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and assigning buses to other routes, and is only made easier with the information RTLS can offer about the exact location of all the vehicles in the garage.

Maintain the bus

RTLS gives transit operators the exact location information they need. It virtually peels the roof off to provide a real time overview unachievable with a manual process. It allows the chance to identify and rectify issues by implementing more efficient shop routines that reduce downtime due to the movement of vehicles. Let’s say in an operation running both single and articulated buses the articulated buses always leave the oil change station later than planned, which creates issues in getting them back into service. Even though the maintenance staff reports the oil changes are being completed within the allotted time, no one can explain the reason for the delays. RTLS can shed some light. A timeline graphic showing the usage of a particular oil change station points immediately to a probable cause. While the articulated buses are serviced within the allotted time, they are always last in line. Meanwhile, service on a particular class of single buses is taking longer than expected. The articulated buses are not late because of an issue with them, but because their service begins later due to issues with other vehicles. The root cause is with the single buses. RTLS can quickly detect when a bus has remained in the maintenance bay longer than expected or has not arrived at the expected time. This data requires no manual intervention since location updates are automatic. Messages and alerts can be sent via e-mail, text message or digital display on the most current location of all vehicles to expedite scheduling adjustments and avoid costly delays. BR Adrian Jennings serves as vice president of technology for Ubisense Inc., a leading provider of location solutions.

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