Hamburg S-Bahn train loading information

GERMANY: Passengers in Hamburg can now get real-time train occupancy data using technology developed by S-Bahn Hamburg in-house using an existing communication system supplied by PSI Transcom.

Sensors scan passing trains to collect information on the occupancy of individual coaches, which is sent through the PSI control system and forwarded to displays at the next station.

The displays use a traffic light format, enabling passengers to position themselves in the best location to find available seats. This leads to fewer delays when boarding and disembarking and to more punctual operation.

The pilot phase will equip 16 stations with the Lightgate sensor system by the end of March, with more stations to follow.