Luminator passenger information systems can also improve waterborne passenger transport. In Sweden that pleases not only the passenger, but also the operator. Each week they save hundreds of liters of diesel fuel: made possible by a clever display system especially developed for use on public ferry services.
Several times a day, the Delfin X runs from the landing stage Ropsten in Stockholm to the island of Storholmen and back. Passengers are particularly reliant on the correct “Next stop” display for intermediate stops, for no-one on the ferry knows beforehand which of the possible stops will actually be made – not even the captain. He only stops at a landing stage when he sees that passengers are waiting there. But in order to correctly display the next stop, the onboard display must know whether or not the ship has docked.
Luminator has solved this problem with fictitious GPS “stopping zones” on the water between the scheduled stops. If the ship passes through a zone without the display registering a stop, the system will automatically switch to the next stop – plus additional route information, if desired. The captain can use the time gained to save diesel: by reducing speed and arriving punctually at the next station.
In the spring and autumn the exterior displays are controlled by GPS. At night the bright reflection of the bow-mounted destination indicator on the water would distract the captain. To avoid this, it switches off shortly before landing.
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