SKB Kvant Metro car information system

Overview
Task: to design information screens and an emergency call panel.

Special Design Bureau Kvant develops information systems and hardware. Kvant’s system for Metro cars includes four types of devices: an over the door display, a video display, an interactive sensor screen and an emergency call panel.

Over the door display

The display located above car doors shows the map of the line and the current position of the train. The name of the current or nearest station is displayed in huge letters helping quickly find it without additional hints. All information is duplicated in English. Pleasant animated transitions between stations take into account the direction of travel.

System messages and reminders are displayed on bright yellow bars. The most important messages are illustrated by animated characters. The customary elephant warns about closing doors.

There are three options for the layout of the display: with one speaker, two speakers or none at all (that’s where the announcements like “The next station is Ulitsa 1905 Goda” come from). Speaker grille masks the holes so from a distance you can’t even tell that there is a speaker there.

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Video display

The video display is located above the seats and tells passengers the name of the next station. It can also display other important information or advertising.

The body of the display is made from bent aluminum. Covers on both sides are made from the same part making the design more practical and inexpensive to produce. The covers have three color options to match different color schemes of Metro cars.

Interactive screen interface

In addition to route screens, interactive touch screens are placed in Metro cars next to the doors (There are USB power sockets under the screens!)

The interface allows to get directions, find a way to an airport and read about Moscow landmarks while your phone is charging.

The mapped route is highlighted on the main map and presented as a list of steps. Several route options can be offered, including the quickest one and the one with the least interchanges.

The status bar at the top of the screen shows the name of the next stop. The bar is visible at all times, regardless of what information is displayed on the screen. Large typeface is easily visible from a distance

The station list is filtered as the search query is entered so passengers don’t have to type the full name of the stop. Stations can also be filtered by lines

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In standby mode the screen shows the location of the train on the full Metro map

Main control elements were located at the bottom of the screen on purpose, so that even small children to use the device. “Son, find Paveletsky train station for me please!”

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The status bar at the top of the screen shows the name of the next stop. The bar is visible at all times, regardless of what information is displayed on the screen. Large typeface is easily visible from a distance.

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Main control elements were located at the bottom of the screen on purpose, so that even small children to use the device. “Son, find Paveletsky train station for me please!”

In standby mode the screen shows the location of the train on the full Metro map

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The station list is filtered as the search query is entered so passengers don’t have to type the full name of the stop. Stations can also be filtered by lines.

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Emergency call button

The emergency call panel is beautiful in its simplicity: if the light is blue, the device is operational, push the button to use it; if it’s yellow, wait for the response; if it’s green, speak, and if it’s red, something went wrong. Instead of an impractical screen, the device has a large speaker whose grille also has a beautiful and smart pattern.

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artistic director

  • Artemy Lebedev
Interface design
  • Interface design

art director

  • Ludwig Bistronovsky

art director and illustrator

  • Egor Zhgun

designers

  • Sergey Steblina
  • Sergey Nikolaev
  • Anton Zhukov
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motion designer

  • Sergey Shevela

editor

  • Aleksandr Nosikov

project managers

  • Olga Kallaur
  • Evgeniya Alyutova
  • Alla Bryuzgina
Industrial design
  • Industrial design

art director

  • Timur Burbaev

industrial designers

  • Aleksey Sharshakov
  • Sergey Buldygin

visualizers

  • Viktor Lvov
  • Dmitry Cherednikov
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editor

  • Anna Potapkina

project manager

  • Anna Kuleshova
  • The studio wishes to thank experts of Special Design Bureau Kvant for their highly professional work on the project and great attention to detail
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