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2021

Improving Mobility Services through Customer Participation

Authors
Duarte, SP; Campos Ferreira, M; Pinho de Sousa, J; Freire de Sousa, J; Galvão, T;

Publication
Advances in Mobility-as-a-Service Systems - Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing

Abstract

2020

Ten Years Exploring Service Science: Looking Back to Move Forward

Authors
Teixeira, JG; Miguéis, V; Ferreira, MC; Nóvoa, H; Cunha, JF;

Publication
Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing

Abstract
In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the International Conference on Exploring Service Science (IESS), this paper takes a historical look at the papers that have been published in the IESS proceedings. The analysis is focused on the development and evolution of the IESS community and of the main research topics covered by the published papers over time. The IESS community is portrayed in terms of authors, their affiliations and co-authoring network, while the topics are analyzed according to the papers’ keywords. Moreover, this paper analyzes the impact of the papers published in this decade, in terms of citations. These results are then discussed in light of the observed trends and of the evolution of the service science field, to guide the future development of the IESS conference and of research on service science. © Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020.

2020

An In-Depth Study of Mobile Ticketing Services in Urban Passenger Transport

Authors
Campos Ferreira, M; Galvão Dias, T; Falcão e Cunha, J;

Publication
Smart Systems Design, Applications, and Challenges - Advances in Computational Intelligence and Robotics

Abstract
This chapter presents an in-depth study of the current situation of mobile ticketing services in the context of urban passenger transport, and points out future trends and directions that will define forthcoming versions of mobile ticketing services. It defines mobile ticketing services and presents the technologies most used to deliver these solutions. This is complemented by a survey of research studies and experiences of deployments in a real environment. The mobile ticketing ecosystem is then deeply explored, where key players are identified as well as their key drivers and concerns regarding mobile ticketing services. Finally, future trends and research opportunities regarding mobile ticketing solutions are presented.

2020

Is Bluetooth Low Energy feasible for mobile ticketing in urban passenger transport?

Authors
Campos Ferreira, M; Dias, TG; Falcão e Cunha, J;

Publication
Transportation Research Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Abstract
Millions of people use public transport on a daily basis. Although most public transport systems use traditional ticketing approaches, based on tickets and smartcards, there are already ticketing alternatives based on smartphones. Most of the mobile ticketing solutions developed and available in the market use technologies such as Near Field Communication (NFC) or Quick Response Codes (QR Codes), and there are practically no studies on the use of Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) for this purpose. This paper focuses on assessing the feasibility of using BLE beacons for mobile ticketing in urban passenger transport. The study was conducted during the development of a mobile ticketing solution for the Metropolitan Area of Porto (AMP) that takes advantage of the Bluetooth technology present on the passengers' smartphones. It uses BLE beacons to track the passengers' trips from the start to the end, as part of an implementation of a check-in/be-out system. This solution was implemented as a prototype to be tested in the AMP and all the tests performed were made during the course of a pilot test of this prototype. The study consisted of a set of technical tests related with beacons signal monitoring and the gathering and analysis of passengers' feedback who participated in a four months pilot test. The results obtained suggest that the BLE technology is feasible for mobile ticketing in urban passenger transport. The paper also presents the various available deployment alternatives, identifies the main problems found and proposes solutions to solve them, filling an important research gap in the literature. © 2020 The Authors

2020

Understanding mobility patterns and user activities from geo-tagged social networks data

Authors
Carvalho, AM; Ferreira, MC; Dias, TG;

Publication
Transportation Research Procedia

Abstract
Social networks are strongly present in the daily life of modern society. Most people use these social networks to share information about their lives, their opinions, places they visit and their state of mind. Generally, these posts are composed of various information, being the location of the users location part of the data. The purpose of this work is to obtain the location of the posts and observe the users mobility pattern in the city of Porto, Portugal. This paper discusses the technologies available for obtaining the data, the social networks currently worth studying and their respective restrictions. It also explores new approaches to collect the data from the desired social networks, respecting all restrictions currently applied. The different software solutions developed for the social networks interactions are explored and described in depth. Subsequently, the necessary software for social networks is reviewed, the possible algorithms for data mining are discussed and its implementation is presented. Finally, the results obtained are interpreted and studied according to the characteristics of the city, tourism promotions and transport routes. © 2020 The Authors. Published by ELSEVIER B.V.

Supervised
thesis

2018

Monitoring a Mobile Ticketing System Based on NFC and BLE Beacons

Author
José Miguel Botelho Mendes

Institution
UP-FEUP

2018

Usability Evaluation Methodology for Public Transport Mobile Ticketing Solutions

Author
Daniel Meireles de Amorim

Institution
UP-FEUP

2018

Development and testing of a personalized recommender system based on mobility profile analysis and passenger activity

Author
Luís Miguel Azevedo Duarte

Institution
UP-FEUP