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'Smart Bus Stop' Comes With Solar Panel, E-paper

2018/02/21 21:09
Sousuke Kudou, technical writer
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The one-screen model of the next-generation smart bus stop (source: Michinori Holdings)

Michinori Holdings Inc, Aizu Bus Co Ltd, etc started a verification test for commercializing a next-generation smart bus stop in Aizuwakamatsu City, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, Feb 17, 2018.

It is powered by solar electricity. It can update a bus schedule by using an electronic paper (e-paper) device and show the status of bus operation in real time.

Using Taiwan-based E Ink Holdings Inc's e-paper display module, the bus stop realized a low-power-consumption screen that can be easily viewed even outdoors during daylight hours. With conventional bus stops, it is impossible to know if the "bus is being operated on schedule" or "when the bus will arrive." But the new bus stop can improve the reliability and convenience of buses by showing the status of operation in real time.

The screen size is 13.3 inches. The bus stop has one or two screens. The one-screen model is equipped with a solar panel and does not require an external power source. The two-screen model has a device for weather observation and a live camera. The companies will provide weather information in the future. Also, they plan to equip both of the models with LPWA wireless technology (LTE-M communication standard).

Toppan Printing Co Ltd, Navitime Japan Co Ltd, KDDI Corp and Weathernews Inc participated in the verification test. Considering the one-year period starting from April 2018 as a development stage, they plan to add functions and services in stages.