A Volvo Bus. Picture: Supplied.

A new transport system solution has been launched by information and communications technology (ICT) company Huawei. The presentation took place at the i-Transport & UATP Conference and Exhibition 2017 in Johannesburg.

The solution has been designed to provide a variety of safety and security features including in-bus video surveillance, accurate passenger tracking, emergency services communication, and real-time bus health data analysis. It is also said to provide a range of multimedia services for passenger entertainment.

Traffic management solution

Huawei said the solution was developed to provide a comprehensive traffic management solution using intelligent algorithms to support traffic data centres, video surveillance platforms and other ICT infrastructure.

The new solution was designed to be instrumental in the monitoring and controlling of urban traffic, as well as improve traffic safety and efficiency.

It will also have features which include traffic signal control, electronic policing, traffic flow data collection and traffic guidance. The company said these features will be operational through an integrated traffic management command control centre.

High-speed internet required

Huawei said that the enabling of high-speed internet connectivity to buses was central to the functioning of the tech solution. With this, stakeholders could gain access to high-definition in-bus video surveillance.

The company said this could be used to monitor driver and passenger status, analyse driver performance, highlight potential safety issues (such as suspicious passenger activities), and even allow for quick connectivity to emergency services in the event of an accident or crime.

Video surveillance

Huawei said that Internet Protocol (IP) cameras can be installed on the inside, outside, front and rear ends of the bus to provide a holistic view of the vehicle’s surroundings.

Live video data will also be captured and sent to the command centre in an effort to monitor road conditions and driver or passenger activities.

Huawei said that in the case of an emergency, a button would be available for the driver to press and alarms will be sounded at the command centre.

“The video data will make it possible for the centre to respond to incidents immediately,” Huawei said.

SA hasn’t adopted solution yet

Despite the introduction of the new solution, Huawei South Africa’s managing director, Alex Du, said that no formal deals were made yet, however discussions with interested stakeholders were taking place.

“We are also engaging with local partners to develop apps that can be integrated,” Du said.

“With an integrated design and an open platform, the solution will be able to help bus operators reduce maintenance costs, enable the offering of additional value-added services, and overall traveling experience for South African passengers,” Du said.

The technology company added that it believes the solution can be widely adapted across many industries throughout Africa.