Eco-driving: Offering fuel savings of 10 to 30% and a reduction in our harmful emissions, eco-driving policies are becoming widespread in public transport companies, which cover many kilometres and want to save both money and the environment.

Maintenance: As the saying goes, "prevention is better than cure", and the same applies for Public Transport. Anticipating and preparing for failures is essential in a highly competitive sector. Vehicle data analysis allows us to determine fault probability factors. We can therefore anticipate vehicle breakdowns and maintenance. This helps avoid vehicle stoppage, so that operators can increase their fleet's uptime rate.

Passenger counting: Collection, transmission and analysis of passenger numbers allows operators to adapt the fleet to passenger flows on platforms and in vehicles, for better safety and comfort.

This comprehensive coverage of the needs of all stakeholders in the sector guarantees that their vehicles will be equipped with fully integrated systems. These hardware and software platforms are adapted for the specific ergonomics of this type of mobility, taking into account the expectations of all professionals and users.