Tait Completes Transport for London DMR Bus Network
Wednesday, May 22, 2019 | Comments

Tait Communications completed the digital upgrade of Transport for London’s (TfL) surface fleet, fitting London’s 9,200 red buses with digital radio communications. 

Tait was selected last year to replace the British capital city’s bus radio communications system with a new Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) system. The project was successfully completed on time and within budget, the company said.

  The London bus network is made up of more than 650 contracted bus routes, providing more than 2 billion passenger journeys each year. The bus radio system provides high-reliability voice and data connections between all buses and TfL’s network of dispatch and control centers. Tait achieved initial cutover to the new system in November 2018, with operational commencement a month later.  

  “We place great value on our long-term relationship with Transport for London, so we’re delighted to have delivered fully on the trust placed in us,” said Garry Diack, CEO of Tait Communications. 

  The Unified Vehicle platform enables in-vehicle IP connectivity to future intelligent bus systems and additional communications such as Wi-Fi and cellular alongside mobile radio, and the ability to run data applications to improve operational efficiency and service levels. 

  Tait technology also allowed automation of the transition from analog to the new digital mobile radio platform. By automating the process of converting between the legacy device profiles to the new platform, and simultaneously generating a centralized management database for the devices, installation time was less than 20 minutes per vehicle. With a vehicle rollout rate peaking at 500 vehicles a month, it meant 9,000 vehicles were able to be rolled out within six months. 

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