“This group of companies, and the technologies they developed, reveal the tremendous promise of the Transit Innovation Partnership – especially today, as transit agencies around the world work to combat the COVID-19 pandemic,” said NJ TRANSIT President and CEO Kevin Corbett in an announcement Tuesday. “These technologies have the potential to join all the innovative efforts already underway at NJ TRANSIT to fight COVID-19.”
Vyv, out of Troy, NY, uses LED antimicrobial light to reduce bacteria and microbes from surfaces. This technology will be tested on an Access Link paratransit minibus, a local transit bus, and within common areas throughout NJ TRANSIT corporate buildings such as elevators and restrooms.
Knorr Merak, out of Munich, Germany, uses a three-stage air filtration and purification system to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The air filtration technology will be piloted on a light rail car and a passenger rail car.
Piper, out of San Diego, Calif., provides video analytics and collects real-time passenger counts from trains and platforms for integration with mobile apps; and can also be used to report on-time performance. NJ TRANSIT is investigating the implementation of this technology on the River LINE.
Strongarm, out of Brooklyn, NY, develops wearable technology that emits physical distancing alerts and can be used to collect data for contact tracing. This technology will be piloted on a select set of floors in NJ TRANSIT Headquarters at 1 Penn Plaza in Newark.
After a testing phase is complete, solutions that have proven to be successful may be chosen for a year-long pilot deployment.
The COVID-19 Challenge was launched in July by the Transit Tech Lab, a public-private sector initiative created to improve public transit. Five agencies participated, including NJ TRANSIT, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Metropolitan Transportation Authority, New York City Department of Transportation and the NYC Department of Education.