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Intelligent urban public transportation for accessibility dedicated to people with disabilities.

Zhou H, Hou KM, Zuo D, Li J - Sensors (Basel) (2012)

Bottom Line: The traditional urban public transport system generally cannot provide an effective access service for people with disabilities, especially for disabled, wheelchair and blind (DWB) passengers.At present, the Mobi+ system has been implemented on the buses and stations of line '2' in the city of Clermont-Ferrand (France).The experiential results show that, on one hand the Mobi+ prototype system reaches the design expectations and provides an effective urban bus access service for people with disabilities; on the other hand the Mobi+ system is easily to deploy in the buses and at bus stations thanks to its low energy consumption and small form factor.

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Affiliation: School of Computer Science, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001, China. haiyingzhou@hit.edu.cn

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The traditional urban public transport system generally cannot provide an effective access service for people with disabilities, especially for disabled, wheelchair and blind (DWB) passengers. In this paper, based on advanced information & communication technologies (ICT) and green technologies (GT) concepts, a dedicated public urban transportation service access system named Mobi+ has been introduced, which facilitates the mobility of DWB passengers. The Mobi+ project consists of three subsystems: a wireless communication subsystem, which provides the data exchange and network connection services between buses and stations in the complex urban environments; the bus subsystem, which provides the DWB class detection & bus arrival notification services; and the station subsystem, which implements the urban environmental surveillance & bus auxiliary access services. The Mobi+ card that supports multi-microcontroller multi-transceiver adopts the fault-tolerant component-based hardware architecture, in which the dedicated embedded system software, i.e., operating system micro-kernel and wireless protocol, has been integrated. The dedicated Mobi+ embedded system provides the fault-tolerant resource awareness communication and scheduling mechanism to ensure the reliability in data exchange and service provision. At present, the Mobi+ system has been implemented on the buses and stations of line '2' in the city of Clermont-Ferrand (France). The experiential results show that, on one hand the Mobi+ prototype system reaches the design expectations and provides an effective urban bus access service for people with disabilities; on the other hand the Mobi+ system is easily to deploy in the buses and at bus stations thanks to its low energy consumption and small form factor.

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f10-sensors-12-10678: Mobi+ prototype system at Clermont-Ferrand, France.

Mentions: The Mobi+ card is a dedicated low-cost embedded system which integrates a fault-tolerant component-based hardware architecture with a fault-tolerant resource awareness software system that combines a real-time hybrid embedded operating system micro-kernel and a dedicated wireless application protocol. The Mobi+ system is an event-driven state-transition system that can provide the DWB detection/alarm notification services in the station peer, the environmental surveillance/bus parking & access services in the bus peer, and the wireless communication service between buses and states in the wireless subsystem. Corresponding with the multi-microcontroller multi-transceiver hardware architecture, a fault-tolerant resource awareness communication and scheduling mechanism has been implemented in the Mobi+ system to ensure the reliability of data exchange and service provision. At present, the Mobi+ system has been implemented on the buses and stations of line‘2’ in the city of Clermont-Ferrand (France), as shown in Figure 10.


Intelligent urban public transportation for accessibility dedicated to people with disabilities.

Zhou H, Hou KM, Zuo D, Li J - Sensors (Basel) (2012)

Mobi+ prototype system at Clermont-Ferrand, France.
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f10-sensors-12-10678: Mobi+ prototype system at Clermont-Ferrand, France.
Mentions: The Mobi+ card is a dedicated low-cost embedded system which integrates a fault-tolerant component-based hardware architecture with a fault-tolerant resource awareness software system that combines a real-time hybrid embedded operating system micro-kernel and a dedicated wireless application protocol. The Mobi+ system is an event-driven state-transition system that can provide the DWB detection/alarm notification services in the station peer, the environmental surveillance/bus parking & access services in the bus peer, and the wireless communication service between buses and states in the wireless subsystem. Corresponding with the multi-microcontroller multi-transceiver hardware architecture, a fault-tolerant resource awareness communication and scheduling mechanism has been implemented in the Mobi+ system to ensure the reliability of data exchange and service provision. At present, the Mobi+ system has been implemented on the buses and stations of line‘2’ in the city of Clermont-Ferrand (France), as shown in Figure 10.

Bottom Line: The traditional urban public transport system generally cannot provide an effective access service for people with disabilities, especially for disabled, wheelchair and blind (DWB) passengers.At present, the Mobi+ system has been implemented on the buses and stations of line '2' in the city of Clermont-Ferrand (France).The experiential results show that, on one hand the Mobi+ prototype system reaches the design expectations and provides an effective urban bus access service for people with disabilities; on the other hand the Mobi+ system is easily to deploy in the buses and at bus stations thanks to its low energy consumption and small form factor.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: School of Computer Science, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001, China. haiyingzhou@hit.edu.cn

ABSTRACT
The traditional urban public transport system generally cannot provide an effective access service for people with disabilities, especially for disabled, wheelchair and blind (DWB) passengers. In this paper, based on advanced information & communication technologies (ICT) and green technologies (GT) concepts, a dedicated public urban transportation service access system named Mobi+ has been introduced, which facilitates the mobility of DWB passengers. The Mobi+ project consists of three subsystems: a wireless communication subsystem, which provides the data exchange and network connection services between buses and stations in the complex urban environments; the bus subsystem, which provides the DWB class detection & bus arrival notification services; and the station subsystem, which implements the urban environmental surveillance & bus auxiliary access services. The Mobi+ card that supports multi-microcontroller multi-transceiver adopts the fault-tolerant component-based hardware architecture, in which the dedicated embedded system software, i.e., operating system micro-kernel and wireless protocol, has been integrated. The dedicated Mobi+ embedded system provides the fault-tolerant resource awareness communication and scheduling mechanism to ensure the reliability in data exchange and service provision. At present, the Mobi+ system has been implemented on the buses and stations of line '2' in the city of Clermont-Ferrand (France). The experiential results show that, on one hand the Mobi+ prototype system reaches the design expectations and provides an effective urban bus access service for people with disabilities; on the other hand the Mobi+ system is easily to deploy in the buses and at bus stations thanks to its low energy consumption and small form factor.

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