A Digital Readerboard? Is this something you have experience with?


I work with a local charity in Surrey who has recently converted a former TransLink shuttle bus to a Mobile Outreach Unit. It will be used by volunteer nurses/counsellors to provide mobile medical and counselling support to our street friends in Surrey and Langley.

I’m reaching out to VHS members because we would like to place message(s) on the bus’ installed front ‘Luminator’ reader board system to notify our street friends on the services are being offered on a particular night, but the system requires a password which we don’t have.

I’ve confirmed that the original company will not provide a password for a system which is being operated outside it’s originally intended use (ie. ShuttleBus Public Transit via TransLink) - which is unfortunate…

I did some looking around online for an alternative means of placing messages on the board and came across the following site:

As we don’t have any knowledge on how to do this sort of work ourselves, a friend suggested we reach out to VHS.

If this is something you have experience with and/or have done something similar in the past and would like to help out a great local charity, please me us ASAP by:

  1. Providing some links to previous related work; and
  2. If possible, let us know what this sort of project would cost in time and funds (ie. a rough A to Z ballpark is fine for now).

Thank you in advance!

~ The current light board is fully operational, but we’re unable to access the current ‘Luminator’ system.
~ I can provide some photos of the system via email to those who are interested in this project.


Oh this looks fun!

A good number of our members have done similar things, myself included.

Please share with me the pictures of the system, I’ll be able to provide more details. I’ll chat with interested members at VHS about what would be needed.

I’ll send you a direct message with my email.


Oh, and for previous projects like this, as my qualifications?
This board I designed and programmed does displays.

Here’s me hacking a smart plug.


I too am interested in helping with this, I have experience reverse engineering software, hardware, and even a blender. I have written a library to control an LED signboard before, and I have a functioning deathray. I will coordinate through Rob M.

LED Sign Controller:

Assorted Bona Fides:

To all hackspacers, check out #i-am-a-bus-sign on slack for our internal tracking of this project.


Thanks for heading up/coordinating this project Rob!

I sent you back an email that we’re good to go, so if you’re up for meeting tomorrow in Langley to review the existing components, please let me know. Otherwise, we can meet early next week.

I’m looking forward to working with you and other VHS members.