Build an app for Metro that would work with ibeacon technology.

This will help give up to date information on bus arrival times, delays on metro lines, etc. This would also help lead LA Metro to a contactless payment and ticketing solution. All through Bluetooth Low Energy.

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  • Christopher Smith
    commented 2014-05-31 15:17:02 -0700
    If you just get GPS from people using the app, you can track buses once enough people are using it. You don’t even need that though, because LA Metro already provides the data including real-time predicted arrivals through a pretty nice API:

    However… there is already a very nice web and mobile web app for doing this: NextBus:!/lametro/2/2_379_0/9269

    You’ll find lots of information about this kind of stuff from the MTA’s developer site:
  • Kevin Reevers
    commented 2014-05-29 22:17:39 -0700
    Currently the market isn’t there; Androids (that most bus riders) don’t support BLE as of yet. Metro’s system actual has real-time data, it’s them handing it over. Ticket-less is messy. You have to choose apps, a protocol for both the device and the receiver, security, and payment. The tap system is imperfect, but it’s practical until the market settles on some standards. Long-term this is awesome. Short-term your making something for nothing (Metro is just getting turnstiles figured out).

    Real-time bus data would be awesome and the most logical with the given time frame. Using both metro’s timetable schedule and matching that to light mobile gps tracking, maybe with some geofencing at stops, you could create an close to accurate approximation to your stop and your destination, eventually combining that with multi-transfer connections to mitigate wait-times. This would be probably the strongest part of the idea to go with.
  • Kevin Reevers
    tagged this with Impractical 2014-05-29 22:17:38 -0700
  • Kevin Reevers
    tagged this with Good 2014-05-29 22:17:38 -0700
  • Brian Smith
    commented 2014-05-29 18:45:12 -0700
    It would first require the entire metro bus system to install these devices. Unless I am out of the loop on something I don’t see this happening anytime soon.
  • Brian Smith
    tagged this with Impractical 2014-05-29 18:45:11 -0700
  • Pinaki Saha
    commented 2014-05-27 19:41:44 -0700
    Very interesting. In fact we are currently working on a touchless payment for taxi systems where the user will have the taxi meter in their phone as opposed to in the taxi. With iBeacon installed in the cab, it’s all touchless from the point you sit in the cab and come out.
  • Pinaki Saha
    tagged this with Good 2014-05-27 19:41:43 -0700
  • Todd Terrazas
    published this page in ideas and team formation 2014-05-21 12:57:58 -0700