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Traffic Event Warning and Recording System


Context 

 

Our team has developed the application with the declared goal of creating a nationwide community of drivers who want to contribute to the announcement of traffic events.

 

We designed and implemented a mobile solution that targets not only the high end of the market but also drivers who cannot afford to keep their smartphones online while on the road.

 

Brief Description

 

SpeedTraps is a two-way smartphone application for traffic participants equipped with Nokia, iPhone or Android smartphones. The solution can act both as a warning and as an event recording system. In the first mode, SpeedTraps warns drivers of impeding traffic events (e.g. fixed or mobile speedcams, traffic jams, police patrols, collisions, closed roads, etc.). Through SpeedTraps, traffic participants get access to all the fixed speed cameras provided by poiplaza.com, as well as to events reported by other users. A user reported event is only stored in the SpeedTraps database for 2 hours, unless confirmed by other users.

 

The solution has 2 versions, one free, the other sold for a symbolic amount.

 

The LITE (free) version works offline and only issues warnings when the user gets in the detection range of the fixed cameras made available by poiplaza.com. The accuracy of the warnings depends on this data.

 

The LIVE (paid for) version requires the user to keep the smartphone online in order to get warnings for all the events reported by the SpeedTraps community, in addition to the onesissued in the LITE version.

 

The Poiplaza database includes speedcam locations from over 50 countries.

 

SpeedTraps is expected to tap into the Blackberry, RIM, and Windows Phone 7 markets in the near future.

 

Features

 

Using SpeedTraps, drivers can share important traffic information in real time. Traffic events can be made available to the entire SpeedTraps ommunity, which can then confirm or deny such alerts. The alerts can also be shared through Twitter and Facebook.

  • Proximity warning;
  • Configurable search and proximity warning settings;
  • SpeedTraps and Twitter/facebook accounts settings;
  • Event reporting;
  • Control over the traffic events displayed;
  • Management of the reported traffic events;
  • Automatic updating of traffic POI list,

Benefits

 

Similar in features to other traffic event warning systems, SpeedTraps outdoes its competitors with its large, highly intuitive icons, and logical and easy to use menus.The solution is also flawlessly programmed and easily scalable, meaning it can be adjusted to meet evolving market demands.

 

At the time, the LITE version issues warnings only when the driver approaches the detection range of a fixed speed camera included in the data from poiplaza.com, but further developments are likely to add new offline functionality.

 

The LIVE version for Nokia S60 only shows events on screen, unlike similar solutions, which also display the map, thus increasing the traffic and making it expensive to use for the consumer.

 

SpeedTraps was launched globally in May 2010 and in Romania in August. So far, the application has been downloaded by aproximately 50.000 international users and aproximately 7000 Romanian users.

 

Nokia acknowledged its great potential by granting it the first prize in the Calling All Innovators Romania 2010 competition.

 

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