The new devices will offer information on the exact waiting time thanks to GPS location
Benidorm launches the first smart screen of the eleven that will be installed at the main bus stops
This morning the first smart screen of the eleven to be installed at the main bus stops in Benidorm has come into operation. This first device has been placed at the stop located on Langreo street, next to the Bali hotel, a point where several urban bus lines converge.
These new screens will show "specific information to the passenger, in real-time, about the arrival time of their bus from the different systems that have been installed in the vehicles themselves, connected by GPS" explained the Councilor for Mobility, José Ramón González de Zarate. All this is implemented with the mobile application available to the urban transport company, Avanza.
The software has a time prediction system, which feeds back from the GPS positions of the buses and adjusts the data of each journey so that the information is continuously updated so that the information is as accurate as possible. "This is a smart system that allows real-time monitoring of the route and determines the position of each vehicle on the route so that the user has precise information on the screens," said the mayor.
In total, eleven smart screens will be placed that will not only offer information on the arrival time of the bus but in the future will also show municipal information. In addition to Langreo street, the other screens will be located at number 13 Beniardá Avenue, Mediterráneo Avenue 4 and 55, at number 9 Severo Ochoa, at number 4 Esperanto Street, at the bus station of Francisco Llorca Antón, in Parque de Elche, in Estación street, at Doctor Fleming square and at Salto del Agua park and ride.
The first bus to offer service to residents and tourists has been the one on Langreo Street, although the rest of the screens will be in service at the end of September “because they require some accessory works to supply them with electricity. We have preferred to delay these works a bit to avoid the inconvenience they entail, especially in the summer season” said González de Zárate.
The Councilor for Mobility has also specified that "the stops will be improved, with the installation or renovation of canopies and the implementation of urban furniture for the comfort of passengers." An investment that is undertaken thanks to a grant from the Ministry of one million euros to which Benidorm City Council agreed.