Public transportation is critical to the daily lives of millions of people. Sadly, the COVID-19 pandemic has cast doubt on its safety. As the economy reopens and public transportation becomes widely available again, it is more important than ever for transportation companies to address the concerns of commuters who wish to use their services. Investing in cutting-edge transportation sign solutions with integrated smart technologies may be able to help with this goal.

Transportation problems during the pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic changed many aspects in the way we live—most notably in the way we get around. It had a huge impact on public transportation, as public spaces were deemed risky for facilitating fast transmission of the coronavirus from one person to another. The challenge that most transportation companies face in the post-pandemic world is making sure that their services are safe and can help reduce the risk of infection. To overcome that challenge, transportation companies will need to invest in smart transportation systems, such as a LED scrolling display, which can help show health and safety advisories to passengers.

Public transportation systems are most at risk of disease outbreaks because they tend to become crowded and passengers are likely to sit or stand close to one another. By adopting smart digital technologies like the transportation sign powered by IoT (Internet of Things) and AI (artificial intelligence), transit companies may be able to operate effectively and safely in the new normal while implementing public safety measures. These technologies allow the spread of the coronavirus to be monitored so that corrective action can be taken at critical points.

Even before the pandemic affected public health and safety, companies like Transign have already come up with intelligent products integrated with smart technologies to increase passenger and driver safety and convenience on the road. One of these products is the LED Destinator, a LED scrolling display that can be used by all kinds of fleets. It comes in different sizes and colors to suit any display and installation requirements. The LED display is highly adaptable and versatile, as it can be fully integrated into Next Stop, Route, and Destination announcement services. This way, customers are always updated.

By implementing smart technologies in public transportation, transit companies can keep up with the government’s health and safety protocols and regulations. Governments are also focused on implementing intelligent transportation systems to meet the growing need for connectivity and finding solutions to minimize traffic fatalities. These technologies are also crucial to transportation companies looking to meet customer preferences.

When these factors are combined with the increasing need for solid public safety measures in the post-pandemic world, the development, improvement, and implementation of intelligent transit systems and networks may be prioritized.

Factors that affect the selection of smart technologies in public transportation

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Governments and transit companies must look into these critical areas when considering effective cutting-edge transportation solutions during and after the pandemic:

  • Temperature control and hygiene – Optical and thermal sensors, humidity checks, hand hygiene monitoring, routine UV disinfecting, and other measures must be implemented and automated to ensure the highest health and safety standards.
  • Quick response to demand – In the post-pandemic world, public transportation must operate with proper hygiene and social distancing measures implemented. User demand may fluctuate, so operators need to be dynamic in meeting those changes. That means adjusting the way they dispatch vehicles on certain routes, suspending services based on government directives, meeting capacity, and load restrictions, etc.

Finding the right technologies to meet the demands and standards in a post-pandemic world can be challenging. Transign can help you. Talk to us to explore advanced solutions.