UMO Global Student Challenge 2013
Pool It App(together For A Better Tommorow) Team: Enflamme
What is the identified problem?
The uncontrolled and ill planned growth of urban centers has resulted in shortage of electricity and water, traffic congestion, deteriorating environment and public health. The traffic problems are increasing in the tier-1 cities in general and the situations getting complex with the metro rail projects, flyover constructions and road constructions in the core parts of the cities. With this rapid urbanization, increasing population and economic activities, the travel demands has increased many folds. The public transport being unreliable, automobile revolution and the liberalized economy (easy financial availability) has led to the tremendous increase in vehicle ownership levels. Further, the changes in urban form and structure in terms of land use, density of population and concentration of activities has changed the travel pattern. Another factor is that most people live in the suburbs outside the city center and they tend to travel at the same time of day. Moreover, cars and road space are not used efficiently. As a result, this causes traffic jams during the rush hour. The automobile population in India has increased from mere 0.3 million to 48million over five decades. Despite the infrastructures and high investments, the commuters still find high difficulty with the traffic congestions. The vehicular population growth may be blamed as a cause for the hectic traffic jams. So our focus is on technical management measures that will lead to the better road performance.
Brief about Solution
We have come up with an idea which uses technical
intervention in order to regulate the traffic on busy roads. The idea
abstractly is usage of car pools associated with a mobile application. This
application ensures people to get registered on their database with the unique
and genuine proofs provided by the user like aadhar id, passport id, driving
license etc. Once the user gets
enrolled, car owners who are traveling alone can provide their start point and
destination point details. He/she if willing to take a car pool should give
their start point and destination point. Once the information is provided, the
database searches for the car owners who are taking their own vehicle to move
from the same start point to the same destination point. Now the person, who is
willing to share a car pool could select anyone from the list and then contact
them using the mobile application. This is just like accepting a friend request
on Facebook or adding some one into your circles in Google + account. The
safety is ensured with a feature in the application. If you find the person suspicious,
you can switch ON the “track me” option where the car pool will be under
constant tracking from the time when the user boards a car to his destination.
Under security grounds, we might need constant supervision of traffic police
control rooms on the car pools. This can be maintained by an organization under
public-private partnership which should maintain a strong database. The
application also facilitates the navigation facility, traffic updates, and
public transport frequency between your journey lanes. We have got the best
traffic regulatory system but what we lack is knowledge of implementation. The
application provides the video tutorials of the traffic rules and also educates
the “CIVIC SENSE”.
How well does the proposed solution enable great commuter experience?
The best thing about the solution lies in its technical intervention. As the world is derisive of the upcoming technology, the idea gains its craze easily and can be easily adopted. As the application is an ALL IN ONE app providing various features for its users, Tech geeks and various other firms may consider the rejuvenated carpooling technique and will opt for it. More the carpools employed, the lesser will be the cars on road and lesser the congestion and better the commuter experience.
How attractive is this idea for partners from transportation, business, government, non profit or other sectors to get involved?
As our team was busy working on developing the application, I was puzzled how to take this innovation into public. I always seemed interesting in marketing the idea. The way I see, world is all about being ‘smart’. The gadgets, smartphones, phablets and tablets simplify the works. Thousands of applications are being developed and the open source platforms like android facilitate ease of implementation. So in this scenario, it would be easier for any company or a business investor to take up our idea. The app is simple in developing and can be easily ventured .what all it requires is small capital investment and a publicity thing. The idea can be adapted by the government and can be run parallel with the apps like mpassport seva, tourism app etc which can drag attention of the major employees. It can even be hired by the private companies like bharati soft who can efficiently manage databases and employ man power for the fore said. So, the app has got its flexibility for attracting the firms across.
Environmental impact, whether the proposed idea in predominantly service based without adding more physical structures
The application usage is in a very efficient and effective way. It limits the vehicular population on the roads, cuts down the fuel usage and in turn controls our atmosphere from getting polluted. As the app doesn’t need any thing that can affect the environment, I can proudly say “POOL It “ is an eco- friendly idea.
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