OnTrack won the Telstra 2014 Machine-2-Machine (M2M) University Challenge 2014.
Team Monash was a team composed of 11 students from the Faculty of Art Design and Architecture, Faculty of Engineering and Faculty of IT. We were chosen by our respective lecturers to represent Monash University. I was part of the Industrial Design team that participated in this tremendous project.
The challenge gave us 10 weeks to develop a solution to a problem. Research showed that passengers who are more informed perceive shorter wait times, and are much happier with their public transport experience. Access to real-time and accurate data about their service was highly desirable. Our system would provide detailed information on passenger counts, the current location of the train, and live notifications on delays and interruptions, so passengers can make more informed decisions and feel in control of their journey.
The challenge included 21 teams from across 17 universities in Australia to develop their machine 2 machine solution.
The data generated from our system would not only give passengers an entirely new and exciting experience, but also aid transport providers by simplifying access to a significant amount of raw figures, helping tremendously with important timetabling decisions for PTV.
Improving the Public transport system in this way can help more people move from private vehicle use to using the system. Thus easing the pressure off the road networks and reducing overall CO2 emissions which are a pressing environmental issue that needs to be tackled now, not 5-10 years in the future.