At the heart of every transit business lies impeccable organization. To deliver on-time performance and make sure all processes are handled efficiently, we developed a set of tools that synchronize the way transit agency staff and management interact. Let us introduce you to our Computer-aided Dispatch and Automatic Vehicle Location systems!
In this article…
- What is AVL? What is CAD?
- Integrated back end solution
- Main features
- Real-time planning of schedules, routes & more
- Reporting suite
What is AVL? What is CAD?
Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL) is a system based on GPS devices that are installed onboard public transit vehicles. They transmit data in real time via LTE/3G technology so that the current location is recorded in a database as the vehicle moves along its route. Updates can be scheduled at different time intervals – from seconds to minutes, depending on the desired level of accuracy of the system.
Computer-aided dispatch (CAD) is a system that helps transit agency personnel – mostly dispatchers and operators, create and update schedules to manage headways for all vehicles in their fleet. It can also help with real-time rerouting in case of an accident.
An integrated solution that can be handled from one panel
Modeshift offers its CAD & AVL system upon request as part of its overarching fare collection product. As Modeshift’s solution is hardware-agnostic, AVL modules can be installed within the vehicle’s mainframe, its validators (if available), or even on a smartphone within the bus. Modeshift’s system is unique in that we use one single device for both automatic fare collection and CAD/AVL. The device provides an extremely accurate GPS location and connectivity via LTE with offline functionality. If a customer doesn’t want to use the devices we provide (if they have their own, for example), we can utilize a standard MDT (mobile data terminal).
The reliable data stream provided by the AVL modules is synchronized in real time with the CAD panel in the back end. This gives dispatchers an overview of the OTP (on-time performance) of the vehicles in real time – whether they are on time, behind or ahead of schedule. The CAD panel gives granular control over each shift, driver, route and vehicle, making running the agency’s day-to-day business easier than ever and ensuring headways are managed to the minute.
Main features of Modeshift’s CAD/AVL systems
- Service days
- Route information: supports route pattern
- Stops: time and flag
- Runs and run pick
- Book out, scheduling
- Precise vehicle location
Your real-time tool to create schedules, calendars, routes and more: plan for truly effective transit operations
Modeshift’s intuitive backend panel is built to serve the needs of dispatchers, bus operators and other personnel with access. From building the inventory to planning every last minute of service – everything is managed synergistically and is presented in an easy-to-digest interface that uses color to differentiate between separate runs and routes, for example. The system can’t obliterate service delays but it can help staff manage them so riders are not left waiting at bus shelters forever. With the help of Modeshitf’s tool, you can also monitor vehicle health, manage whole blocks, receive reports on real-time vehicle occupancy, and more.
Fully integrated with Modeshift Fare Collection and Reports: you can have everything at a glance, in a single product
At the end of the day, CAD and AVL systems are not autonomous – they serve the larger purpose of creating a better public transit experience. Developing them as part of our all-in-one approach to running a transit business allowed us to create a system that runs truly smoothly. This means not only that all operations are managed effectively, but also reporting is as accurate as possible, being an integral part of the system itself.
Here’s what one of our customers is saying about Modeshift…
During this time of caution because of the virus, Modeshift provided us with a modern, efficient, touchless fare payment option for customers. Combining the product, with the customer service and step by step implementation team they provided helped make the integration of the system for customers and RRTA a win – win for all parties. Thanks Modeshift!Greg Downing, South Central Transit Authority’s Chief Operations Officer
Ready to explore Modeshift’s CAD/AVL systems? Request a demo today and we will show you how the magic works!