The first Monegasque connected bus shelter was inaugurated yesterday at Place d’Armes. Created and implemented by Clear Channel, the new passenger shelters will include many pioneering and novel services for users.

The Interministerial Delegation for Digital Transition and the Monaco City Council are currently replacing the old passenger shelters with new models designed by Clear Channel.

Inaugurated in the presence of Serge Telle, Minister of State, Georges Marsan, Mayor of Monaco, Marie-Pierre Gramaglia, Councilor of Government-Minister of Equipment, Environment and Urbanism, Frédéric Genta, Interministerial Delegate to The Digital Transition and Philippe Baudillon, President of Clear Channel France – one of the world leaders in the creation of connected shelters – the first beta connected bus shelter has officially been installed on the Place d’Armes.

A new step towards the Smart City goal set by the Monegasque government, which is anxious to continue improving services for public transport users in the Principality, but also to gauge new outdoor consumption patterns.

“These new bus shelters maintain their primary use for users who are waiting for their bus but are also aesthetic and high tech. They mark the evolution of the equipment of our urban landscape, which must be practical and be part of the process of creation of the Monegasque smart city, “said Marie-Pierre Gramaglia, Government Counselor-Minister of Finance. ‘Equipment, Environment and Urbanism’.

Many new services for Monegasque users

Considered as connected and interactive structures, the new traveler shelters offer a panel of pioneering and novel services for Monegasques.

The new equipment will provide charging docks for smartphones, a dual digital screen for the dissemination of information, the schedules and arrivals of buses in real time, an interactive touch screen (info on the latest news, mobility & transportation, and games). Not to mention, they will be equipped with free wifi hot spots as well as sensors allowing government departments to improve their measurement of the urban environment, particularly air quality as well as the quality of the wireless internet network.

“These Shelters are the first totems of the Monegasque smart-city and essential platforms for communicating and interacting with the population. They will have a strong impact on the mobility experience, the measurement of the quality of life and the connectivity of Monaco,” said Frédéric Genta.

33 out of 57 bus shelters will be equipped with these new technologies. They will be installed on the flagship sites of the Principality. The entire deployment of Clear Channel equipment will be completed by September 2019.

*Article originally published on the French edition of the Monaco Tribune.