While buses may not be the most complicated of creations, Portsmouth City Council has decided it needs to employ some serious technology to get them running efficiently. 300 buses are to be fitted with a wireless transmitter that will send signals back to the Traffic Control Centre letting everyone know its whereabouts and ETA.
MeshNetworks is providing the technology to power the service, allowing the coucil to set up a wireless network that encompasses 36 bus stops and 9 kiosks in the city. An LCD screen in each will provide real time travel updates to customers.
This is a pretty extreme way to get the buses to run on time in the UK, but it beats fascism we suppose.[Yes we know that’s a London red bus above – but it looks nice.]