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November 2, 2020
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How do solar powered bus shelters equipped with an e-paper display allow you to better manage timetables?


Smart solar bus shelters are a great opportunity to optimize city costs. These products are easy to install and independent – both in terms of energy and maintenance.

Remote measurement of operating parameters allows you to react only when it is necessary. The analysis of the crowd and the number of users allows you to measure the effectiveness of urban investments, and above all, to increase the safety of public spaces.


Solarny przystanek autobusowy
Solarny przystanek autobusowy

The implementation of the SEEDiA solar bus shelters in Gdynia shows what values ​​they bring to the everyday life of the city for Smart City. Let’s take a look at the most important factors that allow you to optimize costs, increase the safety of residents and better adapt to the new reality that we have faced in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • How do solar bus shelters reduce power costs?

The act requires that up-to-date information is always displayed on shelters or posts. Servicing the infrastructure, which includes the creation of timetables, printing, commuting, service technicians and external service generate large expenses. In the case of a solar bus shelter with an e-paper display, we have all the information updated remotely and on a regular basis, thanks to the power supply by solar energy, which reduces the costs of energy supplied to the bus shelters. In Gdynia, it gives 5000-7000 PLN energy savings during the year.

  • How significantly reduce the cost of installing shelters?

Solar bus shelters also mean lower installation costs compared to traditional shelters. There is no need to pull the cable and make a standard connection because they use the independent energy they get from the solar panels. In this way, you can save as much as 80 000-100 000 PLN on the installation itself.

  • How do they affect security and reduce officials’ costs?

Officials do not need to drive to the solar bus shelter thanks to the remote management of the e-paper display. They can work safely from the office, and the costs of commuting and printing timetables are reduced to zero. In this way, the entire communication is greener for the city, and the annual savings amount to 4000-5000 PLN.

Such solutions work even on a single scale, when the shelters are set up individually, and in particular when cities decide to replace all shelters with new ones, which has a very good effect on the one hand on marketing and on the other on the optimization of public space.

Gablota informacyjna w wiacie solarnej
Gablota informacyjna w wiacie solarnej

Solar bus shelters via WiFi are able to collect data, monitor how people use public transport – at what times they travel, how much time they spend there. An additional advantage is intelligent functions such as USB chargers and inductive phone chargers, which are eagerly used by people using public transport. In the current situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the use of mass communication or going to offices causes anxiety among residents. Elements such as hand sanitizers that we offer make people increase their trust in public transport again, build positive habits, and thus the overall number of users increases. Research shows that placing antibacterial liquid dispensers at stops allows the return of 20-30% of passengers in the first weeks after installation.

We can observe a clear decrease in the use of communication during the coronavirus, which at a critical moment reached as much as 80% less travelers, which was associated with a 50% loss from the city budget. Therefore, it is very important to make investments that will allow people to get back into communication by increasing their confidence. If we do not do this, cities will be very congested, people will switch to cars, and the city will be clogged and non-ecological. The key is that communication is attended to and that people can use it while feeling safe.

Kuba Podgórzak
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Kuba Podgórzak, Marketing Specialist