To this end, ilévia called on the expertise of JCDecaux. Working alongside its R&D teams, the Group developed a new-generation bus shelter, Filtreo®. Filtreo® reduces passengers’ exposure to pollutants, particularly fine particles, at the kerbside, where concentrations are highest.
The bus shelter’s roof is made of a carpet of moss that captures and absorbs pollutants, and its ventilation system blows out filtered air towards passengers. Its intelligent control system activates the fans according to pollution levels. This patented system, which combines a natural cycle with technological innovation, contributes to improving air quality for passengers.
The tests also contribute towards improving the ilévia network travel experience, reflecting discussions regarding changes in urban spaces with the advent of mobility and major environmental challenges. In order to assess the Filtreo® bus shelters’ performance, air quality measures and user surveys will be conducted throughout the test phase.
Jean-Michel Geffroy, JCDecaux Executive Vice-President, Territories and Institutions, said: “We are very pleased that ilévia, with its constant focus on delivering useful and innovative services, decided to become the world’s first real-time tester of Filtreo®, our new-generation bus shelter unveiled at the end of 2019. JCDecaux is a partner to cities in France and around the world. Against the backdrop of achieving carbon-neutral status this year, we are innovating continuously not only to limit the environmental impact of our activities, but also to develop solutions for sustainable cities. Much like our Natural Cooling bus shelter, Filtreo®, reflects our long-standing commitment to responsible innovation, in keeping with our role: to sustainably improve city life”.
About Keolis in Lille
Leading the way in public transport in France and abroad, Keolis had its contract renewed in 2017 for the operation of the urban transport network of the European Metropolis of Lille. It serves a network of 200 million annual trips and provides a large range of modes of transportation.
As the MEL’s trusted mobility partner, Keolis is driven by a strong conviction: to foster and simplify passenger travel across the Lille metropolis’ urban transport networks. Backed by its 2,500 employees, Keolis puts the passenger first, from network maintenance to the roll-out of new services through to customer relations.
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