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Solarity [solar-powered transit info display system]

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Author: Ly-Ma, Karen
Author: Cornall, Rob
Author: Nguyen, Tim
Author: Sunlink Inc.
Do you find the current transit system lacking convenient time scheduling solutions for users, and real-time information on when your bus will arrive? Not everyone can plan out when to catch a bus in certain situations, and some may find it frustrating endlessly waiting at a stop for that bus to arrive; wondering where it is. Some of TransLink's busier bus stops in Metro Vancouver, have paper schedules of bus arrival times but are not usually accurate or convenient. Sunlink plans on upgrading this system with an eco-friendly solution.Sunlink's Solarity will be installed on every bus pole in Greater Vancouver and will provide real-time updates on bus arrival times for that particular stop. Each solar powered product will access TransLink's data periodically to check on each bus and calculate an estimated time of arrival. Our system will be a low power and cost-effective solution, allowing for our product to be installed without additional infrastructures like power and data cables. Nearby transit users will be able to see details on bus information and other pertinent information through a display screen. This convenience will encourage more people to take the greener way for traveling. 
Undergraduate Engineering students are required to complete a group-based, two-course capstone sequence: ENSC 405W and ENSC 440.  Groups form company structures and create an innovative product that potentially acts as a solution to a real-life problem.  This collection archives the following assignments: proposal, design specifications, requirements specifications, and proof of concept.
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