The first-ever real-time electronic paper bus stops have been installed in London, allowing the city’s ridership to view arrival times and interactive route maps at Waterloo Bridge, one of the UK capital’s 19,500 stops across 700 bus routes. Three more e-paper bus stops are due to be installed in January: at Parliament Square, Piccadilly Circus and Sloane Square.
Digital and energy efficient passenger information systems are an important element of green mobility and smart cities. This is especially true for London, with the city’s number of bus journey stages increasing by almost 60% and passenger-kilometres growing by almost 74% over the 13 years from 2000 to 2014.
Bus stops with dynamic and interactive information displays are one of the key access points enabling the distribution of real-time transport information, increasing the service experience for passengers and providing an effective management system for the city.
Designed by Technoframe and running on Visionect technology powering E Ink®’s electronic paper screens, London’s new bus stops have superb visibility in all light conditions, and use no energy to retain an image displayed. Buttons at the bottom of the screen allow the user to switch between the content displayed, choosing between real-time arrival information, route maps and important service notifications.
The stop is powered by a solar cell, processing the communication needs of a comprehensive bus stop system without the need for a city power connection.
This makes it the greenest and clearest information interface, providing the consumer with up to date information in high resolution. In addition the displays also vastly reduce the cost of ownership as there is no need to physically visit the site, with remote updates being used to change content via the cellular network.
London’s technologically advance bus stops join similar electronic paper projects in demanding outdoor environments which are powered by the Visionect digital signage platform, such as electronic paper traffic signs recently deployed in Sydney, Australia and and e-paper bus stops in Ljubljana, the European Green Capital 2016.
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