Ruter AS, the management company for public transport in Oslo, is updating the passenger counting system in 36 trams with an option on additional 36. In connection to this, the Gothenburg based company Pilotfish delivers Vehicle Gateways, which connects the Automated Passenger Counting, APC, to the Internet and delivers GPS position to the system.
“We are happy that Ruter decided to add the relatively small investment of the Vehicle Gateway to the APC tender. Pilotfish Gateway opens for great savings by avoiding the cost of individual communication units for every system. It also enables access to a fast-growing ecosystem of applications within the European ITxPT standard.” Says Pilotfish CEO Tomas Gabinus.
The current passenger counting system on some of the trams today is aged and needs to be replaced. The main purpose of the upgrade is to get better passenger statistics. The new system has, part from being more reliable, for example the possibility of counting children (shorter than 1 meter) and to keep track on how many passengers that embarks and disembarks through each door.
The statistics will be used for traffic planning, by looking at the number of passengers per station at different times a day. As an example, some platforms could be extended to match an intense passenger load.
The delivery is a part of a framework agreement with Ruter. Pilotfish was selected out of 12 suppliers participating in the tender, where they all were graded in three different areas; quality, service and delivery and price. “It makes me happy and proud to see that we achieved highest possible grade, 10 out of 10, for all three areas. It’s an important recognition for our work to offer an open, reliable and standardised IT architecture to develop and improve public transport in Europe.” Says Tomas Gabinus
The IT architecture connected to the Pilotfish Gateway is certified according to the European standard ITxPT (Information Technology for Public Transport), which enables compatibility between different systems and units from different vendors. This way the vendor market opens up for direct purchase from individual vendors, increases competition and speeds up innovation and development.
“Standards from consumer electronics and the auto industry liberates from vendor dependency, and you don’t have to reinvent the wheel. You can take advantage of the cost benefits of mass production.” Says Tomas Gabinus. He continues; “Simply put, the ITxPT standard can be compared to Bluetooth, which enables compatibility between different units.”