Re: Tiny tram world ... and a question

Here is a photo of the "guts" of one of these devices. It is a Bluetooth
tag -

I have heard, but can't confirm, that they are used for something far more
mundane than vehicle tracking or announcement triggering - to allow the
contractors who clean the stops and replace timetables etc to log where
they have been.

On Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 11:06:54 AM UTC+11 Mal Rowe wrote:

> On 15/10/2020 10:47, David Batho wrote:


> Would it be some kind of ‘transponder’ for the tram’s location, or to trigger appropriate announcements in the tram as it approaches the stop?


> I think you are right David.


> I suspect the thick white discs are new 'signposts' for the AVM (Automatic

> Vehicle Monitoring) system.


> I did a search of Vic tenders and they pur out a tender for an upgrade to

> the old AVM system, last year. It included the following line:


> *"The AVM uses radio signposts (270 on the network) and odometer to locate

> trams, which are reported as being the last-reported distance (meters) past

> last signpost, and is shown to Controllers textually, as well as on

> character-based line maps. Meanwhile there are 1700 stops on the network,

> of which the system is not aware."*


> So I am assuming these are the new stop based signposts, but I don't know

> why there are sometimes 1 and sometimes 2 - it could be a roll-out change

> in progress.


> My understanding is that the plan was to go to GPS, but it was found to be

> unreliable in the Melbourne CBD due to high rise buildings.


> Mal Rowe - observing change


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