Friday, August 31, 2007

LED map is arriving at SMRT (finally)

last weekend SMRT extended an invitation to me, to preview the system they are in the midst of introducing to their rolling stock - STARiS. Today is the actual preview. In a nutshell, it's a LED-ed version of their system map, envisaged to be installed above every train door.

due to PR restrictions i'm unable to show photos, but the engineering sample is close to HK MTR's version, but some features altered or in my opinion, missing.

the 2 hr session was an introduction to the people behind the scenes, plus gathering of feedback for their ES. As i liked the HK MTR's way of implementation (and the ES implementation had some differences), i suggested a number of feedback which kept the discussion quite well occupied =x

suggestions included
- reducing clutter on the LED map
- the color scheme, right down to the size of font, station numbering, "door opening" signs
- a different LED color for interchanges, such as City Hall, Dhoby Ghaut
- blinking of the (entire) available lines to transfer to, when a train reaches an interchange

the bulk of the debate went to the "door opening" sides, on the LED map and the scroller that is something close to the one installed on the new trains. I was more interested in making the LED work more interactively.

introduction is a long way though, not in the coming months. Stay tuned.

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