Guiding Passengers in Railway Stations by Ubiquitous Computing Technologies

N. Fukasawa, H. Matsubara, S. Myojo, and R. Tsuchiya (Japan)


passenger services, barrier-free, universal design, and RFID


This paper describes the application of ubiquitous / pervasive computing technologies for the realization of various passenger support systems for use by people including visually-impaired and wheelchair users. We have achieved this goal by building what we call “common information infrastructure” on which you can build various guidance systems in a more cost-effective way. Common information infrastructure consists of a common access interface to user position data based on radio frequency identification (RFID) technologies and a standardized method to describe GIS and guidance data which can be used for a variety of guidance systems. We have also developed prototype guidance systems based on this common information infrastructure.

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