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  1. Final Presentation CS410 - Blue Group communicate2Me

  2. A Brief Overview • The Problem • Our Solution • Evaluation Plan • Funding/Budget • Risks and their mitigation • Four Phases • Staffing • Costs • What is being provided and what is not • Cost to develop • Closing Statements CS 410 blue Group April 2, 2009 CS 410 Blue Group Spring 2009

  3. Meet the Team CS 410 blue Group

  4. Overarching Problem   Passenger needs are not addressed by mass transportation systems. CS 410 blue Group April 2, 2009 CS 410 Blue Group Spring 2009

  5. Regional Transit Need Is Increasing Source: http://www.hrtransit.org/pdf/hrtbrochure/HRT_Brochure.pdf http://www.gohrt.com/pdf/strategicplan/Strategic%20Plan%20Final%20--%20November%202008.pdf CS 410 blue Group April 2, 2009 CS 410 Blue Group Spring 2009

  6. Congestion • Buses in the HRT System: 343 • Average bus capacity is currently only at 15% • Severe congestion is expected on 1,221 lane miles in Hampton Roads in 2026 Source:  http://www.gohrt.com/pdf/strategicplan/Strategic%20Plan%20Final%20--%20November%202008.pdf CS 410 blue Group

  7. Preventing Congestion CS 410 blue Group

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  9. Texting Efficiency CS 410 blue Group

  10. A Proposed Solution: communicate2Me Increase efficiency of transit authority systems by providing potential passenger information CS 410 blue Group April 2, 2009 CS 410 Blue Group Spring 2009

  11. The Solution • Needs: • Information for the transit authority to learn about: • potential customers  • possible customer frustration  • While remaining: • Accessible, convenient, and unobtrusive to end users • Reasonable cost for transportation companies CS 410 blue Group April 2, 2009 CS 410 Blue Group Spring 2009

  12. communicate2Me CS 410 blue Group

  13. Planned Components CS 410 blue Group

  14. A Feasible Implementation • Passengers will be provided with methods to: •  Allow Bus Schedule Query via: • Cellular Phone / Short Message Service(SMS) Texting • Have notifications of changes in schedule • SMS notification service • Result: • Increased Passenger Awareness and Satisfaction • Increased Statistical Information for Transit Authorities CS 410 blue Group April 2, 2009 CS 410 Blue Group Spring 2009

  15. Benefits • Passengers: • Better Service • More Interaction • Greater Satisfaction • Transit Authorities • Passenger Query Statistics • Warning of Waiting Passengers • More Efficient Routes CS 410 blue Group April 2, 2009 CS 410 Blue Group Spring 2009

  16. Time Measured against baseline project plan Cost Measured against budget plan per phase Scope Measured against requirements document Quality Measured by customer and end user satisfaction Project Goal And Objectives CS 410 blue Group

  17. Phase 0 - Concept Development Milestones Problem Area Development Feasibility Research Milestone Scheduling Website Development SBIR Proposals Acceptance Criteria Review Board Acceptance CS 410 blue Group

  18. Phase 0 Organizational Chart CS 410 blue Group

  19. Phase I - Prototype Development Milestones Prototype Specifications Test Plan User Manuals Proposal Prototype Construction  Demonstration Acceptance Criteria Review Board Acceptance CS 410 blue Group

  20. {phase i} - Organizational Chart CS 410 blue Group

  21. Phase I - Prototype Components CS 410 blue Group

  22. {phase i} - Financials CS 410 blue Group

  23. Phase I - Hardware Requirements CS 410 blue Group

  24. Phase II - Organizational Chart CS 410 blue Group

  25. Phase II - Critical Design Milestones Web Interface Web Message Algorithm SMS Gateway Development Algorithm Development Algorithm Testing Transit Interface Interface Test Acceptance Criteria Interfaces with Google Transit Receives SMS Messages Passes Tests Connects with Transit Authority's Systems CS 410 blue Group

  26. Phase II - Major Components CS 410 blue Group

  27. {phase ii} - Financials CS 410 blue Group

  28. Phase II - Hardware Requirements CS 410 blue Group

  29. {phase iii} - Production & Beyond Milestones Support Current Installations Improvement:     Modifications to Interface     Improvements to Algorithm Acceptance Criteria Market Penetration Market Acceptance Profitability CS 410 blue Group

  30. {phase iii} - Organizational Chart CS 410 blue Group

  31. {phase iii} - Financials CS 410 blue Group

  32. In The Box • Service to set up and maintain: • Short Messaging Service gateways • Web servers • Application servers • Algorithm to communicate between end users and transit authorities CS 410 blue Group

  33. Not In The Box • Buses • Wireless communication between buses and Transit Center • Tracking system for buses (GPS, RFID) CS 410 blue Group

  34. Who Is The Customer? Initial customers:  Transportation • Hampton Roads Transit (HRT) • Metropolitan Transportation Authorities CS 410 blue Group

  35. Current Competition CS 410 blue Group April 2, 2009 CS 410 Blue Group Spring 2009

  36. Risks & Pitfalls • Interoperability problems • Latency Issues • Abuse of the system • SMS message costs • Down Time • Phone incompatibility • Transit operator ignoring system CS 410 blue Group

  37. Risk Mitigation • Interoperability:  • Direct Communication with each Transit Authority's technicians • Latency: • Optimize Incoming SMS Processing Time • Synchronize Driver Updates based on Position • Abuse of the System: • No way to mitigate without tracking passengers • Transit Operator Ignoring System: • Education • Tracking of Requests to Pickups CS 410 blue Group

  38. Funding Grants.gov •     Innovative Small Research Projects to Advance Public Transportation Planning       $ 750,000 •  State Operating Assistance         $840,550 References:  http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do;jsessionid=MgLfJcyflkGLZ3tLyF7Rj6GTJrn0PfTyyFvzsQtD1TNF10WzQqWS!-802466050?oppId=46140&flag2006=false&mode=VIEW http://www.gohrt.com/pdf/budget/Budget_2009.pdf CS 410 blue Group

  39. Budget • Funding Source: Department of Transportation • SBIR – Phase 1: $100,000 • SBIR – Phase 2 : $650,000 • SBIR –Phase 3: Small Business Loan/Venture Capatilists • http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do;jsessionid=MgLfJcyflkGLZ3tLyF7Rj6GTJrn0PfTyyFvzsQtD1TNF10WzQqWS!-802466050?oppId=46140&flag2006=false&mode=VIEW • http://www.gohrt.com/pdf/budget/Budget_2009.pdf CS 410 blue Group

  40. Price Point CS 410 blue Group

  41. Cost To Develop • Phase 0: •  Free • Phase 1: • Hardware Resources - $4,300.00 • Personnel Resources - $14,525.00 • Phase 2: • Hardware Resources - $44,000.00 • Personnel Resources - $443,114.00 • Phase 3: • Hardware Resources - $37,200.00 • Personnel Resources - $286,860.00     Total - $829,999.00 CS 410 blue Group

  42. Revenue Assumptions: minimum of 5 new customers per year while maintaining current customers. CS 410 blue Group

  43. Closing Statements Current Systems are One-Way:  • Informing the passengers, not Interacting with them. communicate2Me promises to: • Connect Passengers with Information • Connection Transit Authorities with Potential Customers Each phase is feasible in terms of: • Cost • Requirements • Staffing let's do it! communicate2Me CS 410 blue Group

  44. Any Questions? CS 410 blue Group