#1 Coronavirus Community Prevention Software System

Controls COVID19 spreading while allowing normal economic activities

Why COVID-19 is spreading fast?

The biggest reason why Coronavirus is so easy to spread in the community is that infected persons have an incubation period of about 14 days, and there are no obvious surface symptoms.

Many people do not know if they have been in contact with incubators. If the use of blocking strategies such as closing schools, closing in-door gym., closing movie theater, & closing the border, it can only be solved the problem in the shorter term.

In the longer-term, it not only affects the normal life of citizens but also causes huge economic losses.

The Mathematical Model of Coronavirus Spreading

No Blocking Curve in RED; Blocking Curve in Yellow

Mathematically, assuming the infection rate is 2% and the average size of people gather in the public areas is 600 people.

If the community do nothing to identify the incubators and alert them not to enter public areas, in 84 days, the total infected people can grow to 3 million; on their other hand, if we block 80% of incubators, the infected number can be reduced drastically to less than a thousand.

Our System based on the Mathematical Model

The most effective way to implement the mathematical model is to use the smartphone registration app and also to install dedicated terminals in public places such as a library, cinema, school, and gym to record where and when the citizens have visited.

When a person is reported as virus-infected by medical authorities, the system immediately puts all persons who appear in the same place at the same time as the confirmed patient into an Alert list and transmits it to all terminals.

The Alert list is valid from one day to fourteen days, depending on the date of contact.

This system gives a friendly alert to potential incubators when they are entering public areas.

Privacy and Security: There is no personal information including phone number, name, ID, address are recorded on the system server. The user’s phone number is converted to an irreversible unique ID. The system will not be able to track and to trace the user.

Our System

To learn more, please visit https://covid2019system.com/?page_id=25

Limited time offer for first-round trials:

System Sofware provided at no cost to any government to combat Coronavirus.

We also want to recruit local service partners to provide technical support and operation service to the local government.

QR2/BLE Competitive Analysis

Apple Pay

  • Pros: all iPhones support NFC, fast transaction
  • Cons: NFC is not opened for the third-party developers

Google Pay (NFC)

  • Pros: NFC based, fast transaction
  • Cons: only high-end phones support NFC, less than 10% of Android phones

Google Pay (Ultra-sound)

  • Pros: support all Android phones
  • Cons: not for close proximity, not suitable to be used in automated fare collection

QR code-based Pay

  • Pros: support all smartphones
  • Cons: requires on-line transaction and transaction time is much more than 4 seconds.

iBonus Pay Technology (QR2/ BLE)

  • Pros: support 99% smartphones IOS and Android OS
  • Pros: work in off-line and the transaction time is less than 1 second.
  • Cons: new to the market

Smart fare machines finally installed on select Edmonton buses, but Calgary’s mobile system is on the fly.

Smart fare machines finally installed on select Edmonton buses

CBC.ca June. 2019

Regional transit prepares to pilot fare card system five years after funding approved

A fully electronic ticketing system should be operational by the end of 2020

In 2017, Edmonton opted to sign a contract with Vix Technology to install the account-based electronic ticketing.

“It’s a very large and complex change, for our customers for our internal processes,”

ETS plans to test the new fare card system as a pilot for post-secondary and high school students in September 2020, before it becomes fully operational.

It costs Edmonton Taxpayers at least $27 million for the smart card system

CBC.ca Feb. 2014

Edmonton is going ahead with smart transit cards despite concerns they may not reduce the number of people who scam the system by using the LRT without payment.

The city has set aside $7 million to help pay for the scanners needed. The city will apply for grant money from the province to help pay the remaining $20 million.

Calgary Transit looking for a mobile ticketing system

Globalnews.ca Sept. 2018

The city spent five years working with automation solution firm Schneider Electric testing the CONNECT system, but technical issues caused the city to finally cancel the contract.

“[Calgary Transit] is seeking a Mobile Ticketing Solution (MTS) that will allow customers the option of self-service for the provisioning of transit fare products through a mobile application,” a statement on the website read.

Urban Mobility is a Mission of Canadian Urban Transit

CUTA Sept 2017

The Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA) defines Integrated Urban Mobility as The ability for people to move easily from place to place according to their own needs.

By itself, this definition is quite general and open to discussion and interpretation. That is why CUTA supports the definition with the following statement: For CUTA, Integrated Urban Mobility is a people-focused goal that:

  • Starts with public transport service-connected to all modes of transport including walking, cycling, auto, and alternatives to transportation;
  • Enables door-to-door and seamless mobility throughout an urban area;
  • Designed for all segments of the population.

Conclusion

Mobile Payment is the foundation for Urban Mobility. It seems that in the race of the two sister cities of Alberta, Calgary is running fast and in the right direction.

The author has over 19 years of experience in the automated fare collection industry. The latest development of mobile wallets is worth looking into. To learn more, please visit mobileafc.net

Calgary Transit is moving to mobile ticketing, a new technology challenge!

Calgary Transit looking for a mobile ticketing system

Globalnews.ca Sept. 2018

The city spent five years working with automation solution firm Schneider Electric testing the CONNECT system, but technical issues caused the city to finally cancel the contract.

The revival of a potential mobile ticketing app comes two years after the city canceled CONNECT, a card-based system that would have allowed Calgarian’s to do away with exact change or cash for bus fares.

“[Calgary Transit] is seeking a Mobile Ticketing Solution (MTS) that will allow customers the option of self-service for the provisioning of transit fare products through a mobile application,” a statement on the website read.

MyFare Mobile Ticketing System

Calgary Transit

From June to September 2019, we tested My Fare, a mobile payment system that will provide additional options for buying and displaying transit fares. The test went well, and now we’re entering the next phase of developing the system. Stay tuned for updates.

Reasons Why Public Transport is Not Moving to Mobile Ticketing?

Mobile phones are so popular nowadays, so why don’t transit agencies around the world decide to move to mobile ticketing?

The reason is stemmed from the availability of a technology that can support most of the smartphone and have a fast transaction speed like the legacy smart card. Here the two popular technologies and their problem:

1) NFC based (Near Field Communication)

NFC is the technology used in the legacy smart card for automatic fare collection (AFC). By incorporating an NFC chip inside a smartphone can enable the smartphone to be used as a legacy smart card.

With the launch of Apple Pay, NFC based payment in 2014, people believe that NFC will be the ultimate solution for AFC.

However, on the Android side of the smartphone, NFC is getting unpopular especially for the high volume low-end smartphone under US$ 200. This is a major setback for NFC is a solution for fare collection.

2) QR Code-based

With the popularity of 2 payment giants in China, Wechat Pay, and Alipay, the QR code-based payment method suddenly gain popularity in China as well as in Asia.

QR code payment method is available for all smartphones (IOS and Android OS). Unlike NFC based payment, QR code-based is an online payment system that requires server verification for the transaction. The transaction time will take more than 3 seconds. This speed is not acceptable for public transportation, especially for busy cities.

In China, there is a work-a-round using off-line based QR code payment by trusting that the user will have sufficient funding. This is workable in China because all smartphone users have to register their name and personal information and get verified. However, it won’t work in most of the countries in the West due to the privacy act.

Conclusion

Calgary Transit is moving in the right direction for a mobile transit payment.

“Convenience, security, and reliability are the priorities of the system”, Calgary Transit.

But hope that the system is designed to handle high transaction traffic during the rush hours when Calgarians go to work.

The mobile ticketing failure for Oilers at the Rogers Place is a good lesson to learn.

The author has over 19 years of experience in the automated fare collection industry. The latest development of mobile wallets is worth looking into. To learn more, please visit mobileafc.net

No plans for the Compass smartphone App. Urban Mobility is a faraway goal. Vancouver, B.C.

No plans for Compass smartphone app anytime soon

Dailyhive Dec. 2019

For years, a common request from regular public transit riders has been the creation of a Compass smartphone app that provides a new way to pay for transit and access route information. This also happened to be a frequently submitted idea in TransLink’s recent public consultation for Transport 2050.

“We’re not going to have a Compass app anytime soon,” TransLink.

“Our view is that right now, the better approach is to tap on your smartphone if you have NFC or a chip with your contactless credit card. A smartphone app will require a new generation of our Compass system that you can use an app on your phone.”

Besides the Compass Card and wearable products, the fare gates and card readers accept all three major credit cards, as well as Apple Pay, Google Pay, and Samsung Pay.

TransLink launched it’s New Mobility Lab (NML) program today

Dailyhive Aug 2018

TransLink launched it’s New Mobility Lab (NML) program today, which seeks researchers within the BC academic world to explore mobility themes spanning a range of disciplines that have relevance to Metro Vancouver.

What is Integrated Urban Mobility?

CUTA 2017

The Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA) defines Integrated Urban Mobility as The ability for people to move easily from place to place according to their own needs.

By itself, this definition is quite general and open to discussion and interpretation. That is why CUTA supports the definition with the following statement: For CUTA, Integrated Urban Mobility is a people-focused goal that:

  • Starts with public transport service-connected to all modes of transport including walking, cycling, auto, and alternatives to transportation;
  • Enables door-to-door and seamless mobility throughout an urban area;
  • Designed for all segments of the population.

Mobile Payment one of the key elements for Urban Mobility

Reasons Why Public Transport is Not Moving to Mobile Ticketing

Mobile phones are so popular nowadays, so why don’t transit agencies around the world decide to move to mobile ticketing?

The reason is stemmed from the availability of a technology that can support most of the smartphone and have a fast transaction speed like the legacy smart card. Here the two popular technologies and their problem:

1. NFC based (Near Field Communication)

NFC is the technology used in the legacy smart card for automatic fare collection (AFC). By incorporating an NFC chip inside a smartphone can enable the smartphone to be used as a legacy smart card.

With the launch of Apple Pay, NFC based payment in 2014, people believe that NFC will be the ultimate solution for AFC.

However, on the Android side of the smartphone, NFC is getting unpopular especially for the high volume low-end smartphone under US$ 200. This is a major setback for NFC is a solution for fare collection.

2. QR Code-based

With the popularity of 2 payment giants in China, Wechat Pay, and Alipay, the QR code-based payment method suddenly gain popularity in China as well as in Asia.

QR code payment method is available for all smartphones (IOS and Android OS). Unlike NFC based payment, QR code-based is an online payment system that requires server verification for the transaction. The transaction time will take more than 3 seconds. This speed is not acceptable for public transportation, especially for busy cities.

In China, there is a work-a-round using off-line based QR code payment by trusting that the user will have sufficient funding. This is workable in China because all smartphone users have to register their name and personal information and get verified. However, it won’t work in most of the countries in the West due to the privacy act.

Conclusion

The popular account-based ticketing isn’t a complete mobile payment technology, because most of them are using contactless credit cards.

Effort should be spent on technology innovation to make Compass card a true mobile payment system supporting all IOS and Android phones.

The author has over 19 years of experience in the automated fare collection industry. The latest development of mobile wallets is worth looking into. To learn more, please visit mobileafc.net

GetMeThere App won’t open! #Manchester #Metrolink

GetMeThere App won’t open!

Got 4.3 Stars Ratings on IOS App Store

However, it does not show the total number of reviews.

Got only 1.7 Stars Rating on Android

It has 2,000 plus reviews to show that the App has problems connecting to the server.

Similar Problems reported on various forums

Have never had any problems before but this weekend it started refusing to open, not sure if its a problem with my phone (although it’s pretty new so shouldn’t be) Luckily the inspectors let me show my proof of purchase email instead.

Reddit

Possible Caused of the Problem

Getmethere App requires a server connection to obtain a ticket. When the server is busy or the Internet bandwidth is on high demand during peak hours when passengers go to work in the morning, the user may experience different problems such as with content is not loading or unable to open up the App.

More Andriod users reporting more problems than iPhone users simply because more people use Android phones than expensive iPhones nowadays.

Possibly Resolution

Public transportation for big cities like Manchester with tens of thousands of people using them every day. Speed is the utmost important parameter. The tickets on the Getmethere App should be stored off-line instead of on-line after purchased. The usage of a ticket should be deducted off-line to avoid dependence on the Internet connection and the availability of the server.

Like the Getmethere smart card, the value deduction and the validation are done off-line and therefore, there are not many complaints heard.

Getmethere App should look for mobile technologies which are an off-line based like Google Pay, Apple Pay, or some new technologies. To learn more, please visit mobileafc.net