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Solar Powered Bus Shelters with SmartLink Remote Device Management System by OutdoorLink

Detroit Features the Latest in Smart Transit with Solar E-Paper Displays and SmartLink Remote Management

The Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART Bus), in Detroit, MI continues to invest in bus stop shelter amenities for its riders.  SMART is in the middle of a multi-year deployment of its new FAST shelters that feature a mix of solar powered digital technologies aimed to improve the ridership experience as well as reduce SMART’s operational overhead.

The bus shelters feature 400W of solar power that powers a 32” digital e-paper display, illuminated location sign, shelter security lighting and USB charging port.  The e-paper displays provide dynamic messaging with real-time bus arrival times, ridership alerts and marketing campaigns.  This reduces SMART’s need for printed schedules and maps and provides riders with updated arrival information every minute.  With the option to push marketing campaigns alongside real-time arrival info, SMART leverages the displays to post job openings, ridership incentives and community events.

Inside each FAST shelter is a SmartLink SL-4-DC controller that enables SMART’s operations team to remotely manage each of the devices from their office or mobile device.  Detroit experiences severe rain and snowstorms throughout the year and having the ability to remotely control its digital inventory drastically reduces the need for site visits.  The SmartLink system gives SMART the control to schedule each device individually, reboot the e-paper displays if they lose connectivity, and modify the solar power settings if necessary.  If a shelter location is poor for solar, the run-times of the devices can be remotely altered to maintain device uptime during the most critical operating times.

For more info on this project, contact Jenni Evans with OutdoorLink at jennifer@outdoorlinkinc.com or (256) 885-9768 ext. 309.

 

 

Solar Powered Bus Shelters with SmartLink Remote Device Management System by OutdoorLink

SMART Bus’s Solar Powered Bus Stop Shelters with SmartLink Remote Device Management System by OutdoorLink

SMART Bus's Solar Powered Bus Stop Shelters with SmartLink Remote Device Management System by OutdoorLink

Flexible solar panels mounted to the roof of the Eclipse bus stop shelter

SMART Bus's Solar Powered Bus Stop Shelters with SmartLink Remote Device Management System by OutdoorLink

Push button for solar powered LED lighting

SMART Bus's Solar Powered Bus Stop Shelters with SmartLink Remote Device Management System by OutdoorLink

SMART Bus’s Solar Powered Bus Stop Shelters with SmartLink Remote Device Management System by OutdoorLink

Kansas City - Bus Shelter - SmartLink OutdoorLink REDYREF Kiosk

KCATA Reduces Carbon Footprint with Digital Wayfinding and SmartLink Remote Management

Kansas City, MO | The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority joins a growing number of transit agencies in reducing their carbon footprint at a maintenance and operations level. The new Prospect MAX stations, located throughout downtown Kansas City, are expected to be completed by the end of November 2019 and will feature KCATA’s latest investments in “smart transit” technologies.

Each MAX BRT station will feature a newly designed passenger waiting shelter, manufactured by Decamil, an integrated wayfinding kiosk, and/or a freestanding digital totem.  The wayfinding kiosks, manufactured by REDYREF, provide interactive trip-planning and real-time departure info, eliminating the need for printed maps and schedules. The kiosks feature a capacitive LCD touchscreen, speakers, a microphone, webcam, and an ADA compliant text-to-speech button for audio announcements.

The freestanding digital totem features the MAX station’s name with LED illumination, and a two-sided REDYREF LCD display that provides next-departure times and ridership alerts.

All Prospect MAX vehicles and stations will offer free WIFI to riders via Cradlepoint routers.

Governing all the devices at the MAX stations is a SmartLink management controller, provided by OutdoorLink, Inc. The SmartLink remotely monitors the performance of each device, sends outage alerts to KCATA when devices lose power or connectivity, and provides the ability to reboot them to restore service. Each device operates on its own schedule, which can be changed remotely at any time by KCATA through the SmartLink portal.

“Adding digital devices to transit stops often leads to an increase in time and costs spent to maintain them. SmartLink controllers provide the ability to remotely manage and backup these assets, so we’re able to resolve device downtime quickly and reduce the need for site visits,” says Jenni Evans, VP, Transit Solutions for OutdoorLink. “It’s a simple solution for managing devices at hundreds of stops, and we’re proud to help clients create more sustainable and scalable operations.”

For more details on this project or the technologies referenced, contact Doug Pew with OutdoorLink at doug@outdoorlinkinc.com.

 

Kansas City - Bus Shelter - SmartLink OutdoorLink REDYREF Kiosk

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