LRT pas­sen­gers get real-time news on­board

Manila Times - - BUSINESS - REICELENE JOY IG­NA­CIO

THE Light Rail Tran­sit Author­ity, LRT-2 op­er­a­tor, launched on Fri­day its Pas­sen­ger As­sist- Rail Dis­play Sys­tem ( PARDS) that pro­vides pas­sen­gers on board re­al­time news, emer­gency ad­vi­sories, and the sched­ule of train ar­rival and de­par­ture.

The project, un­veiled at the LRT- 2 Cubao sta­tion, is a pro­pri­etary tech­nol­ogy, pro­vided at no cost to the gov­ern­ment, by Track­mate Busi­ness So­lu­tions, an all-Filipino tech­nol­ogy com­pany, the LRTA said.

Ac­cord­ing to LRTA, the PARDS is pow­ered by GPS and up­dated in the cloud, then trans­lated into an au­dio-video dis­play. Forty dig­i­tal dis­play mon­i­tors will be in­stalled in each train set.

A mo­bile phone ap­pli­ca­tion will also be de­vel­oped (IOS and An­droid) for com­muters.

sys­tem will un­dergo mod­ern­iza- tion and up­grad­ing, ac­cord­ing to LRTA Ad­min­is­tra­tor Gen­eral Rey­naldo Ber­roya.

“We will mod­ern­ize the air con­di­tion­ing unit to be more en­vi­ron­ment friendly, en­ergy ef­fi­cient and compliant with the Clean Air Act”, Ber­roya said but noted that am­ple time is re­quired for the bid­ding, man­u­fac­tur­ing, de­liv­ery, in­stal­la­tion and com­mis­sion­ing process.

The sys­tem­atic re­place­ment is ex­pected to start in Novem­ber this year and be com­pleted in 2018. Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion, on the other hand, has al­ready started, Ber­roya said.

“De­fec­tive el­e­va­tors and es­ca­la­tors at the sta­tions, the sys­tem­atic re­place­ment of the air con­di­tion­ing units of the 10 op­er­a­tional trains and the restora­tion of four down trains are the main fo­cus of re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion this year,” he said.

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