Smart City Displays News

September 2016

London Science Museum Latest Session

London Science Museum Latest Session

Our Digital Bus Stops were recently on show at the Science Museum Lates Session, demonstrating what future bus stops will look like and how they will operate. These new bus stops aim to keep Transport for London's customers informed of the latest bus routes and times by displaying data in real-time, hopefully ensuring that they have a quick and efficient journey.

Please check out the Science Museum's Twitter for coverage of the Lates Session and take a look at the photo above to see a Digital Bus Stop in action.

January 2016

In the Press: London adopts E-paper signs

BBC: London bus stops embrace e-paper

"Transport for London is trialling e-paper bus stops that can display real-time travel information." Read More...

Electronics Weekly: London bus stops get interactive with e-paper displays

"Bus travellers in London can now access bus arrival times and interactive bus route maps on solar powered electronic paper bus stops installed in the UK capital.Read More...

Trusted Reviews: London bus stops trial e-paper technology

"Transport for London is testing out new e-paper displays for its bus stops, providing real time travel information for Londoners.Read More...

Tech Times: Transport For London Testing E-Paper Bus Stop Signs, Providing Real-Time Scheduling Updates

"Waiting at a bus stop and glancing at its sign's schedule of dates and arrival times, only to realize that they're completely outdated, can be pretty annoying.Read More...

Mirror: London bus stops experimenting with Kindle-style e-paper timetables that update in real-time

"Four bus stops around the capital have been fitted with the new technology so far. Transport for London (TfL) is experimenting with e-paper timetables at various bus stops in London.Read More...

Evening Standard: TfL trials Kindle-style electronic ink bus stop displays

"Kindle-style “electronic paper” information displays could be rolled out on bus stops across London after a trial was launched.Read More...

Engadget: London adopts e-paper signs for real-time bus schedules

"Know when your bus will actually turn up. Picture the scene: it's raining and you're waiting for a night bus in London, with very little charge on your phone. Wouldn't it be great if the bus stop had some up-to-date arrival times? " Read More...

Gizmag: Transport for London tries out e-ink signage

"E-readers are already prolific on London's public transport – and now the same tech is being built into the transport infrastructure itself.Read More...

The Digital Reader: London Trials E-ink Bus Signs

"E-ink screen have low power requirements and are sunlight readable, making them idea for use as smart street signs. Now the tech is getting put to the test at scale.Read More...

Techspot: London experimenting with e-paper technology in bus schedule displays

"The big problem with timetables that are displayed at bus stops is that they are printed on paper. This means vandals can graffiti on them, they can fade, and they are often wrong due to unforeseen factors such as traffic jams and accidents.Read More...

T3: London bus stops trade paper timetables for digital alternative

"TfL is rolling out its new e-timetables at a select number of bus stops across the capital.Read More...

November 2015

First Innovative E-paper London Bus Stop Deployed

First Innovative E-paper London Bus Stop Deployed

The first ever E-paper real-time bus stop was deployed on the streets of London (Waterloo bridge) yesterday, the display allows customers to view arrival times and interactive route maps using a solar powered set of E-paper displays.

E-paper uses no power once the image is displayed and changes are powered via solar, which means this is the greenest and clearest information interface that can be produced giving the consumer up to date information in high resolution, the electronic displays also vastly reduces the cost of ownership as there is no need to physically visit the site with remote updates being used to change content.  

October 2015

E-paper, driving evolution in London public transportation

E-paper, driving evolution in London public transportation

Digital signage is an important driver of enhancing the experience of living and commute in a Smart City. The new electronic paper displays for London bus stops and buses have been presented at the Coach and bus live exhibition in Birmingham, showcasing how this disrupting screen technology helps translate information and communication technologies into better public transportation services. But just as e-signage presents an opportunity for development of London’s transportation services, it is not without its challenges.

To enable a truly smart, and therefore sustainable and green urban living space, digital signs should support energy saving features, be implementable even at the most demanding of locations, power grid or no, and feature superb visibility in all light conditions. Ticking all of these boxes are smart signs developed on electronic paper technology.

Technoframe exhibited London’s first e-paper bus stop displays and world’s first application of e-paper bus destination shields, using the reflective E Ink® displays, powered by Visionect’s technology.

 

Electronic paper on London buses and bus stops

Thanks to Transport for London, being open for the most innovative technology, the UK capital can now boast the most advanced and green of display technologies at several bus stops, also first buses have already been equipped with the destination blinds, build on the shatterproof electronic paper displays.

Technoframe developed London’s first e-paper bus stop displays and world’s first application of e-paper bus destination shields, using the E Ink® reflective displays that are powered by Visionect’s technology.

 

Endless applications for Smart Cities

Since the e-ink displays feature extremely low energy consumption and therefore minimal impact on the environment; they can be powered by solar energy enabling green digitalisation of city services and solutions for the smart cities. The cellular and Wi-Fi connectivity options enable central management and provide up to date public transport information for the passengers, just as for the users of other city services.

The new electronic paper displays for London bus stops and buses have been presented at the Coach and bus live exhibition in Birmingham, showcasing how this disrupting screen technology helps translate information and communication technologies into better public transportation services. But just as e-signage presents an opportunity for development of London’s transportation services, it is not without its challenges.

When building a sustainable and green urban living space, digital signs should support energy saving features, powering by alternative sources and superb visibility in all light conditions. Signs developed on electronic paper technology are ticking all of these boxes.

March 2015

TfL Innovations Day - Technoframe display the next innovation of the bus destination blind

Working in partnership with Transport for London, Technoframe were tasked with the project of digitising bus destination blinds to provide a high level of additional and automated information for the passenger. The TfL Innovations Day was an opportunity for us demonstrate our Smart City Displays e-Paper System and show how it could be used in the application as an electronic bus destination blind.

For over 100 years destination blinds have been a printed roller blind system, that are specific to each bus/route. To update a roller blind requires a new one to be printed then taken to the bus to be installed. Smart City Displays e-Paper System will allow the destination blind to be integrated with the iBus Passenger Information System and existing on-by systems to provide additional and automated information.

The key benefits of a Electronic bus destination blind are;

  1. Improved level of accuracy of the destination shown.
  2. Additional automated information.
  3. Quick and simple updating of destination information.
  4. Integration with existing on board systems.
  5. Potential to reduce costs through reduction of weight and power consumption.

In April a trial is due to commence on three in service buses. These will be the first buses ever to have digital destination blinds.

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