telent awarded contract to upgrade London bus information system

telent, the technology services company, has been awarded a 12-year contract to develop core software and deliver web and mobile content as part of Transport for London’s upgrade of the city’s bus passenger information system.

The upgrade will see new signs rolled out at 2,500 stops across the capital.

telent’s solution will enable passengers to use their mobile phone or the internet to find out exactly when their next bus is due.

During the first phase of the contract, telent will be responsible for core software design and development, system build as well as testing and integration.

After rollout in 2011, telent will maintain the core system for the duration of the contract.

Commenting on the award, Peter Eccleson, General Manager Traffic Technology at telent, said: “We’re proud to have been awarded this major contract by Transport for London, and to help make ‘running for a bus’ a thing of the past for everyone who lives in or visits the capital. Our success here builds on telent’s proven systems integration capability and expertise in Real-Time Passenger Information systems. We look forward to working with Transport for London to deliver and maintain what will be a state-of-the-art passenger information system, unlike any other in the UK”.

telent already provides benefits to those travelling within and throughout the Midlands area through its in-house developed real-time passenger information system, MATISSE, which presents up-to-date travel information on-line (help2travel.com).

With annual revenues of over £350 million, telent has decades of experience in supplying a broad range of network and communications services in the UK and Germany. Today, the privately-held company employs over 2,500 people and has one of the largest engineering field forces in the UK. Customers include: Airwave, BT, Deutsche Bahn, EADS, Merseyside Fire & Rescue, the Metropolitan Police, National Express, Network Rail, Stagecoach, Tube Lines, and the UK Highways Agency.