Winnipeg Transit launches pilot project to increase bus safety

Winnipeg Transit launches pilot project to increase bus safety

LTE modems on buses to enable live streaming of camera feeds in emergency situations

Released: 11:06 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – As part of Winnipeg Transit’s ongoing commitment to increasing operator and passenger safety, a pilot project to live stream bus camera feeds into Transit’s Control Centre in emergency situations is now underway.

Bus operators are trained to contact Transit’s Control Centre in emergencies, and with this new technology, Control Centre supervisors will be able to immediately tap into the live camera feed from the bus to assess the situation and dispatch the appropriate emergency services. The Transit Control Centre is staffed by Transit supervisors 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The pilot project will take place over a six-month period, includes a total of 50 buses, and involves the use of existing LTE modem technology on those buses which allows the bus cameras to connect to the Transit Control Centre in real time in emergency situations.

Winnipeg Transit began installing LTE modems on buses in 2019 as part of its commitment to updating the technology and technical capabilities of its fleet. The pilot project makes use of existing camera technology on buses and didn’t require the installation of any additional equipment.

The recommendation for the live camera feed pilot project was made by the Transit Advisory Committee (TAC). The TAC consists of a bus operator representative, and representatives from Transit management, the Winnipeg Police Service, the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU), the Winnipeg Association of Public Service Officers (WAPSO), the Winnipeg Committee for Safety, Functional Transit, and is chaired by Councillor Matt Allard, chairperson of the Standing Policy Committee on Infrastructure Renewal and Public Works.

For more information on Winnipeg Transit’s live camera feed pilot project, please visit Winnipeg Transit – Pilot project.

City to conduct controlled burns in natural areas

Released: 2:34 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – The City of Winnipeg will be conducting controlled burns in various natural areas throughout the city between June 2 and June 18, 2021, weather conditions permitting.

Controlled burns will only be conducted in suitable wind conditions with appropriate fire guards in place. 

Fire plays an important role in the preservation and restoration of prairies. Lack of fire allows weeds to invade these endangered plant communities. Controlled burns have been conducted by the City in Winnipeg’s tall grass prairies since 1986.

For more information on controlled burns see: City of Winnipeg – Controlled Burns

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