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A Bus Tracking and Planning System for CTfastrak

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

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June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014



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Computers in Education General Technical Session 2

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Computers in Education

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24.17.1 - 24.17.11



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Shuju Wu Central Connecticut State University

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Dr. Shuju Wu is currently an Associate Professor at the Computer Electronics and Graphics Technology Department at Central Connecticut State University. She holds a Ph.D. degree in Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Wu’s teaching and research interests include computer communications and networks, multimedia systems, performance modeling and evaluation, and network applications. She is a member of IEEE and ASEE.

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Shane Michael Carroll

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Keith Boyd-Carter

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James Krostoski

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A Bus Tracking and Planning System for XXXX Project AbstractThis paper presents the application design and development of a bus tracking and planningsystem, which involves mobile application development, database and network communications.The problem which leads to the creation of this project idea is a need for easy, reliable andmobile access to a public transportation bus system similar to the XXXX system (We use“XXXX” to represent the project name for the purpose of the review process and it will bereplaced by the real name in the final paper, if accepted). The purpose of this system is toprovide real-time bus location and arrival/delay information for the transportation managementand the convenience of bus riders. Because the XXXX project has bus stops at small and bigshopping centers, universities, downtown area and other entertainment locations, it is valuablefor the bus riders to have real-time bus location and arrival/delay information to maximize theirshopping, learning or other activity time. It is especially beneficial to the riders during summerand winter time when extreme temperature or weather conditions exist.The unique characteristics of this system include the bus-side application (in a small customizedhardware attached to the bus) that reports location and real-time delay information to thetransportation center (server-side) and the user-side mobile application that enables the bus ridersto access the bus information from the server and plan their trips. Wherever users are, theyshould be able to quickly and conveniently find out their local bus arrivals, departures, anddelays. In addition to this information, users should also have a convenient way to plan trips. If auser wanted to travel from an area of one city to another, the ability to find out when and wherethe user should be in order to accomplish this trip via the bus system should be provided. Someexisting city transportation systems provide trip planner based on pre-scheduled time withoutconsidering the real-time delay and arriving time.The user-side mobile application will be developed for the Android phones. Testing anddebugging will be done using the Eclipse Integrated Environment in conjunction with theAndroid SDK platform. Eventually, all end users will be able to download the application freelyfrom Google Play. In the current stage, the bus-side application will also be implemented usingthe same software development platform as the user-side application. In the future, relatedhardware and software customization can be performed after successful completion of the tasksin this stage.The assessment of the proposed system will be carried by integrating the bus-side, server-sideand client-side applications and allow the potential bus riders to obtain real-time delayinformation and plan their trips accordingly.

Wu, S., & Carroll, S. M., & Boyd-Carter, K., & Krostoski, J. (2014, June), A Bus Tracking and Planning System for CTfastrak Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--19909

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