NEXT-GEN SOLAR-POWERED BUS STOP DISPLAYS IN REGIONAL NSW TRIAL

By: Fabian Cotter


PASSENGERS of the BusBot Automated Vehicle Service being trailed in Coffs Harbour, NSW, will benefit from live, accurate travel information at bus stops thanks to Papercast solar-powered e-paper displays with BetterETA technology, it’s reported.

NEXT-GEN SOLAR-POWERED BUS STOP DISPLAYS IN REGIONAL NSW TRIAL
The trial will benefit from live, accurate travel information at bus stops thanks to Papercast solar-powered e-paper displays with BetterETA technology, it states.

The "futuristic transport service" ‘Papercast Technology’ launched today is a highlight of Australia’s first regional trial of an automated passenger vehicle service.

The automated passenger vehicle trial is an NSW Government initiative, led in partnership between Transport for NSW, local bus operator Busways, Coffs Harbour City Council and vehicle manufacturer EasyMile.

The trial aims to revolutionise the way passenger transport services are designed and delivered in rural and regional communities. This is a three-phase trial where the technology is tested in more complex environments as the trial progresses.

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ADDED VALUE

Busways’ Special Project manager Timothy J. Reid said, "Not only does Papercast align with the forward-looking nature of this project, but it gives us the opportunity to connect with our customers in new and exciting ways."

"The technology allows us to improve the customer experience with real-time communication, add value at our bus stops and improve the success of the overall BusBot trial.

"Papercast is an essential partner of the trial and we will continue to test Papercast in new ways throughout the duration of the project," he said.

Papercast’s digital bus stops use e-paper technology, which is ideal for outside use with unbeatable screen visibility, it states. With exceptionally low power consumption, the displays can be entirely solar powered. Couple this with wireless connectivity and the units can be installed anywhere, within an hour – no power or connectivity cables are required, the company explains.

The displays are controlled remotely by Papercast’s sophisticated cloud-based content management system, and live BusBot arrival times are generated by Papercast’s fully integrated BetterETA data feed. This advanced technology adjusts CAD/AVL data in real-time to improve the accuracy of arrival predictions.

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REAL-TIME INFO

"E-paper offers us familiarity, but with a future-proof technology. The displays can show live, accurate and dynamic information in what appears to be a traditional paper format that is easy to read at any time of the day or night," added Reid.

The technology provides BusBot controllers with a platform for direct real-time communication with customers at the bus stop. The screens show live arrival times, as well as information about the route, the driverless vehicles and the overall trial, the company states.

The controller can reassure customers in real-time, show additional service information and dynamically push notifications to a route or area. The displays also come with a text-to-speech function, so with a push of a button it will announce the next service to arrive at the stop, it adds.

Designed, developed and produced in its entirety in-house, Papercast was launched in March, 2016, after comprehensive field testing. Now deployed in more than 50 locations worldwide, the technology is under continual development to retain its status as the most advanced technology of its kind on the market, the company advises.

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ABOUT BUSBOT

It’s Australia’s first regional trial of an automated passenger vehicle, which arrived at Coffs Harbour’s Northern Breakwall, Papercast states.

The Coffs Harbour BusBot Trial is an exciting opportunity to test the possibility for technology to revolutionise the way passenger transport services are designed and delivered in rural and regional communities, it explains.

Automated vehicle technology has huge potential to improve the way we live and it’s important we give the community the opportunity to come on the journey as the technology develops, the company says.

The trial is a NSW Government initiative being led in partnership between Transport for NSW, local bus operator Busways, Coffs Harbour City Council and vehicle manufacturer EasyMile.

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ABOUT PAPERCAST

Papercast’s next-generation bus stop passenger information solution uses wireless solar powered e-paper displays, with a comprehensive content management system developed exclusively for public transport needs. The platform enables transport providers to effortlessly keep passengers informed on real-time and advance service information at bus stops in a clear and user-friendly format.

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