Connectpoint® has been awarded its first contract with Thousand Oaks Transit (TOT), located in Southern California, following a successful one-year pilot program.
Thousand Oaks Transit will deploy Connectpoint® Digital Bus Stop® display--a solar-powered or A/C wireless ePaper display--across its five bus routes and during the summertime, an additional route that goes to Zuma Beach in Malibu.
The routes service major shopping centers, schools, hospitals, parks and public facilities, and TOT’s goal is to provide its riders with accurate and reliable real-time information. Throughout the 12-month pilot program, TOT tested six other vendors and, ultimately selecting Connectpoint.
“We are excited to make up-to-date bus arrival information available to more bus stop locations throughout the city,” said Mike Houser, transit program manager, city of Thousand Oaks. “We tested several different vendor’s products and found Connectpoint’s reliability and the ease of programming special messages to be an important factor in our decision.”
“Customers making essential trips want to make them as quickly and efficiently as possible, and with Connectpoint’s technologically advanced solar and battery-powered ePaper digital displays and our proprietary content management system, we can provide real-time passenger information, including departure information, service changes, delays and public service announcements, delivered seamlessly across all digital signage, maximizing passenger’s experience,” added Rick Wood, CEO, Connectpoint.” “It's always a pleasure working with a local transit agency. Our products are deployed across the United States so being able to see our products in action locally is always rewarding.”
Connectpoint’s solar-powered ePaper displays are eco-friendly and complement TOT’S clean burning natural gas buses in its efforts to be environmentally responsible. On a single charge, Connectpoint’s Digital Bus Stop can last up to 30 days, while refreshing the screen every minute.
System health, power and content across digital signage is managed remotely by a single cloud-based content management system, Connectpoint’s CPAM (Connectpoint Asset Management), which can be accessed from any mobile device for on-the-go changes and performance visibility, and can be converted into an emergency message system.
The new real-time information signage from Connectpoint provides messaging flexibility and will enhance Thousand Oaks Transit overall communications strategy and provide a better customer experience.