MASSIVE VOLVO-VOLGREN PTA BUS DEAL GETS AUD$10m LOCAL SURVEILLANCE SUPPORT

By: Fabian Cotter


PERTH-BASED CCTV specialist DTI Group Ltd is to supply and fit approximately AUD$10 million worth of IP cameras and digital recording equipment for the recently announced PTA 900 Volvo-Volgren bus ‘mega contract’.

MASSIVE VOLVO-VOLGREN PTA BUS DEAL GETS AUD$10m LOCAL SURVEILLANCE SUPPORT
Volvo sub-contracted Malaga, WA, based Volgren to fit-out the new fleet of 900 buses. In turn, DTI will supply and install for Volgren its advanced CCTV recording system.

The Western Australia State Government awarded Volvo Bus Australia a AUD$549 million contract to deliver 900 new buses over the next decade, with the Swedish bus manufacturer sub-contracting Malaga-based company Volgren to fit-out the new fleet of buses.

In turn, DTI will supply and install its advanced CCTV recording system to Volgren for the PTA buses. DTI says it is proud of its long association with Volgren for the supply of equipment to public buses in Western Australia and welcomes the opportunity to continue this relationship. Deliveries are expected to commence in Q4 2019.

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WHO IS DTI?

DTI provides sophisticated surveillance systems, solutions and services to the mobile security industry worldwide, with offices also in the USA, UK, France and Poland. Its clients are transit agencies, transit operators, freight operators, law enforcement authorities and taxi organisations that utilise on-board recording equipment, fleet management systems, back-end mass storage and retrieval facilities, and end-to-end managed services.

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Sales and project delivery is undertaken both by DTI directly and through its global partners’ network, the company states.

DTI says it is a recognised supplier to the mass transit surveillance market with core technology development and system design activities undertaken from the company’s headquarters in Perth, Australia.

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THE PTA CONTRACT

The 900 new Volvo-Volgren buses will replace those reaching the end of their useful life and are to expand the fleet as METRONET projects come on-line, the WA Government states.

The modern, aluminium, low-floor diesel buses will have USB charging points, meet Euro6 emissions standards and will be fully accessible.

Volvo also outlined its potential to supply alternate technologies - including hybrid and full electric buses - which may be considered for trial by the Public Transport Authority in future, if such technologies are considered viable for Perth, the government confirms.

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In partnership with local manufacturer Volgren, Volvo will deliver eight new buses per month for the next decade under the milestone agreement, the government says.

The bus chassis will be built at Volvo's headquarters in Sweden before being delivered to Volgren. The local manufacturer will then build the bus body and fit-out the vehicles to be ready for service, the government explains.

In terms of West Australian employment, the contract secures the jobs of 81 local Volgren employees, and a further 80 throughout the local supply chain. Under the new contract, Volgren also plans to increase local fabrication and secure a local sub-component manufacturer.

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