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Tisséo Drives Innovation and A New Public Transit Vehicle Line with 4G Connectivity

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As you may have experienced yourself, commuting is becoming a more connected experience. One public transit operator, Tisséo, focuses on this connectivity to ensure vehicles are running smoothly and that customers have the best experience possible. Tisséo is the public transit operator for the Toulouse metro area in the south of France that is responsible for more than 120 million trips last year spanning two subway lines, two tram lines, and 150 bus routes.

By Occitandu34 (own work) [CC0], via Wikimedia CommonsAs part of its ongoing investment in innovation, Tisséo plans to rollout a line of new 160 new Lineo rapid-transit vehicles that combine characteristics of trams and buses. According to Nicolas Boutté, project leader for Tisséo, the Lineo deployment represented an attractive opportunity to improve the rider experience. “Lineo vehicles will have embedded advertising-supported displays with real-time traffic, route, and location information for passengers,” he said. “But we needed more than our basic in-depot WiFi connectivity. We needed 4G connections out on the roads, so that the Lineo vehicles are continuously connected to our dispatch office.”

To seize the opportunity to deliver this enhanced experience to attract and retain riders, Tisséo turned to the Digi TransPort® WR44 to deliver cellular communications.

Learn more about how Boutté’s team selected the WR44 and plans to serve more than 100,000 commuters in the full case study here >>

Greater Detroit Area Transit Agency Turns to Digi to Monitor Bus Fleet

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Suburban Mobility Authority for Rapid Transit Authority (SMART), a transit agency in the Greater Detroit Area, was faced with the realization that their automatic vehicle location (AVL) system was old, slow and inefficient.

SmartSMART operates over 200 buses for over 23 hours every day. Monitoring these vehicles is essential to daily operations. But with 20-year-old infrastructure, the AVL was just not cutting it. SMART wanted more reporting and real-time information that they could share with their riders.

SMART decided to switch to cellular communication with voice over IP (VoIP). To implement this they decided to work with Clever Devices, a leading provider of communications and technology solutions. The centerpiece of Clever Devices’ solution was the Digi TransPort WR44 R cellular router.

The Digi TransPort WR44 R is purpose-made for transit agencies and authorities that need reliable communications for such things as security video, fare collection, dispatch, passenger Wi-Fi, and others.

SMART’s new cellular AVL has had a profound impact. Data and metrics that were never before available are already being used to anticipate vehicle breakdowns, expedite repairs, and minimize downtime. Additionally, Passengers are now able to text a number posted at their bus stop to receive real-time data from SMART about bus ETAs. This service is already receiving more than 10,000 queries per month.

Most importantly, the agency is getting a great ROI. SMART is saving at least $70,000 per year in hard costs with the Digi-based solution. In soft costs it is estimated that SMART may be saving anywhere from an additional $150,000 to $200,000.

Read more about how SMART saves more than $70,000 per year with Internet of Things technology here >>

City of Visalia Upgrades Public Transit with Verizon 4G LTE

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The city of Visalia had a cellular solution for their public transit system but it was built on a 2G network.  As 2G networks are slowly phased out over the next few years, coverage is becoming increasingly inconsistent.

With the impending shut down of 2G, Visalia needed a way to modernize their public transit system. They worked with Digi to deploy the TransPort WR44 R throughout their fleet of public transit buses, in order to provide their buses with high speed, 4G LTE connectivity.

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This rugged cellular router connected over Verizon’s 4G LTE network provides multiple benefits to the city’s public transit system:

  • Security and safety with access to live video from the bus
  • Ability to offer value added services like free Wi-Fi to passengers
  • Reliable and secure connection to process ticket sales

In one month, customers downloaded roughly 540 GB of data across the entire fleet and an estimated 3,200-3,500 passengers accessed the free Wi-Fi. Overall, a reliable and high-speed cellular connection provides the heartbeat for the entire transit system and is guaranteed to last for years to come.

If you want to learn more about how Digi worked with Visalia to upgrade their public transit system, click here to read the full customer story.

Enhancing Vehicle Telematics with Mobile Devices

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A common application of Internet of Things technology is vehicle telematics. Knowing how your fleet is functioning, where they are located, as well as drivers’ time spent on the road is all crucial for managing a successful fleet.

Quite often, the solutions necessary to monitor these data can be cumbersome, expensive, and take time to be implemented. And what if regulatory standards change?

To solve the problem of lengthy and costly implementations, Digi developed the Wireless Vehicle Bus Adapter, or WVA. It is simply plugged into the vehicles diagnostic port and reads out the data you need via a web services API. Simple solutions that tap into existing infrastructure like these have the ability to quickly turn data points into tangible value for businesses.

The ubiquity of high performance mobile devices is eliminating many of the barriers that can make the implementation of a sensor network difficult. The advancement of smart phones and tablets have simplified establishing these networks through Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technology. This eliminates the need to install cables and develop expensive and proprietary technology. Additionally, well designed user interfaces on mobile devices can create improved functionality and usability.

Learn more about the WVA here.

Connected Cars Take Off At CES 2013

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By now you may have heard that your vehicle will become one of your most connected devices. This year, at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), auto makers took the opportunity to tout how cars will capitalize on the Internet of Things. Here are six posts that take a deeper look at “The Internet of Cars” at CES.

At CES the connected car became truly connected on Gigaom

“Ford and GM opened up their closely guarded connected car platforms to developers at CES, which means we’ll soon see a plethora of apps appearing in our dashboards. But the automakers aren’t Google. They’ll be careful about what exactly they’ll let into the vehicle.”

Both General Motors and Ford announced open development platforms for their respective connected car platforms, potentially opening them up to thousands of new apps and services. While GM’s developer portal doesn’t appear to be live yet, Ford told us that 1,258 devs have downloaded its software developer’s kit as of Thursday.

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Ford Opens up to Developers and Hackers on MAKE

“In the Ford booth, they’re demonstrating the Sync AppLink API and The Ford Developer Program. The AppLink API lets you create mobile apps for iOS or Android and have them interface with Ford’s Sync voice controlled interface inside the car. While it’s mostly aimed at developers that want to bring their applications to market, the API is entirely open and approval is only needed if you wish to make your app available to the public.

Another developer program just launched by Ford is OpenXC. According to the company, ‘OpenXC is focused on the future as an open-source hardware and software platform developed by Ford Research and Innovation to unleash the power of the open-source hacker community to explore what can be done with vehicle data.'”

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Forget the Internet of Things: Here Comes the Internet of Cars on Wired

“Connected vehicles” are cars that access, consume, create, enrich, direct, and share digital information between businesses, people, organizations, infrastructures, and things. Those “things” include other vehicles, which is where the Internet of Things becomes the Internet of Cars.

As these vehicles become increasingly connected, they become self-aware, contextual, and eventually, autonomous. Those of you reading this will probably experience self-driving cars in your lifetime — though maybe not all three of its evolutionary phases: from automated to autonomous to unmanned.”

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Car related technology and gaming dominate Consumer Electronics Show social media conversations on The Drum

“Generating almost a third (29 per cent) of all CES related discussions, 18 per cent of posts were about driverless and automated cars such as Google’s automated car that drove 300,000 miles with no accidents, as well as Toyota and Audi.”

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Connected cars at CES: Automakers smarten the dashboard, keep CD player on life support on ExtremeTech

“Not surprisingly, millennials (age 18-33) are hottest for the things a connected car offers, meaning it’s nice that Cadillac pioneered the CUE (Cadillac User Experience) interface but people who can afford Chevies not Caddies are the ones who’ll be most excited by the connected car. Yet another survey, this by Edelman 8095, says 40% of millennials want to be able to influence the products they use and personalize the functionality of communications devices and cars. At its simplest, Ford says, that means picking the apps you want for your smartphone (and using them in the car), but it also means motorists will probably want reconfigurable dashboards that are features of high-end cars such as the Cadillac XTS.”

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Cars Connect With Apps, the Cloud at CES on Wired

Yet for all the branding and marketing hype, these systems are variations on a theme. They connect to the cloud via Wi-Fi or 3G — Audi announced Wednesday that it will roll out 4G LTE connectivity ”soon” — to deliver streaming audio, social media like Facebook and Yelp, and apps like iHeartRadio and NPR. Other common features include automatic crash response, voice-activated navigation, spoken text messages and concierge services that will make restaurant reservations, order flowers or book flights.

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Interested in learning more about how the Internet of Things will change your car or how connected transportation will Change your life? Check out “The Internet of Things: Moving Us Forward with Innovations for Transportation.” You can also see a demo of how M2M technology can be implemented on a bus to create a better experience for the driver and passengers here.

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The Internet of Things Moving Us Forward: Innovations for Transportation

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The Internet of Things will surely disrupt many industries. Today, we take a specific look at the world of transportation and identify and explore just a few of the ways that the Internet of Things is and will continue to make an impact on transportation.

The Cloud Making Public Transportation More Convenient: Your experience, transformed.
The Internet of Things can be used by public transportation systems to automate a variety of tasks for both riders and employees. Bus operators can see their position in route, ticket sales, camera and more. They can control music and video. The system also allows for location-based advertising. And bus riders- how about a text a few minutes before the bus arrives or an ad for a nearby shopping center on your way home from work?


More Efficient City Travel and Reduced Pollution with Smart Parking
Libelium integrated Smart Parking sensor technology into their Waspmote platform. The Smart Parking sensor is designed to be buried in parking spaces and to detect the arrival and departure of vehicles. The Smart Parking platform allows system integrators to offer comprehensive parking management solutions to city councils. By providing accurate information on available parking spaces, motorists save time and fuel and cities reduce atmospheric pollution and congestion.


Research on the Road: Connected Vehicles that Provide Insight for Effective Road Safety
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DoT) is conducting a program on vehicle safety in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Connected Vehicle Safety Pilot Model Deployment Program will monitor about 3,000 vehicles hitting the road in the world’s biggest ever real world test of connected-vehicle communication technology.

“Vehicle-to-vehicle communication has the potential to be the ultimate game-changer in roadway safety – but we need to understand how to apply the technology in an effective way in the real world,” said NHTSA Administrator David Strickland. “NHTSA will use the valuable data from the ‘model deployment’ as it decides if and when these connected vehicle safety technologies should be incorporated into the fleet.”

These are just a few of the many examples of how the Internet of Things will change transportation. Digi International has taken part in many transportation solutions, you can see case studies and materials on how these applications were implemented here.

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