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Sydney introduces solar-powered commuter displays

New digital bus stops from Mercury Innovation and Visionect have been installed around Sydney’s Town Hall, replacing paper bus stop timetables.

These intelligent signs run on solar power and have been developed on energy saving electronic paper technology. Dubbed ‘eStops’, the displays have been developed with the commuter in mind, making access to travel information and emergency notifications easier.

The digital stops provide real-time bus arrivals, as well as capacity information, service notifications and any other relevant commuter information at the stop.

Each eStop is solar-powered, which makes them not only simple to install, but also completely independent from the power grid, making it accessible to even the most remote of areas. Transport for NSW can now communicate critical notifications at exactly the right moment, keeping passengers up to date and ensuring accurate information is delivered at the point of action.

During periods of service disruption, the new eStop displays allow information about such events to be communicated to the public in real-time, before and during the event. This enables efficient interaction with bus commuters, and also provides information in cases of emergency and can display notifications even during blackouts, when other digital displays fail.

Based on electronic paper technology, the eStops have been designed and manufactured by Australian engineering company Mercury Innovation and EU-based e-paper specialists Visionect.

Mercury and Visionect also collaborated on solar-powered e-paper traffic signs in Sydney, a world first, running uninterrupted with an unprecedented zero failure rate more than two years later.