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Intelligent transport monitoring for Canadian buses.

Visual Defence : 04 June, 2007  (Application Story)
Visual Defence to provide data management system to monitor transport in the Canadian city of Laval.
Visual Defence has announced that following a competitive
bidding process it has been awarded a $CAD 2.6 million dollar project to
provide the Societe de transport de Laval (STL) with an intelligent
transport system. The system is designed to improve operations,
communications and service quality through the integration of multiple
streams of traffic data into a common management system. The project
encompasses system design and installation, as well as a 10-year data
communications contract worth an additional $CAD 1.5 million.

STL services the City of Laval, the third largest city in the province of
Quebec, with a fleet of 230 buses and an annual passenger volume of more than 18.8
million. The intelligent transport system will utilise
sophisticated convergence technology from Visual Defence to provide STL with
the ability to monitor vehicle routes, status and schedule adherence in

"We believe the Visual Defence solution will provide us with easy-to-use
data enabling us not only to meet our current objectives of reduced manual
processing time, improved accuracy and timeliness of bus schedule
information and improved quality of service for our passengers, but also
allow us the flexibility to add new functionality to meet future demands,"
says Pierre Giard, General Manager for STL.

The system will combine Automatic Vehicle Locating (AVL), passenger
counting, Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) and voice communication systems, as
well as integrate the city's existing scheduling software. Data from the
integrated system will generate alarms at the central monitoring centre
according to parameters defined by STL. For example, the central monitoring
centre will be notified if the number of passengers or vehicle speed exceeds
a specified capacity, vehicle fuel drops below a specified threshold,
vehicles are idle for an extended period of time or if buses are running
behind schedule. The central monitoring centre will also be notified of
emergencies on the bus through the on-board integrated emergency system.

"Visual Defence is pleased to have been selected to design and implement
STL's intelligent transportation system," said Dagan Sadeh, CEO for Visual
Defence. "This new solution, coupled with the improvements to the voice
communication system, will provide STL with the tools it needs to improve
overall operational efficiency leading to customer satisfaction and
increased passenger volumes."

System installation will begin in June 2007 and is scheduled for completion
by April 2008.

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