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Le Mans and Poitiers choose RGB LED Passenger Information Displays to enhance their mobility infrastructure

Topic
Collective passenger transportTransport for people with reduced mobility
Country
France
Resource type
Case study
Case study: Le Mans and Poitiers

Published on 5 June 2023. 

Le Mans and Poitiers have taken action to improve their mobility infrastructure, specifically in the context of passenger information displays at the bus stations. The replacement projects are part of renovations for the stations, and the new displays significantly boost the facility's aesthetics while facilitating passenger navigation and cutting down on transfer times. The devices allow travellers to swiftly and conveniently view the most recent timetables.

Context 

Le Mans and Poitiers, two cities in France, have been actively addressing their mobility situations. Le Mans, famous for motorsports, has focused on sustainable mobility, expanding public transportation, cycling infrastructure, and pedestrian-friendly spaces. The recent upgrade of displays at the bus station showcases their commitment to providing efficient information to travellers.

Poitiers, known for its cultural heritage, has prioritised developing a multimodal transportation network, connecting urban, regional, and international services. The bus station, at the centre of a multimodal interchange, facilitates seamless transfers and improved connectivity.

Both cities strive to offer accessible, reliable, and sustainable transportation options for residents and visitors. This case study focuses on the approach and actions taken by Le Mans and Poitiers to improve their mobility infrastructure.

In action 

In Le Mans station, RGB LED devices (provided by the supplier Dysten) have taken the place of the old TFT LCD screens, implementing a solution offering several advancements.

  • The new displays feature a built-in light sensor, adapting the brightness to the lighting conditions in the station, ensuring optimal visibility for passengers.
  • The use of high-quality panels allows for reduced display size without compromising protection, eliminating the need for additional protective glass.
  • The displays offer flexibility in colour choice, graphics, and logos, ensuring high-quality image and visibility from different viewing angles.
  • The appropriate tilt of the displays enhances readability and user comfort.

Additionally, the devices now also serve travellers at the bus station in Poitiers. This roofed facility, located in a multimodal interchange, acts as a central point connecting urban, regional, and international transport services. Sixteen passenger information displays have been installed there, enhancing the convenience and accessibility of information for commuters.

Overall, both cities have taken steps to improve their transportation infrastructure, recognising the importance of efficient and user-friendly passenger information displays. These initiatives contribute to a better travel experience, smoother transfers, and enhanced connectivity within the cities' transport networks.

Results 

The actions taken by Le Mans and Poitiers to enhance their mobility infrastructure with improved passenger information displays have resulted in many positive outcomes.

In the case of Le Mans station, the implementation of new displays with built-in light sensors has significantly improved visibility for passengers, even under bright sunlight conditions. The high-quality images and flexible customisation options have enhanced the presentation of timetables, graphics, and logos. The displays' design, including the appropriate tilt, has ensured good readability and comfortable use for travellers. This has led to increased convenience and efficiency in accessing timetable information, facilitating smoother navigation and reducing transfer times for passengers.

Similarly, in Poitiers, the installation of 16 passenger information displays at the bus station has greatly improved the provision of real-time information for travellers. The location of the station at the heart of a multimodal interchange has made it a central point connecting various transport services. The availability of accurate and easily accessible information has enhanced passenger experience, enabling better planning, smoother transfers, and improved connectivity across urban, regional, and international transportation networks.

Overall, the implementation of improved passenger information displays in both Le Mans and Poitiers has contributed to enhanced convenience, efficiency, and satisfaction for travellers, supporting the cities' goals of providing seamless and reliable mobility solutions.

Challenges, opportunities and transferability 

The implementation of improved passenger information displays at Le Mans and Poitiers bus stations has had a positive impact on their respective mobility infrastructures. These initiatives have already been successfully completed, resulting in notable improvements.

Although the projects were successful, some technical challenges were encountered during the implementation process. However, through comprehensive planning, collaborative efforts, and continuous monitoring, these challenges were effectively addressed.

The positive outcomes achieved through the implementation of improved passenger information displays demonstrate the success of these initiatives. By addressing challenges along the way, valuable insights have been gained to further enhance future endeavours in improving mobility infrastructure with increased efficiency and knowledge.