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Modifying Bus Stops with Smart Technology for the Future

As the world rapidly advances into the age of smart technology, it becomes clear that it’s only a matter of time before the transport industry must also get connected. With the advent of smart cities, urban areas are beginning to develop advanced networks in which all aspects of infrastructure are connected via the internet. Put simply, this means that everything from signage to transport can all interact with the user digitally.

While this might sound like science fiction, it’s actually closer than you might think – you do not need to purchase an entirely new bus stop in order to reap the benefits of the current smart revolution. The flexible nature of smart technology ensures that cutting-edge features can now be integrated into any existing bus pole or structure.

Here are just a few of the additions Future Systems Inc. can incorporate into bus pole technology, both through new Elite Bus Poles and modifications of existing hardware.

USB Charging

According to recent studies, 77% of adults now have access to a smartphone. As many of us know, the numerous features of such powerful devices result in a battery which can quickly deplete.

Providing USB charging solutions for passengers offers a clear solution to the all-too-common problem of a battery running low. Smart technology provides users with the ability to maintain a charged phone or tablet, ensuring that they always have the means to make the most of the network’s other advanced features.

Public WiFi

The advantages of installing WiFi masts into bus poles are clear: greater access to online services results in a more enjoyable transport experience for all. With access to WiFi, public transport presents a clear advantage over driving and allows commuters to make the most of their time spent travelling.

Lighting and Illumination

The busy schedule of modern life means that many people work at all hours of the day. With many cities opting to run night-time services, ensuring that public transport is just as accessible after dark with adequate lighting and illumination is more important than ever.

In addition to this, units can also be fitted with solar panels to deliver a fully renewable service. This ensures villages and other rural areas can also benefit from illuminated displays, eliminating the bus stop’s dependency on a connection to the electrical grid.

Bluetooth Notifications

As well as being fully ADA and DDA compliant, the Elite Bus Pole features advanced Bluetooth connectivity to provide the ultimate inclusive experience for the hard of hearing or visually impaired. Notifications can be delivered directly to the user’s smartphone, ensuring that important information such as arrival times and route numbers are as clear as possible.

Smart Sensors

Incorporating a range of sensors that collect data from various factors such as air pollution through to traffic monitoring

Digital display options

Solar powered wireless e-paper display with high contrast HD resolution that instantly streams live travel updates. The display is also capable of displaying wayfinding maps, allowing for  easy access to live mapping, city directions, information and services

What’s next?

With the ability to transform an existing bus pole unit into a piece of fully functioning smart technology, Future Systems Inc can ensure that every city is equipped with a state-of-the-art transport network. With the ability to retrofit any existing structure, upgrading is now easier and more cost-effective than ever before.

Future Systems Inc. are a leading provider of transport signage, shelter and smart technology solutions. To learn more about what Future Systems can offer you, please call 0208 561 4959 or email


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