China’s Shenzhen Metro to Test Wabtec ‘Smart Windows’

Written by Marybeth Luczak, Executive Editor
The Wabtec Smart Window provides not only a view outside, but also real-time information on delays and schedule changes as well as on the weather and stock market.

The Wabtec Smart Window provides not only a view outside, but also real-time information on delays and schedule changes as well as on the weather and stock market.

Wabtec Corp. is teaming with Shenzhen Metro Co. and CRRC Nanjing Puzhen Co., Ltd., to install and test six Smart Windows on a Metro Line 6 rapid transit train in China. The 30-mile line opened in August, and CRRC Nanjing Puzhen Co., Ltd., supplied the fleet of 51 six-car Type A trains.

The pilot supports Shenzhen’s “smart city smart transport” initiative, and will test how Wabtec’s new Smart Window not only provides a view outside, but also serves as an interactive information source for riders. With a touch screen and integrated speakers, the window can provide real-time information on train delays and schedule changes as well as on the weather and stock market.

The Wabtec Smart Window uses a “matrix of organic light emitting diodes and poly-silicon thin film transistors to create a high-contrast, high-resolution transparent display. The transparency automatically adjusts based on the brightness outside.” It features a touch screen and integrated speakers.

According to Wabtec, the Smart Window uses a “matrix of organic light emitting diodes and poly-silicon thin film transistors to create a high-contrast, high-resolution transparent display. The transparency automatically adjusts based on the brightness outside.” In addition, it has “PIS system linkage and 4G internet access, and reserves 5G interface,” allowing riders to browse the internet. The technology can also be applied to doors or other glass elements in a railcar.

“The Smart Window is an exciting technology as metro transit authorities look to enhance the passenger experience,” said Christophe Fevre, Wabtec’s Information and Safety Business Unit Director. “This demonstration project will provide valuable, real-world information on this product and how riders interact with it.”

Editor’s Note: We think CNN’s John King, with his dizzying “Magic Wall” election vote tracking presentations, would love riding a rail transit car equipped with Wabtec’s Smart Window. The question is, would he allow anyone else to use it? – William C. Vantuono
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