Let's Talk About Statistics! Taximeters all have a memory for statistics, some better than others!
Taximeters remember things about the trips you take, and record them in various ways.
The newest entry, Centrodynes S700, breaks new ground.
HERE'S AN UPDATE on June 15th 2011: The new Centrodyne S700 meter has a built-in feature which allows it to retain in memory the complete data for the last 250 trips. It's the same information that you would have on receipts if you had printed them out. Miles, money, trip number, dates times all held in a memory chip!! That means that with a connected printer, you can actually print out all the receipts for the last 250 trips, even if you DIDN'T print them out or have a printer at the time of the ride. This will substantially increase the information you can give the police if they are investigating a crime involving your Taxi! (The 251st trip will overwrite the first so 250 is the number.) This is a leap forward!
The Centrodyne S700 meter we are just introducing in 2011 has a host of great features, including the ability to remember the rides
you took up to 250 with all the infoirmation for each trip stored so you can actually print it out on the little printer. Eventually, there will
be a cable and program available for your computer so you can download this data and create a spreadsheet with all the records. What
a great service if you are being taxed for your rides as is happening in some locations now, or if you are investigating a crime where the
driver cannot recount what happened. It also will be a great help to your bookkeeper and insurance department who need records of
what really happened out there. We at Fred Stock Electronics and www.TaxiCabElectronics.com are excited to be one of the first
dealers to be able to offer this great new meter!
Older meters don't remember individual trips, but they keep totals!
|The traditional meters remember certain things, generally totals and NOT particular trip information. For instance, the meter remembers the total funds collected since the last time it was cleared by a programmer or technician. You can figure out your totals over a period of time by subtracting the start-of-shift reading from the present reading, just as you might for your mileage using your odometer. The meter DOES NOT remember the distance of the last trip and the one before that seperately It just remembers the total miles. We always advise our clients to keep a record of trips during the shift on a clip board, and record the client's name, trip number for the day, the pick-up point and the destination, number of people, and money amount. There should also be a complete set of statistical readings at the beginning and end of each shift. Some drivers also record mileage or other data. BUT THE METER DOES NOT. It keeps good data for both bookkeeping and trip records.|
The most used taxi meter in our world is the Centrodyne Silent 610. It has been around since 1993 and has become the
standard for the industry. Other meters commonly found include the Pulsar line, model 2020 and 2030 are often seen.
There are numerous other brands and models. We carry both Centrodyne and Pulsar meters, and have chosen not to
be a dealer for the others for various reasons. These are the two highest quality brands in our opinion.
The Centrodyne 610 has a unique statistics feature - it is capable of two complete sets of stats - one which cannot be
reset by the driver (in the same way you cannot set the odometer in your car). The second set of stats is resettable
by the driver by pressing the correct series of buttons - just as your "trip odometer' can be reset on your dashboard.
This facilitates a record of the stats for this shift, or for this week etc. You choose and record as you go, then clear them
to start over. We always suggest the driver take full readings at start and end of shift, (or the leasing agent does it as he
assigns the vehicle.)
The Centrodyne 610 meter has a chart on the upper right corner of the face (silk screened on) which shows the stats
as they are displayed by the meter when you read them. They are...
1. FARES - This is the total amount of money collected from the $ FARE window at the left side of the meter display.
2. EXTRAS - This is the total money collected from the $ EXTRAS screen at the right side of the display.
3. TAXES - If the meter is programmed to levy taxes on the totals, the total taxes appear here. Often BLANK in USA.
4. DIST - This is the total distance the vehicle has traveled since the last reset whether hired or vacant.
5. PAID DIST - This is the total miles traveled with the meter HIRED. These are the miles you are paid for by the client.
6. TRIPS - This is the number of times the meter was turned on ("HIRED") which should match the clip board log.
7. CALIBRATION - This stat appears in the non-resettable stats but NOT in the resettable. It is the calibration figure of
. . . . . . . . . the car when last calibrated and sealed. It may be used by Weights and Measures, the city regulatory body, the
. . . . . . . . . technicians or owners to keep track of the seal security. It should not change unless reported to W&M etc.
. . . . . . . . . For an explanation of pulse count and calibration see PULSES on this website.
Consider this: You suspect a driver is not reporting all his work, and he may not be turning on his meter late at night
when he takes a fare. He tells you "I sat at the cab stand all night with no business." But you check the stats; the "Paid
Miles" reads 0, just as he said. But the TOTAL miles reflects 200 miles more than when the shift started. Hmmmm. There
may be something amiss here!!! Or it may have been a cab stand 100 miles away??? Yikes! See? Stats can help!
Police agencies often want a detailed record of the actual trips the driver has taken this shift. Taxi meters don't do that,
but they keep totals as I have said. If your driver is meticulous about keeping up his clip board record, and takes the stats
readings at the beginning and end of every shift, the detectives can use the meter data at the time of a holdup or accident
along with the log, to reconstruct the picture. "Get this down to Abby right away."
There is talk about new meters of the future which will have a detailed record connected with GPS or something else,
which can actually do trip-by-trip records. These are not now on the market, but again, that clip board is a key right now.
|The Pulsar 2030 Taximeter also has statistics, though it does NOT feature resettable stats as a complete set as does the Centrodyne. It has a resettable TOTAL dollars collected stat which can be cleared, but not the others. The key to the success of the P2030 meter is the modern styling. It is also American Made where the Centrodyne brand is manufactured in Montreal Canada.|
PULSAR 2030 meters keep the following statistics:
0. Daily Gross Dollars - This is the resettable stat in Pulsar meters. The correct sequence of button presses clears it.
1. Gross Dollars - This is the total amount of money collected from the $ FARE window at the left side of the meter display.
2. Trips - This is the number of times the meter was turned on ("HIRED") which should match the clip board log.
3. Units Increments - This is a count not used in most parts of the USA.
4. Extras - This is the total money collected from the $ EXTRAS screen at the right side of the display.
5. Paid Miles - This is the total miles traveled with the meter HIRED. These are the miles you are paid for by the client.
6. Total Miles - This is the total distance the vehicle has traveled since the last reset whether hired or vacant.
We trust this helps understand Statistic features of our two most popular meter types. The only additional information
would be this: Both the Centrodyne 610 and the Pulsar 2030 meters come in an additional model which sports a built-in
printer. These are the Centrodyne 620 and the Pulsar 2030R respectively. These devices are capable of printing both the
trip information for fares, and/or statistical information for your records. As technology evolves, you will fi9nd new entries
on the scene, but basic operation and statistical records will likely be continued.
Be sure to read the information above and in the other pages on the new S700 meter from Centrodyne. It is a game
changer for this industry. Stay tuned!