E Ink vs. Paper: the advantages of digital passenger information systems

E Ink vs. Paper: Introduction

Digital Information is NOT the future. It is HERE NOW. Local transportation authorities are rapidly converting from paper (static signage) to digital systems. E Ink vs. Paper: here are some of the obvious savings and advantages:

Transportation authorities are discovering that Global Display Solutions (GDS) is the company that provides all these advantages and more.

E Ink vs. Paper: Compare maintenance cost to replace and update

Thousands of dollars are wasted in labor and printing when replacing and updating passenger information schedules around a city. Labor expense alone, required to manually change these information signs, can become a costly part of a city budget. GDS E Ink display signs produce huge cost savings. Because GDS E Ink signs (commercial name: E-Tela) are solar powered, installation and maintenance costs are minimized. They are built to withstand the harshest weather conditions: UV rays, direct sunlight, and moisture. And thanks to the proprietary technology, GDS G+BondTM, GDS E Ink signs are perfectly readable in all sunlight conditions. The passenger has the impression they are reading a static sign.


E Ink vs. Paper

Comparison table between GDS E-Tela products based on the E Ink technology and Static Signage

E Ink vs. Paper on CO2 impact

GDS E Ink transportation signs are far more energy efficient in terms of CO2 impact than paper. The general public holds in high regard those companies which are sensitive to the environment by decreasing the destruction of forests for the production of paper. GDS E Ink displays have an operational lifespan of more than 10 years, which reduces maintenance and replacement costs. Every company wants to lower their carbon footprint. It’s better for the environment, and it’s good for a company’s reputation.

E Ink vs. Paper: Emergency information in real time

Your passengers get immediate, real time information with GDS E Ink digital signs. This information includes traffic updates, safety and emergency notices, updated schedules and route changes. You can’t provide this with paper signage. It is costly and time-wasting to send an employee to each bus stop every time new information has to be posted. A research study conducted in Atlanta revealed that more than 60% of riders feel more relaxed, and perceive a decrease in wait time when they have access to real time information at a bus stop.

E Ink vs. Paper: why GDS E Ink displays are the right choice for your passenger information system

In summary, GDS E Ink digital signage has clear advantages over static or paper signs. They are indisputably easier to maintain; they provide real time, immediate information; they are built to withstand the harshest outdoor environments. Moreover, because of the reflective technology of E Ink, the more intense the ambient light, the more readable are the GDS E Ink signs. More companies are choosing GDS E Ink displays because they are proving to be the optimal choice to provide your passengers with a better service.

Bus digital signage