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Be greeted by cool 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 sustainably-cooled bus stop.

Instead of breathing in harmful airborne particles emitted by passing vehicles and enduring the heat, commuters can enjoy a more comfortable wait in the Airbitat Cool Bus Stop, developed by Innosparks, an ST Engineering Open Innovation Lab.

Currently located outside Plaza Singapura, the Cool Bus Stop leverages the proven, sustainable cooling technology of the Airbitat City Cooler, which has been successfully deployed in various public, commercial and urban spaces such as the Singapore Mandai Zoo, Resorts World Sentosa, and CHIJMES.

Now in its second iteration, the Cool Bus Stop features Airbitat’s Reevac™ Deep Cooling technology embedded within the bus stop seats to deliver zones of cool air from 24°C to cool commuters in transit. With no use of CFCs or refrigerants, zero waste heat generation and up to 70% energy savings compared to conventional air conditioners with a similar cooling capacity, commuter can now beat the heat and enjoy deep cooling which is also environmentally friendly and sustainable.

“Designers of smart cities need to reimagine infrastructure and design solutions that improve liveability for their citizens. With this new iteration, 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 and air cooling technologies,” said Mr Gareth Tang, Head of Innosparks, an ST Engineering Open Innovation Lab.

Aside from improving the experience for commuters in transit, various technologies from the Cool Bus Stop can be retrofitted to existing infrastructure and public outdoor spaces such as hawker centres and taxi stands to deliver outdoor cooling.

The possibilities are limitless, and ST Engineering will continue harnessing technology and innovation to improve liveability for citizens in a sustainable way.