Transport for NSW seeks new uses for Bluetooth beacons

Currently the beacons help visually impaired passengers at Chatswood in Sydney

Transport for NSW wants people to suggest new uses for Bluetooth beacons it has deployed at the Chatswood train station and bus interchange in Sydney.

The beacons were installed for a trial intended to help visually impaired commuters using audio cues transmitted to mobile phones.

“We’re always looking for new ways to deliver better information, products and services to our customers and we want to work closely with the technology industry and entrepreneurs to see what they can come up with,” deputy secretary customer service at Transport for NSW, Tony Braxton-Smith, said in a statement.

Potential uses could include providing travelers with information about the next train services, local attractions or directions to nearby locations, Braxton-Smith said.

“We are open to any and all ideas that will improve our customers’ experience catching public transport. We’re keen to see how far this technology can go,” Braxton-Smith said

Transport for NSW is inviting submissions on the use of the beacons until 2 September

Along with the agency’s learner driver logbook challenge it is part of the Future Transport program.

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