Singapore Installs a Cheapskate’s Dozen 32″ Color E-ink Signs at Bus Stops

20160412_195929_1200x900The island nation of Singapore has become the second government to install a 32″ E-ink sign.

The Singapore Land Transport Authority has just installed eleven new public transportation information boards at bus stops across the island.

The signs are based on the 32″ E-ink screen which was revealed at SID Display Week 2014, and incorporate an LED frontlight. The eleven signs are powered by solar panels, and have backup batteries which can keep the displays going from five days up to a week, in the absence of sunlight. They were developed by Visionect and are based on the DIY development kits which Visionect announced back in March.

According to Strait Times,  an LTA spokesperson said that the 32″ signs were more visible than their LED counterparts, and cost less.. Each of  new signs costs around $43,000 to install – or about $7,000 less than similarly-sized LED signs.

Visionect reports that the LTA is looking to upgrade the info boards at 85 bus stops across Singapore, and depending on how this project works out the LTA could modernize up to 200 bus stops with the new signs in the next few years.

P.S. If you’re in Singapore, please let me know f you see the signs.

Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.


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  3. GJ29 September, 2016

    Can’t find the signboard in Singapore~ You got the location of the sign board?

    1. Nate Hoffelder29 September, 2016

      According to the Strait Times:

      The new e-paper display has been installed at the bus stop (left) along Lorong 1, Geylang, opposite Block 2C. It will also be installed at 10 others, including the bus stops along Bishan Street 22 (opposite Bishan North Shopping Mall), along Yishun Avenue 2 and Tiong Bahru Road, by March

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