Wednesday, 26 October 2016

New bus stop technology

TfL trials battery-powered bus stop display screen delivering live travel information


Transport for London (TfL) is trialling a new battery-powered digital bus stop display screen providing real-time travel information for passengers.

battery-powered bus stop display screen

The first trial of a new battery-powered bus stop display screen providing travel information on TfL bus services as well as non-TfL services, is taking place at Northwood Station, Hillingdon, West London.

New digital screens can be quickly and easily attached to bus stop posts


The new Dynamic screens, delivered in partnership with Axentia Technologies of Sweden, can be quickly and easily attached to bus stop posts displaying real-time passenger information on next bus arrival. The new screens are battery-powered allowing them to be fitted to bus stops without shelters or electrical power supply.

TfL trials battery-powered bus stop display screen delivering live travel information

Commenting on the new installation, Simon Reed, TfL’s Head of Technical Services, said: “We are continually exploring new ways to deliver information to our customers while they are on the move and to ensure we are at the forefront of new technology as it develops.
“This type of display could be quickly and cheaply installed at other bus stops with no shelter or power supply”
“We will trial this screen for three months and will then evaluate how successful it has been and what our customers think of it.  If cost-effective, this type of display could be quickly and cheaply installed at other bus stops with no shelter or power supply.  This will widen our reach in providing real time bus arrival information at the stop to our passengers.” 

The screen will display running information on routes 282 and H11 as well as cross-border services, in this case, Arriva Route 8.
The live information panel measures 458mm (w) x 375mm (h) x 68mm (d) and the battery live of each is expected to last approximately three years.
The trial began on 17 October and is scheduled for completion at the end of February 2017.

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