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Please join us in welcoming Arnoud Brouwer

Please join us in welcoming Arnoud Brouwer, head of European sales for Consat Telematics AB. We are very excited about starting up offices in the Netherlands with focus on the European market.

Read more about Arnoud and his plans for Consat!

 

1.Tell us little bit about yourself!

My name is Arnoud Brouwer (49) living in Hilversum, The Netherlands. I have a strong background in international sales, business development and management of software solutions and services. The past 10 years I have been active in the public transport market predominantly in retail point of sale solutions, mobile ticketing, automatic fare collection (AFC) and CAD/AVL aka ITCS.

2. Why did you chose to come and work for Consat?

The functionality and the number of available interfaces to import and export data the Consat system offers really impressed me when I got a demo the first time. The way Consat is developing their software is unique in the CAD/AVL market. With a sprint interval of 3 weeks the system is continuously enhanced with new features selected from the backlog. This allows us to present and discuss new functionality with customers regularly. The major reason I chose to work for Consat is their customer centric focus. Another important reason is the company culture. From all the conversations I had with Consat management and employees it showed transparency, responsibility, customer first and work as a team. I also share these values, so this immediately gave me a good feeling.  

3. What are your plans for Consat in Europe?

My home base will be in The Netherlands where the European office will be located. I will use my network to contact PTOs and authorities across Europe. There are some big European operators who can benefit from a PAN European approach standardizing on one vehicle system. ITxPT already is a major step in standardization of public transport vehicles but most countries also have their specific regulations, requirements and interfaces. After mapping the market specific requirements to the Consat system we can identify the gaps and make a plan to enter a market. Besides the PTOs I will also focus on developing direct business with bus builders.

2020 in the rearview mirror…

With typical determination, we entered 2020 with full optimism and faith in what the future could hold. March came as rather a cold-shower!
However, in the middle of a pandemic that has been with us for almost a year, we have experienced many moments of light. With committed employees and customers, we have made it through this year with both new business and a cohesion that hopefully makes us stronger. Here is a selection of the successes that we achieved during the year, everything from our participation to safer travel in public transport, records in terms of energy efficiency in properties to testing the new virtual world for trade fairs and events. We thank you for the past year and enter 2021 with full optimism and faith in the future!

IRIS The Importance of Accurate Raw APC data

Now more than ever we see the importance of developing a safe and reliable journey for passengers. Our partner Iris-GmgH took part in a webinar at the IT-Trans Conference, discussing the importance of reliable raw passenger counting data for real-time applications.

Led by Stefan Bube, Head of Product Management, iris-GmbH, Berlin, Germany
 

Check out the webinar below!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fd2O9U01yvY&ab_channel=ConsatAB

CUTA awards 2020 has awarded our very own Wes Wood with the WILLIAM G. ROSS LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT

Many congratulations Wes!

Wes has been fully immersed in the transit industry for more than 40 years. Few people have had as deep a lifetime relationship with public transportation than Wes. He’s not only held several positions within the industry but has also actively participated in all that is transit. Wes began his career with Sudbury Transit in 1976 as a bus operator and over 25 years in Sudbury, he held several positions such as inspector, operations supervisor and transit manager. He was also an active participant in many transit committees and associations such as union executive, social club, health and safety, OPTA, CUTA and many more. Wes then took his extensive transit knowledge to the business sector where he worked for Dupont Trolley industries (2001-2005), Crestline Coach (2005-2018), and since 2018, Consat Canada Inc.

 

Consat Telematics system is now live in Stratford

We are happy to share that our Consat Telematics system is now live in Stratford, ON, Canada! Thank you Stratford for taking this journey with us!

“This (new system) has a million possibilities for what we can do,” Stratford transit manager Michael Mousley said during the demonstration. “And not just for the ridership as far as how they get from point A to point B, but the whole media concept as far as what any group or industry or company or corporation wants to put out, they can put here.”

https://www.stratfordbeaconherald.com/news/local-news/stratford-transit-unveils-new-tech-improvements-for-riders

Australian Ambassador visits Consat Partille

As we expand in Australia we are happy to have Bernard Philip, Australian Ambassador and Kerstin Classon, Investment Director for the Australian Trade and Investment Commission visit us in Partille. Dan Petterson, SVP at Volvo Buses also joined us as Volvo Buses is also expanding their fleet in Australia.

Thank you for a very interesting day where we could trade experiences and fruitful discussions regarding our expansion in Australia. We look forward to future talks!

 

#australianembassystockholm #consat #telematics #collaboration

In the media – Consat Telematics real-time crowding data on Melbourne public transport

Consat Telematics has been selected for a trial in Melbourne.

The trial is in response to COVID-19 and the challenges of social distancing on public transport. The solution enables passengers to make informed decisions about their travel and avoid crowded services. Passengers will receive in real-time, information on bus or tram location along with how crowded it may be. It helps reduce the anxiety of passengers by answering the question “should I catch the next bus, is it crowded, is the following bus less crowded?”.

“At Consat we have vast experience in real-time information systems for public transportation and it feels truly great to be able to support the Victoria Department of Transport and public transport users with this initiative.”

“With renewed focus on safe and efficient travel this technology provides confidence to the traveling public, it assists us all in getting back to work” Lachlan Mackay Managing Director Consat Australia”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AawsFobi0Zc&ab_channel=ConsatAB

Listen to the radio program (Breakfast) at “ABC-Radio”

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Real-time data on public transport crowding being trialled.

Read the full article at “The Age” 

The Age

Victoria trials real-time occupancy data on public transport

 

Read the full article at “itnews” 

ITnews

New technology could help restore confidence in taking public transport when the lockdown lifts. Commuters will be told how crowded trains and buses are before they arrive.

Watch it at “7NEWS Melbourne”

7news Melbourne

Preparing Victorians to travel again

Read the article at “Victoria Department of Transport”

Victoria Department of transport

Orvar Hurtig will take over as CEO of Consat Engineering AB

We are pleased to announce that Orvar Hurtig will take over as CEO of Consat Engineering AB.

“With Orvar on board, we are gearing up to be able to take advantage of the market’s new challenges in the best way!  Orvar‘s broad experience, not least in digitalisation, will be a strong addition for us here at Consat “, says Martin Wahlgren Group CEO of Consat AB

Most recently, Orvar came from Garo, within connected charging infrastructure. Before that he was head of automation for Toyota Material Handling Systems and before that Vice President and Global head of Business Line Industry & Society (IoT) at Ericsson.

Former CEO Magnus Ohlsson will continue to work within the Consat Group

Consat Telematics awarded contract for a further 1000 vehicle systems in Australia.

After successfully delivering Transport Connected Bus (TCB) Phase 1, Transport for NSW has awarded Consat Telematics with the next phase of the program. Phase 2 will see the Consat Telematics system installed in a further 1000 buses across the state of New South Wales. Regions included in Phase 2 are Albury, Armidale, Bathurst, Bomaderry-Nowra, Grafton, Griffith, Lismore, Orange, Parkes, Port Macquarie, Queanbeyan, Tamworth, Tweed Heads, and Wagga Wagga.
 
Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said, “The technology has already been rolled out in Dubbo, Coffs Harbour and Bega with great results and we are excited to be expanding this program to another 14 regional centres including Wagga Wagga.” 
 
Phase 1 saw over 285 buses, across Dubbo, Coffs Harbour and Bega, fitted with the Consat Telematics technology. The system provides real time tracking, passenger occupancy and a central system to manage and operate the bus fleets. 
 
NSW Nationals Member of the Legislative Council Ben Franklin said the new technology was great news for anyone who used the buses in the regions. “The technology will make it so much easier for bus customers to get around by allowing them to track the location of their service, its estimated time of arrival and how many seats are available,” Mr Franklin said.
 
The project includes both on-board systems and a back-office central system to manage and monitor buses in real-time, including integration into other TfNSW systems and customer facing information channels.
 
For more information, contact Lachlan Mackay, Managing Director Consat Telematics on +61 438 339 869 or lachlan.mackay@consat.com.

Consat Telematics delivering real-time passenger information system for rural and regional NSW, Australia

Rural and regional New South Wales (NSW) bus passengers are about to experience public transport the Consat way following rural and regional bus fleets being fitted with the Consat Telematics System.
 
Known as the Transport Connected Bus (TCB) program, it will provide important vehicle tracking and passenger counting technology as part of the NSW Government’s promise to provide quality services and infrastructure to growing NSW regional communities.
 
Driven by Transport for NSW (TfNSW), the TCB program will see Consat design, deliver and support the system. Phase 1 covering Bega, Coffs Harbour and Dubbo and over 285 buses, is nearing completion. Subsequent phases are planned with up to 3000 buses. 
 
NSW Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said, “The launch of this technology is a huge step forward for people travelling in regional areas. It shows our ongoing commitment to make public transport a first choice in regional parts of the state.” 
 
Echoing the Minister’s comments, Member for Coffs Harbour, Gurmesh Singh said, “Transport for NSW has partnered with CONSAT Telematics, a global leader in public transport telematics solutions, to deliver the vehicle tracking technology in collaboration with regional bus operators.” 
 
The project includes both on-board and back-office systems. The on-board MX4 computer and passenger counting technology is underpinned by solid performance in thousands of buses, trams, ferries, (even snow ploughs), in Canada, Sweden, Norway and United Arab Emirates. Consat will also provide TfNSW with the back-office central system to manage and monitor buses in real-time, including integration into other TfNSW systems and customer facing information channels.
 
Lachlan Mackay, Managing Director Consat Telematics Australia says “It’s exciting to be entrusted with this project, and we recognise the importance of providing world leading passenger information technology to the communities of regional NSW. This future-flexible solution will improve the customer’s journey by providing consistent and reliable timetable data, and real-time trip updates including passenger levels.”
 
For more information, contact Lachlan Mackay, Managing Director Consat Telematics on +61 438 339 869 or lachlan.mackay@consat.com.