TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – On Friday (July 26), the Kinmen Country government celebrated the installation of the county's first solar-powered smart bus stop notification screen, the first such system to be installed on one of Taiwan's outlying islands. The 33-cm screen is located outside the Southwest Men Li Office (西南門里) in Jincheng Township (金城鎮).
It is powered by solar reactive panels and has a wireless connection, allowing visitors and residents to keep track of buses ahead of their arrival. The report indicates that even during long periods of rain and cloudy skies, the fully-powered solar-electric device can operate effectively for almost two weeks.
Chen Chao-chin (陳朝金), the Kinmen County secretary-general, said that he hopes the new solar-powered screens will help promote more tourism in Kinmen. Someday he would like to see more screens installed throughout the county, especially outside Kinmen Shangyi Airport (尚義機場), reports CNA.
Kinmen County officials said the new screens are a major step towards the goal of becoming a low-carbon, smart municipality. Other locations in Taiwan that have implemented the solar-powered bus stop screens are Taipei, Tainan, and Taoyuan.
Kinmen County officials celebrating installation of smart busstop (CNA photo)