Better orientation for passengers
The Berlin startup SIUT develops ready-made concrete parts with ligt-emitting surface. With the integrated optical fibers, the flooring becomes a signpost or warning sign. At the customer's request, lines, symbols, letters or logos glow in the ground. Thanks to the direct illumination of the concrete surface, travelers can better orient themselves in train stations.
In 2017, Deutsche Bahn presented a light-emitting platform of its partner startup on the product presentation in Berlin. SIUT demonstrated how optical information generated by symbols and different colors can help to improve punctuality.
On February 26, 2018, the innovative solution for passenger guidance in Stuttgart-Bad Cannstatt station had its German premiere.
The innovation will be tested until the end of 2018. Light-fiber symbols in the platform show passengers the train stopping.Video footage from some test trains is used to identify occupancy patterns. The information about passenger numbers in each car is forwarded to the platforms, where a traffic light system provides travelers with visual guidance.. The occupancy rate measurement is based on video data. The solution is provided by the English start-up OpenCapacity.
Showcased for the first time at this year's CEBIT trade fair, the new generation of light-emitting slabs uses solid instead of dotted lines to enhance the clarity of the LED symbols.
Since 2012, the founders and current managing directors of SIUT have been researching the components concrete and light in cooperation with the TU Berlin. The startup was founded in Berlin in 2015 and participated in the DB accelerator program in 2016.
2018 German Mobility Prize for SIUT and S-Bahn Stuttgart
The light-emitting platform is one of the winners of this year's German Mobility Prize. The "Germany – Land of ideas" initiative and Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure awarded the prize to ten outstanding and innovative projects that take mobility's digital transformation to the next level.