Neuhausen am Rheinfall/Saarbrücken - Saarbahn, a regional transport network in the German state of Saarland, is equipping its entire bus fleet with an information and orientation system that the Trapeze Group from the canton of Schaffhausen has developed for blind and visually impaired individuals. It uses the Swiss INTROS app for this target group.

A press release from Saarbahn states that it has ordered modules from Trapeze for its entire bus fleet, which make it easier for blind and visually impaired people to independently use public transport when combined with an app. According to information from the company, this is a world first. Trapeze’s vehicle modules, called the Public Transport Gateway, ensure all communication between the passenger, route and vehicle components, and the control center. The associated INTROS radar app for public transport was developed by the Swiss Organization for Blind and Visually Impaired Persons.

The app gives the names of stops, signals when the desired bus appears, indicates entrances with a sound, and can open these contactlessly. Furthermore, INTROS integration with Trapeze driver terminals enables direct communication between the driver and the passenger.

This barrier-free information and orientation system was tested on Saarbahn line 105 as part of a pilot project in 2020 and 2021. Test users approved of the technology.

Saarbahn has been a Trapeze client for many years. It is already using its operational control system, LIO.

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