BVG trials new solar-powered bus stop displays

Germany’s largest local public transport company, Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG), is working with 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. Papercast’s e-paper technology has been selected due to its promised ultra-low power performance, delivering several benefits to BVG including: significant cost savings due to its ability to be solar powered, and the stand-alone configuration that makes it easy to install.

The first Papercast installation is now operational at the International Gardening Festival 2017 site, which opened on 13 April. Further digital bus stop displays will be rolled out across central Berlin with various screen configurations, as part of the one-year pilot.

“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,” says Matthias Tenbusch, BVG project manager. “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.”

Papercast recently launched its advanced EPD board to power its next generation of solar-powered range of e-paper displays. Developed by its in-house engineers, the new quad-core e-paper driver board breaks new ground in power performance, according to Papercast, using nine times less energy than its first generation equivalent that is used in the majority of outdoor e-paper signage displays available on the market.

“We are excited to see our new technology in operation in a transit network as concentrated as Berlin’s,” says Robert Bicket, CEO, Papercast. “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.”