A leading provider of vehicle fleet location-based services and telematics technology, WebTech Wireless Inc., has installed five additional NextBus LED signs, providing predictive bus arrival information, along the 37-stop route of the Downtown Connection, a free bus service in Lower Manhattan provided by the Alliance for Downtown New York. The New York State Senator Daniel Squadron funded the program and the New York City Department of Transportation established it.
In a press release, Owen Moore, chief operating officer of WebTech Wireless (News - Alert), said, “This expansion further demonstrates that NextBus is an integral part of this unique community program, delivering accurate and reliable data to transit riders for increased convenience and efficiency. Our predictive transit technology will allow passengers to reduce their waiting time at the bus stop and enjoy experiencing more of what this great neighbourhood has to offer.”
As per the contract, NextBus will use its patented technology to process data obtained from all buses in the Downtown Connection's fleet equipped with GPS devices to provide users with actual real-time up-to-the-minute information, not just the posted schedule times, about the next two bus arrival times through a series of five newly installed LED signs along the route. This brings the total number of signs installed on the route to date to seven. Two additional signs will be installed within Battery Park City in the coming months on Vesey Street, thanks to a grant from Goldman Sachs. In addition to broadcasting messages about arrival times, the NextBus signs can also be used to transmit emergency public service messages.
Recently, WebTech Wireless was in TMC (News - Alert) news when it signed an agreement with one of its distribution partners and its client to extend the scope of an existing enterprise licence for WebTech's Quadrant software. The client is one of North America's major transportation and logistics providers
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Edited by Juliana Kenny