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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.

Consat Delivers Automatic Passanger Counting to Östgötatrafiken

On 15th June, Östgötatrafiken started running timetables under new traffic contracts, operated by fleets including 110 new biogas buses and 20 new electric articulated buses, all equipped with automatic passenger counting equipment from Consat Telematics.

 Consat also provided equipment for all 25 Norrkoping trams, providing Östgötatrafiken with the ability to use actual passenger volumes in schedule planning, analyse traffic growth and patterns, and provide incentivisation mechanisms for operator contracts.

“Traffic start in Östgötatrafiken was one of many 2020 summer timetable changes in Sweden supported by Consat deliveries.”

Consat demonstrates on-board connectivity

As a contribution to the RISE (Research Institutes of Sweden AB) project RIVSLON (Regional Initiative for Virtual and Interoperable Information Systems in Local Traffic), Consat Telematics has implemented a demonstration system in one of Volvo’s electric articulated buses in Gothenburg. The bus is operated by #Transdev, on #Västtrafiks line 16.

In addition to showing passenger journey information and infotainment on the onboard screens, Consat’s installed system presents information to the passengers regarding safety zone – areas that require low speed and careful bus movements, or known high-risk road sections. All  traffic and zone information is fetched from Volvo’s vehicle system.

 

Consats CEO Martin Wahlgren meets the new US ambassador, Mr. Ken Howery

Photo: Ambassador Ken Howery together with Martin Wahlgren group CEO Consat AB, Eric Carlsson Vice President – Head of Ericsson Site Gothenburg and Ola Larsson Head of IoT Operations – Ericsson Industry & Society

On 15th January, the new US ambassador to Sweden, Mr. Ken Howery, visited Gothenburg. At Lindholmen Science Park, representatives from Consat and Ericsson had the opportunity to present their companies to the Ambassador.

“It is truly an honour to be given the chance to present Consat for Mr Howery. Before becoming US Ambassador, he co-founded companies such as PayPal and Funders Fund. At PayPal he has also served as CFO”, said Martin Wahlgren group CEO Consat AB.

Consat and the traffic authority for Västerbotten have agreed a contract

Consat and the traffic authority for Västerbotten have agreed a contract to provide Consat’s real-time passenger information system to 327 vehicles in the Västerbotten region.

Consat is thrilled to deliver and maintain a new and complete system, covering everything from the onboard vehicle system with passenger information, through to a central system providing traffic control and stop light prioritisation.

Consat’s system will provide all audio and visual real-time information presented to the county’s public transport travellers. Installation will begin autumn 2019, with the system going live spring 2020.

-It’s be exciting to demonstrate how our system will be able to simplify public transport journeys in Västerbotten – says Henrik Nilsson at Consat.

With this tender, we’ve specified demanding requirements for a stable system that can provide reliable customer information across our network. We therefore feel confident to agree a contract with Consat – a delivery partner with high competence and dependable service. Together we’re planning to develop public transport in Västerbotten – says Harriet Söder, Executive Director Länstrafiken Västerbotten.

Consat would like to thank everyone for visiting our stand at UITP 2019.

Consat would like to thank everyone for visiting our stand at UITP 2019.

Among all the exciting meetings and topics that were discussed in our stand, we want to highlight one feature that was appreciated by the visitors.

For the last year, Västtrafik has utilised a feature that brings visible benefits even to those not using public transport.

Pedestrians running for a bus potentially ignore everything in their path, from traffic lights, to common sense, risking life and limb to simply to begin their journey.

At a known dangerous crossing in the Västtrafik area, we’ve witnessed that, since the countdown on the destination sign was introduced, pedestrians take more care, and motorists give more consideration immediately prior to bus departure.

“The example is from my everyday life,” says Henrik at Consat.

Utilising the front sign to show more than just destination garnered interest at UITP where even a visitor stated – this is the greatest innovation at the whole UITP.

Consat developed the function together with Agder Kollektivtrafikk, www.akt.no, a transport authority in Norway, three years ago. Stop timing data is in the traffic database and departure countdowns are completely automatic. Implementation is very simple and consists of a central configuration change in the vehicle computer. The function is not dependent on the manufacturer of the front sign, as the information is directly controlled, rather than relying on any intermediate sign-management equipment.

Consat Telematics Will Take You Around the World Expo 2020 in Dubai

Consat, together with Famco and Volvo, is delivering an ITxPT-certified telematics and passenger counting system to the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) in Dubai.

The RTA has been looking to procure a modern and adaptable telematics system for its new city buses. Following a tough selection process against global competitors, Consat was selected to provide its ITxPT-certified telematics solution and passenger counting system for 373 new buses, built by Sunsundegui on a Volvo chassis – 100 of these will provide transportation services for the World Expo 2020. Our goal is to continue evolving the delivered solution, providing even greater functionality and enhancing the passenger experience.

Read more about World Expo 2020 i Dubai:

It is incredibly amazing to be selected by another world-renowned city. Especially by a customer with such high expectations for quality and who values cutting-edge technologies. It is extremely rewarding for us to be delivering this system together with Famco, Volvo and Sunsundegui”, says Thomas Ottosson, CEO of Consat Telematics.

Consat in the news

CORNWALL, Ontario – Cornwall just introduced a new plan to make finding Cornwall Transit buses a little easier.

On Monday, May 27, Cornwall Transit in partnership with Consat Canada Inc. unveiled a new digital service that tracks buses in real-time and can update users on any delays or cancellations……

Läs mer:

https://www.cornwallseawaynews.com/2019/05/27/do-you-know-where-your-bus-is/

https://www.cornwallnewswatch.com/2019/05/27/wheres-that-bus-cornwall-transit-real-time-tracking-goes-live/

Picture from: https://www.cornwallseawaynews.com/2019/05/27/do-you-know-where-your-bus-is/

Consat in the news!

Consat Canada is expanding with a new transit agency within the Metrolinx joint procurement contract. Over the last 12 months Consat has installed systems in Timmins, Orangeville, Simcoe county and Cornwall. With the addition of Belleville it brings Consat’s customer list to 26 in Canada, most of which are located in Ontario.

Next city out is Belleville which is highlighted in the Quinte newspaper:

https://www.quintenews.com/2019/03/08/better-service-planned-for-belleville-bus-riders/

“This is great news! During last year we have had fantastic momentum with adding several new customers ”,  tells Roger Sauve, CAO Consat Canada Inc

Picture from: https://www.quintenews.com/2019/03/08/better-service-planned-for-belleville-bus-riders/