Passengers at major bus stations in the city can now track arrivals and departures of BMTC buses on a real-time basis. After a failed attempt and many proposals that remained on paper, the BMTC has installed 35 passenger information system (PIS) display boards at 11 major bus stations to provide real-time information about the location and movement of buses.
PIS display boards installed a couple of months ago had gone kaput, prompting the BMTC to go in for a fresh arrangement with a private firm, Vyoma, on a pilot basis. Several proposals in this regard over the last decade too have not yet materialized.
The display boards give information in English and Kannada about bus movement and weather. The firm will be allowed to put advertisements on these boards to generate revenue. The BMTC aims to install 251 PIS display boards at major bus stops.
“Our technology will not only make real-time information such as weather and bus updates visible, but also make the entire journey easy to understand and more interactive for passengers. These new screens are connected to cloud-based applications and stored centrally which has reduced the load on the media player and electricity consumption,” Shriranga K Sudhakara, founder, Vyoma Media, said.