Technology change

Technology designed to make management easier is being adapted to the new Gold Coast light rail system

Technology change
Technology change

Brendan Ryan, of by Moore Stephens Technology Australia, showcases the product at the Australian Bus + Coach Show 2013

By Amie Hickland | October 10, 2013

Software designed to streamline the operation of buses in Australia is being adapted to fit the new Gold Coast light rail system.

The public transport management system, called BaCS, was developed by Moore Stephens Technology Australia and is being adapted to fit the needs of the light rail industry.

The company had the technology on display at the Australian Bus + Coach Show 2013 in Sydney last month.

Consultant Joel Edgeley says the BaCS solution is designed to innovate and simplify.

The technology streamlines entire business operations, which means everything from scheduling, maintenance, supply chain, human resources, payroll and finance,
are all packaged into a single solution.

"In the bus and coach industry, there’s a few systems out there but there’s none that are as technologically advanced," he says.

"They haven’t got the all-in-one box solution."

Edgeley says after winning a competitive tender process, they are currently adapting the system to suit the light rail requirements.

One of the main differences to be addressed is light rail sticks to a specific route, and the infrastructure for the route needs to managed and maintained.

This is opposed to buses which can travel varying routes and bus operators are not responsible for the route maintenance such as the roads and traffic lights.

"It’s the same core system, we’re just changing it slightly and tweaking it," he explains.

"We’re changing it to suit the light rail industry."

The Gold Coast light rail system is currently being built and is expected to be in operation from mid-2014.

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