Digital Paper Enables Content to Be Shown During Power Outages
BILLERICA, Mass.--E Ink Holdings, "E Ink" (8069.TW), the leading innovator of electronic ink technology, announced today they have been selected as the display medium for a smart signage trial with JR West Railway Company at the Osaka station in Japan.
E Ink’s partner, DNP, worked with JR West to enable a smart transportation signage system that can run from battery, be moved anywhere needed within the train station system, and which provides travelers with up-to-date information regarding trains and connection locations. Information will be available in a mix of languages, to support the large number of visitors traveling through the rail station who need updates in their native language. The signs will be updated frequently throughout the day.
JR West will be utilizing sixteen (16) of E Ink’s 42” ePaper display, with the software and hardware designed by CREA, and installed and supported by DNP. Signs using E Ink’s unique material have a long battery life due to the bi-stable nature of the display – power is only utilized to change an image, and no power is required to show one. This core benefit was an important part of JR West’s decision to use E Ink displays. The power disruptions caused by typhoons and earthquakes means that a traditional LCD sign would not be able to display evacuation orders or traveler information; E Ink’s signs are able to keep that image displayed until power is back on, even if the battery dies. As most of the emergency directions are currently conveyed via a speaker in Japanese, these signs are essential for foreign visitors to understand evacuation plans. Emergency notifications will be updated on the signs immediately after a power outage or emergency declaration.
The flexibility in using battery power vs. plug was an additional important factor in JR West’s choice; this enables the signs to be easily moved throughout the train system, and alleviates the need for running new power or situating a sign near an outlet.
“We are honored to be chosen by JR West as their display medium of choice for this installation,” said Dr. FY Gan, Executive Vice President of Business Center for E Ink. “Our displays provide information in real time, and give the added security of keeping the public informed when an emergency is declared and information needs to be conveyed to travelers.”
JR West’s trial runs through February 2020. JR West will be gathering feedback from customers throughout the trial.
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About E Ink
E Ink Holdings Inc. (8069.TWO), based on technology from MIT’s Media Lab, has transformed and defined the eReader market, enabling a new multi-billion dollar market in less than 10 years. E Ink’s low power products are ideal for IoT applications ranging from retail, home, hospital, transportation and more, enabling customers to put displays in locations previously impossible. The Company’s corporate philosophy aims to deliver revolutionary products, user experiences and environmental benefits through advanced technology development. This vision has led to its continuous investments in the field of ePaper displays as well as expanding the use of its technologies into a number of other markets and applications including smart packaging and fashion. Its Electrophoretic Display products make it the worldwide leader for ePaper. Its Fringe Field Switching (FFS) technologies are a standard for high-end LCD displays and have been licensed to all major liquid crystal display makers in the world. Listed in Taiwan's Taipei Exchange (TPEx) and the Luxembourg market, E Ink Holdings is now the world's largest supplier of ePaper displays. For more information please visit www.eink.com.