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Venice Maritime Traffic Monitoring

Thetis has designed and implemented SIMNAV, an integrated system for a precise supervision of ship navigation across the Venice lagoon inlets.

Distributed intelligence architecture supplies a detailed traffic image to the Venice Control Centre, thanks to the integration of data from radars, AIS base stations, cameras and GPS onboard devices.

The traffic image is distributed to other supervision centres (Pilots, Coast Guards and Port Authorities).Another system (STIM) has been implemented, to increase the operative capacity of the Port of Venice, its security and the safety of navigation.

STIM includes the real-time monitoring of navigation from the port inlets up to the berths.

Other systems have been implemented by Thetis in the Venice lagoon.

A camera- based speed detection system for navigation surveillance, integrated with variable speed limit signs has significantly reduced average speed and consequent shore damages caused by waves.

A system for the real-time measurement of sea currents at the port inlets has been supporting Pilots during the construction of the flood protection barriers.

Beijing Integrated System

In China Thetis implemented an innovative system for the integrated management of public transport, traffic and air quality monitoring.

The system was deployed for the Beijing Olympics within the Sino-Italian cooperation program of the Ministry of Environment.

When pollution data coming from a network of fixed, mobile and portable stations approaches particular thresholds, it is possible to restrict the access inside the second ring of the city by the most polluting vehicles, which are registered in a database.

A traffic monitoring network along the second ring road counts and classifies all vehicles and detects the polluting ones through license plate recognition.

A public transport management system makes it possible to bring people in and out of the second ring road area during traffic limitation.

Data regarding air quality, traffic and public transport are collected at a Data Centre and displayed on a GIS system which allows cross analysis and gives input to a traffic/environment simulation model.

The model permits the analysis of different scenarios and supports the decisions of the authorities in terms of mobility.

The public transport management system includes a control centre with video wall, operator workstations and software modules for service planning, real-time monitoring of over 2000 buses equipped with onboard computer, driver terminal, audio and video information to passengers, passenger counters, info displays at bus stops with next arrival forecasts, depot systems and a reporting system for service analysis and certification.

Milan Waste Collection

Thetis implemented a system for the GPS tracking and tracing, service recognition and weighing automation of over 700 vehicles dedicated to street cleaning and garbage collection in Milan.

The system includes a control centre and software modules for service data analysis and for the automation of weighing procedures.

The onboard computers collect positions and service data and send them via GPRS to the control centre at the end of each work mission.

A specific software module compares the actual service with the planned one and manages all messages inserted by the drivers.

The weighing procedures are carried out automatically, thus avoiding any stops on the weighbridge.

Data from each work missions are automatically associated to the weighing process and the total time for the completion of the mission after weighing is reduced to less than 10 seconds.

The system uses specific TAGs with RFID technology to recognise the vehicle approaching the weighbridge.

Malta Public Transport

Thetis supplied an integrated system that includes real-time control of about 350 buses, real time passenger information feeds and display, electronic ticketing, video surveillance, passenger counting, barriers at gates and ticket management of three park & ride sites.

The technology is supported by comprehensive back office and central control system.

As a part of the system, the control centre sends bus arrival information to around 100 electronic displays at bus terminals and bus stops, and deliver that information also through SMS.

Buses will also feature next stop displays and announcements to help those on board keep track of where they are on their journey.

The electronic ticketing system includes the supply of terminals for on-board ticket sales, on-board ticket validators, terminals for selling tickets and passes at authorized agencies, automated machines for off-board ticket sales.

Cairo Parking Areas

Thetis won a call for tenders held by UNDP/GEF (United Nations Development Programme and Global Environmental Facilities), which, together with the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency, is financing the “Sustainable Transport Project for Egypt”, with the aim of reducing energy consumption and climate change emissions in the Egyptian transport sector, improve air quality in urban centres and organize the public transport system.Specifically, Thetis provided a Variable Sign Message (VMS) system which has been successfully installed in Cairo city center to direct car drivers to vacant places in nearest multi-level parking areas.

The VMS system includes 14 signs connected with 10 parking areas equipped with counting systems.

Emilia-Romagna Region Public Transport

Thetis, as a partner of Telecom Italia the main Italian telecommunications company, provides its software on board the buses which operate throughout the bus network of Emilia-Romagna Region, within the project for the Integrated passenger information services at regional level.

Specifically, the Automatic Vehicle Monitoring system for the cities of Bologna, Ferrara, Piacenza, Reggio-Emilia and Parma is based on Thetis onboard solution.

The onboard system includes bus localization, real-time service monitoring, voice and data communication with the local control centers (TETRA and 3G), interface with the ticketing system, interface with line indicator display, management of audio and visual information to the passengers, video surveillance and other functions.

Rome Public Transport

Thetis software solution is adopted for monitoring the public transport service of the outskirts of Rome (approximately 500 buses).

The AVM (Automatic Vehicle Monitoring) solution includes a central system, which assist the everyday Roma tpl’s work dispatching, controlling, regulating and optimizing the bus service.

The software suite comprises also applications for vehicle maintenance and claims management.

Thetis on-board systems include heavy duty computer, touchscreen driver terminal, interface with line indicator display, management of audio and visual information to the passengers (on and off board), integrated video surveillance system (local footage and real time video stream in case of alarm), passenger counting and interface with engine data (vehicle telemetry / remote diagnostic).

The on board equipment includes also Thetis double sided multimedia systems, which can combine real time information with infotainment contents and locations based marketing.

The system implements several innovative and tailored functionalities, among which a reliable service certification functionality.

Specifically, key performance indicators of the service are automatically calculated and used as contractual parameters for the contract between bus operator and local transport authority.

Liverpool Public Transport

Merseytravel, the passenger transport executive of the Liverpool City Region, awarded a framework contract to Thetis to establish the central RTI system, receiving data from approximately 1200 buses.

The RTI system is based on Thetis platform, it is multi-operator and multi-user, acquires real time data coming from ticket machines and GPS equipment installed  on board the buses using standard formats, estimates the service status based on planned data and provides passenger information combining also data coming from other different modes.

The RTI system includes also a comprehensive reporting tool.

Newcastle Upon Tyne Public Transport

Nexus, the Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Executive, appointed Thetis for design and implementation of an AVL-RTI solution capable to take vehicle location and prediction data from any public transport provider within the Tyne and Wear area and supply Real Time Information to any third  party systems.

Thetis provided an integrated AVL-RTI Data Broker which collects service planning and real time data coming from different bus operators and rail services in standard formats, and provides relevant information to journey planners, UTMS (to manage Bus Priority at signal junctions), etc.

The AVL-RTI solution provided includes also a Display Management Systems which delivers real time data and other contents to the displays at the main bust terminals and bus stops.

The system is scoped and sized to enable not only Tyne and Wear area, but all North East LTA and Bus Operators to access the system (approximately 2000 buses and 1000 displays).

Venice Public Transport

Thetis has implemented the multi-modal public transport management system for the Venice area, including more than 150 boats (motorboats and ferries), 650 buses and 20 trams, integrating the first full-contactless ticketing system in Italy.

A main control center with 5 remote control stations monitor in real time waterborne and bus transport services.

The onboard systems include high end onboard computer, touchscreen driver terminal, interface with contactless ticketing system, interface with line indicator display, management of audio and visual information to the passengers, interface with video surveillance, passenger counting and other functions.

The control center includes also a unified passenger information system, which manages the displays and variable message signs installed at the main boarding places and at the bus stops in the mainland, and provide real time information through an open platform.