Luminator Technology Group Recognized for Innovations in Passenger Information as Recipient of Smart Cities Award

Luminator Technology Group
April 2020
A technology partnership with Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) promotes Washington D.C.’s smart city transformation

NATIONAL HARBOR, Maryland and PLANO, Texas – April 16, 2020 –

Luminator Technology Group (Luminator) is proud to announce it has been selected as a Smart 50 award recipient by Smart Cities Connect for its deployment of passenger information systems for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). Luminator’s technology is essential in communicating rider announcements and information while supporting operational efficiencies for WMATA through centrally managed updates.

By enhancing transportation for WMATA’s 120 million annual bus riders, Luminator made outstanding contributions to Washington D.C.’s smart city initiative through its expertise and innovations in digital signage and sophisticated network of passenger information technology.

As a resource for community decision-makers committed to empowering smart cities at all stages of growth through the adoption of smart technologies, Smart Cities Connect’s Smart 50 Awards annually recognize global smart cities projects, honoring the most innovative and influential work. This year’s primary categories included community engagement, digital transformation, smart mobility, urban infrastructure, and urban operations. Luminator and other recipients represented innovative projects with current or future municipal-scale impact and application.

Luminator supplied, delivered, installed and now supports a city-wide solution for passenger information at transit stops. With a centrally managed platform, route updates, customized messages and passenger alerts are delivered in real time, delivering up-to-date information throughout the city. This technology enables WMATA and other agencies to deliver important public notices to riders about operations including changes, wait times and even public service announcements, or alerts about changes to standard protocol.

The project helped WMATA realize cost savings through this automation, as all digital updates are now handled through Luminator’s content management system without the need for manual replacement of paper signs. Luminator's system also provides health and diagnostic data, allowing maintenance personnel to be dispatched to specific displays with information about errors, further enhancing efficiency.

By partnering with Luminator, WMATA was able to further its goal of operating a more sustainable, efficient and inclusive city by deploying a passenger information solution that is energy-efficient, cost-effective and ADA-compliant to meet the needs of all district passengers.

“We’re honored to receive this Smart 50 award and to have helped bring WMATA and the greater D.C. area to the forefront of the smart city conversation,” said Roderick Jones, President of Luminator Technology Group. “While Luminator continues to develop and implement advanced transit technology for the needs of smart cities around the globe, receiving this award further inspires our team to innovate and connect cities to mission-critical infrastructure within their networks.”

Representatives from Luminator will accept this award at the Smart 50 Awards Gala at Smart Cities Connect’s Fall Conference in National Harbor, Maryland from November 17-19.

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About Luminator Technology Group

Luminator Technology Group (Luminator) is a leading manufacturer of stationary and on-board passenger information systems, video security and lighting for global mass transportation applications. The company, founded in 1928, leverages its extensive engineering resources to develop solutions that increase intelligence, safety and efficiency for bus, rail and aerospace operations worldwide.

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