Ubisense Transit Yard Manager™ keeps trains on track


Expanding on its industry-leading yard management solution, Ubisense has extended its Transit Yard Manager to meet the requirements of rail yards and added the capability to monitor and control maintenance processes.

As its solutions have been deployed in the transit industry, it has become clear to Ubisense that rail yards and maintenance facilities experience similar problems to bus transit facilities.  This has led Ubisense to develop an extension to their award-winning Transit Yard Manager ("TYM") solution, supporting precision location of engines and cars.  Rail operators can now have complete indoor and outdoor visibility of their yards reducing search times, and providing data on rail yard processes so they can be streamlined, reducing maintenance costs and inventory levels.

The Ubisense solution reliably tracks both the orientation of the engine or car and its location to a precision of 12 inches.  The TYM web based interface provides a simple means to search for specific rolling stock or groups of assets that share similar characteristics.  This reduces the amount of manual time spent documenting their location and provides reliable data to more effectively manage yard operations.

Additionally, TYM now reports on the dwell times of an engine as it moves through maintenance processes allowing managers to be alerted by email or SMS, if a process is taking too long or the correct steps are not followed.  Historical data can also be gathered and used to determine process improvements.  This data is commonly utilized in six sigma or lean manufacturing methodologies to eliminate cost.

Ubisense is installed in several bus transit organizations around the world and is completing its first installation in a large American passenger rail company.

"We are pleased to be able to expand our transit industry solutions to the rail industry," commented Jay Cadman, VP Sales and Marketing. "Accurate location is driving process improvements for our customers and we anticipate expanding further into other areas such as MRO and terminal solutions by working closely in conjunction with our customers."

Ubisense announces scheduling interface with HASTUS™

San Antonio, Texas, 3 October, 2010. Ubisense, the world leader in transit yard location solutions and provider of the Transit Yard Manager™ solution for transit agencies, now integrates with GIRO's HASTUS™ software and supports real-time information exchange with HASTUS, an integrated and modular solution for optimized transit planning, scheduling, and operations installed at more than 250 transit companies in 23 countries.

Transit Yard Manager from Ubisense provides real-time visibility for indoor garages and outdoor transit yards to an accuracy of less than one meter, delivering exact bay, lane, and position information instantaneously. The system utilizes ultra-wideband (UWB) technology to provide up-to-the-minute, precise location tracking performance in tightly enclosed cluttered areas where other RFID and wireless technologies fail.  Ubisense Transit Yard Manager eliminates the costs associated with manually logging the constantly moving vehicles in a yard, and ensures that the vehicle is parked exactly where is shown in the system.  Ubisense Transit Yard Manager is installed in both bus and rail operations at locations around the world including Metro Transit (Minneapolis) and JNGV in Jena, Germany.

By providing schedule system integration through a real-time connection to the HASTUS solution, a dispatcher can select a piece of work in the scheduling system, highlight a bus on the interactive map in Transit Yard Manager, and "click to assign". The application can then send the vehicle number and location to HASTUS.  With exact vehicle location in a yard, it is also possible to further automate the scheduling process using optimization tools available within HASTUS.

"One of the principal driving forces for transit agencies to deploy an automated vehicle location system within garages and yards is to increase the efficiencies with scheduling.  By connecting to HASTUS in real time, agencies will now be able to automatically indicate to driver operators the location of the vehicle without having to enter this information manually," said Ubisense CEO Americas, Russ Chandler. "We are excited to be able to work with our partners at GIRO to provide this additional capability to our customers."

According to GIRO's Benoît Lacroix, Director of Product Management - HASTUS, "GIRO recognizes our customers' avid interest in technology such as Transit Yard Manager. We are pleased this partnership will allow HASTUS users to benefit from automated yard tracking capabilities as well as further optimize daily operations with dynamic integration through our HASTUS-Connect tools."



About Ubisense
Ubisense is the world leader in Precise Real-Time Location Systems and Consulting Services, tracking people and assets with unmatched accuracy, and giving enterprises the power to bring visibility and control to previously intractable business processes. With over 500 customers Worldwide, Ubisense is revolutionizing industries today. For more information please visit www.ubisense.net

About GIRO

GIRO is a leading developer of integrated software solutions for public transportation services including bus, tram, subway, trolley, commuter rail, and more. The company's HASTUS solution offers comprehensive applications and innovative tools for improved planning and scheduling, operations, analysis, passenger information, and more. HASTUS combines advanced operations research optimization techniques with powerful data management tools that deliver tangible benefits for public transit authorities and private operators around the world. For more information about GIRO or HASTUS, please visit www.giro.ca


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