Category Archives: Technology

3 tips to build a right-sized transit tech spec.

Posted on August 30, 2017
By Matt Schroeder

See if this sounds like you…

You work at a transit agency, and you wear a lot of hats. And not only are you overworked, but your staff is too. Most days, success is defined by just keeping your buses moving smoothly. You desperately need an upgrade to your Intelligent Transit System (or perhaps you just NEED an ITS), and after years of lobbying and cajoling your agency’s administrators you finally have both the approval and funding needed to begin the procurement process.

But there’s a catch (there’s always a catch) … YOU must be the one to write the RFP.

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Forget text-to-speech for your on-board announcements, pre-recorded audio is better.

Posted on July 26, 2017
By Matt Schroeder
Turn up the volume on pre-recorded audio. By John Maglio, President ETA Transit Systems Full disclosure: I’ve always disliked text-to-speech (TTS). It’s a wholly impersonal means of conveying critical information to passengers. From the sanitary, robotic pronunciation to the complete lack of support for local multi-lingual dialects. TTS is a poor way to connect with…
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Has your transit agency embraced digital communications?

Posted on June 13, 2017
By lltetamain
You know that shiny new Intelligent Transit System (ITS) your agency just invested hundreds of thousands of dollars to deploy? Well, odds are, you’ve only scratched the surface of one the most powerful and impactful features—its digital communication capabilities. We're talking automatic voice announcements, automatic stop announcements, and passenger information display system—the whole shebang. Digital…
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