This paper reports on a mobility management technology project conducted by the GeoGraphics Laboratory at Bridgewater State University in Bridgewater, Massachusetts, in the Northeastern United States (U.S.). This study is a part of a much larger mobility management technology deployment by the Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority (CCRTA) that deployed integrated intermodal intelligent transportation system (ITS) to support the mobility of a metropolitan region that has a high proportion of elderly residents and persons with disabilities and is a significant tourist destination for national and international travelers. This paper reports on a research project that is developing smartphone applications to provide travelers using transit with navigational tools and real-time spatial information to optimize their travel experience. The smart phone applications are written using the Android 2.2, Windows 7.5, and Apple iOS 4 operating systems. The applications provide the traveler with schedules for every CCRTA regional and shuttle route, estimated time of arrival (ETA), and bus tracking maps (Google and Bing Maps) that locate the transit vehicle and the consumer on the same map as well as text based vehicle tracking. There is an on-line tutorial on how to use the smartphone application. It also provides features that will provide emergency communication with care givers on the consumer’s travel status. The research has developed these transit navigation tools on the three most popular operating systems for smart phones using a widely available cellular carrier. An associated regional capital infrastructure project is bringing state-of-the-art broadband capability and the potential for 4G wireless infrastructure to the most rural “last mile” areas of the Cape Cod Region. These improvements to wireless communications can provide significant benefits to the safety and security of travelers with disabilities.
Harman, L., Shama, U., Standrin, H., Gopalsamy, S., Sadhu, A., Pacha-Sucharzewski, M. (2012). Sustainable Technology for Person-Centered Accessible Integrated Multimodal Information Systems. Presented at Transed 2012 (New Delhi, India; September 2012).
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Harman, Lawrence J.; Shama, Uma; Standring, Heather; Gopalsamy, Sabitha; Sadhu, Anil; and Pacha-Sucharzewski, Mateusz (2012). Sustainable Technology for Person-Centered Accessible Integrated Multimodal Information Systems. In Mathematics Faculty Publications. Paper 31.
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