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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

2019

With Whom Transport Operators Should Partner? An Urban Mobility and Services Geolocation Data Analysis

Authors
Ferreira, MC; Dias, TG; e Cunha, JF;

Publication
Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering - Intelligent Transport Systems, From Research and Development to the Market Uptake

Abstract

2019

Usability Evaluation of a Public Transport Mobile Ticketing Solution

Authors
de Amorim, DM; Dias, TG; Ferreira, MC;

Publication
Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing

Abstract
Many public transport mobile ticket solutions have arisen but new technologies can face difficulties when launched for a number of reasons that are directly addressed by usability evaluation – a central process in developing usable, hence useful high quality systems with which humans can interact. This paper presents a usability testing performed in context of use of a recently developed public transport mobile ticketing solution for the Metropolitan Area of Porto, Portugal. The objective was to determine if the application is easy to use and navigate for the average user and to generate valuable suggestions for making the app more user-friendly and tasks such as using public transport services and understanding fares quicker and less complicated. Along with problems detected, a list of recommendations by order of importance for improving usability aspects of the mobile application was provided. This study aims to inform developers about usability practices for making mobile ticketing solutions easier to use and stimulate its wider adoption. © 2019, Springer Nature Switzerland AG.

Supervised
thesis

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

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