The Customer Requirements: We needed tablets that were good value for money and have good visibility in daylight, had good battery life and could support both windows and android. These were to go into search and rescue, forestry plus other areas. They needed to provide mapping functions and support situational awareness applications.
They needed to be usable in a vehicle with good GPS capture inside the vehicle. They needed a good low profile docking station as well as being able to break out USB and also Ethernet as a value add. The unit needed to be powered off the vehicle.
We also needed a user carry-able unit that had USB and power supply. We have shown Globcom the ideal solution we want re a micro dock to bring out USB etc from the base of the unit. This keeps the IP rating up and also reduce damage to the USB socket. The suppliers are adaptable and are receptive to the ideas feeding them back to the manufacturer to enhance the product.
The Solution: Using situational awareness in the field and connecting via RNDIS (Ethernet over USB) into Mototrbo DMR radios. Also uses WLAN and cellular when able.
Customers like the concept.
The End Result: Successful field testing with a view to rolling out a bigger fleet of tablets providing bright daylight screens etc.
The Customer Requirements: Bus Travel NZ is the only contracted bus service supplier directly for the Auckland Airport carrying over 2 million passengers per year. We also operate a private commercial service called “The Yellow Bus” which provides travelers with a service between the airport and various hotels in the Airport area. The service runs 24 hrs a day 365 days a year and is an integral part of live at the Auckland Airport.
For our commercial Yellow Bus Service we needed to move from an archaic paper based system to a modern electronic ticketing system that customers could pre purchase tickets online as well as tickets from sites at the terminals to be electronically validated on the buses. This would require specific software to be written and a simple but rugged solution as hardware on the buses.
Our Solution: Rugged tablets, bar code scanners and thermal ticket printers. All which could be powered from a 24v source and withstand the mobile environment of a bus with vibration, voltage spikes heat and dust but be reliable and durable.
The End Result: The outcome has been a easy to use reliable ticketing system that has increased revenue and provided back office reporting and patronage data. Big improvement on our previous system that is now an integral part of our business.
We are an IT systems integrator / solution provider for GIS mapping services and Infrastructure solutions including on premise and cloud services. We are the sole provider of a leading product from ESRI, the GIS provider.
We also offer communications solutions for corporates and government entities. Some of these solutions are provided for places that can’t get general communications by the normal providers. We have around 105 + employees.
Brent Early - Bus Travel NZ
Simon Watt-Wyness - Eagle Technology Group Ltd