Be greeted by cool and purified air while waiting for your bus at the heart of the city. This is indeed a welcoming change for commuters in transit, thanks to the world’s first next-generation smart bus stop located outside Plaza Singapura.
Instead of breathing in harmful airborne particles emitted by passing vehicles and enduring the heat, commuters now enjoy a more comfortable wait in the Airbitat Oasis Smart Bus Stop, developed by Innosparks, an ST Engineering Open Lab. The Airbitat Oasis Smart Bus Stop leverages the already proven technology of the Airbitat Smart Cooler which has been successfully deployed in other public, commercial and industrial spaces, such as the Singapore Mandai Zoo, Resorts World Sentosa, and CHIJMES by Innosparks.
The overhead Airbitat cooling and purification unit at the Airbitat Oasis Smart Bus Stop delivers cool air as low as 24oC and filters harmful airborne particles such as PM2.5, with up to 70% energy savings compared to a conventional air conditioner with similar cooling capacity. This is definitely a dream come true for a tropical country like Singapore.
With advanced machine learning and smart sensors, the smart bus stop also detects ambient conditions and commuter traffic to dynamically adjust modes so that cooling and purification is energy-smart and sustainable. The bus stop technologies are also able to detect suspicious activities such as unattended baggage and loitering to trial the use of public safety features at public spaces, and provide additional data points on commuter traffic and footfall such as average commuter wait time and commuter flow.
“Designers of Smart Cities need to reimagine infrastructure and design solutions that improve their liveability for citizens. With this world’s first Airbitat Oasis Smart Bus Stop, ST Engineering is trialling an approach of harnessing technology and innovation to transform land transport infrastructure so that even simple daily activities such as waiting for a bus can be greatly improved through data analytics, air cooling and purification technologies,” said Mr Gareth Tang, Head, Innosparks, an ST Engineering Open Lab.
Designing and developing the next generation smart bus stop took Innosparks 18 months from idea to market. The team went through a fast-fail-fast-iterate approach, going through five iterative design and testing processes before finally reaching the solution that was launched. One of the key challenges during the design process, as shared by Dr Li Fuyun, Head, Engineering, Innosparks, was to determine the angle of air flow that worked best for air cooling. From blowing overhead to blowing from the back and sides, the team tried and tested several variations before reaching the current configuration of air flow delivered through the overhead nozzles at varying angles for maximum comfort.
Aside from improving the experience for commuters in transit, the various technologies from the Smart Bus Stop can be retrofitted to existing infrastructure and public outdoor spaces such as hawker centres and taxi stands to deliver outdoor cooling and air purification.
The possibilities are limitless, and ST Engineering will continue harnessing technology and innovation to improve liveability for citizens in a sustainable way.
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