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The Milestones of mass transit. communicate 2Me. CS 410 Blue Group. A Brief Overview. The Problem Our Solution Evaluation Plan Four Phases Staffing Costs What is being provided and what is not Risks and their mitigation Funding/Budget Conclusion. Meet the Team. Overarching Problem  .

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the milestones of mass transit
The Milestones of mass transit

communicate2Me

CS 410 Blue Group

a brief overview
A Brief Overview
  • The Problem
  • Our Solution
  • Evaluation Plan
  • Four Phases
    • Staffing
    • Costs
  • What is being provided and what is not
  • Risks and their mitigation
  • Funding/Budget
  • Conclusion

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meet the team
Meet the Team

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overarching problem
Overarching Problem  

Passenger needs are not addressed by mass transportation systems.

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the wait
The Wait

Hampton Roads Transit (HRT) routes can have passengers wait anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour in suburban areas such as Chesapeake or Virginia Beach.

Source: http://www.gohrt.com/faresandinformation/busroutes/busroutes.html

CS 410 Blue Group Spring 2009

inclement weather the chase
Inclement Weather & The Chase

On average there is precipitation 115 days a year in Virginia.

Passengers not waiting in the designated bus stop areas are often overlooked by the bus driver.

Source: http://www.met.utah.edu/jhorel/html/wx/climate/daysrain.html

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heavy passenger loads bus bunching
Heavy Passenger Loads & Bus Bunching

In July, there are currently at least 55 festival events in Norfolk.

Routes like the Net in Norfolk and the Wave in Virginia Beach have buses running as close as 6 minutes apart.

Source: http://www.festeventsva.org/calendar/current-events/

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missing the bus
Missing the Bus
  • Causes:
    • Bus is Off Schedule
    • Passenger Late Arrival to Stop
    • Unaware of Real-time Schedules
    • Driver Unaware of Awaiting Customers
  • Effects:
    • Schedule Problems 
    • Lower Passenger Appreciation
    • Less Passengers
    • Less Revenue

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regional transit need is increasing
Regional Transit Need is Increasing
  • Hampton Roads has a population of 1.5 million
  • By 2025, Hampton Roads is projected for 2.5 million
  • Annual Ridership on HRT: 18.5 million
  • 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.hrtransit.org/pdf/hrtbrochure/HRT_Brochure.pdf

http://www.gohrt.com/pdf/strategicplan/Strategic%20Plan%20Final%20--%20November%202008.pdf

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a proposed solution communicate 2me
A Proposed Solution: communicate2Me

Increase coordination of passengers and drivers by providing real time bi-directional information

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the solution
The Solution
  • Real-time information for the driver such as:
      • Prioritization of stops
      • Number of commuters waiting at the next stop for their route
  • Accessible and convenient to end users
  • Reasonable cost for transportation companies

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communicate2me the solution
communicate2Me - The Solution

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a feasible implementation
A Feasible Implementation
  • Passengers will be provided with methods to:
    •  Allow Stop Reservations via:
      • Personal Computer and Web Site
      • Cellular Phone / Short Message Service(SMS) Texting
    • Have notifications of changes in schedule
      • SMS notification service
      • Email
  • Result:
    • Increases Coordination between driver and passenger

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benefits
Benefits
  • Passengers:
    • Better Service
    • More Interaction
    • Greater Satisfaction
  • Bus Drivers:
    • Warning of Waiting Passengers
    • Increased Awareness of Future Loads
    • More Efficient Routes

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evaluation plan

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

Evaluation Plan

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phase 0 concept 60 days
{phase 0} - concept (60 days)

Milestones

Problem Area Development

Feasibility Research

Milestone Scheduling

Website Development

SBIR Proposals

Acceptance Criteria

Review Board Acceptance

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phase 0 organizational chart
{phase 0} - organizational chart

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phase i prototype 130 days
{phase i} - prototype (130 days)

Milestones

Prototype Specifications

Test Plan

User Manuals

Proposal

Prototype Construction 

Demonstration

Acceptance Criteria

Review Board Acceptance

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phase i prototype components
{phase i} - prototype components

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phase i financials
{phase i} - financials

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phase i hardware requirements
{phase i} - hardware requirements

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phase ii critical design 1 year
{phase ii} - critical design (1 year)

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

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phase ii organizational chart
{phase ii} - organizational chart

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phase ii major components
{phase ii} - major components

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phase ii financials
{phase ii} - financials

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phase ii hardware requirements
{phase ii} - hardware requirements

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phase iii production beyond
{phase iii} - production & beyond

Milestones

Support Current Installations

Improvement:

    Modifications to Interface

    Improvements to Algorithm

Acceptance Criteria

Market Penetration

Market Acceptance

Profitability

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phase iii organizational chart
{phase iii} - organizational chart

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phase iii financials
{phase iii} - financials

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in the box

Service to set up and maintain:

Short Messaging Service gateways

Web servers

Application servers

Algorithm to communicate between end users and bus drivers

in the box

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buses wireless communication between buses and transit center tracking system for buses gps rfid
Buses

Wireless communication between buses and Transit Center

Tracking system for buses (GPS, RFID)

not in the box

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who is the customer
who is the customer?

Initial customers: 

Transportation

  • Hampton Roads Transit (HRT)
  • Metropolitan Transportation Authorities

Future customers (Phase III+)

 Shipping

  • United States Postal Service (USPS)
  • United Parcel Service (UPS)

Other Services

  • Cable
  • Utilities

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price point
price point

Costs:

Yearly Cost to Customer: $400,000

  • Customer ROI:
  • Increases fuel mileage by 3%, saving $200,000 a year
  • Increases choice ridership, leading to more customers

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current competition
current competition

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risks pitfalls
risks & pitfalls
  • Interoperability problems
  • Latency Issues
  • Abuse of the system
  • SMS message costs
  • Phone incompatibility
  • Transit operator ignoring system
  • Down Time

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risk mitigation
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

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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

budget

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cost to develop
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

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breaking even
breaking even

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closing statements
closing statements

Current Systems are One-Way: 

  • Informing the passengers, not Interacting with them.

communicate2Me promises to:

  • Connect Passengers with Drivers, and Vice Versa

Each phase is feasible in terms of:

  • Cost
  • Requirements
  • Staffing

let's do it!

communicate2Me

CS 410 Blue Group Spring 2009

any questions
Any questions?

CS 410 Blue Group Spring 2009