JDI will provide LCD timetables for bus stations in 2019

- Dec 07, 2018-

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According to Japanese media reports, Japan's small and medium-sized LCD panel giant "Japan Display Company" (JDI) revealed on the 4th that it will provide solar station power generation on the LCD screen for the bus station of the West Japan Railway Group from 2019. s installation. The costly manual timetable replacement work will no longer be required. JDI has only stepped up to provide a new line of business revenues by providing single-line development of parts and components to smartphone manufacturers.


According to Japanese media reports, there are currently about 500,000 bus stops in Japan, but because many bus stations have no power supply, only 1% of bus stops are currently smart. In order to promote the popularization of smart bus stations, JDI combines a 32-inch reflective liquid crystal display with a solar power panel and battery to enable bus stations without external power supply at low power consumption.


According to the understanding, JDI has started cooperation with the West Rail Group and the Yaskawa Information System in August this year, and launched an experimental facility introduction in Minami-machi, Kitakyushu. From 2019 onwards, it is reported that the two sides will start to 1,600 bus stops. Expand a comprehensive update.


In addition to the bus stop schedule, JDI also presented a variety of applications such as smart audio with a screen and a ceramic diffuser at the press conference, including a small LCD screen that can be mounted outside the helmet, and a mobile navigation program. When combined, the user can view the navigation path without moving the line of sight, and can be used for fire, skiing and other purposes in addition to cycling.


For bus companies suffering from insufficient staff, replacing paper timetables has been a major annoyance. In the future, you only need to transfer data to change it quickly. JDI screen technology with low energy consumption and suitable for cold weather will be used because many bus stations are set up with inconvenient places such as sparse population.


JDI Yuji, president of JDC's Display Division, said that from the introduction of Kitakyushu, JDI plans to launch in Japan in the future, and will extend outdoor display applications that do not require external energy to Europe and Asia by 2020, and in 2021. Further expanding to the southern hemisphere, “Our goal is to create sustainable cities around the world.”


In the past, JDI used small and medium-sized LCD monitors for smartphones and automobiles as its main business. However, under the rapid changes of customer trends, the market competition is very fierce, and the performance of JDI cannot be maintained safely. Japanese media believes that JDI will expand LCD and new products for consumption. The move is strongly demonstrating JDI’s intention to get rid of the “respect for mobile phone performance”.


JDI's net loss for the fourth consecutive year as of FY2017. The semi-annual report for the 2018 fiscal year showed a net loss of 9.5 billion yen (about 570 million yuan), which was in the process of reconstruction.