TrainMate™️

Project Info

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Project Description


⚠️ THE PROBLEMS

We identified three main pain points affecting the quality of our journey on trains:

👍 OUR SOLUTION

For GovHack 2019 The Codefather developed TrainMate, a fully functioning mobile application for both Android and iOS that improves the life of commuters and people using the public transport system every day.

By scanning or entering the unique carriage ID in the app, TrainMate will find your route and allow you to select your destination and show a personal ETA for your trip.
We also include a visualisation to help evaluate the congestion onboard the train, letting the passengers choose a less busy carriage.

Additionally, TrainMate includes a messaging system to engage with other passengers on the train and receive broadcast announcements from Transport NSW in case of delay or sudden stop or emergency.
You're anonymous by default for privacy and safety reasons, so you can choose how you want to interact.

TrainMates mobile application is built in Dart, using the Flutter framework.

The backend consists of a series of AWS Lambdas that crunch the dataset coming from Transport NSW, enrich them and store them on Amazon Aurora. The chat component is built using Google’s Firebase framework.

🤔 CHALLENGE

The biggest challenge we faced is in the accuracy of the dataset and the ability to match passengers with the train they're travelling on.
We utilised an obfuscated carriage id based on the assumption that the raw dataset would have a means of mapping that to the true id (and thus not affect feasibility).

Alternative solutions include deploying AWS IOT-powered devices with cameras at key train stations to identify which trains and carriages are active on which routes.
Other options include GPS location matching with real-time train position, as well as utilising Bluetooth mesh for connecting passengers directly in the local area.

🏆 BENEFITS

🤓 IMPROVEMENTS AND STRETCH GOALS

Some improvements and stretch goals we're considering

🎯 So, why would you use TrainMate?

*(https://faculty.chicagobooth.edu/nicholas.epley/EpleySchroederJEPG2014.pdf)

🎳 The Team

🌐 Links

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Data Story


There are a lot of really rich data sources around transport in NSW and Australia, but most of the current usage revolves around what happens before you travel, aimed to help find the correct form of transport and information about that particular journey. At the core of TrainMate we use Real Time train data from Transport NSW datasets. The manipulation and use of these data allow the mobile app to provide a constant up-to-date ETA to people travelling by train every day.


Evidence of Work

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Team DataSets

Public Transport - Timetables - For Realtime

Description of Use: Static timetables, stop locations and route shape information in GTFS format for operators that support realtime.

Data Set

Timetables Complete GTFS

Description of Use: Static timetables, stop locations, and route shape information in General Transit Feed Specification (GTFS) format for all operators, including regional, trackwork and transport routes not available in realtime feeds.

Data Set

NSW Trains 4Trak GTFS & GTFS-R Technical Documentation

Description of Use: NSW Trains 4Trak GTFS & GTFS-R Technical Documentation Real time Sydney/NSW trains data is the core of TrainMate. We use trains' location and information to identify in which train the user is and what's the ETA for the user's trip's destination.

Data Set

Sydney Trains Realtime GTFS & GTFS- R Technical Document

Description of Use: Sydney Trains Realtime GTFS & GTFS- R Technical Documentation. Real time Sydney/NSW trains data is the core of TrainMate. We use trains' location and information to identify in which train the user is and what's the ETA for the user's trip's destination.

Data Set

Challenges

Public Transport for the Future

Region: International

Challenge

🌟 Improving the customer experience of government services

Region: New South Wales

Challenge

What are the key levers that can be affected to ease congestion in NSW?

Region: New South Wales

Challenge

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