Reducing waiting time for commuters


13 February 2015
Bus optimisation

NEC Laboratories in Europe and Singapore have developed a bus optimisation technology that will help to reduce the waiting time for commuters.

Speaking at the NEC Innovative Solutions Fair, Keiji Yamada, head of NEC Laboratories Singapore and senior vice President of NEC Asia Pacific, said that the new technology is expected to transform bus management systems and enhance the commuters’ experience.

The technology will make use of an optimisation algorithm that will perform analysis to determine delays to the bus based on bus data such as the location, distance from one bus to another or headway status as well as traffic conditions. Through the feedback provided, bus drivers will be able to adjust their driving speeds in order to improve bus arrival times and reduce excess waiting times.

On top of that, data on bus loading and crowds will be gathered from tap-in-tap-out payment devices on buses and video analytics cameras at bus stops. The information available will be used to facilitate regular spacing between buses or equalised bus headways as well as allow operators to dispatch buses to meet the demand of buses at bus stops. Simulation results have shown that the new technology will reduce unnecessary waiting time by 50 per cent, with trial runs already being implemented with bus and logistics operators in Singapore and Indonesia.