Güliz Özturk with the KentTablet onboard public transport computer.
Turkey’s KentKart comes to the World Congress having signed seven contracts in seven months for its KentTablet onboard public transport computer.
The KentTablet is positioned beside the bus driver and has multiple functions. It acts as a ticket validator, a vehicle tracker (it has GPS and GPRS installed) and transmits information such as time of arrival to ‘smart’ bus stops.
The device first became operational in Belgrade, Serbia, early this year. Since then, it has been designated as the main product in public transport projects in five Turkish cities – Burdur, Mersin, Antalya, Alanya and Antakya – as well as Tczew (Poland), Borsod (Hungary) and Lahore (Pakistan).
The multi-functionality was built in to the KentTablet after research by the company into bus companies’ requirements: “Customers want end-to-end solutions. They don’t want to get separate systems that can’t communicate with each other,” said international marketing manager Güliz Özturk.
“The KentTablet can issue tickets, it can communicate with interior and exterior bus signs and can send messages to the main dispatch centre, for example, in case of violence by passengers, or an accident, or if maintenance is needed.
“We can also send SMS messages to the driver to change his route.”