Metro, the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (Houston), Texas, awarded a $20 million dollar contract for an integrated vehicle operations management system to INIT Inc., the subsidiary of INIT AG.
INIT will supply its technology for fleet dispatch, control and management to be installed in the control center and on a fleet of 1,350 buses.
The Metro control center will be operating with a JAVA-based computer-aided dispatch and automatic vehicle location system.
The buses will be equipped with INIT's COPILOTpc based on Microsoft's embedded Windows XP operating system.
The 1,350 vehicles will be equipped with next stop announcement units, mobile radios for data radio communication and automatic passenger counters.
Transit signal priority systems will be installed on 1,072 vehicles and used at approximately 1,250 intersections.