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Combining Mobile Data Transport and Mobile Data Recharging to Address Public Transport Information Maintenance Problems in Rural and Remote Australia

Lueg, Christopher and Mahmood, Omer (2004). Combining Mobile Data Transport and Mobile Data Recharging to Address Public Transport Information Maintenance Problems in Rural and Remote Australia. In: 9th International Symposium on Information Science (ISI 2004), Chur, Switzerland, 6-8 October 2004.

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Author Lueg, Christopher
Mahmood, Omer
Title Combining Mobile Data Transport and Mobile Data Recharging to Address Public Transport Information Maintenance Problems in Rural and Remote Australia
Conference Name 9th International Symposium on Information Science (ISI 2004)
Conference Location Chur, Switzerland
Conference Dates 6-8 October 2004
Conference Publication Title Information zwischen Kultur und Marktwirtschaft: Proceedings des 9. Internationalen Symposiums für Informationswissenschaft (ISI 2004)
Place of Publication Konstanz, Germany
Publisher UVK Verlagsgesellschaft mbH
Publication Year 2004
Volume Number 42
ISBN 3-89669-706-4   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
ISSN 0938-8710   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 337
End Page 347
Total Pages 11
HERDC Category E1 - Conference Publication (DEST)
Abstract Connecting geographically dispersed communities, public transport plays an important role in rural and remote areas. As bus service frequency tends to be lower than in metropolitan areas, availability of reliable scheduling information is a prerequisite to successfully using public transport services. A persistent issue associated with providing scheduling information at bus stops is the need to maintain up-to-date information at geographically dispersed locations. Printed timetables are easy to handle and to produce but have shown to be difficult to maintain as replacing them requires the maintainer’s physical presence. Electronic timetables, updated over the Internet or other communication networks, solve the update issue given that bus stops are located within network coverage. In large and sparsely populated countries like Australia, however, this prerequisite is not necessarily met. In this paper, we discuss Mobile Data Transport (MDT) as a solution to covering bus stops at locations lacking suitable network coverage. MDT can also be used in countries, such as Austria or Switzerland, facing network coverage gaps in their sparsely populated mountain areas. We also highlight how the approach could be expanded for providing other information services, such as news propagation or tourist information.
 
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