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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  . - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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  • THE MILESTONES OF MASS TRANSITCS 410 Blue Groupcommunicate2Me

    CS 410 Blue Group Spring 2009

  • A Brief Overview The ProblemOur SolutionEvaluation PlanFour PhasesStaffingCostsWhat is being provided and what is notRisks and their mitigationFunding/BudgetConclusion *April 9th, 2009CS 410 Blue Group Spring 2009

    CS 410 Blue Group Spring 2009

  • Meet the TeamApril 9th, 2009*CS 410 Blue Group Spring 2009

    CS 410 Blue Group Spring 2009

  • Overarching Problem Passenger needs are not addressed by mass transportation systems.*April 9th, 2009CS 410 Blue Group Spring 2009

    CS 410 Blue Group Spring 2009

  • The WaitHampton 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

    *April 9th, 2009CS 410 Blue Group Spring 2009

    CS 410 Blue Group Spring 2009

  • Inclement Weather & The ChaseOn average there is precipitation 115 days a year in Virginia.

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

    Passengers not waiting in the designated bus stop areas are often overlooked by the bus driver.*April 9th, 2009CS 410 Blue Group Spring 2009

    CS 410 Blue Group Spring 2009

  • Heavy Passenger Loads & Bus BunchingCS 410 Blue Group Spring 2009In July, there are currently at least 55 festival events in Norfolk.Source: http://www.festeventsva.org/calendar/current-events/

    Routes like the Net in Norfolk and the Wave in Virginia Beach have buses running as close as 6 minutes apart. April 9th, 2009*

    CS 410 Blue Group Spring 2009

  • Missing the BusCauses:Bus is Off SchedulePassenger Late Arrival to StopUnaware of Real-time SchedulesDriver Unaware of Awaiting CustomersEffects:Schedule ProblemsLower Passenger AppreciationLess PassengersLess Revenue*April 9th, 2009CS 410 Blue Group Spring 2009

    CS 410 Blue Group Spring 2009

  • Regional Transit Need is IncreasingCS 410 Blue Group Spring 2009Hampton Roads has a population of 1.5 millionBy 2025, Hampton Roads is projected for 2.5 millionAnnual Ridership on HRT: 18.5 millionBuses in the HRT System: 343Average bus capacity is currently only at 15%Severe congestion is expected on 1,221 lane miles in Hampton Roads in 2026Source: http://www.hrtransit.org/pdf/hrtbrochure/HRT_Brochure.pdf http://www.gohrt.com/pdf/strategicplan/Strategic%20Plan%20Final%20--%20November%202008.pdf

    April 9th, 2009*

    CS 410 Blue Group Spring 2009

  • A Proposed Solution: communicate2MeCS 410 Blue Group Spring 2009Increase coordination of passengers and drivers by providing real time bi-directional informationApril 9th, 2009*

    CS 410 Blue Group Spring 2009

  • The SolutionReal-time information for the driver such as:Prioritization of stops Number of commuters waiting at the next stop for their routeAccessible and convenient to end users Reasonable cost for transportation companies*April 9th, 2009CS 410 Blue Group Spring 2009

    CS 410 Blue Group Spring 2009

  • communicate2Me - The SolutionApril 9th, 2009*CS 410 Blue Group Spring 2009

    CS 410 Blue Group Spring 2009

  • A Feasible ImplementationPassengers will be provided with methods to:Allow Stop Reservations via:Personal Computer and Web SiteCellular Phone / Short Message Service(SMS) TextingHave notifications of changes in scheduleSMS notification serviceEmail

    Result:Increases Coordination between driver and passenger*April 9th, 2009CS 410 Blue Group Spring 2009

    CS 410 Blue Group Spring 2009

  • April 9th, 2009Benefits CS 410 Blue Group Spring 2009Passengers:Better ServiceMore InteractionGreater SatisfactionBus Drivers:Warning of Waiting PassengersIncreased Awareness of Future LoadsMore Efficient Routes*

    CS 410 Blue Group Spring 2009

  • Evaluation PlanTime Measured against baseline project planCost Measured against budget plan per phaseScope Measured against requirements documentQuality Measured by customer and end user satisfactionApril 9th, 2009*CS 410 Blue Group Spring 2009

    CS 410 Blue Group Spring 2009

  • {phase 0} - concept (60 days)Milestones Problem Area DevelopmentFeasibility ResearchMilestone SchedulingWebsite DevelopmentSBIR ProposalsAcceptance Criteria

    Review Board AcceptanceApril 9th, 2009*CS 410 Blue Group Spring 2009

    CS 410 Blue Group Spring 2009

  • {phase 0} - organizational chartApril 9th, 2009*CS 410 Blue Group Spring 2009

    CS 410 Blue Group Spring 2009

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

    Prototype SpecificationsTest PlanUser ManualsProposalPrototype ConstructionDemonstrationAcceptance Criteria

    Review Board AcceptanceApril 9th, 2009*CS 410 Blue Group Spring 2009

    CS 410 Blue Group Spring 2009

  • {phase i} - prototype componentsApril 9th, 2009*CS 410 Blue Group Spring 2009

    CS 410 Blue Group Spring 2009

  • {phase i} - financialsApril 9th, 2009*CS 410 Blue Group Spring 2009

    CS 410 Blue Group Spring 2009

  • {phase i} - hardware requirementsApril 9th, 2009*CS 410 Blue Group Spring 2009

    hardware qty totalSMS & Web Server1$1,500Software Development Workstation1$2,000Cellular Phones2$800 overall hardware costs$4,300

    CS 410 Blue Group Spring 2009

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

    Web InterfaceWeb Message Algorithm

    SMS Gateway Development

    Algorithm DevelopmentAlgorithm Testing

    Transit InterfaceInterface Test

    Acceptance CriteriaInterfaces with Google Transit

    Receives SMS Messages

    Passes Tests

    Connects with Transit Authority's SystemsApril 9th, 2009*CS 410 Blue Group Spring 2009

    CS 410 Blue Group Spring 2009

  • {phase ii} - organizational chartApril 9th, 2009*CS 410 Blue Group Spring 2009

    CS 410 Blue Group Spring 2009

  • {phase ii} - major componentsApril 9th, 2009*CS 410 Blue Group Spring 2009

    CS 410 Blue Group Spring 2009

  • {phase ii} - financialsApril 9th, 2009*CS 410 Blue Group Spring 2009

    CS 410 Blue Group Spring 2009

  • {phase ii} - hardware requirementsApril 9th, 2009*CS 410 Blue Group Spring 2009

    hardware qtycostTotal SMS Server2$1000.$2,000Web Server1$2000.$2,000Algorithm Server2$2000.$4,000SMS Service / Credits (yearly)1$36,000$36,000 overall hardware costs$44,000

    CS 410 Blue Group Spring 2009

  • {phase iii} - production & beyondMilestones

    Support Current InstallationsImprovement: Modifications to Interface Improvements to Algorithm Acceptance Criteria

    Market PenetrationMarket Acceptance

    Profitability

    April 9th, 2009*CS 410 Blue Group Spring 2009

    CS 410 Blue Group Spring 2009

  • {phase iii} - organizational chartApril 9th, 2009*CS 410 Blue Group Spring 2009

    CS 410 Blue Group Spring 2009

  • {phase iii} - financials

    April 9th, 2009*CS 410 Blue Group Spring 2009

    CS 410 Blue Group Spring 2009

  • in the boxService to set up and maintain: Short Messaging Service gatewaysWeb serversApplication serversAlgorithm to communicate between end users and bus driversApril 9th, 2009*CS 410 Blue Group Spring 2009

    CS 410 Blue Group Spring 2009

  • not in the boxBusesWireless communication between buses and Transit CenterTracking system for buses (GPS, RFID)April 9th, 2009*CS 410 Blue Group Spring 2009

    CS 410 Blue Group Spring 2009

  • who is the customer?Initial customers: Transportation Hampton Roads Transit (HRT)Metropolitan Transportation AuthoritiesFuture customers (Phase III+)ShippingUnited States Postal Service (USPS)United Parcel Service (UPS)Other ServicesCableUtilitiesApril 9th, 2009*CS 410 Blue Group Spring 2009

    CS 410 Blue Group Spring 2009

  • price pointApril 9th, 2009*CS 410 Blue Group Spring 2009Costs:Yearly Cost to Customer: $400,000Customer ROI:Increases fuel mileage by 3%, saving $200,000 a yearIncreases choice ridership, leading to more customers

    CS 410 Blue Group Spring 2009

  • April 9th, 2009current competitionCS 410 Blue Group Spring 2009*

    CS 410 Blue Group Spring 2009

  • risks & pitfallsInteroperability problems Latency IssuesAbuse of the systemSMS message costs Phone incompatibilityTransit operator ignoring system Down TimeApril 9th, 2009*CS 410 Blue Group Spring 2009

    CS 410 Blue Group Spring 2009

  • risk mitigationInteroperability:Direct Communication with each Transit Authority's techniciansLatency:Optimize Incoming SMS Processing TimeSynchronize Driver Updates based on PositionAbuse of the System:No way to mitigate without tracking passengersTransit Operator Ignoring System:EducationTracking of Requests to PickupsApril 9th, 2009*CS 410 Blue Group Spring 2009

    CS 410 Blue Group Spring 2009

  • budgetFunding Source: Department of TransportationSBIR Phase 1: $100,000SBIR Phase 2 : $650,000SBIR Phase 3: Small Business Loan/Venture Capatilists

    http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do;jsessionid=MgLfJcyflkGLZ3tLyF7Rj6GTJrn0PfTyyFvzsQtD1TNF10WzQqWS!-802466050?oppId=46140&flag2006=false&mode=VIEWhttp://www.gohrt.com/pdf/budget/Budget_2009.pdfApril 9th, 2009*CS 410 Blue Group Spring 2009

    CS 410 Blue Group Spring 2009

  • cost to developPhase 0:FreePhase 1:Hardware Resources - $4,300.00Personnel Resources - $14,525.00Phase 2:Hardware Resources - $44,000.00Personnel Resources - $443,114.00Phase 3:Hardware Resources - $37,200.00Personnel Resources - $286,860.00Total - $829,999.00April 9th, 2009*CS 410 Blue Group Spring 2009

    CS 410 Blue Group Spring 2009

  • breaking evenApril 9th, 2009*CS 410 Blue Group Spring 2009

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