Bus shelters have been in usage since long but have acquired an appeal lately. Being a public amenity, they are widely used across the world by commuters, locally or otherwise. They are vital transition points and a way of relaxation for the endless travelers who visit them. Innovation and technology has found its presence in almost all things we come across in our daily lives. So is the case with the bus shelters which are lately growing beyond simple rest/transition points.
Thus, the Bus shelter is a vital infrastructure for any nation and strengthening it by making it more user-friendly is desired. Numerous travelers use the bus shelters daily and inadvertently make it a part of their lives. Innovation in this area can go a long way to ease the daily lives of the common people.
What makes it so special
Recently, bus shelters have undergone tremendous modernism which is mainly a blend of technology and sustainable solutions. Organizations, particularly public institutions, have felt the need to improvise the bus shelters which depict a nation’s smart image. Besides being a public utility, tailored bus shelters can provide many other facilities which can ease the life of the public by saving time and effort. By emerging as a multi-utility, bus shelters can prove to be more than just traditional bus stops.
Travelers can get instant information about their routes and connectivity without any hassle of being in confusion or uncertainty. Bus shelters which use solar energy are an excellent way of saving on the scarce energy resources of the nation. Manufacturers are smartly using aluminum and stainless steel to produce sustainable and energy efficient frames for the shelters. The inclusion of amenities like telephone, internet-enabled tools, bill changers, etc would give added advantage to the users.
What’s in it for me
Bus shelters can be found to adorn many encouraging features like Wi-Fi, instant display of route information, CCTV, comfortable seating arrangement, etc. Shatter proof glasses can make the structure safer for travelers. The bus shelters can not only protect the traveler from climatic changes but also can be a host of utilities.
Manufacturers have come up with encouraging designs to improvise the bus shelters and give them a modern appeal. Bus shelters are now meant to give more than “shelter” and protection from the vagaries of nature. Most shelters have traveling guides which can rescue the traveler from being misguided or wrongly informed about a path.
Even a novice or unknown person can easily traverse his routes with modern bus shelters. The CCTV cameras are meant to track each and every activity at all times. Many makers are using environment friendly tools to give an explicit appeal to their designs. Bus shelters are designed to ensure both the comfort and safety of commuters. With the use of technological tools, much more in this regard is expected in the times to come.
The Eye Stop is much more than a bus shelter. It has been designed to provide high-end technological solutions to its users. The credit for designing the urban fixtures goes to Carlo Ratti and his research group, who were assisted by the Province of Florence and the local transportation authority. Carlo Ratti is the head of the Senseable City Lab (Massachusetts Institute of Technology).
The Eye Stop is built with many attractive features like climate check, actual tracing of the bus movement, multi-lingual tools to provide ease of usage, bus routés which can be traced instantly, internet enabled features to trace unknown routes, touch-sensitive screen and many other advanced features. The Eye Stop has sensors to determine the air quality of the surrounding.
It can also connect with cell phone of a traveler to plan and trace the route. The community bulletin board provides instant connection with people on board. The multi-faceted Eye Stop, which is meant to be environment friendly, would use solar energy to power itself. A software would enable it to be tailor made according to the available space as individual Eye Stop sizes can differ. This software would also determine power requirement. On successful adaptation of the Eye Stop, Rattis’ team plans to install about 200 bus shelters and 1,000 bus poles in Florence in 2010.
2. Voyager Shelter
The Voyager is one among the several outputs of the teamwork of Lacock Gullam and Adshel/Clear Channel. This bus shelter is one among the numerous bus shelters adorning the streets of London. The varied features of Voyager earned designer Lacock Gullam his place and position in the TfL’s endless list of utilities for developing the city. Lacock Gullam is also working on Landmark London which is under progress in alliance with TfL.
The Voyager had been made to provide state of the art utilities, particularly the information regarding traveling to its users. It has been equipped with a wide range of tools including CCTV, wireless internet and audio utilities. TfL is particular about providing an effortless traveler’s guide to the public and the Voyager is apt to carry out this job. The Voyager is designed to incorporate a solar energy driven lighting system. Besides providing information and shelter to the public, the Voyager is supposed to be appealing in its design and economically efficient on the city’s budget. It is supposed to contribute largely in TfL’s target of installing around 11,000 bus shelter sites across the city and adjoining areas.
3. Intelligent Bus Shelter keeps you connected with the world
The bus shelter designed by GK Sekkei is a depiction of two vital elements – information and environment. The smart integration of sustainable aluminum with technology has made this bus shelter a traveler’s haven. The bus shelters have photovoltaic panels on the top which provide the requisite sun energy to keep them functioning. They have translucent panels to allow clear and uninterrupted flow of energy. The varied needs of public will be well catered to as bus shelter has 20 different forms to suit custom needs.
The Wi-Fi enabled features keep the travel updated all the time and there is a telephone available within the structure to give added advantage of connectivity. The traveler is regularly updated about schedules and a dustbin has been placed within, which goes perfectly with the eco-friendly design. Added features of the bus shelter include display of travel schedules and advertisements.
4. Multi-functional solar powered bus stop
The Solar Stop is designed to make waiting for buses, comfortable for the travelers. It is backed by solar energy which is an attempt to produce another green bus stop for the mass. The concept, borne by Jae Pyung Lee, aims at utilizing public space to its optimum, with the innovative idea – the Solar Stop.
The Solar Stop features LED usage, street lighting, Wi-Fi, air sterilization, a touch sensitive screen and many more features, which will help you make the most out of the time spent at the bus shelter. A water vending machine also features in the list. The blueprint also has a bill changer. The hub of user-friendly features has been given enough breathing space to be accommodated within the shelter without squeezing the privacy of the user.
The alignment is supposed to provide sufficient room for users to spend time comfortably. The lighting of the Solar Stop is to be eco-friendly and the seating arrangement is complemented with small tables. The Solar Stop can yield a sustainable and cost-efficient display of amenities for the public while retaining a green tag.