Travel screens and smart sensor network set to transform market towns across Cambridgeshire

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Market towns across Cambridgeshire are set to benefit from the installation of travel information screens alongside a new wireless sensor network which is being rolled out to help the local economy grow and create better and more sustainable places to live, work and visit.

On behalf of the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority, the Connecting Cambridgeshire Programme is installing the travel information screens and delivering a long-range wireless network, which will enable sensors to support services, businesses and communities in market towns and rural areas.

The travel information screens follow in the footsteps of the original SmartPanel screens, which have already been trialled in the foyers of public buildings and large companies in and around Cambridge city since 2018. Offering live and timetabled travel data they can be customised to each location to show live bus and train times, road traffic maps and weather reports. The screens use a combination of real-time and static data to provide more accurate predictions of travel times and encourage the use of sustainable transport options.

Travel screens have been installed in libraries at Chatteris, Huntingdon, March, Ramsey, St Ives and Whittlesey, the Priory Centre in St Neots and New Shire Hall in Alconbury. Further screens will be installed in Ely and Wisbech libraries and the Soham Co-Op later this month.

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