Deployment of Smart Lighting and Real Time Signage

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Deployment of Smart Lighting and Real Time Signage

BEAVERTON, OR – Transit users in Signal Hill, CA now enjoy safe, well-lit bus stops complete with real time bus arrival information as part of a Long Beach Transit pilot project.

Long Beach Transit is a leader in adopting smart lighting and real time information technologies to enhance user experience and encourage choice ridership.

The agency is in the process of deploying over one hundred Urban Solar PV Stop+ pole-mounted lighting systems equipped with ECM ConnectTM technology. Eighteen of these systems are paired with Papercast e-paper real time information signs as part of a pilot project.

ECM ConnectTM Equipped Lighting and Power Systems

ECM ConnectTM equipped lighting systems are monitored and managed remotely by Urban Solar staff to ensure that critical infrastructure stays up and running. Long Beach Transit maintenance staff can also check in on their lighting systems at any time and receive optional email alerts. This technology was developed specifically for solar lighting applications in partnership with Huntsville-based OutdoorLink Inc.

As well as offsetting the cost of routine site visits, ECM ConnectTM allows for remote rebooting of digital signage and enables remote configuration of lighting profiles to maximizes light output throughout the year.

Real Time Signage

Long Beach Transit selected Boca Raton-based ETA Transit to supply and install 23” e-paper displays manufactured by UK-based Papercast. These displays provide up-to-the-minute bus arrival information.

Each e-paper display is mounted on a 2.5” bus stop pole. Installing grid-connected lighting and signage at these bus stops would have involved significant costs for trenching and cabling, as well as major site disruption. Instead, a PV Stop+ system provides standalone power for both security lighting and signage.

“We first helped Long Beach Transit deploy solar-powered real time information signs over five years ago,” says Eben Lindsey, Director of Business Development at Urban Solar. “Thanks to ultra-low power draw e-paper signage and ECM ConnectTM technology, the cost to deploy and operate signage and lighting at bus stops has fallen dramatically since that time.”

From our customers:

“Urban Solar’s technology adapts to our short, overcast winter days and offers a remarkable and reliable product. It enhances passenger’s safety and operator visibility.”

– Jeff Brewster, Intercity Transit

“The new Urban Solar improvements and technology have increased ridership more than 20 percent and decreased costs by about 35 percent.”

– Richard Tree, Porterville Transit

“Initial costs to supply and install these lights are lower compared to conventional systems. We will do more of these installations as pathway lighting needs arise.”

– Gary Darrah, District of Saanich