With current environmental concerns and over-crowding in big cities, the focus on improving public transportation is on the rise again. This puts pressures on the industry to begin adapting to the technological boom of the last decade. While safety and efficiency is paramount, there are additional ways to improve public transportation.
These improvements can benefit the drivers/operators, the safety of the passengers, and the passengers themselves. Bus-mounted All-in-Ones can help improve maintenance, keep passengers informed, and improve ticketing systems.
Whether the panel is being mounted near the top of the bus or railcar or being put in the hands of an operator, here a few advantages to integrating rugged All-in-Ones into passenger transportation:
- Passenger Information and Alerts. Passengers can use All-in-Ones to view information on routes, delays, and estimated time to their destination. All-in-Ones can also display service information, transport rules, and transfer details.
- In Field Data Transfer. With built-in Bluetooth and 4G LTE, All-in-ones can be used to securely transfer payment and other data. They can connect to many payment readers and the small footprint does not take up the space-strained transport.
- Fleet Management. Mounted All-in-Ones can offer an efficient way for operators and technicians to communicate about needed repairs and issues, so they can be quickly solved. Maintenance reminders on the screen can let the manager know when to schedule inspections, and operators can let the office know when a problem occurs, so it can be tracked.
- Advertising and Infotainment. The compact size of rugged All-in-ones can target passengers with ads on local businesses creating another revenue stream. The public can also get health and safety information and other local departments PSAs.
Purpose-built rugged All-in-Ones are designed to integrate easily into any existing systems. Their durability also protects them against any extreme conditions. No matter the weather, they will not malfunction due to water, extreme temperature, snow, or humidity. This kind of reliability is limited to rugged technology.
While lighter, less rugged computers may accomplish the necessary functions, they may not hold up as a long-term investment. Less durable consumer-grade all-in-ones may be hard to integrate, and not stand up to constant vibration. This makes them unfit for professional situations, and the results may be unsatisfactory.
By using transportation ready purpose-built rugged All-in-Ones, it can be easier to give operators and passengers technology to improve the ride. Many of the operating systems are familiar, and they are easy to program for specific purposes. With reliable systems and a user-friendly format, they are perfect for use in the public transportation industry.