Call for SME to develop vibrating wristband for bus passengers

The Transport Systems Catapult is looking for a small or medium enterprise to develop the winning design of the All Aboard competition, a vibrating wristband that helps visually or hearing impaired people using buses, into a working prototype.

The All Aboard competition, run on behalf of the Department for Transport, invited students aged between 14-18 to come up with innovative solutions to make buses more accessible for people with visual or hearing impairments.

The winner was announced on the 13th March at the Big Bang fair, the largest celebration of engineering and science for young people in the UK. Daria Buszta, a 17-year-old student from Nottingham’s Bilborough College, was named the competition’s winner after impressing an expert panel of judges, headed by Transport Minister Baroness Kramer.

The specification

Daria’s winning design is a low-cost adjustable wristband that can be handed out to visual or hearing-impaired passengers by bus drivers, and which vibrates when they are close to their chosen stop.

The wristband incorporates a Bluetooth device that links up with the driver’s touch screen or ticket machine. The driver sets up a reminder which serves a double purpose, to remind the driver to stop at the desired stop and provide assistance if necessary, and to activate the vibration on the ViBus wristband, which lets the user know that their stop is next. 

How to express an interest

Any small or medium enterprises interested in this project please download the procurement expression of interest document

For any questions or general information please email

For more information about what has been the All Aboard Competition challenge, please see the competition website



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