London firm is seeking network experts to keep buses on time

London Buses is recruiting network specialists for a £120m project to develop a citywide control and information system for the capital's bus network.

London Buses is recruiting network specialists for a £120m project to develop a citywide control and information system for the capital's bus network.

The organisation is looking for about 10 people with a telecoms background to work on the project, dubbed iBus, which aims to help bus companies improve the reliability and punctuality of their services.

The vacancies include network specialists with experience in the NTT1327 radio standard, project managers and data analysts.

"We are looking for people who have programming skills. We are looking for people to analyse information and business processes," said Chris Fowler, network design manager at London Buses. "And certainly anyone who has experience of managing the support of a complex IT system," he said.

Candidates should be capable of working with senior managers in London Buses' parent organisation Transport for London as well as technical staff. "They have to be self-starters, enthusiastic, and very flexible," said Fowler.

The iBus project, which is scheduled to be operational from 2007, will link 85 bus garages and 8,000 buses to a central control system that will monitor the progress of vehicles and deliver estimated arrival times to bus stop displays.

"The buses are owned and run by private bus companies. This system will provide them with tools to help them manage the buses, to maintain good headway and to ensure they are evenly spaced," said Fowler.

London Buses also plans to link the system to a new generation of bus countdown signs, which will alert passengers to the time of the next bus through a display and a computerised voice.

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