It's more Blakes 7 than Blakey from On the Buses, but bus stops are the latest things to catch ecommerce fever.
As part of a trial, residents in fashionable London districts such as Kensington and Chelsea will be tempted out of their Rolls-Royces and Porsches by free access to services such as entertainment, job listings and public transport information from multimedia kiosks at bus stops.
The 'i-plus' kiosk consists of a steel casing containing a PC with a touch-screen with a credit card reader and printer for dispensing receipts, linked to a central server via ISDN.
Information will be delivered through a series of branded channels - such as the London Transport bus information channel which will detail local bus routes and deliver travel news. Users will also be able to book tickets through agency First Call.
Backers Cityspace and Adshel say the emphasis on local content and useful services is designed to appeal to local bus users during the average six to seven minutes that they wait for London buses.
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