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Electronic boards at transport stops to be replaced

Costing nearly two million zlotys electronic boards at transport stops to be replaced. The new boards will show more information. 

Currently, there are 172 boards in Warsaw. The first electronic board appeared in 2008 in Aleje Jerozolimskie. Now ZTM say that the time has come for an update. The whole operation will take a month. The cost is nearly PLN 2 million.

Why do you have to exchange Electronic boards that are 10 years old?

Since 2008, when the first boards of the Passenger Information System have been installed, ten years have passed. In electronics, such a period is a whole era, because technological changes are taking place all the time and new solutions are being introduced. The use of new LED panels, electronics controlling the work of the board and modern power, cooling and heating systems (depending on the prevailing weather conditions) force physical changes in the panel’s housing. In addition, boards after years of use show significant wear not only visual, but also technical – says Michał Powałka, spokesman for the Warsaw Tram system.

The Passenger Information System (SIP) operates on the basis of an IT system that calculates the estimated time of departure of the tram based on the GPS position, timetable, speed and current events on the route. After that he displays on the board how many minutes left until the departure of the given line-up.

Last year Warsaw Trams launched a virtual SIP. In order to check the actual departure time of a tram from a given stop, all you have to do is scan a special QR code placed by traditional timetables or enter the website www.tw.waw.pl/sip and select the appropriate tram line or stop.

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