While the majority of the systems of public transport in the world have with reserved seats for people of age advanced, with disabilities or pregnant women, the reality is that it is sometimes difficult to determine when we are faced with an person who needs to yield her seat, since often we let go by appearance and is not always indicates the situation that that person is going through.
In South Korea the reserved seats can be used without problem by any provided there is not a person who needs it, but when public transport is in full time tip the situation becomes even more complicated, so they have decided to adopt the use of beacons so that in this case pregnant women, always have a seat available No matter that they do not look pregnant or are in the sea of people in public transport.
Daehong company in collaboration with the city of Busan, has implemented a few days ago a pilot test of something called Pink Light, a project that seeks to help pregnant to always have a place where to sit on public transport.
The project consists of the installation of lights with sensors Bluetooth located in tubes with reserved seats, which will light up when they detect the proximity of some beacons in the form of Keychain, This will serve to give the indication to the person who is occupying the place that there is a pregnant woman need the place. When the sensor detects that the pregnant woman is seated, the light will turn off and will not activate until the pregnant woman rises and becomes a new person.
Beacon keychains are being delivered free of charge, of course, pregnant women who have at least three months of gestation, this with the intention that can be used for a period of six months, that is what about the battery lasts. Women should only carry the beacon with them at all times and the system will work automatically.
In this first stage the system has been installed in the train of the city with good results, but they hope that by year’s end to extend the program to metro lines and buses, as well as add elderly and disabled to the project. Depending on the success of Pink Light during this 2016, those responsible may expand the program to other cities and even have the possibility of sell the technology to other countries.