ACT-based public transport provider ACTion is developing a $1.8 million bus communication system this year to improve personal safety for passengers and drivers.
ACTion is the sole provider of public bus transport in the ACT region.
By installing duress alarms, automated vehicle location through GPS (global positioning system) tracking and direct base-to-base contact for ACTion bus drivers, along with voice and data communications, the system is aimed at improving passenger and driver safety.
The system can also be expanded to accommodate new information services such as real-time information at bus stops and interchanges, ACTion officials said.
A trunked mobile radio network will also be used for the system, allowing ACTion access to a private resource of radio channels to deliver efficient communications.
ACT-based utility ActewAGL, an electricity, gas, water, wastewater and ISP, will supply the network.
The contract for the bus communication system was awarded to listed Melbourne-based business solutions vendor UXC.
ACTion officials said the system will go live across its fleet by the end of the year.