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Android IVI system serves up to 56 bus passengers

Apr 1, 2015 — by Eric Brown — 695 views

[Updated Apr. 2] — Via announced an Android-based turnkey IVI system for buses called Via BLISS, with 7- and 10.1-inch touchscreens, a VOD server, and networking hubs.

The Via BLISS (Bus Line In-Seat System) Platform provides an in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) VOD network of the type typically found only on airlines, says Via Technologies. The Android-based system has been deployed by long-distance bus operators in Taiwan and Turkey, and is now open for general availability.

Via BLISS 10.1-inch freestanding display
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Via BLISS provides a Via Video-on-Demand (VOD) server that feeds a network of up to 56 backseat All-in-One (AiO) Android touchscreens with the help of several networking hubs. The turnkey system enables passengers to “watch TV and movies, listen to music, surf the Internet, and play interactive games,” says Via. The platform is also designed to drive “destination experience” programs in partnership with hotels, restaurants, museums, and entertainment venues, says the company.

Via BLISS architecture
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The Android AiOs display HD video on touchscreen options including a 10.1-inch freestanding model for first class passengers or a 7-inch backseat version. The systems integrate a customized Android BSP, as well as the proprietary Via Smart ETK (Embedded Tool Kit) and sample app. Each system runs on an unnamed dual-core, Cortex-A9 processor, possibly Via’s own Elite E1000 SoC.

10.1-inch freestanding (left) and 7-inch backseat displays
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The VOD server feeding these backseat Android displays runs on an unstated version of Windows. The server is said to offer the following features:
  • Supports HD video and formats including H.264
  • Anti-vibration protection
  • Support for a wide-range power input (9V-36V)
  • Extended -20 to 65°C temperature operation
  • Connectivity options including gigabit Ethernet, TV, 3G, WiFi, and Bluetooth LE

Two views of the BLISS VOD server

Between the VOD server and the Android endpoints is a Network System composed of a 9-port main hub (1-in, 8-out). The hub connects to the VOD server and bus power system via a single CAT 6 cable. In addition, there are eight 8-port side hubs (1-in, 7-out).

BLISS includes a Device Management System (DMS) that enables operators to remotely monitor, control, and update content and devices over-the-air (OTA), says the company. Features include device status and notifications, as well as automatic system reboots in case of errors.

Further information

The Via BLISS Platform is available now at an undisclosed price. More information may be found at the Via BLISS announcement and Via BLISS product page.

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