The Ecuadorian city of Duran has its own challenges that are very different from the situation in Ghent. Data about the number of cars on a particular road, traffic jams, accidents … are not available. Parking is free everywhere; there are no underground car parks and the Park & Rride concept does not exist. For this city, we’ve decided to focus our efforts on creating an online fleet monitoring system for monitoring a number of bus lines to help the city’s ambition to optimize their bus service system.
Monitoring bus services in Duran
The first bus stop was installed in Duran this year. By default, however, the bus stops wherever people raise their hands. The city now wants to investigate how the quality of the bus offer can be improved and calls on the TMaaS module for fleet monitoring for this. We’re hoping to get answers to the following questions, using the TMaaS fleet monitoring module:
Is the frequency of the buses high enough? For what reasons and where do they mainly stop? How often do the buses stop or stop due to traffic jams?
How it works
The module that TMaaS is developing for Duran has a map section that shows real-time data. A number of buses are equipped with a GPS tracker. Their position can thus be shown with dots on the map. The visualization allows the city to get a better idea of how bus traffic can be optimized.
Kris Helincks, TMaaS Replicator Cities Programme Manager
IVA Mobiliteitsbedrijf, City of Ghent