New Flyer Connect® is Supporting
Data-Driven Smart Cities with
Advanced Performance Analytics
18 | Mass Transit | MassTransitmag.com | JULY/AUGUST 2018
New Flyer of America Inc. (New Flyer)
is constantly building upon its legacy of industry
leading innovation, and a key area
of its focus is enabling smart mobility in
transit throughout North America. More
New Flyer is supporting the smart mobility
transformation: New Flyer Connect®
CONNECT is progressive technology
that provides smart city connectivity to
enhance transportation mobility.
What is CONNECT?
It’s exclusive on-board telematics
technology from New Flyer that communicates
real-time GPS and analytic data to
cy, safety, and preventative maintenance.
First introduced in 2011, CONNECT is currently
installed on over 6,500 New Flyer
transit buses throughout North America.
CONNECT is now standard on every new
zero-emission Xcelsior CHARGE™ battery
electric bus, and optionally available
on all New Flyer models.
How Does it Work?
CONNECT monitors all vehicle on-board
controllers and databus systems, while
recording GPS location to enable remote
real-time monitoring and to allow two-way
communication with the bus. CONNECT
utilizes cellular communications and stateof
the-art cybersecurity technology to
send and receive data. Cloud-computing
provides valuable performance analytics,
anytime and anywhere – whether on
a laptop, desktop, or (newly-introduced)
CONNECT mobile app from any mobile
smartphone or tablet.
How it Leads to Real
World Payback for
San Francisco Muni (Muni) recently
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further reduce bus idling while parked,
with the objective of minimizing noise,
fuel consumption, and emissions. New
Flyer implemented an engine shutdown
Simply put, “livability” is the element of a
community that makes people want to live there.
It is the result of several factors that add up to
create a community’s quality of life.
By David Warren, Director, Sustainable Transportation and
Lindy Norris, Director, Marketing Communications, New Flyer of America