Tech Is Helping San Antonio Push More Accurate Transit Data

More than 500 transit buses operated by VIA Metropolitan Transit in San Antonio, Texas, communicate their location on the region’s streets and highways. That data is processed and made available to the public via mobile apps that show bus locations.

However, that data is only sent from the bus every 30 seconds, at the quickest. New storage capabilities, provided by the company Pure Storage and known as FlashArray, essentially speeds up numerous processes, said Steve Young, vice president for technology and innovation at VIA…

“Even though we call it, ‘real time,’ most people call 30 seconds ‘real time.’ We want to bring it down to sub-10 seconds,” he added. “Our goal is to now bring that reporting down to a really, really fast reporting level, such that it will seem very real time.”