Step-Hear ™ for Buses and Bus Stations
Step-Hear™ can offer the blind and visually impaired important information and assistance at bus stations:
- Where the bus-stop is located and be guided to it.
- What bus lines (numbers) stop at the specific bus-stop and what their destinations are.
- Time of the buses arrival (if connected to GPS system).
- Indication of buses arrival at the station (announcing bus number and destination).
In general, a bus station may be of one of the following types:
A traditional bus station, having a metal sign on which permanent information is written, indicating what bus lines stop at the station and their destinations.
A modern bus stop, having a LCD screen showing real time information to the public, indicating in real time what lines stop at the station and when they are due to arrive. This system is connected to a GPS system and is able to identify the location of each bus, while sending real time information to each station through a central server.
For the traditional station - a Step-Hear ™ base unit is located on top of the station. When a person gets to the proximity of a station he gets a signal on his wrist activator, indicating to him that a base unit is nearby. When pressing on button number 1 on his activator, an announcement is broadcasted from the base unit, reading all information written on the sign: bus lines that stop in the station and their destinations.
For the modern bus station – a Step-Hear™ circuit is integrated into the sign so that it is not seen. Operating under the same principle, by pressing button number 1 on the activator, a person activates the sign which then reads all the real time information shown on the screen.
In both solutions, a signal by a Step-Hear circuit located on the bus will trigger the activator, notifying the user on the buses arrival at the station. By pushing button number 2 - an announcement is heard from an outer speaker located on the bus, announcing what bus number it is and its destination of travel. This message is heard only when a bus has stopped at the station and its doors are open.
For travelers sitting in the bus, between stations, pressing button number 2 activates an announcement given inside the bus and indicates what the next stop is. Pressing button number 3 whilst on the bus, will offer the passenger further information on services and sites that are located near the next station.
These two options are possible only between stations.
For Example: Traditional Bus Station: Getting Information at the Bus Stop
- The base Unit at the bus station sends a (RF) signal.
- The personal held activator picks up the signal and starts to beep and vibrate.
- The user presses button number 1.
- An announcement is broadcasted from the base unit, offering information on all the bus lines that stop at the station and their destinations.
- Base Unit on the bus sends a signal.
- The personal held activator picks up the signal and starts to beep and vibrate, indicating that a bus has arrived.
- The user presses button number 2 on the activator.
- An announcement is heard from an outer speaker located on the bus, letting the user know what bus number has arrived and its destination of travel.
- By pressing number 2 on the activator while on the bus, a passenger may trigger the internal bus message at any time, announcing the next bus stop.
- By pressing number 3 on the activator while on the bus, a passenger may trigger the internal bus message, offering information of services and sites offered close to the next bus stop.