The Provincial Bus Operators Association of the Philippines (PBOAP) has partnered PLDT Enterprise in a bid to modernise the country's public bus transport system.
As part of the collaboration, bus operators who are partners of PBOAP will be provided CCTV monitoring and vehicle tracking capabilities through the SmartBus suite of services from the Smart Biz LTE bundle.
This will "give partners a peace of mind regarding the security of their bus units, personnel and their riding patrons," said PLDT SVP and head of enterprise Jovy Hernandez.
In addition to those capabilities, partners will be provided industrial-grade modem routers that enable them to provide WiFi connectivity on their buses. According to PLDT FVP and Head of SME Business Mitch Locsin, each of those routers is able to "accommodate up to 25 users simultaneously and has a bandwidth shaper feature which allows more users to connect, delivering LTE speed."
First North Luzon is one of the first bus operators to implement the service. Its IT head, Felgin Caalin, commented that Smart Biz LTE offers "more stable and consistent connectivity" as opposed to pocket WiFi devices, thus helping it enhance its customer service and improve sales.
As such, PLDT plans to fit more than 2,300 buses nationwide with the SmartBus solution by the end of this year. "[This will give more] commuting public easy and fast access to the internet, enabling them to be more productive by doing more tasks while in transit," said Hernandez.
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