InnovationMonth: Technology’s crucial role in developing economic transport hubs

Through technology, public transport systems has the potential to become more than just a way for people to get from the proverbial ‘A to B’. With innovations like high-speed connectivity, sensors, big data, geolocation and mobile services, transit routes can become the connective tissue that creates stronger communities and flourishing local economic development.
Harry van Huyssteen
Harry van Huyssteen
These various forms of technology can help stimulate ecosystems of trade and development alongside important commuter routes – uplifting local communities and improving the lives of millions of South Africans.

Using transport routes as a catalyst for economic development, a concept known as Transit Oriented Development (TOD), has a few clear benefits:

• Access to economic opportunity: employment and entrepreneurship opportunities from businesses that operate at public transport nodes – like bus stations, train terminals, and taxi ranks.

• Social spaces: where people can connect, network, and share knowledge. Just by creating a safe environment for people to interact, a myriad of opportunities can emerge.

• Easier movement of labour: integrated and efficient transport routes reduce wasted time (such as waiting time, and walking between a train and a taxi station, for instance) – meaning that people can be more productive, and get home to their families in the evening with less hassle.

Data-driven transport

For TOD to be possible, gathering and intelligently using masses of commuter data is a critical starting point. Data-driven transport planning can ensure public services infrastructure – like schools, parks, hospitals and police services – are integrated into the major nodes of a region’s public transport infrastructure.

If we are to implement a new bus network in Soweto, for example, data collected from millions of daily commuters would reveal the ideal bus routes, times, and frequencies, to serve the maximum number of passengers.

Considering the local and cultural context

But in developing economies, TOD strategies often have to be creative, fitting within the existing informal transit services and considering local culture, geography, and practices. Case-studies from first-world countries don’t always work everywhere in the world.

The remarkable Gondola-style cable cars in Columbia’s sprawling mountain city of Medellin is a great example of this. Wi-Fi-equipped capsules transport residents between the upper- to the lower-regions of the city, connecting them with bus networks at ground level. At all of the major nodes, you’ll find locally-owned restaurants and shops selling a variety of products to both locals and tourists alike.

– Metrocable, Medellín, Colombia
Image Source: Design Other 90 Network – Metrocable, Medellín, Colombia

In South Africa, we have a unique blend of formal and informal transit mechanisms. Considering local context means using technology to augment and incrementally improve the existing systems, rather than to outright replace them.

Communication a clear way to improve public transport

Even the most simple technology, like free Wi-Fi, could make a massive difference to commuters in our cities – giving access to those currently on the wrong side of the ‘digital divide’, helping to stimulate local business, and making communication far easier for travellers.

In fact, better communication is one of the clearest ways that we could improve our public transport. Commuters would be able to enquire about schedules and routes through mobile apps, or USSD sessions, or web portals. Operators could communicate relevant information to passengers likely to be affected by, for instance, a late train (instead of bulk groups of travellers all receiving the same alerts).

Comprehensive systems

Public transport operators could dramatically improve efficiencies with modern transport management systems – which link everything from ticketing to customer counting, from predictive maintenance to driver management and weather alerts. These comprehensive systems enable the optimal resource allocation, and the ability to respond in near real-time to isolated events, such as large entertainment events, unusual weather, strikes, or accidents.

Serving communities and applying technology in a way that benefits all requires deep partnerships between local government and specialist IT partners – to not only improve the levels of mobility and accessibility for commuters, but also stimulate new commerce, services, and tourism opportunities in the districts surrounding the transport hubs.

Sygic to unveil a solution for municipal services providers

Sygic, the leading international provider of professional GPS navigation and location based services with more than 130 million users, has announced the release of Sygic Municipal – a unique solution for waste and winter management, street cleaning and green area maintenance. The solution helps to better handle the major challenges in planning, dispatching, navigating and monitoring the fleet of vehicles used by service providers. It is fully prepared for integration and customization to bring additional value to our partners and system integrators to tightly fit and interconnect with their complex telematics systems.
Sygic is taking part in the SITL Expo in Paris running from the 22nd to the 25th of March, where will demonstrate Sygic’s innovative business solution.

Sygic Municipal solution extends the recently announced Sygic FleetWork – the fleet and workforce management framework and adds specialized features like route recording and planning tool for dispatchers, special off-road navigation mode, custom TTS messages and map instructions, missed segments management, performance monitoring and many other very useful features already proven in field by Sygic’s early adopters.

“We are very happy to see cost reduction and service level improvement for our clients within a very short time after roll-out. We have spent a lot of time creating an easy to use, but powerful solution and paid a lot of attention to create a mobile app that doesn’t scare drivers and dispatching web portal and saves a huge amount of time for backend users. We believe the time saved with our unique route planning and navigation can be much better used for a performance analysis either within our system or using our existing interfaces and connectors to 3rd party applications.” said Martin Strigac, Director of Sygic Business Solutions.

Sygic Municipal brings an easy installation process and reasonable subscription model without additional costs of hardware infrastructure or any other hidden fees. Sygic Municipal is available as an out-of-the-box solution for fleets or as a plug-in component for system integrators.

Sygic Municipal TOP 10 features:

Fleet, workforce and workflows management system based on Sygic FleetWork
Route recorder and editor with custom route attributes (to create a route from scratch and find the location on a map, using coloring, custom navigational instructions and TTS instructions, clean/clone route…)
Import and export of a route planned in 3rd party software
Sygic Professional Navigation (with truck attributes like height, weight etc.) extended by a special off-road navigation mode with guidance to a preplanned route
Automatically created missed segments and missed segments management
Reliable and safe navigation for discharging and back to the break point
Messaging and incident reporting, management of repair services
Integration with data coming from waste level monitoring
Performance monitoring, e.g. comparison of planned and actual routes
A lot of integration functions with the possibility to fit even the most complex needs.

Ideco strengthens security with two-factor authentication

To keep abreast of the latest technologies and the ever-evolving security environment, local biometrics solutions provider Ideco has announced enhanced features to its Electronic Visitor Identity Management (EVIM) solution.
The company has introduced OTP verification to protect the portal against unauthorised access and has also included an In-Out daily count on its dashboard.

EVIM is a mobile data capture and fingerprint scanning device that reinforces security with a digital visitor register, making visitor access management quick and easy. Unlike the traditional paper-based visitor book, this ingenious device captures, registers and verifies all data in real time with the National Centre of Certified Identities (NCCI).

Ideco managing director Marius Coetzee says these new features will ensure a higher level of security. “As with any high security web site, it is essential that only authorised users have access to the password protected areas of the site.

“We have therefore introduced OTP verification, after entering the username and password on the EVIM web portal, an OTP will automatically be sent via SMS to the user’s registered mobile number which then needs to be entered to gain access to the web portal,” he says.

For terminals that have the ‘Direction’ function enabled, two additional counters have been introduced to the EVIM portal dashboard. These counters will display the number of people who indicated IN as well as the number of people who indicated OUT on the current day.

A growing number of business parks and residential estates are deploying Ideco’s EVIM solution to improve access security and enhance the overall effectiveness of existing services. Not only does EVIM enhance the visitor handling process, it also minimises the risk for criminal behaviour associated with identity fraud and provides improved accountability.

“EVIM gives a whole new meaning to keeping a competent visitor register. This is a fantastic opportunity for gated communities and organisations to implement visitor management within their existing access control systems. At the same time, security at access points can now provide truly effective access control,” he concludes.

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