Multitasking is imperative for employees of the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District (CUMTD). Imagine the coordination needed to provide more than 11,000,000 rides per year with 100-plus vehicles along more than 40 routes. Technology keeps CUMTD running smoothly.
When it was time to upgrade the CUMTD control center, AECom was asked designed the system and Zdi won the bid to implement AECom’s design. The update required a live video feed from 300 newly installed cameras that monitored high-traffic terminal areas as well as the administrative and facility buildings at CUMTD.
A large video wall was designed to display the different camera locations, routes, and the traffic to affectively monitor patrons and service. Zdi lead engineer Jay McArdle helped with the layout of the content and the windows on the wall, which is comprised of 10 CHRISTIE FHD551-X tiled LCD flat panels. (As one of the first installs of this technology from Christie, a case study was completed by Christie and can be read here.) These flat panels are built to run for only 20 hours in a 24-hour period, but CUMTD needs 24-hour coverage. So McArdle devised a schedule for switching off the bottom five screens for a four-hour rest, then doing the same for the top five. This keeps the panels from running over their factory warranty rating.
CUMTD’s technical director Brad Cronk says “Zdi was immediately responsive to our requests. All technicians were knowledgeable and well prepared.” Karl Gnadt, director of market development attests “the [dispatchers] love the new control center, love the screens and their ability to enlarge images and see video feeds.”
In fact, CUMTD staff was so pleased, they asked Zdi to provide a solution for a new conference room. Zdi installed an 80-inch, touch interactive display, giving the CUMTD staff more simplified information sharing in presentations and meetings while minimizing complicated controls and wiring.
Gnadt stresses that employees, visitors, and guests alike are very impressed. The customers would be too, if they only knew of the behind-the-scenes technology that makes CUMTD run without a hitch.