GERMANY Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG), Germany’s largest local public transport company, has selected Papercast to trial solar powered e-paper digital bus stop RTPI displays at key locations across Berlin.
As part of its Grüne Haltestelle ‘future green stations’ initiative, BVG plans to provide real-time passenger information on self-sustainable displays across its transit network. London-based Papercast’s bus stop passenger information solution uses self-sustainable standalone 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.
The first Papercast installation for BVG is now fully operational at the International Gardening Festival 2017 site, which opened on April 13. Further digital bus stop displays will be rolled out across central Berlin to encompass various screen configurations, as part of the one year pilot.
The Grüne Haltestelle project is led by Matthias Tenbusch, Project Manager at BVG, who is satisfied that the solution offers both simplicity and a good passenger experience, characterised by accurate, reliable and user-friendly information.
“From what I have seen so far, Papercast is an advanced solar powered e-paper digital bus stop technology that is very easy to implement,” he said. “We are thrilled to have Papercast support our Grüne Haltestelle initiative as well as our business mission – ‘We keep you moving’ – with a bus stop passenger information solution that is truly aligned to our ethics of green, affordable, reliable and innovative.”
The BVG initiative follows Papercast’s recent launch of the advanced EPD board to power its ‘next generation’ solar powered range of e-paper displays. Developed entirely in-house by Papercast engineers, the quad-core e-paper driver board uses nine times less energy than its first generation equivalent used in the majority of outdoor e-paper signage displays available on the market.
Robert Bicket, CEO at Papercast, said: “We are excited to see our new technology in operation in a transit network as concentrated as Berlin’s. We look forward to seeing Papercast meeting BVG’s needs for a self-sustainable and eco-friendly platform that efficiently delivers live content in a clear and user-friendly format.”