Smart public transport: improving travel time and comfort


Smart public transport: improving travel time and comfort

The world is continuously changing and adopting new technologies. Urbanization and the changing way of working and living in the 21st century creates new demands for public transport. New developments in the fields of digital systems, on-board public transport vehicles and back office applications will greatly contribute to the operational performance and customer experience of public transportation.

With the new Dynniq VECOM on-board equipment, the VECOM2X, we unlocked the possibilities of the future of mobility. Cooperative and connected mobility are important developments in our society in the coming decades. Ultimately, the use of cooperative mobility will result in public transport vehicles that are able to provide traditional management systems with all the information that is currently obtained from the vehicle itself and from the roadside.

Vehicle communication

VECOM® by Dynniq stands for Vehicle Communication. Its principal function is to exchange real-time information between mobile vehicle equipment and stationary equipment located along the route. This solution identifies moving vehicles to regulate safety, priority and predictability. Vehicle identification can request priority at controlled junctions, control tram-track switches, report trams and buses entering and exiting bus stations and accurately localise and register vehicles. A transponder inside the vehicle and a VECOM inductive loop in the road enable the vehicle and the VECOM® Roadside system to exchange information with each other. The use of physical detection points provides more accurate and reliable positioning than alternative techniques. This way, VECOM enhances the quality of public transport even in the world’s busiest cities.

IT architecture and open standards

The VECOM2X adopts the latest standards in the IT architecture of public transport fleets to provide full interoperability with other modules in the vehicles and the outside world. The on-board unit is fully IP based and communicates via Ethernet with the other components in the vehicle. All interfaces and protocols comply with the ITxPT standards. In the near future, we are also launching the VECOM2X Hybrid, which combines the VECOM technology with the latest C-ITS technology. This is a full basis to enable complete cooperative and connected traffic management solutions, like eco-driving and optimized priority at intersections to improve the travel time and comfort for the traveller.

Coming soon

Our customer GVB, the public transport operator of Amsterdam, is one of the first to adopt this new standard into their new trams. GVB has ordered 63 trams, with an option of 60 additional trams, from the Spanish manufacturer CAF. These new trams (15G) will gradually be delivered to GVB starting in November 2019. After extensive testing the first new trams will be part of the daily operation as from winter 2019. All the new 15G trams will include our new VECOM2X on-board equipment. In the future, GVB will integrate the same system into their electric buses and revised trams as well.