SEPTA CARD Replacement System

SEPTA CARD Replacement System

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
United States

Introba performed engineering services for a new Computer-Aided Radio Dispatch (CARD) System.

The SEPTA CARD System includes a Computer-Aided Dispatch/Automatic Vehicle Location (CAD/AVL) System, an 18-channel, P25 phase II, 700 MHz trunked radio system.  We completed the design, and specification, and provided bid support services for the CARD System.

The CARD System supports SEPTA’s fixed-route revenue buses, trackless trolleys, trolleys (City and Suburban), and the Norristown High-Speed Line at ten (10) depots operating throughout SEPTA’s entire greater Philadelphia metropolitan service area. The CAD/AVL system also supports Customized Community Transportation (CCT), which provides a paratransit service known as CCT Connect to individuals with disabilities and senior citizens.

The CARD System project includes the design and implementation of a distributed systems architecture with geographically separated primary and backup control centers for improved reliability under emergency situations.

The CARD System’s 700 MHz radio system supports voice communications while SEPTA’s existing 4G LTE cellular communications network supports CARD System data communications. A voice/data controller connects the IVCU to the current radio system, the new 700Mhz radio system, and provides VoIP functionality using the existing Digi Router to support primary and backup voice/data paths without the need for a manual transfer on all CAD/AVL System equipped vehicle.

The 700 MHz radio system supports interoperability with public safety agencies in Philadelphia and up to five surrounding counties. We also provided services for the replacement of the existing VHF radio system supporting rail operations. The replacement VHF radio system is a narrow-band, wide-area, conventional, simulcast VHF radio system.