Guiding Passengers in Railway Stations by Ubiquitous Computing Technologies

N. Fukasawa, H. Matsubara, S. Myojo, and R. Tsuchiya (Japan)

Keywords

passenger services, barrierfree, universal design, and RFID

Abstract

This paper describes the application of ubiquitous / pervasive computing technologies for the realization of various passenger support systems for use by people including visually-impaired and wheelchair users. We have achieved this goal by building what we call “common information infrastructure” on which you can build various guidance systems in a more cost-effective way. Common information infrastructure consists of a common access interface to user position data based on radio frequency identification (RFID) technologies and a standardized method to describe GIS and guidance data which can be used for a variety of guidance systems. We have also developed prototype guidance systems based on this common information infrastructure.

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