Tag: passenger information


15

May 2015

Helping passengers by understanding their needs

Often the best ideas are the simple ones. For anyone catching a bus in London during the rush hour has probably experienced a mad crush on the lower level only to find that the top level is almost empty.  For some, they like the convenience of sitting or standing close to the door.  But for others, there the lack of visibility of what space is...

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Helping passengers by understanding their needs

04

Feb 2015

Why can’t we get passenger information right?

Back in November Passenger Focus released it’s findings on what passengers needed when things go wrong; it didn’t paint a very good picture of how the railway industry handles problems.  The recently issued National Passenger Survey continued to show a high level of dissatisfaction amongst passengers. We know it’s not usually done well because of the recurring story from passengers when things go wrong is “we weren’t...

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Why can’t we get passenger information right?

29

Jan 2015

iBeacons – should we be pushing or pulling content?

iBeacons are causing quite a stir at the moment with a flurry of major companies, including airlines, retail giants and arts venues running trials and pilot schemes trying to work out how they can be employed, the benefits they may bring and how consumers react to the geo-position enabled devices. The key battleground, as we see it, is the contest between enabling customers to pull...

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iBeacons – should we be pushing or pulling content?

27

Jun 2014

Joined up journeys

One of the advantages that the car has over public transport is that it takes the passenger from A – B, door to- door, no changes, no hassle. So as well as being the ultimate consumer product, it is also convenient and easy. But with the costs of motoring rising, and roads becoming more congested, the car is losing much of its shine. Urban planners...

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25

Nov 2013

Is the ticket dead?

The news that London Underground are to close ticket offices (www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-25025888) is set to change the nature of the “ticket” and the interaction between operator and customer. The days of the little bit of paper clutched in our hands are clearly numbered.  Tickets moving onto our smart mobile devices creates a range of opportunities to enhance the passenger experience by offering a more joined-up, journey-orientated...

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Is the ticket dead?

29

Apr 2013

The reality of wayfinding in railway stations

Nice little blog that sums up the wayfinding experience of many in stations and how then the customer service has to rescue the situation (or sometimes fails to do so).  Most wayfinding mistakes result in annoyance or stress…but others have more significant consequences http://wendyhome.com/2013/04/18/4-hour-detour/

The reality of wayfinding in railway stations

15

Mar 2013

Announcements – useful or annoying?

On all public transport systems we are generally bombarded by verbal announcements, many pre-recorded.  Some are useful – “the next train from platform 6 is the …” but most are just noise – don’t run when its wet, keep your belongings with you, etc. It is similar to how our visual field is assailed by signs and information.  Again we have to look for those...

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Announcements – useful or annoying?

05

Feb 2013

Impact of digital mapping on wayfinding

An interesting article in the New Scientist recently highlighted some of the emerging trends in digital mapping and how our experience of navigating spaces and environments is changing.  What does this mean for traditional methods of providing navigational information? The way in which we find our way is changing.  The coverage of mapping information from Google, Apple, Bing and others is getting increasingly comprehensive.  The...

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Impact of digital mapping on wayfinding

09

Mar 2012

Improved Passenger Experience with Smartphone Technology

Alongside improving the design of airports, providing simpler wayfinding, and making the security process less stressful, the ever present smartphone seems to be the battleground for providing better information to the passenger at a number of points on the journey. This article from the Amor Group presents a good summary of the current applications and uses for smartphone technology.  Worth a quick read: Smartphones as...

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