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Real-time location systems (RTLS) involve a network of tags and sensors that operate automatically in real time to locate specific physical assets such as transit buses. Metro Transit, which tracks approximately 900 buses, replaced its manual markup sheets with electronic versions that incorporate RTLS, making it easier and faster to locate dispatched and parked buses. It even helps in making maintenance and repair assessments.

Find the buses

RTLS provides significant return on investment (ROI) by simply helping a driver, mechanic custodian or an outside contractor locate a bus in a parking facility that needs immediate attention. For example, a contractor may need to access all buses with video monitoring systems. With RTLS installed in the garage the contractor uses a computer to query the database for the location of all vehicles using that particular type of video surveillance equipment. A printable map showing the location of all such buses is instantly generated, allowing the


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RTLS can help transit operators park buses in a more strategic manner to prevent blockage and departure delays.

contractor to complete his work more efficiently. Since most maintenance contracts are invoiced on a time-onsite basis, removing bus-locating delays can translate into real cost savings. The maintenance staff can leverage similar efficiencies when it is time to locate particular vehicles due for repair. Location systems can annotate a

map view of the parking garage with icons depicting bus status. With one click of the mouse a technician can locate all the buses scheduled for routine maintenance.

Park the buses

In addition to locating buses faster, RTLS can help transit operators park

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