Alexander Dennis, the UK's largest bus and coach manufacturer, has announced that Traffilog, a web-based telematics provider, will be installed in their public service vehicles in time for the 2012 Olympic Games. Traffilog has also been selected by Kings Ferry, the UK coach operator, to secure its fleet of coaches they are supplying for the police and VIPs during the Games.
Two Traffilog (Rosh-Ha'ayin, Israel) services, TraffiSafe and TraffiMech, will be used in tandem at the Olympic Games. TraffiSafe detects dangerous and inefficient driving behavior, and TraffiMech transmits vehicle data in real time and detects any mechanical failure before it happens. Additional components were specified for the Olympic Games implementation. The service allows public authorities to monitor a vehicle remotely the instant it is deemed necessary.
The M2M device features the GE863-GPS advanced cellular modules from Telit Wireless Solutions (Trieste, Italy) that wirelessly transmits real-time driver and mechanical performance data to their fleet management center, as well as enables the remote control of the vehicle by authorities, as deemed necessary. The GE863-GPS is a compact GSM /GPRS module with a GPS receiver. This service is ideal for M2M applications such as telematics devices because overall size and height are critical factors, says Telit. These quad-band modules are produced using BGA (ball grid array) technology -- a production method that minimizes costs by eliminating the need for additional system connectors.
The Traffilog system can save fleet operators money through more efficient vehicle use, reduced fuel consumption and preventative engine maintenance, says Telit. The Traffilog service, available in 26 countries, has been available in the UK since 2007 and supplies blue-chip organizations including UPS , FedEx, Nestle and many more.