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Consat would like to thank everyone for visiting our stand at UITP 2019.

Among all the exciting meetings and topics that were discussed in our stand, we want to highlight one feature that was appreciated by the visitors.

For the last year, Västtrafik has utilised a feature that brings visible benefits even to those not using public transport.

Pedestrians running for a bus potentially ignore everything in their path, from traffic lights, to common sense, risking life and limb to simply to begin their journey.

At a known dangerous crossing in the Västtrafik area, we’ve witnessed that, since the countdown on the destination sign was introduced, pedestrians take more care, and motorists give more consideration immediately prior to bus departure.

“The example is from my everyday life,” says Henrik at Consat.

Utilising the front sign to show more than just destination garnered interest at UITP where even a visitor stated – this is the greatest innovation at the whole UITP.

Consat developed the function together with Agder Kollektivtrafikk, www.akt.no, a transport authority in Norway, three years ago. Stop timing data is in the traffic database and departure countdowns are completely automatic. Implementation is very simple and consists of a central configuration change in the vehicle computer. The function is not dependent on the manufacturer of the front sign, as the information is directly controlled, rather than relying on any intermediate sign-management equipment.