The management of buses in a depot is becoming increasingly complex as new buses are added and more specialized buses are required for routes. Managing this manually can become untenable as the fleet becomes too large. ISR Yard Management, allows the assignment, placement, localization, inspection and scheduling of vehicles within a bus depot. Overcome human error, late deployments, slow reaction speeds for route or bus changes and improve your ridership and customer satisfaction.
YMS – YARD MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
ISR Depot interfaces with different systems: scheduling, maintenance, human resources, ERP, card readers and active directory.
Alley and location allotment management
Detect, identify and locate the vehicles stationed inside the garage
Central database providing up to date: localization of each vehicle by position, zone, equipment and vehicle management by garage
Vehicle inventory including on-board equipment by operational center and garage
Improve reaction time due to rationalizations of depot operations
Depot wide graphical view of vehicle locations
Historical data to optimize operations through process feedback
Eliminate manual vehicles positioning inventory before schedule departure and avoid line-up at garage entry points
Reduce the amount of times the garage door is open (especially during winter)
AUTOMATED PARKING ASSIGNMENT
The system uses an intelligent algorithm that determines where to send buses based on:
1. Parking space availability
2. Lane reservations
3. Bus types
4. Bus states (e.g., whether the bus is fueled or not, if it has an open work-order).
Buses are tracked as they move towards the parking display. Once buses are within sight, the display shows the bus number and its parking lane assignment. The display also identifies a defective bus lane where drivers can park their defective buses.
An alternate lane is displayed once the system detects that the current defect lane is becoming full.
AUTOMATED BUS ASSIGNMENT
The automated bus assignment system assigns available buses to drivers through a distribution console.
When a driver swipes their card, the system’s algorithm selects a bus and displays the assignment on the console’s screen.
The bus assignment is also broadcast throughout all the reminder screens strategically placed across the garage to support a fully paperless solution.
The bus assignment algorithm takes into account the following factors:
• Bus is in unblocked lane
• Bus is not identified as defective
• Bus is in a distributed lane
• Bus Type
• Planned maintenance
• Match buses with planned maintenance to shorter routes
• Wi-Fi required
• Failing an exact match, the system locates substitutes that most closely reflect the requested type
RTLS – REAL TIME LOCALIZATION SYSTEM
Central to the core functions is an intelligent algorithm and RTLS that determines the ideal parking location for vehicles in order to best meet the next scheduled deployments.
The RTLS provides detailed real time information on the identity, location and movements of vehicles while the algorithm dynamically adapts the changes in the deployment schedule and available buses, parking spaces and drivers.
The vehicle inspection module application is used by maintenance personnel to view results of: pre-trip and post inspections performed by bus operators.
The module can be used by operators to determine if the bus can leave the garage for its regular route, go to service lane for minor maintenance before taking its route or go to service lane to change for a new bus.