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Australian transport on track with SCADA

16 June 2008

Wayfarer Transit Systems claims it has boosted efficiency, security, economy and service on the Transperth system in Perth, Australia.

The UK based public transport industry specialist implemented the multi-modal transportation system that provides real time monitoring, control, trend analysis and reporting.

Perth’s public transport system is integrated across bus, train and ferry services, allowing passengers to sign on and off between all modes of transport. The system issues tickets, processes transactions, determines locations of buses and operates automatic gates.

A CitectSCADA system, comprising 2-5000 point full system keys and 25 – 5000 point client displays, provides supervisory monitoring over the entire system, via PTA’s wireless LAN network.

‘This is the first time to our knowledge that a SCADA system has been used for such an application,’ said Paul Moirano, marketing manager for Wayfarer.

The Citect system provides real time monitoring of Wayfarer supplied Rail Tag On/Tag Off devices (SCPs and Gates). It provides local, central and head office control of automatic fare gates, including emergency release of all gates system wide. Status monitoring of add value machines within the SmartRider system and integration with the Wayfarer Tidal Flow Program for the automatic changing of gate entry/exit mode, based on times of day are also covered. Furthermore the system monitors key business critical servers and controls user specific log-in privileges.

In addition, the SCADA system also provides all alarms and trend analysis and status monitoring of wireless LAN Access points and PCs installed within the bus and ferry depots throughout the SmartRider network.

Citect UK MD, Paul Hurst, described the application as ‘unusual’ for Citect but stressed that it showed the company’s potential to move outside its traditional areas.


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