Expo 2008 Product Recap
New Innovations to Long-Distance Commutes Unveiled
Motor Coach Industries (MCI) unveiled its best solutions to the demand for cleaner, safer, tech-friendly transportation. MCI launched its next-generation Hybrid diesel-electric commuter coach and showcased new safety features, styling enhancements and optional equipment that are part of its clean-diesel model lineup. These coaches also allow transit agencies to move 57 passengers with only one driver while occupying only 45 feet of valuable curb space.
As more cities and counties battle to cut carbon-dioxide emissions, MCI is the only intercity coach builder to offer an ultra-low-sulfur diesel-electric Hybrid. Based on the MCI D4500 (45-foot) model, the high-capacity Hybrid coach comes equipped with a smaller clean-diesel Cummins engine and an Allison Electric Drive Propulsion System. Equipped with forward-facing seats for 57 passengers, the MCI Hybrid also uses less fuel.
Taking the green theme a step further, MCI’s Hybrid coach uses a specially developed, electrically driven, semi-hermetic compressor to run the A/C from shore power without idling the coach for even greater fuel and carbon savings.
Lift Leader Makes Environment Top Priority
Stertil-Koni introduced a 98 percent recyclable, self-regenerating lift. The Envirolift was introduced just three weeks ago at the Automechanika International Trade Fair in Germany and has more than seven distinct features that significantly decrease energy consumption and the overall environmental impact.
The recyclable materials used to create the Envirolift include its nylon, steel and, most notably, its batteries. The batteries used, also known as deep-cycle marine batteries, are known for being extremely robust, energy-efficient and 100 percent recyclable.
Apollo Video Technology Launched Real-Time Video and Mapping Interface
Surveillance video from public transit vehicles can now be accessed in real time through an interactive map that combines graphical route information with vehicle GPS data and video feeds. The breakthrough innovation was launched by Apollo Video Technology.
Officials monitoring the speeds, routes, and ADA compliance of vehicles can search an interactive map to locate a route, intersection or speed threshold, and examine live or historical video feeds. The feature is contained in Apollo Video Technology’s iSM (Interactive Speed and Mapping) interface within the Roadrunner Mobile Video System.
Learning Management System
Bombardier and Xpan recently signed an alliance agreement that pairs the platform that Xpan has built with the knowledge that Bombardier has of transit maintenance, operations and safety to deliver a turn-key solution to transit operators. It includes the Learning Management System (LMS), all course material, implementation and training for your staff on how to use the system.
Bombardier is currently producing “off-the-shelf courses” that address workplace safety, wheel inspections and general railroad orientation. These courses are available upon request and come at a lower price than “custom” courses. Custom courses are highly recommended as they address the unique requirements of each transit authority. These courses are developed to meet your particular needs and are very comprehensive.
The Bombardier LMS is a “hosted” solution, not integrated with your existing IT infrastructure. All of the data is hosted on an external server with 24/7 access and is fully secured and has redundancies providing extremely high uptime. The hosted solution reduces the cost of implementing the software and reduce the time and complexity of the installation.
First Transit Announced Latest Partnership
First Transit’s innovative, customized solutions are now part of daily life at the historic and world renowned Princeton University. Tiger Transit, Princeton’s new shuttle solution, provides state-of-the-art student and faculty transportation. Partnering with the Princeton Community, First Transit designed and provided customized buses with GPS tracking, automatic vehicle location devices, passenger counting systems and other equipment designed to enhance the safety, quality and reliability of the Tiger Transit system.
First Transit is a leading provider of customized passenger transportation contract and management services, providing operation, management and consulting for more than 235 locations in 41 states and Puerto Rico.
One Reliable Solution — Multiple Benefits
The Farebox FBE420 from ACS offers transit managers durability, user-friendly design, easier operator control and servicing, issues magnetic tickets, less “dwell time” for increased customer satisfaction and more efficient operations, “smart coin” feeding/validation unit, automatic coin/bill jam-clearing features, bill stacking for easier clearance, full revenue transaction tracking, flexible integration with legacy on-board systems and an Operator Control Unit ready for CAD/AVL system.
The “smart coin” feeding/validation unit is unique to the market because it responds directly to specific concerns of transit operators. The design dramatically improves accuracy by using only one moving part, which validates coins using inductive readers attached to the feeder wheel.
The ACS farebox system delivers easier servicing, higher security and greater productivity with valuable features that include innovative slide-out component access, a reinforced stainless steel cashbox, a radio frequency ID, and a Wi-Fi depot data transfer.
The Orbstar Operator Control Unit (OCU) connects to the ACS Farebox FBE420 — and also connects your agency to the future of rapid transit.
The Orbstar OCU is ready to be the console of a full CAD/AVL system and this can help minimize future investment in implementing the system.
The ACS farebox system can help you manage every aspect of onboard fare collection — and support the seamless integration of all operations within a growing regional transit system.
OzNet Systems and EMC2 Partner at APTA Expo
OzNet Systems, Inc. and EMC2 officially launched their partnership at Expo. APTA attendees had the opportunity to see first hand the power of paperless technology and mobile barcoding.
The goal of OzNet is to integrate paperless technology into public transit business processes such as fleet management, human resources and construction management.
Inside Contactless and Cubic Demonstrated Payment-Transit Multi-Application Card
Advancing its commitment to the transit payment system market, Inside Contactless demonstrated how the MicroPass intelligent contactless payment platform can be applied to transit payment systems. Working with Cubic Transportation Systems Inc., Inside previewed the first multifunction contactless payment card that supports both a type-approved Visa payWave payment application and Cubic’s NextPass fare collection software that is compliant with APTA’s Contactless Fare Media Standard (CFMS).
Inside’s demonstration showed how a single multi-application card based upon its MicroPass 4003 chip platform can be used to conduct contactless payments on both a retail POS terminal and on a Cubic transit fare collection device. Local and regional transit operators will now have the choice of adopting or migrating to transit fare collection solutions based upon both APTA standards, private profiles and open bank card standards with greater security, functionality and user convenience.
BAE Systems Unveiled Simpler, More Capable Hybrid Propulsion System
BAE Systems introduced an improved version of its hybrid propulsion system that can be used on multiple bus platforms, is mechanically simpler, reduces maintenance costs and makes possible the use of electric accessories. The company unveiled its latest HybriDrive propulsion system at Expo.
The new system, based on the company’s series diesel-electric hybrid technology already in use by transit agencies across North America, can be configured with the diesel engine and generator arranged inline or transversely to make it adaptable to a wider range of bus models. It also can generate power for electrically operated systems such as air conditioning, power steering, engine cooling and lighting, serving these electrical loads without belt-driven alternators.
HybriDrive technology reduces emissions and increases fuel economy while meeting the durability requirements of demanding urban transit operations. The system consists of a generator, an electric motor and an energy storage system managed by computerized controls.