Papercast launches the new 9.7” e-paper passenger information display as an entry-level product.
The Papercast 9.7” e-paper display is available as part of the open frame range with solar, battery or mains power and wireless connectivity. Ideal for cost-optimized projects, it enables customers to get essential live passenger information to more bus stops, where high-end features aren’t a priority. It also satisfies customers requiring smaller displays for installation in smart bus shelters, totems or kiosks, or for low-frequency bus stops.
While this new model is positioned as entry-level, it offers the same technical performance as every other Papercast display. It is the result of extensive development, with the challenge of reengineering Papercast’s advanced e-paper driver (EPD) board into a more compact format. It is also exceptionally light, weighing only 1kg. The display and its components are fully protected in a ruggedized IP65 plastic moulded enclosure with an aluminium backplate and integrated mounting plate.
The cost-benefit is gained from several novel financial factors. Firstly, its actual size reduces production costs. Secondly, it is offered as a no-frills product without the usual upgrade options of illumination (also contributing to its lightweight), built-in voice to speech and interactivity. This again reduces development and production costs.
“We are excited to finally fill this low-cost gap in the market and look forward to the opportunities it presents. The Papercast 9.7” e-paper display may be no-frills, but it is still very much a high-end product, available at a price point that will make budgets go much further,” comments Robert Bicket, CEO at Papercast. “We work with cities and transport operators all over the world, all at various stages of maturity with different economic factors at play. This takes us another step closer to helping them to keep more travellers reliably informed with live passenger information.”
Papercast is transforming the way operators provide passenger information at the bus stop. E-paper offers exceptional outdoor readability, even in direct sunlight, making it an ideal replacement for paper bus stop timetables. Couple this with wireless connectivity and exceptionally low power consumption, and the displays can be battery powered and installed completely off-grid.
Additionally, Papercast’s sophisticated cloud-based management system offers simple integration with open data standards, as well as the ability to control every aspect of the displays and its content remotely. Transport authorities can now provide live arrivals and other information to passengers at bus stops where previously it would not have been feasible.