Mobile Onboard launches next-stop talking bus system

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Mobile Onboard has announced the release of Beam Next Stop, its new Talking Bus System.

The system has been built from the ground up by the company’s in-house product development team and is designed to compete against existing next stop announcement systems on simplicity, features and cost.

Mobile Onboard claimed next- stop announcements have proven key to increasing passenger confidence when travelling on bus services by removing the worry of missing bus stops. The company said it has thought about both the passenger experience and operators when developing Beam Next Stop.

Personal announcements for passengers is the system’s standout feature. Passengers can access Beam Next Stop directly on their smartphones, set their destination stop and get personal alerts as the bus approaches their stop. No app download is necessary.

Passenger smartphone access runs in tandem with any on-board screens and also offers additional information on stops, such as walking directions to nearby amenities.

An advanced speech generation engine produces audio announcements, while there is also support for pre-recorded voice announcements. Additional announcements can be added to stops, ideal for highlighting railway stations, amenities, sponsored stops, attractions and the end of routes.

Beam Next Stop is available as an integrated add-on to its Beam WiFi systems, allowing for a very cost-effective solution while eliminating the requirement for a separate next- stop announcement system.

Corbin Adler from Mobile Onboard said: “We have spent a lot of time looking at existing Talking Bus Systems and we believe Beam Next Stop delivers on all the best they have to offer, while adding that little bit more to make it a very compelling Talking Bus solution for operators.”