The new, modern Dynamic Passenger Information (DFI) system at the Odenwaldkreis Health Centre in Erbach provides information on all travel options.

The new, modern Dynamic Passenger Information (DFI) system at the Odenwaldkreis Health Centre in Erbach provides information on all travel options.
The Odenwald-Regional-Gesellschaft mbH (OREG) is commissioning the first DFI plant in the Odenwaldkreis on Monday, 26 February, which is operated exclusively with regenerative solar power.

DFI systems are modern dynamic passenger information systems that provide bus and train passengers with up-to-the-minute information about their next journeys in real time.

Unlike the systems along the Odenwald-Bahn or Werner-von-Siemens-Straße in Erbach, the display at the Odenwaldkreis health centre is not a large LED display, but a handy format based on ChLCD technology from the Ulm-based manufacturer LTG Ulm GmbH.

In addition, the type of display is much more cost-effective than the large displays, as the expensive civil engineering work is completely eliminated. The existing bus stop mast can be used for assembly.

The device can easily be mounted at any stop and configured accordingly. The only requirement for operation is a sunny location so that the solar panel can supply sufficient power.

“We deliberately chose the ‘Health Centre’ location because the hospital is served by numerous city buses as well as local and regional bus services,” says Peter Krämer, head of the OREG local public transport division.

“Passengers want and can now be supplied quickly and easily with up-to-the-minute real-time information. We are taking this into account with the installation of this display”.

In order to be able to display the current timetable information on the display at all, the necessary data is transmitted via mobile radio. All the data now comes directly from the OREG operations control centre, which also supplies the other DFI displays in the Odenwald district.

The information is displayed on an LCD monitor in a stable, vandal-resistant housing. Thanks to its technical characteristics, the device offers very good legibility of the information.

In terms of accessibility, the display is equipped with a text-to-speech function. This enables visually impaired passengers, for example, to read out all current timetable information at the touch of a button.

“We are confident that the use of this new DFI system will be successful and hope to be able to use further systems at central stops in the Odenwald district in the future”, Krämer concludes.

Two new CityBuses

Together with the new DFI facility, two new CityBus vehicles are also taking up active service in Erbach and Michelstadt.

The Sprinter City 65 buses have 12 seats and 13 standing places and replace the two existing vehicles of Stadtwerke Michelstadt after more than 360,000 kilometres each in the Erbach-Michelstadt urban area.

The new CityBuses are equipped with low-floor technology and a fold-out ramp so that wheelchair users can also board the CityBus without any problems.

The newly purchased vehicles are based on the latest Mercedes BlueTec engine technology, which meets the Euro VI emissions standard. This current exhaust emission standard requires a drastic reduction in emissions compared to Euro V. The new vehicles are equipped with the latest Mercedes BlueTec engine technology.

In order to meet these requirements, the BlueTec® engines have a complex exhaust aftertreatment system. A central element is the innovative SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction) exhaust gas purification method with AdBlue injection. The result: 66 % fewer particles and 80 % fewer nitrogen oxides compared with Euro V.

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