Talk:Real-time information

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Proposal for reorganizing content -- Sirinyamatute (talk) 22:47, 16 April 2014 (MST)

4/16/2014 - I would like to reorganize the content on this page, especially as I am delving more deeply onto the topic of real time information for riders.

Introduction History of Real Time Information Technology Ways that riders can access real time predictive arrival information

  • Dynamic signs at bus stops, transit stations, and at businesses, airports and more
  • Via the web
  • Via mobile devices
  • Applications loaded onto a mobile device that detect your location based on GPS
  • SMS Texting
  • By phone
  • Speaking directly to staff
  • Interactive Voice Recognition Systems

Benefits to making real time predictive arrival information available for riders Benefits to making real time available for agencies Path to Implementation Vendors--formats for releasing information

  • NextBus
  • GTFS-Real Time
  • OneBusAway project

Barriers/Challenges faced by transit operators in publishing real time information

  • Cost
  • Privacy concerns
  • Software licensing agreements which prohibit reverse engineering or any modifications to their code in order to publish real time information - this has been a substantial barrier to implementation for many agencies that cannot stomach the cost of entering litigation or licensing additional, proprietary software as a service solutions by a legacy vendor that publishes predictions
  • Accuracy of information -- hinges on whether the vendor inserts a lag time into the predictions, variability in road conditions, and the quality of the map for the AVL system
  • Investments in relying upon in-street sensors rather than GPS coordinates to geolocate buses on maps plus generate/recalibrate vehicle arrival predictions. -->literally making the wrong bet on technology.

Re: Proposal for reorganizing content -- Juan Matute, TransitWiki Manager (talk) 15:36, 17 April 2014 (MST)

This looks good to me --Juan Matute, TransitWiki Manager (talk) 15:36, 17 April 2014 (MST)