Ericsson unveiled the Connected Bus Stop concept at the UITP World Congress to show how broadband connectivity can improve commuter experience and make public transport easier and more appealing.

“The main objective of public transport authorities is to convince people to leave their cars at home and use public transport means in the best possible way,” says transport industry consultant Claudio Diotallevi. “This means enabling people to have options that could lead to a more positive commuter experience.”

One way to do this, Diotallevi says, is to set up the connected bus stop – a concept that incorporates 3G, LTE or Wi-Fi small cell technology. Apart from the usual consumer uses for mobile broadband, the connected bus stop can support functionality that is particularly useful for commuters.

This could include screens that display real-time information about bus movements and touch-screens that provide access to interactive maps, local news, tourist information and advertising. In addition, a closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera, panic button and push-to-talk functionality could be incorporated to increase security and make it easy for commuters to contact emergency services or the police.

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