Do you want to receive real time information about where the bus you are waiting for is? Do you want to know the nearest hospital to a particular bus stop? If you are almost late and find out there is a traffic jam ahead, will you have to take subway? Now, high-tech bus stops will provide you with the answers to such questions.
Equipped with state-of-the-art information and communications technology (ICT), four such ‘smart’ bus stops are available on a bus route between Jongno 1 (il)-ga and Jongno 4 (sa)-ga. They offer citizens a variety of information, including weather, environment-related information, and traffic broadcasting.
By building a u-Shelter, which combines information technology with weather and air environmental sensors, at each of the bus stops, the ‘smart’ bus stops are providing bus passengers with a wide range of life information. With sensors, a camera, wireless network and display equipment, the u-Shelter represents a new type of bus stop for citizens. In Seoul, city buses are one of the two most common means of public transportation together with the subway.
The main services of the ‘smart’ bus stop are its map service of nearby locations that allows citizens to locate nearby stores and other amenities, the video information service showing the departure or arrival of buses at the bus stop before your stop and the IP-TV traffic broadcasting service that informs citizens where a particular bus is in real-time or when a particular bus will arrive at your bus stop.
The ‘smart’ bus stop project is the first tangible result from the national strategy that aims to promote converged broadcasting and telecommunications technology as well as eco-friendly green technology. Seoul City said it plans to expand the u-Shelter service, which is available at four bus stops between Jongno 1 (il)-ga and Jongno 4 (sa)-ga, to provide such services to more citizens.