The company’s IoT journey began in early 1990s, and has developed a lot over the years. The collaboration with Tele2 on telematics started 2010 and in 2016, after a successful tendering process, Västtrafik migrated to Tele2´s new IoT-platform. Daniel Ulfheden says he is very pleased with the performance of the new IoT-system and with the TMCC (JASPER) interface.
“We had very specific requirements in the tender to have a pricing model that would automatically result in lower GB-cost the more we communicate without having to mess with different rate plans for every individual SIM,” says Daniel. “Tele2 IoT was the only one able to deliver pricing based on our requirements.“
“The Tele2 IoT local roaming feature gives Västtrafik the possibility to, at a low cost, use other Telecom operators networks when the Tele2 networks are unavailable, thus securing that all IoT-dependent systems on vehicles, such as ticket machines, positioning system, passenger counting etc., are always connected. This is important overall, but particularly in more rural areas.”
Daniel says Tele2 IoT support has been terrific, both during set up of Cisco Jasper and the rollout of the connectivity.
What does the future hold?
“The future for public transport is of course all about sustainability and informatics/Intelligent Transport systems/Automation,” says Daniel. “Västtrafik set up high environmental goals in 2006 and is reaching most of them – and in some cases have already surpassed them.
“The long term commitment to sustainable public transport and the high level of sustainable fuels was rewarded with the number one ranking among sustainable and innovative cities in both 2016 and 2017.
The most recent project is the launch of trunc bus Line 55, together with Volvo, which is an electric bus that can even make stops inside buildings!
In 2019 another trunc bus line will be electrified and hopefully we can also launch an electric ferry line next year.”
In order to meet its sustainable goals, Västraffik needs to deploy a lot more electric buses. By using informatics the company also hopes to be able to operate vehicles in a more energy-efficient manner. Autonomous vehicles will probably have a significant impact on public transport during the next decade and IoT with high capacity is vital for that development.
Being on time and being even more efficient than they are today – with the help of Tele2 IoT Västtrafik is on the right track.
Top Business Benefits
- Rural & urban transportation needed great connectivity & overview
- Different types of devices connected
- Need for flexible pooling & pricing
- Easy and effective tool to manage thousands of assets
Västtrafik: 5 Fun Facts
- 1 000 000 regular daily trips
- 7 000 special trips
- 1 880 buses, 106 trains, 263 trams, 36 ferries
- Travel planner app used 1-2 million times daily
- Nearly 12 trips around the globe each day