London buses upgraded with Tait digital radios

Tait Communications

Tuesday, 21 May, 2019


London buses upgraded with Tait digital radios

An upgrade of Transport for London’s (TfL) bus fleet has just been completed by Tait Communications.

Tait was chosen in March 2018 by TfL to replace the British capital city’s bus radiocommunications system with a new digital system.

The upgrade has seen London’s 9200 red buses fitted out with high-reliability digital radiocommunications.

The London bus network is made up of more than 650 contracted bus routes, providing more than two billion passenger journeys each year. The upgraded radio system provides high-reliability voice and data connections between all buses and TfL’s network of dispatch and control centres. Tait achieved initial cutover to the new system in November 2018, with operational commencement a month later.

The Tait Communications Unified Vehicle platform supplied to TfL is built with developing technologies in mind, enabling in-vehicle IP connectivity to future intelligent bus systems and additional communications. These include Wi-Fi and cellular alongside mobile radio, and the ability to run data applications to improve operational efficiency and service levels.

Additionally, Tait’s Enable Fleet device management solution allowed automation of the transition from analog to the new digital mobile radio platform. By automating the process of converting between the legacy device profiles to the new platform and simultaneously generating a centralised management database for the devices, installation time was less than 20 minutes per vehicle. With a vehicle rollout rate peaking at 500 vehicles a month, it meant 9000 vehicles were able to be rolled out within six months.

The Tait Communications system agreement supplied in this case also gives customers access to the extensive range of KPI reporting, monitoring and management services Tait has available from its global service management centre and on-site field services and service delivery management provided by Tait’s UK services team, which is on duty year-around, 24 hours a day.

Tait Communications worked successfully with Trapeze ITS to ensure the fleet deployment was completed on time.

Image credit: ©stock.adobe.com/au/Iakov Kalinin

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