Berkshire Regional Transit Authority Successfully Deploys Thingtech’s Enterprise Transit Asset Management System

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Innovative Cloud Solution Provides Integrated and Intuitive Fleet and Asset Management System for Improved Asset Maintenance and Utilization

Transit Asset Management

Now, we can manage our mission critical assets proactively and plan for our future growth strategically.”

Berkshire Regional Transit Authority (BRTA) located in western Massachusetts announces the successful implementation of an enterprise transit asset management system provided by thingtech. Thingtech, an innovative provider of cloud-based and real-time fleet and asset management software, was selected after a competitive RFP process in October 2014. Thingtech is known for its unique approach to providing customer focused and integrated solutions that are easy to use that meet the requirements of FTA’s State of Good Repair and MAP21 mandates.

BRTA manages and maintains a wide range of fleets, facilities, systems, and equipment. BRTA operates approximately 70 vehicles with multiple support, transfer, and maintenance facilities in order to carry out its mission of providing safe and efficient fixed route, and demand response transportation throughout Western Massachusetts. BRTA has been on the leading edge of technology and ITS adoption and now has a complete end to end asset management system to monitor the inventory, utilization, condition, and status of the assets it owns and operates.

“thingtech has been a great partner during the implementation of our new asset management system. They understood BRTA’s vision, then integrated their asset management software to meet our needs while complying with FTA guidelines and best practices. We can manage our mission critical assets proactively and plan for our future growth strategically.” said Robert Malnati, BRTA Administrator.

Federal mandates are requiring state and local government organizations to manage and maintain their fixed assets and infrastructure in a more systematic fashion. Data on asset condition, utilization, and capital replacement is increasingly more important for funding replacement of vehicles, facilities, and equipment. BRTA leadership realized the importance of creating an asset management system that would allow them to more strategically manage, operate, and plan for their future investments using the entire asset lifecycles through integrated and real time systems.

Core components include:

  • Grants Management
  • Fleet Management
  • Facility Management
  • Bus Stop and Station Management
  • Equipment, Systems, and Inventory
  • Geospatial Integration via Google Maps and ESRI
  • Capital Planning and Budgeting
  • MassDOT and FTA MAP-21 Reporting Requirements
  • Mobile Apps for Inspection and Condition Assessment

Tim Quinn, thingtech CEO, states, “BRTA leadership and staff clearly understand the need for implementing both technology and processes to extend asset lifecycles, improve asset utilization, and provide asset analytics for improved planning, budgeting, and decision making.”

About Berkshire Regional Transit Authority

The BRTA oversees and coordinates fixed-route and paratransit transportation services within the twenty-four member cities and towns of Berkshire County in Western Massachusetts. Fixed route bus service is provided in twelve communities and specialized transportation provided in eighteen communities. One of the eight original regional transit authorities (RTAs) created by state statute (MGL §161B) in 1974, currently fifteen RTAs are responsible for administering public transportation services throughout much of Massachusetts, outside of the Boston metropolitan area.

About thingtech

thingtech is headquartered in Atlanta, GA and offers Software as a Service (SaaS) applications for Enterprise Asset Management (manageIT), Maintenance and Materials, Real Time Asset Tracking and Telematics (tracIT), and Schedule and Route Optimization (routeIT) for a variety of vertical markets including Construction, Transportation, Service Delivery, Government, and Public Transport. Solutions are real time providing actionable data through work flow automation and predictive analytics.

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