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Transportation Solutions

NEC’s smart suite of transportation solution such as AVLS, Depot management system, incident management solution, Automatic fare collection system, planning & scheduling system, and Business intelligence system is leveraging the power of ICT to solve social and economic issues such as traffic congestion in public transport.

Automatic Vehicle Locating System (AVLS) and Passenger Information System (PIS)

NEC’s automatic vehicle locating system is built to gather real time information of the buses travelling on the route. Based on this data gathered, information to passengers is passed on through displays at stops, inside the buses as well as through websites and mobile applications. The collected data helps public transport operators with effective information for fleet planning, performance measurement, monitoring fleet location and delivering new and improved services.

NEC’s AVLS solution gives the true multi-tasking and multi-user environment with capabilities to monitor, supervise and control operations with real-time data:

Figure 1: Automatic Vehicle Locating System

As the name suggests passenger information system primarily focusses on providing information to the passenger traveling on the buses. The information to the passenger is passed on through displays at bus stops indicating the timings, routes etc., displays inside the buses, as well as journey planners and estimated time of arrival through mobile applications and websites.

Figure 2 Passenger Information System

Features of AVLS/PIS

  • Service performance and planning management – for monitoring efficiency of transit operations
  • Incident management (events, alerts) – real time incident management, enabling dispatcher to make informed decisions and make timely response and have the overall picture of performance of the fleet
  • Bidirectional communication – communication between driver and dispatcher using both voice (VoIP-voice-over-IP) and text messages
  • Passenger information services – system delivers real time passenger information to passengers on board using audible announcements and signs inside the bus, via displays at stations, via smartphone and web portal

Automatic Fare Collection System

The two most prominent factors ailing the public transport sector in India are:

  • a)
    Rider satisfaction
  • b)
    Agency/Operation efficiency and profitability

The fare collection system developed by NEC aims at reducing these pain points for any public transport system by providing easy accessibility to information to public, providing a satisfactory ride by increasing comfort and reducing.

Historically, public transport in India has not been a very profitable field as the expense of running the system ends up being much higher than the revenue generated. The Automatic Fare Collection System developed by NEC is targeted at changing this scenario and has been able to do so successfully in the cities where the system is implemented. On deploying the AFC System agencies benefit by increasing performance, reducing maintenance failures and having better business continuity. Audits which play a very important role are automated resulting in reduction in errors or leakage. A good public transport system results in people using the system and hence increasing the profitability of the operator.

Figure 3 AFC System Architecture

Features of NEC’s Automatic Fare Collection System

  • Multimodal solution– NEC provides multi modal automatic fare collection solution which is used for easy and accurate revenue collection while providing better travel experience to passenger.
  • Multi-media Solution – NEC’s fare collection system is equipped to offer payment through various payment types like smart cards, paper tickets, mobile tickets etc
  • Central Clearing house – NEC’s fare collection system offerings are designed to cater to systems with single operator as well as multiple operators featuring clearing house

Depot Management System

Depot Management System (DMS) is envisioned to automate the depot operation for public transit system. Depot operation in summary is to record, update and manage manual activities that take place to efficiently operate the fleet - starting with when a bus, crew enters (checks in or reports to) the Depot and ends with the bus or crew leaving the depot.

Figure 4 Key Modules of a Depot Management System

Features of Depot Management System

  • HR & Payroll Management
    • Crew performance
    • Training Management
    • Disbursals Management
    • Salary management with statutory management function
  • Stores & Inventory Management
    • Complete automated inventory management services to Depot Manager
    • ensure that the vehicles are in safe operable conditions
    • always high availability of the rolling stock
    • Inventory provisions for paper rolls, bus spares, tyres, IT assets
  • Roster Management
    • Assign crews automatically to the schedule
    • Daily and real-time operations
    • Produce clear and optimized ROSTER
    • Interface with HR system to update crew absence, holidays, etc
  • Maintenance Management
    • Complete history of each vehicle maintenance by month and year
    • Preventive & predictive maintenance schedule
    • Interface with workshop module

Planning & Scheduling System

The objective of Vehicle Planning Scheduling and Dispatch system is to enable / help Transport planners in performing following tasks efficiently and effectively.

Incident Management System

NEC’s incident management solutions are grouped into two major group, differentiated by the type of incidents:

  • b)
    Comprehensive integrated IT infrastructure management suite

The comprehensive IT infra management suite makes sure of a 100% uptime of the IT infra deployed in the central control centres through instant intimation for incidents happening in the network. This incident management system acts as a watchdog for the network to make sure the system is up and running throughout without hampering the critical activities of the system. The typical services rendered through the network incident management tool are typically - Discovery of the network devices, servers, systems, etc., monitoring of the business critical servers, devices, applications and services, threshold monitoring & Notifications (extendable for dynamic base-lining), business service management, fault Management.

Business Intelligence System