Czech city deploys smart e-paper bus information


Busem, part of the Czech Republic public transport operator ?sad Autobusy ?eské Bud?jovice, is rolling out smart bus stops at 14 major locations across the city of Písek using Papercast’s solar powered e-paper displays.

As part of the city’s Smart Pisek initiative, the revolutionary e-paper displays will improve the day-to-day passenger experience and accelerate the wider adoption of bus services, with the new electronic information system providing passengers with real-time information on Busem services.

Replacing traditional static timetables, passengers will benefit from dynamic arrival information based on the actual position of the vehicles on the route, as well as immediate updates on service or connection disruptions due to abnormal traffic conditions, plus important city information, news and events. The bus tracking system integrates with the Papercast data management platform to deliver content to the e-paper displays, including line numbers and routes available from the bus stop.

UK-based Papercast’s e-paper displays were selected due to four key benefits:

• Outdoor Visibility – Using E Ink technology, the high-contrast high-definition displays come with night time LED illumination for unbeatable readability in all lighting conditions;

• Power Consumption – Compared to an LCD panel, e-paper uses a fraction of the power and has been engineered to surpass the functionality and energy efficiency of other standalone bus stop displays;

• Easy Installation – The system is entirely solar-powered, so there is no need for any utility work, as the panels are securely mounted to existing bus stops and connected wirelessly to the cloud-based data management platform;

• Technology Lifetime – Physically protected by a ruggedized IP65-rated enclosure, the platform is in continual development and can be remotely updated and managed.

“The use of technology in public transport is becoming increasingly widespread and has a significant positive impact on the service experience. This is a key milestone in our plans to transform public transport and make it the first choice for travel in Pisek and beyond,” explained Radek Novotný, executive at BNV Consulting, which was responsible for delivering the solution for ?sad Autobusy.

“The overall purpose of this project is to increase public transport usage by substantially improving the quality of services, using advanced and sustainable technologies. In Pisek, the bus stops provide the gateway to the service, the point where people decide whether and what services will be used. Timely and accurate service information is the absolute foundation to passenger certainty and confidence that transport services are well managed and predictable.”

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