Saturday, May 07, 2005

Subway sms service

Another interesting cellphone application has hit the streets. Karen Bonna, a student from the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU, came up with a subway alert via sms. Sub Alerts is in fact a thesis project involving mobile phones. Anyway, I’m glad the bla bla could me materialized into a subway alert that tells passengers about the status of their subway service using text messaging as a platform. Apparently, the sub service via sms revelation hit Karen after she spent countless hours waiting for the F train to arrive at Broadway-Lafayette.

Once a rider tells us what information he or she wants about his or her subway lines—whether service advisories, schedules, or line information— this system will send the requested information the user’s phone within one minute.

In a nod to the communal experience that commuting on the subway everyday can be, users can also offer other people within their subway community information about train service, in hopes of helping them avoid the same unplanned train troubles.


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