Smart cities are running on electronic paper: after helping deploy the world’s first electronic paper traffic signs in Sydney we assisted the City of Ljubljana in setting up bus stops that show advanced passenger information on eink displays.
Running on Visionect’s hardware and software, the new electronic paper screens will show bus schedules, arrival information and potential route changes on four bus stops along Ljubljana’s Slovenska cesta, in the very heart of the city centre.
Electronic paper technology has two key features that fit perfectly into the production of road signs and public transportation systems: visibility and low energy consumption. An electronic paper display will feature perfect readability also in less than ideal light conditions, such as under direct sunlight. An additional advantage is the fact that the screen will use electricity only when changing content and will use no power to retain an image already displayed.
In addition to static bus schedules the electronic paper displays will also show exact bus arrival times and passenger information – such as notifications about line detours or new routes, city news and updates about different events and nearby tourist information.
By implementing smart displays Ljubljana has an opportunity to establish personalized services for its citizens: the partially sighted could, for example, increase the font size on screen or read the screen content with the help of their smartphones, with many similar adjustments possible for the disabled and the elderly.
Benefiting are also newcomers to the city, with Visionect and the City of Ljubljana making sure that the start of the new school year won’t result in confusion for the new students arriving to the university town, all thanks to the advanced bus stops with electronic paper bus arrival displays.
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