Transport & Real Time Passenger Information API DubMeet

To kickstart our DubMeets series we held an event to enable Dublinked users and interested parties  of the Real Time Passenger Information (RTPI) API to meet.

The Real Time Passenger Information API is available via the Dublinked Datastore and is one of the top downloaded datasets by users.  This meetup provided those interested in the RTPI API to come together, network, share ideas and experiences and showcase their application of the data.

Explore Data

Mary Larkin, Operations Officer with Dublinked, welcomed participants to the meetup and invited those attending to explore the Dublinked Datastore and engage with the Dublinked Innovation Network in attending future event, requesting data or providing new datasets.

Peter Cranny, Senior Transportation Planner with the National Transport Authority, presented an update on NTA activities and their involvement with Dublinked in providing RTPI access. Peter also spoke of new applications coming on stream and sample SIRI ET Real Time File available via NTA data page.

IADT

First to showcase their application of was a winning team of Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology. In the week previous to the Dublinked Transport & RTPI meetup, Jonathan Byrne, Rob McMackin, William McMorrow and Thorsten Schaeff took part in the SAP InnoJam Competititon at Dublin AppHaus.

IADT Winners SAP InnoJam 2014

As part of this competition they spent 15 hours brainstorming, design and coding the created ‘GoSimply’. Utilizing the computing power of SAP’s in-memory database “HANA”, the four students managed to calculate the average travel time on any bus route in Dublin using fifteen months of Dublin Bus traffic data provided by Dublinked.

Competition

Competing against seven teams from universities from all over Ireland in a fifteen hour innovation and programming competition the third level student team from IADT convinced the jury, consisting of high level members of the Irish IT industry like Mark Brennan, Vice President of Development Ireland at SAP, Dominic Byrne from Code for All Ireland and Tim Willougby from the Local Government Management Agency, to win with a simple but powerful application that visualizes the variability of travel durations on public transportations during the course of the day.

 In showcasing their application to attendees at DubMeet, received great support and feedback from data users and providers. Following their presentation, Dr Kaufmann Senior Development Director at SAP presented the winners with their prizes – congratulations to winners!

Shane Quigley, SailBus Application

Sail Bus Dublin

Next to speak at dubmeet was Shane Quigley, a software developer who is developing the “SailBusDublin” app.  “SailBus Dublin” is an application for Sailfish OS the operating system for the newly released Jolla phone. It allows users to access the RTPI information provided about Dublin buses in order to help them plan their journeys.

 To showcase his application Shane created a hack to provide brief demo to attendees, enabling participants to interact and experience ‘SailBusDublin’.

Through Shane’s daily commute to work and enthusiasm for Jolla, he created the application to provide information about Dublin buses in order to help app users plan their journeys.

Neil Turner

Following ‘SailBusDublin’, Peter Cranny invited Neil Turner creator of Bus Nearby and Fuel Nearby.  Neil spoke of his experience in developing application for Windows Phone, Windows 8 and Xbox and things to consider when developing an application. Through his presentation Neil shared opinion on changes with regard to API release, developer engagement and interaction with data and how it has vastly improved – with lots more to do.

Neil Turner showcasing NearbyBus Application

 In the question and answer section users and developers highlighted the concern of application being withdrawn due to data constraints or developing under the radar due to developers identifying issues within the data.
Data owners also outlined issues such as system legacy and customer service. One of the requests at meeting was to identify applications using public transport data, as data owners would like to include them in notices advising of service disruption enabling applications to advise their users.

Dublinked team invited those attending to provide feedback, showcase application and share issues via Dublinked Innovation Network.

 If you would like to showcase you data application/ innovation or to attend future Dublinked Innovation Network DubMeet send us an email: info@dublinked.ie

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