The Commutio project 2013
During the last year I have been involved on the research project at BDigital called Commutio. The Dr Dani Villatoro and me have been coordinating students doing their master thesis through this project.
The Commutio project tries to understand the flow of passengers into the Barcelona's public transportation network in real-time. Usually city halls do not track passengers into their transportation networks except in some cities such as Seoul (South Korea) or London (UK) for fares reasons.
To understand the real-time flow of the Barcelona's public transportation network we created a mobile device game to incentivize commuters. We tried to get users as sensors through gamification techniques.
Some leasons learnt:
- Get critical mass inside the mobile devices scenario is very complicated.
- GPS in areas where there is no GPS coberture, such as in the metro, needs some AI algorithms and learning techniques.
- Work with students is great. We made a great job trying to teach them in their first (or not) experience inside a company.
There is not enough data to have conclusions but all the project was interesting and enriched us as a workers and researchers... If you have any comment, don't hesitate to contact me :)
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