Motorcoach

MCI debuts new fleet monitoring technology

Posted on May 23, 2011

[IMAGE]MCI-Commuter-Coach-2011-May-23-2011-2.jpg[/IMAGE]Motor Coach Industries (MCI) officially debuted the ACTIA Smart Power Multiplex System to on its 2011 MCI Commuter Coach at the American Public Transportation Association’s 2011 Bus & Paratransit Conference May 22 to 25 in Memphis, Tenn.

The ACTIA Multiplex system is now standard on all new MCI D-Series models equipped with 2010 engine technology.

[IMAGE]MCI-ACTIA-Dash-May-23-2011-2.jpg[/IMAGE]State-of-the-art smart, the ACTIA Multiplex system is fourth-generation technology.

“There’s less complexity and more capabilities to maximize a coach’s performance over its entire lifetime,” said Ibrahem Abdalla, MCI electrical project engineer, whose team conducted the four-year research and development project to adapt the U.S. developed and produced technology already proven on American military vehicles.


“For example, ACTIA’s Power Management Module uses four modules, as opposed to the current MUX systems that use up to 13 modules," he added. "Its super-fast microprocessor speeds real-time data and includes more memory capacity for future expansion. Operators may also customize some functions to gain additional coach-related data.”

MCI D-Series models also feature a reconfigured, drive-centric dash to accommodate the new system. Updated with backlit multiplexed rocker switches and illuminated gauges, the dash offers drivers easy interfacing.  A new speedometer includes ACTIA’s message center with access to real-time information including trip mileage; warnings on functions ranging from fast idle to brake pad checks and powertrain fault codes. 

The ACTIA system also features a touchscreen LCD Diagnostic Display provides technicians with single-point access to inputs and outputs throughout the entire coach, making it simple to understand coach electrical information, powertrain fault codes and more.

“The system is designed to take more of the troubleshooting burden off the technician,” said Abdalla. “And, there are telemetric applications that allow operators with larger fleets to manage coaches remotely.”

ACTIA, based in Elkhart, Ind., is a supplier of vehicle electronics and diagnostic manufacturing.

MCI has already begun to deliver coaches featuring the new system. The Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) took delivery of 18 new MCI Commuter Coaches featuring ACTIA Multiplexing at the beginning of the year and is now operating them 14 hours a day on Maryland’s ICC, an 18.8-mile toll road linking Montgomery County to Prince George’s County.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

ABA, AAA implore leaders to address DC parking crisis

The groups urged planners to add parking near the National Mall for the millions of people who will visit by bus and car over the next several months, kicking off with the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

UMA operators hold 418 appointments during 'Capitol Hill Days'

In their meetings, UMA members shared information about their own businesses and rallied for backing of three critical needs: opposition of FMCSA's proposal to raise the Federal financial responsibility limits, support of Rep. Barletta's proposal  to remove CSA scores from public view until the data used to calculate the score can be improved, and support to preserve the current charter service rule.

Trailways taps Outstanding Motorcoach Driver of the Year

David Cooper of Pacific Coachways Trailways in Garden Grove, Calif., was presented by Bob Crescenzo, VP, safety & loss control, at Lancer Insurance, the awards event sponsor.

Chinatown bus passengers attack driver

State police said the driver did not speak or understand English and did not know he was supposed to stop in Richmond, Va. The driver was reportedly dragged out of his chair, while the bus was swerving in and out of lanes for a half mile or so.

ABA names new VP, Government Affairs

Suzanne Te Beau Rohde will succeed ABA's sr. VP, Government Affairs and Policy, Clyde Hart, who is retiring after 14 years.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

Please sign in or register to .    Close