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Safe, reliable and sustainable transport networks

  • Public transport is in a state of change. Burdened with staff shortages and increasingly constrained budgets, operators must improve efficiency through use of better data and systems integration and increasingly support drivers and staff, who are increasingly required to be more flexible and responsive to changing needs.

    Following the coronavirus pandemic, customers must be lured back by addressing safety concerns and making public transport an appealing, safe and reliable option. This can be supported through the implementation of accurate and personalized real-time information systems, mobile apps and flexible ticketing solutions.

    Operators are also facing the challenge of moving towards zero-emissions operations. Electric buses, for instance, entail new ways of managing fleets including better real-time data on fleet performance and charge management.

    Finally, there’s increased awareness of the need to make public transport equitable and accessible for all passengers.

The key trends shaping the future of transport

  • Customer focus: More than ever, transport providers are focusing on customers to promote the use of public transport, emphasizing comfort, safety and security.
  • Smart technologies including IoT, AI and big data analytics are reshaping the industry. These tools can help optimize routes, reduce wait times, and improve overall operational efficiency.
  • Mobility as a Service (MaaS) integrates different transport services into a single service accessible on demand. This is about offering a customer-centered approach to public transport, providing personalized travel planning services and unified payment systems.
  • Autonomous or driverless buses are expected to revolutionize public transport. They promise increased safety and efficiency, although there are still significant regulatory, technological, and societal hurdles.
  • Integration of Active Transport Modes: Incorporating biking and walking paths with traditional public transport options is becoming more common. This trend not only promotes healthier lifestyles but also addresses last-mile connectivity issues.
  • Demand-Responsive Transport (DRT): DRT systems are emerging, especially in areas with lower demand, offering more flexible routes and schedules based on real-time passenger requests.
  • Regulatory and Funding Challenges: Public transport operators and authorities face ongoing challenges related to regulatory changes and securing adequate funding, especially in the context of increasing demands for sustainable and socially equitable transport solutions.
  • A larger trend is the continued expansion of public-private partnerships (PPPs) needed to fund and manage bigger and increasingly complex public transport systems. Expertise, risks and investments can be shared.

NEC's suite of services harmonizes urban mobility. From operational management to data analysis, and enhancing passenger engagement and safety, NEC's solutions respond to modern city needs, driving the transport sector forward.

NEC Mobility Platform

The NEC Mobility Platform is an integrated suite of next-generation services for managing transport systems. It is a cloud-based platform where users choose only components that are needed, from daily operations management to data analytics insights. Operators benefit from its modular, API-driven approach with seamless components, while drivers can control all applications from vehicle communications to passenger information.

NEC Mobility Platform

Operational Intelligence

A suite of solutions for bus operators including scheduling, planning and daily operations.
The Operational Control Center solution includes driver support functions such as navigation and headway management,
advanced driver assist and coaching services, planning and scheduling and a swathe of other services.

Safety & Security

A suite of solutions for monitoring of vehicles using video surveillance including AI support for incident management, bus lane incursions with integration to the Operations Control Center to provide headquarters with real-time insights into incidents.
The portion includes Advanced Driver Assistance and Driver Performance Systems to assist fleets in training bus drivers to drive more safely and efficiently.

Customer Focused

A suite of solutions focused on passengers including mobile apps, onboard and street-side services that provide accurate and real-time information and travelling options for passengers.
These services are designed to support people with differing abilities making public transit more accessible to all members of the public.

Smart Ticketing

A suite of solutions that allow for a variety of payment options including cEMV, ABT and single-journey tickets through mobile devices, credit/debit cards, physical media and other forms.

Why NEC ?

30 years' experience in transit, Japanese quality and reliability
Industry-leading technology solutions and a record of excellence
Global network with over 200 offices for local support
Committed to the principles of integrity, reliability, and excellence

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