In late March 2021, several Tower Transit buses deployed on Bus Services 41 & 285 were installed with a fleet management solution from Advantech, in an unannounced trial with the Land Transport Authority (LTA).
The trial equipment runs parallel to the existing Trapeze Common Fleet Monitoring System (CFMS) which is currently installed on all public buses. Buses under the trial are affixed with an “LTA Trial Bus” label in the drivers’ cab.
A Driver Display Unit (10-inch In-Vehicle Smart Display TREK-306) is installed at the right side of the drivers’ cab, next to the door controls. It is a touchscreen display with 5 function keys, and a built-in microphone and speaker.
The DDU is wired up to other Advantech equipment concealed within the bus, likely an onboard computer.
Other Advantech projects
Advantech was also involved in the Smart Bus Priority System trial between November 2018 and April 2019, which extends the duration of green traffic signals in favour of public buses that are delayed due to traffic conditions. The system was trialled on Tower Transit Bus Service 98 and SBS Transit Bus Service 99.
According to Advantech, the six-month trial delivered an average of 10.3% reduction in the time buses spent queuing at traffic signals. This translated into a 16.6% improvement in headway regulation.