Regional Government of Madrid installs smart screens in two busy underground stations
The Regional Government of Madrid has set in motion, in the underground stations of Estadio Metropolitano and Aeropuerto T1-T2-T3, a new digital system of smart information for passengers, based on LED technology screens. The Councillor for Transport, Mobility and Infrastructure of the Regional Government of Madrid and Chairman of Metro de Madrid, Ángel Garrido, presented this initiative today, which seeks to facilitate the transit of passengers when stations get very busy.
By means of these screens, the Madrid underground can offer its users better information and adequately channel the flows of passengers at specific very busy times in stations.
In fact, these screens will first be used at Aeropuerto T1-T2-T3 station for the arrival of more than 20,000 people to attend the Climate Conference (COP25), which begins on Monday; and at Estadio Metropolitano station, for the football match between Atlético de Madrid and FC Barcelona, which will be played tomorrow.
“The singular nature of these screens consists of them having the power and the versatility necessary to adapt messages to operating needs. In this way, they provide useful information to passengers and also contribute to speed up mobility inside stations and surrounding areas and alleviate busy areas”, highlighted Ángel Garrido in the presentation held at Estadio Metropolitano station.
The first two stations in which this technology has been applied have large-scale screens in access ways, entrance halls, turnstiles and even on curved columns, something unprecedented in the Madrid underground until now, which allows 360º information to be offered. The format of these screens allows content to be offered in two or four different zones, providing information adapted to the direction passengers are travelling in.
All of the screens have high quality LED technology, are made of vandal-proof materials and have a system to monitor and control the state of the quality parameters of the broadcast (brightness and colour) and of the content broadcast. This new equipment is provided with the power and versatility necessary to broadcast the right information at the right time in a dynamic fashion.
The system is integrated in a content manager enabled at the Metro Central Control Centre, where the messages are issued from. Accordingly, information can be provided on the direction of the corresponding platform, no entry signs, recommendations to buy tickets in advance, spreading passengers out along the whole platform and vacating a certain area. Information can also be contained on the underground network.
Six screens have been installed inside Estadio Metropolitano station and another three large-scale screens will soon be installed outside.
In turn, four screens have been installed inside Aeropuerto T1-T2-T3 station and a set of screens above the ticket machines will soon be installed to offer information associated with these machines.
THE FUTURE REACHES METRO
This new passenger information system costs almost 400,000 euros and forms part of the so-called Station 4.0, a global plan for digital transformation to maintain its high quality, offer new services demanded by customers and manage the whole network efficiently and effectively in line with the new times. Based on Industry 4.0, this digital transformation will affect both stations and control centres, and will also consist of new communications networks.
“For the new Station 4.0, we are working on technologies for the next 10 years, such as cameras that calculate the saturation point of a station, which detect abandoned objects and warn if someone falls on the track. Metro is more than just a means transport; it also contributes to better communications, interaction and the structure of our society, with maximum energy efficiency and the minimum emissions”, concluded Regional Councillor Garrido.