NEOPLAN SKYLINER CONVERTED INTO HIGH-TECH FINANCIAL SCHOOL
The MAN bus modification experts in Plauen have turned a Neoplan Skyliner into a high-tech learning facility on wheels. The aim of this “FLiP2Go” bus is to help children and young adults throughout Austria learn about financial matters using interactive, multi-media consoles.
The engineers and designers of this "gaming coach" has installed a fair bit of "fun approach" in this Skyliner which is to be operated by Austrian coach company Dr. Richard Bus GmbH. The educational games are supervised by the Erste Bank and the regional savings banks in Austria. Seven interactive, multimedia game consoles on two levels in the NEOPLAN Skyliner. "FLiP2Go" will be touring throughout Austria in order to help young people find out about how to handle money and acquire skills on managing their financial affairs.
The Plauen engineers have designed an interior specially adjusted to the purpose with dark colours combined with a sophisticated futuristic lighting concept look. The state-of-the-art multimedia game consoles have multi-touch displays in a wide range of sizes.
The gaming cabins are situated on the upper and lower decks and are equipped with high-performing gaming PCs with displays with 4K resolution that are embedded in stainless steel tables. High-quality hi-fi equipment ensures the right sound. “The challenge was to integrate the extensive multimedia equipment as well as the higher-level media control, consisting of a central computer with Intel i7-7700 UMTS router and WiFi access point in the NEOPLAN Skyliner,” says Heinz Kiess, Head of Sales and Marketing. The server racks needed were installed in the luggage compartment, where a standby genset with an external cooling system is also located. Up to 32 players can simultaneously complete the 100-minute game round. The lower deck also features a gaming station which is accessible for wheelchair users. A check-in counter is encased in safety glass.
Game design, software and the interior design plans come from the Stuttgart-based Jangled Nerves agency.