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A CENTURY OF AUTOMOTIVE VISION SAFET Y 90-21 144th Place, Jamaica, New York 11435 TEL (800) 227-2095 • FAX (718) 297-0323 Rosco's Dual-Vision XC is the most cost effective windshield based camera that offers all the benefts of event based recording with the added beneft of continuous recording. MOR-Vision ™ helps to confrm safe reverse operations with simple replacement of the standard OEM interior mirror. MOR-Vision's optional two camera system takes safety to the next level with a new second camera option. The second interior or exterior camera can be installed anywhere on the inside or outside of the bus for enhanced visibility and safety. MOR-VISION ™ DUAL -VISION XC SEE MORE WITH MIRROR / MONITOR BACKUP CAMERA SYSTEM CONTINOUS AUTOMOTIVE EVENT RECORDER WI-FI CAPABILITY 3+ CAMERA VIEWS P/N: STSK5530 P/N: DV231 THE COMPLETE SAFETY SOLUTION included Heidelberg, Germany; Sao Pau- lo, Brazil; Prague and stateside, systems in Portland, Ore. and Salt Lake City. TECH MANAGEMENT, INTEGRATION New for this year's EXPO were seven "Learning Zones," which highlighted the latest product innovations as well as in- ternational presentations with lessons learned from a global perspective. During the "Management and Inte- gration of New Technologies" Learning Zone, panelists discussed technology tools and resources as key enablers to the business processes and operations and of virtually all transit agencies. Clair Fiet, chief technology officer, Utah Transit Authority, delved into how necessary technology has become to the success of transit agencies. "IT is not just a service anymore, we're a contributor to the strategy of our organization," he explained. Fiet also noted that as technology pro- gresses, there are going to be more de- mands from millennials for accuracy and reliability, which means there is great op- portunity. However, as more and more systems become technologically fo- cused, integrating them into one another has become more difcult. With the nu- merous diferent applications requiring integration on a bus, for example, there is a bigger need for a centralized system. Michael C. Hubbell, VP, maintenance, Dallas Area Rapid Transit agreed with Fiat that new technology really needs to be confrmed as reliable and sustainable. He discussed how necessary it is for each component of a technological system, as it is updated, to initially and continually integrate and function well with the other components and not just independent- ly. He also mentioned how important it is for someone within the organization to take ownership of any new technology the company acquires, and have an out- lined budget for it, because putting in into vehicles and maintaining them is a huge investment. William Tsuei, senior manager, infor- mation technology, for El Monte, Calif.- based Access Services, reiterated what Hubbell and Fiat touched upon about how each new technological system can't be siloed but must be expected to work with other existing programs. Roberto Treviño, VP, engineering and capital projects, Houston METRO, talked about the difculties with initially select- ing the technologies rather than the backend of managing them. He gave an example of a center lane transit system Houston installed that had a steep learn- ing curve for riders and led to an increase in accidents. Te solution was to add stat- ic LED alerts about upcoming vehicles that were so popular the applications were requested in the expansions as well. But the county realized quickly that they were too costly to maintain, so they had to fnd a more cost-efective solution while still providing the service. His emphasis was that agencies shouldn't go with tech- nology that hasn't been proven in their personal environments. 17 NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2014 m ETRO m AGAZINE >

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