[PLUG-TALK] Trimet and open source

Dwight Hubbard dwight.hubbard at gmail.com
Sat Mar 26 00:10:28 PDT 2011

Most of those cheap android devices have wifi and the bus stops in Portland
are so close together.   Maybe a mesh would be possible...

On Fri, Mar 25, 2011 at 5:37 PM, Aaron Burt <aaron at bavariati.org> wrote:

> On Fri, Mar 25, 2011 at 04:27:03PM -0700, John Jason Jordan wrote:
> > But getting back to the technology, an even better solution would be a
> > small solar powered display on each stop, grabbing the arrivals via the
> > GPS units in the buses / trains / trolleys. You'd need to make them
> > unattractive to thieves. I wonder how cheaply they could be made,
> > considering that you'd want to place an order for many thousands at a
> > time. It sounds like a small Portland cottage industry could do it.
> Repurposed/reused Android smartphones with ~$50 in solar panel and mounting
> would do it.  Pulling the phones from their cases and putting them in NEMA
> enclosures might take care of the theft problem, and a flexible mounting
> and replaceable Lexan window would help with vandalism.
> I suspect that, even though Android phones would have more features than
> needed, custom-built devices would not cost any less.
> My only worry is that Tri-Met would wind up paying through the nose for
> data service (like the City of Portland did with the smart-meters).
> (Yes, there are companies that provide cheap cellular data service for
> industrial purposes.  No, I don't know how to make a deal with them.
> Apparently, neither does the City.)
> Heck, could probably pull it off for about as much as a "talking bus"...
> http://blog.oregonlive.com/commuting/2011/03/jeri_ellsworth_vs_trimets_talk.html
> Jeri Ellsworth is my ShoDurPerSav,
>   Aaron
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