VoltaLumen bus stop LED screens
Demo of a installed bus stop screen that is not working at the moment

Demo of a installed bus stop screen that is not working at the moment

So Estonian LED display company VoltaLumen installed bunch of LED displays to bigger bus stops in my home town Tartu. As always - this requires a teardown. As it turned out - taking it apart without destroying it is practically impossible. It has been riveted shut and painted over. That stopped my teardown a bit.

In the accessible hatch there was bunch of debug connectors. RS485 for control over the wire, USB for programming, SD card slot for flashing firmware and GPRS modem slot. RS485 and 230VAC connections are brought out of the screens via nice cable for local controlling. Information is sent over RS485 in XML format to change bus times and clock. It also has an internal RTC, so clock synchronization doesn't has to happen every day.

From LEDs side - it uses orange PLCC2 leds. Quite high brightness, blinded us several times in the lab. Fortunately there is brightness control.

 

Overview of bus stop LED screen

Overview of bus stop LED screen

Insides of screen maintenance panel

Insides of screen maintenance panel

Close up of the LEDs

Close up of the LEDs

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