RENFE Cercanías de Bilbao has launched a trial Bluetooth service, offering passengers timetable, fares and service disruption information on their mobile phones and PDAs.

The service uses J2ME technology to communicate with Bluetooth-enabled devices, allowing passengers to download a guide to RENFE services in the local area, complete with real-time updates. RENFE has installed an access point at Abando station where a graphical display will instruct users on how to access and use the service.

As part of the trial, passengers with compatible devices receive an audio greeting as they approach the help point. Those who then download the RENFE guide application to their phones will be able to access updates via Bluetooth when they pass through stations on the Bilbao suburban network.