Beacons drive accessible public transport forward

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Current procedures for bringing the right assistance to public transport passengers can be time-consuming and cumbersome. Imagine a world in which a digital travel assistant was always available to guide passengers and guarantee a comfortable journey. “This future is closer than you think – thanks to Bluetooth Low-Energy beacons,” says Steven Lauwereins, research lead at Televic GSP.


Training beacons to guide the way

In a brand-new research project, Steven Lauwereins and his team are investigating how beacons on trains can significantly improve the comfort and experiences of train passengers.

What are beacons?

Beacons are small radio transmitters that communicate using Bluetooth Low-Energy (BLE) technology and are capable of locating passengers with extremely high accuracy. They can also be used to trigger a specific action that is location dependent.

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Centralized communication based on real-time information

This easy-to-use solution facilitates the selection of the exact vehicles to be targeted based on real-time information. Free your staff from taking on-board PIS-related actions while offering a superior passenger experience by handling information delivery in a centralized, automated way.

The combination of audio and visual messages via a single system ensures information accessibility to the broadest-possible audience. Messages can be broadcast to a subset of the vehicle fleet through one action, boosting efficiency by avoiding the need to contact individual staff members operating a variety of journeys.

Easily create announcements and push them via a user interface or integrations with our secure APIs – enabling full interoperability with your existing announcement systems.

"The amount of data you need to transfer to a passenger's smartphone is extremely small, which is why BLE-compatible beacons are so valuable in these contexts. They are extremely functional without draining your battery."

- Steven Lauwereins

Research lead

Travel assistant functionalities

  • Personalized passenger information, including boarding and connections
  • Wayfinding (seats, toilets, bistro, etc.)
  • Passenger flow analytics
  • Ticket control

A combined industry-academic effort

This research project gathers university research group and industry players with different specialisations. Their shared goal is to develop the first high-resolution passenger localization system for rail vehicles by 2024, with research outcomes fueling the creation of a passenger information system.

  • Service calls
  • Luggage tracking

About Steven Lauwereins

Steven Lauwereins is a Research lead specialized in Passenger Information Systems for rail. He has been with Televic GSP since 2018, gaining extensive experience in conducting research and managing research projects.

He received the Ph. D. degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering in 2018. His doctoral research focused on Machine Learning at circuit level.

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