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6 December 2020

BusTech Group And SAGE Automation Announce Partnership

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Set to enhance the operational performance of bus fleets for operators and with a focus on improving the travel experience for passengers, BusTech Group and SAGE Automation collaborated to integrate platform solutions into existing and new bus fleets.

Governments, operators and communities continue to call on the transport industry to deliver an environmentally friendly approach to mass transit. With the transition to zero emission buses well underway, it is key that vehicles in operation present the next level of telematic data for performance measurement and vehicle optimisation.

This partnership with BusTech Group will see learnings from the broader transport industry launch the bus sector into the future with data supporting improved passenger experience, vehicle performance and fleet efficiency.

Damian Hewitt / General Manager for Transport, SAGE Automation

In a program jointly developed by SAGE and BusTech Group, SAGE’s IoT data capture device, SAGE Edge, has been installed onto buses and vehicle infrastructure such as bus stops. Data captured by the device provides a range of information to benefit drivers, operators and passengers alike, such as real-time traffic condition updates and traffic event notifications.

Passengers will ultimately have access to in-vehicle infotainment services and real-time service updates such as vehicle arrival time, seat availability and security alerts.

Transport network operators will obtain a dashboard view of vehicle placement on the grid, real-time and trend data on passenger numbers on services and waiting time at bus stops, as well as vehicle performance telematics data such as mileage wear on components, suspension, vehicle speed and powertrain health, assisting with predictive maintenance scheduling decreasing vehicle downtime.

A trial of the home-grown solution is already underway and scheduled to roll-out across states with BusTech Group spokesperson Christian Reynolds saying he could not be happier with the concept. “We are looking forward to demonstrating the value of the solution which will see the bus industry embracing i4.0 technology to deliver tangible benefits to passengers, operators and communities. We are seeing more and more requests for integrated solutions for product performance; it’s no longer just about a vehicle, it’s about truly integrated solutions for mobility transit. With the bus at its heart, the opportunity to create a holistic multi model transport solution as part of an intelligent transport system is exciting to be a part of.”

In a coming together of leading Australian capability, BusTech Group has opted to draw on the smarts of SAGE Automation. The company has earned a reputation for disrupting the transport industry in recent years through advancements in traffic data capture, autonomous vehicle trials and intelligent traffic systems. In November, the EDGE device won the Smart Transport Infrastructure award in the Intelligent Transport Systems Australia National Awards.

SAGE Automation’s General Manager for Transport, Damian Hewitt, says that the solution is a natural next step in the evolution of a smarter transport system. “This partnership with BusTech Group will see learnings from the broader transport industry launch the bus sector into the future with data supporting improved passenger experience, vehicle performance and fleet efficiency.”

Details and results of the local trial will be announced in early 2021.

About BusTech Group

BusTech Group is an Australian bus group designed for a connected world - delivering integrated, low-emission mass mobility solutions enabled by technology. Our buses are designed, built and manufactured in Australia to the specific needs of our customers. With an emphasis on sovereign capacity and mutually beneficial local supplier partnerships, we operate a micro factory model that drives local economic growth whilst reducing our environmental footprint. We believe the future of mass transit is a connected ecosystem with buses at the heart; and we are committed to enabling the next generation of connected transit.

Learn more about BusTech Group here.

About SAGE Automation

SAGE Automation is Australia’s leading independent systems integrator with a global footprint. SAGE develops and delivers technologies that create accessible, integrated transport solutions and Smart Cities of the future. These solutions include end-to-end transport projects, congestion management, autonomous shuttles, intermodal transport, data analytics, smart city innovations, and operations and maintenance. SAGE’s work helps improve the end user experience throughout the transport network, reduce life cycle costs, lessen environmental impact, and prepare our transport systems for the future.

Learn more about SAGE Automation here.

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