EmergenSee partnership featured on Bay News 9

USF’s recent partnership with EmergenSee, which licensed mobile alert technology developed by researchers at the Center for Urban Transportation Research and the Department of Computer Science & Engineering, was featured on Bay News 9.  Click here to see the video.

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Emergency alert technology licensed to EmergenSee

Picture of EmergenSee mobile app

EmergenSee mobile app

USF recently licensed U.S. Patent # 8,045,954 – Wireless Emergency-Reporting System to EmergenSee, a leading provider of mobile apps for personal safety and security. EmergenSee is the only live-streaming video security system on the market.  Read more in the Tampa Bay Business Journal.

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Patent awarded for Adaptive Location Data Buffering

U.S. Patent # 8,718,671 – Adaptive Location Data Buffering for Location-Aware Applications was issued today to researchers at the Center for Urban Transportation Research and the Department of Computer Science & Engineering at USF.  This patent covers technology used in mobile tracking apps which supports the use of an unreliable protocol (e.g., UDP) to transmit location data from a mobile device to a server in real-time, while occasionally checking if a connection with the server exists using a reliable protocol (e.g., TCP).  If a reliable connection fails, location data is buffered on the device until the next successful reliable connection.  This allows energy and data-efficient communication of real-time tracking information, while still providing some measure of reliability.  More at http://www.locationaware.usf.edu/ongoing-research/technology/adaptive-location-data-buffering/ and http://www.locationaware.usf.edu/ongoing-research/technology/laisyc/.

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JSON vs. XML Benchmarking Presentation at TRB 2014

Ever wonder whether you should be using JSON or XML when talking to a server from your mobile app?  This paper, presented at the 2104 Transportation Research Board meeting, answers this question by benchmarking against MTA NYC’s SIRI API (hint – its not XML!).  Read the full paper for details on the benchmark results, as well as other optimizations you can use to make your app snappy and responsive, and reduce the user’s waiting time for new real-time info.  Also view the accompanying poster.

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OneBusAway Multi-region presented at TRB 2014

Our work on OneBusAway Multi-region, which launched real-time transit apps in Tampa and Atlanta, was presented at the 2014 Transportation Research Board meeting.  Next steps - OneBusAway in your city!  Read the full paper here.  You can also view the accompanying poster.

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Travel Assistance Device (TAD) Featured in U.S. Department of Transportation Press Release

In a December 20, 2012 USDOT press release, the Travel Assistance Device (TAD) was highlighted as an example of a high-value product created with University Transportation Center (UTC) funding.

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Travel Assistance Device (TAD) Featured in Ignition Magazine

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Patent Awarded for Critical Point Algorithm

Today, researchers at the Center for Urban Transportation Research and the Computer Science and Engineering Department at the University of South Florida were awarded U.S. Patent # 8249807 – Method for Determining Critical Points in Location Data Generated by Location-Based Applications.

A critical point method is used to determine the points of a real-time stream of location data, such as Global Positioning System (GPS) data, that should be retained based on their importance in reconstructing the travel path of a mobile device. The method may run on a mobile device or on a server. When run on a mobile device, the method reduces the amount of data transferred between mediums by only transferring points that are critical to reconstructing the path of travel of the mobile device. This reduction saves power used in the wireless transmission and reception of the non-critical data and the bandwidth used while transmitting non-critical data. The method may be run every time a new position is calculated. When a new position is determined to be a critical point, the point is transmitted. If the new position is not a critical point, then the point is discarded.  More at http://www.freepatentsonline.com/8249807.pdf

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Location Aware Information Systems Laboratory Featured in USF News

The University of South Florida recently published an article Building a Better Evacuation, highlighting the granting of six new U.S. patents on wireless technology and another 11pending U.S. and international patents on various technologies, including some that will allow cell phones to become advanced, individualized emergency management tools.

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Travel Assistant Device Patent

Researchers from USF’s Center for Urban Transportation Research and the Computer Science and Engineering Department were recently awarded a patent for Travel Assistant Device (TAD) to aid transit riders with intellectual disabilities.

For more information on the Travel Assistant Device (TAD), visit the project page.

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