Real-Time Information Covering Bus Interchanges-Managing the Information Requirement

The AKTA project seeks in simple terms to assist visually impaired in finding the right bus and getting of the bus at the right destination. Through two demonstrators we aimed to extend the functionality of the public transport information system to facilitate the needs of visually impaired. Web interface and mobile phone is the information canal for real-time information along the trip. Real-time departure and arrival information via text messages to assist visually impaired is established as a standard for upcoming Norwegian installations of passenger information. The next step is to provide travelers with the possibility to obtain real-time information included bus changes and walking directions as you may get by a travel planner. The information carrier is still the mobile phone. One challenge in this set-up is to manage the information if the traveler aborts during a trip. How do we verify the need for the next message? 2 This paper reports the results from AKTA Demonstrator 2 – Tests of automatic verification on travel progress. SINTEF has tested WLAN and Bluetooth recognition of mobile phone at bus stops to verify that a traveler is present. Also use of mobile phone positioning is evaluated. The aim of the project is to assess if automatic detection can be utilized as a mechanism for verification of continues information request. An alternative for automatic recognition is verification though specific text messages from the user stating “I am at the bus stop now”. This may however be a challenge for visually impaired.


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  • Media Type: CD-ROM
  • Features: Figures; Photos; References;
  • Pagination: 7p
  • Monograph Title: ITS Connections: Saving Time. Saving Lives

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  • Accession Number: 01146683
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 30 2009 8:08AM