UMO Global Student Challenge 2013
Universal Currency In Transport & A License Regulation
What is the identified problem?
The basic background of the identified problem is relating to the unfair rates demanded by the autowalas and the lack of an universal ticket in Bangalore Public Transport. Another problem that we identified is the lack of a proper system to discourage rash driving and frequent breaking of traffic rules.
Brief about Solution
Our proposed Solution is
divided in two parts; one which solves the problem of Universal Ticket and
another which put in place a License Regulatory System.
We begin with the first solution, we take the concept of RFID cards from metros to use in all public transport. We can have RFID sensors in buses which would allow ticket-less entry (as credits automatically get deducted from the card). Most taxis already have GPRS on-board, as such we can have a RFID scanner to use the data on card for payment. Now coming onto the autowallas, we can aim at the next price-hike when the meters are revamped (making RFID enabled meters mandatory). As such with RFID meters on board, a passenger has the choice to pay by card. While, doing so the autowall doesn't have an option of travelling without running meter, as the card would transfer funds only when run on meter. With more and more people using cards, the practice of running on unfair rates would decrease exponentially. And most people would be using the card as buses would also employ the card system (making it mandatory over a period of time).
Onto the next phase, we have a point-based system to regulate driving practices in Bangalore. Lose points to break rules and earn rewards on efficient driving; simple as that. The idea is to have an upper-limit of points (say 50) on every license and deduct penalty points on every rule broken. If any license reaches zero, that would indicate improper driving for considerable time; thereby terminating the license of the holder for a specific amount of time (say 5 years).
The above solutions would not only help in saving time and increasing ease of access; but will also reduce use of private cars and lower carbon emissions.
How well does the proposed solution enable great commuter experience?
The features which enhance the commuter experience can be tabulated as: * No need for carrying change to pay fares * Increased efficiency of public transport * Fair rates on all autos and taxis * A way to identify registered taxi services (as they will have the RFID payment system in place) * Lesser traffic congestion * Safer roads with more careful drivers * Ease of access of public transport * Add-ons like USB chargers & auto tattoos to identify the rash drivers, in the new meters
How attractive is this idea for partners from transportation, business, government, non profit or other sectors to get involved?
Transportation partners can get involved owing to the fact that RFID payments would allow the companies to track the payments, trips and fuel consumption in their fleet of vehicles. Moreover improvising the experience will also bring them more customers. Businesses would be attracted to the idea due to the need for RFID scanners in several places and revamping of the auto-meters. Governments would be interested in the idea because of the fact that it helps in improving the efficiency of public transport and reduces the possibilities of road mishaps making them safer. It also brings in revenue to the government as it enables proper monitoring of the licence holders and public transport. and Non-Profits would be involved in working up the environmental benefits of the whole idea and brainstorming on the idea of improvising to further reduce the impact on the environment from public and private transport.
Environmental impact, whether the proposed idea in predominantly service based without adding more physical structures
The proposed idea doesn't need any major physical structure like flyover or bridges, it works on simply revamping the existing systems of ticketing into RFID cards and putting in place a licence monitoring system based on the data collected on traffic signal cameras and on blackberry devices of the traffic police against individual licenses. As such there is no adverse affect on the environment. Moreover the new license regulation encourages more people to take the public transport, thereby reducing emissions and helping in safeguarding the environment.
Dates & Deadlines
25-Sep-2013 :Deadline for Registration
30-Sep-2013 :Deadline for submitting your projects
01-Oct-2013 :Announcement of top 50 entries
03-Oct-2013 :Deadline to entroll Techease 2013
16-Oct-2013 :Deadline for voting by friends
17-Oct-2013 :Presentation of the 50 shortlisted projects at the TechEase at IIITHyderabad
19-Oct-2013 :Announcement of the final iINNOVATE prizes and award winners
26-Oct-2013 :Winners may present at IIMBangalore at UXINDIA’13 conference