Towards proximity-based passenger sensing on public transport buses

Kostakos, Vassilis, Camacho, Tiago, & Mantero, Claudio (2013) Towards proximity-based passenger sensing on public transport buses. Personal and Ubiquitous Computing, 17(8), pp. 1807-1816.

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Abstract

While substantial research on intelligent transportation systems has focused on the development of novel wireless communication technologies and protocols, relatively little work has sought to fully exploit proximity-based wireless technologies that passengers actually carry with them today. This paper presents the real-world deployment of a system that exploits public transit bus passengers’ Bluetooth-capable devices to capture and reconstruct micro- and macro-passenger behavior. We present supporting evidence that approximately 12% of passengers already carry Bluetooth-enabled devices and that the data collected on these passengers captures with almost 80 % accuracy the daily fluctuation of actual passengers flows. The paper makes three contributions in terms of understanding passenger behavior: We verify that the length of passenger trips is exponentially bounded, the frequency of passenger trips follows a power law distribution, and the microstructure of the network of passenger movements is polycentric.

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ID Code: 60040
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Public transport, Passenger sensing, Bluetooth, Origin/destination matrix, Mobile computing, Ubiquitous computing
DOI: 10.1007/s00779-013-0652-4
ISSN: 1617-4909
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > DISTRIBUTED COMPUTING (080500) > Ubiquitous Computing (080504)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > INFORMATION SYSTEMS (080600) > Computer-Human Interaction (080602)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > CIVIL ENGINEERING (090500) > Transport Engineering (090507)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Institutes > Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
Past > Schools > School of Design
Deposited On: 19 May 2013 23:23
Last Modified: 29 Aug 2014 04:29

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