Paris Area demonstration team showcases work on open IT interfaces and intelligent garage

On 15 November 2016, the EBSF_2 Paris Area demonstration team held a demonstration event in Paris. The event was hosted by DigiMobee – Paris Area demonstration leader – and UTP and gathered all demonstration partners together with over 70 participants.

The event started with a roundtable discussion with the Paris Area demonstration team: Actia, Digigroup Informatica, DigiMobee, Engie Ineo and Iveco. In the discussion, the partners confirmed that remote diagnostics is a key innovation for public transport operators. It improves bus operation efficiency by allowing for a quick reaction and enables better decision making – accurate and objective - when facing a vehicle problem on route.  The innovative approach of EBSF_2 enables operators to combine aftermarket systems and enrich vehicle manufacturer solutions. The door is open to an easier installation of more and more intelligent systems, some of which will only become evident in the future. The « open interoperable standards », currently being demonstrated and tested within EBSF_2, are the most effective way to answer the needs of public transport authorities and operators.

Success of this demonstration is based on:

- interoperability, enabling to share heterogeneous information via open IT standard protocols;

- intelligent garage, enabling to analyse and compute in real time massive volumes of heterogeneous vehicle data to provide only the relevant information for public transport operations, in an intuitive, homogeneous and effective way.

The experiences from the local operators were presented by TRA and STRAV, the two Transdev operated networks involved in the EBSF_2 demonstration. Both run heterogeneous fleets equipped with heterogeneous systems, in intensive urban environment. 60% of the TRA fleet has been connected thanks to the EBSF_2 innovations. As a result, TRA has been able to avoid six engine break downs this year leading to significant savings in operational costs. A similar picture can be seen in the STRAV fleet with 70% of the fleet being connected and no engine break downs since the start of the project, as well as breakdowns during operations reduced by half.

The panel concluded that - with the energy transition from diesel to electric and emergence of Internet of Things - vehicles will be increasingly connected, and the need for analysing a massive amount of data for maintenance purposes is already there.

The event followed with technical visits held in parallel to the TRA and STRAV depots respectively located in the North and South of Paris. During the visit participants could see the tested intelligent garage solutions and related on-board units.

The presentations are available here.

Pictures are available on the Facebook page of EBSF_2.

EBSF_2 will continue its series of Local Demonstration Events with Ravenna, Italy, next in April 2017.

Friday, December 9, 2016