- Computer Stations
- Video Surround
- Computer Area
- Tour & Process Area
- A/C & Electrical
- Rear Door
In 2009, the Canadian Navy contracted Dymech to design and build three mobile recruitment platforms. The Setra highway coaches were retrofitted to travel to national, provincial and regional events and venues to display Navy promotional aids. The program was created to better inform the Canadian Public of what the Navy is all about and to assist in the recruitment of Canadians into the Navy.
The interior design includes three main areas: The Recruiting Process Area, the Action Video Area, and the Computer Area. The exterior graphics and an interior 3M window film combine to darken the environment to less than 10% visible light transmission.
Each bus has thirteen computer stations positioned along the sides of the interior. 20” touch-screen LCDs and noise-dampening audio stereo headsets are provided to access up to twenty-five scenarios stored on the computers in the computer area. These scenarios provide potential recruits with information on navy life including training and operations.
Sixteen 16” LCD monitors were installed along the overhead area of each bus. The system is designed to play the same program on each monitor either from a DVD player or computer. The screens deliver promotional information to visitors as they pass through the buses or wait for one of the computer stations.
At the back of the bus, 18” computer racks were installed to house the mainframe computers for the computer stations and the DVD player and audio equipment for the audio/video surround. This area is closed off from the general public, but is visible through lockable tempered glass doors.
The Virtual Tour Areas and the Recruiting Process Areas are located near the front of the buses. Each Virtual Tour Area consists of a 36” LCD monitor, a dedicated computer system and built in cabinet. The Recruitment Areas provide office space for the recruiters to process applications and prepare materials and forms for potential recruits.
The buses are suitably equipped for operating in the climatic and geographic extremes found in North America. The air conditioning system uses the bus plenum and is powered by the onboard generators or shore power when the bus is stationary. The two quiet diesel generators are housed in weatherproof acoustic compartments located in the luggage area under the bus. The slide out tray feature is required to facilitate repairs and servicing.
Fold out stairs and rear door extensions were added to accommodate traffic flow through the bus. The floor was cut out to accommodate the stairs and the door opening was extended down to the bottom of the bus.
These buses have been actively used to assist the Canadian Forces Recruiting Group in their recruiting drives at colleges, universities, job fairs and trade shows.