UK - Alexander Dennis (ADL) the UK’s largest bus and coach manufacturer, has announced that Traffilog (www.traffilog.com), a leading web-based telematics provider, will be installed in their public service vehicles in time for the 2012 Olympic Games. Traffilog has also been selected by Kings Ferry, the prestigious UK coach operator, to secure its fleet of coaches they are supplying for the police and VIPs during the Games.
The Traffilog machine-to-machine (M2M) solution improves passenger comfort, safety and efficiency. With the Olympics this summer requiring the highest levels of security and safety, this will become a reality. Using state-of-the-art technology supported by the experience and understanding that comes from a global fleet management solution, the Traffilog system ensures that passengers will enjoy a more comfortable trip secure in the knowledge that they are safe and secure.
Two Traffilog solutions, TraffiSafe and TraffiMech, will be used in tandem at the Olympic Games. TraffiSafe detects dangerous and inefficient driving behavior, and TraffiMech transmits vehicle data in real time and detects any mechanical failure before it happens. Additional components were specified for the Olympic Games implementation. The solution allows public authorities to monitor a vehicle remotely the instant it is deemed necessary.
The M2M device features the GE863-GPS advanced cellular modules from Telit Wireless Solutions that wirelessly transmits real-time driver and mechanical performance data to their fleet management centre, as well as enables the remote control of the vehicle by authorities, as deemed necessary.
The GE863-GPS is a very compact GSM/GPRS module with a GPS receiver. It's a perfect solution for M2M applications such as telematics devices for which overall size and height are critical factors. These quad-band modules are produced using BGA (ball grid array) technology — a production method that minimizes costs by eliminating the need for additional system connectors.
The Traffilog system saves fleet operators money through more efficient vehicle use, reduced fuel consumption and preventative engine maintenance, while also providing enhanced security.
The Traffilog solution, available in 26 countries, has been available in the UK since 2007 and supplies blue-chip organisations including National Express, Commercial Vehicle Solutions, Northern Ireland Water and Daniels Utilities. In addition it is used by Arriva Scandinavia, Arriva Italy, UPS, FedEx, Nestle, Danone, Cemex, Orange and many more.
“Telit’s GE863-GPS module is a mission-critical component of our application because of its high reliability, ruggedness and quality performance,” said Yoav Megged, executive vice president, Traffilog. “That’s why we rely on Telit modules for a large percentage of our systems worldwide.”
“Traffilog’s application for the Olympic Games proves once again the growing significance of M2M technology and its combined benefits, specifically in the realm of public safety and personal security,” said Dominikus Hierl, chief marketing officer at Telit Wireless Solutions.