Singapore's public transport system requires passengers to tap their smart card tickets when boarding and when alighting both subways and buses. While this translates into different, distance based, fare prices for travelers, this also generates a wealth of information on actual passengers on vehicles at any given time.
This interactive application puts that knowledge literally at your fingertips. A multitouch interface enables users to actively explore Singapore's bus network and see where most passengers get on and off buses, how they connect between the island's stations and the way this changes throughout the day.
Developed by Till Nagel at MIT Senseable City Lab and SMART Singapore, with Oliver Senn (data preparation and analysis) and Kristian Kloeckl (concept and UI).
Nagel, T., Maitan, M., Duval, E., Vande Moere, A., Klerkx, J., Kloeckl, K., Ratti, C. Touching Transport – A Case Study on Visualizing Metropolitan Public Transit on Interactive Tabletops. AVI 2014, Como, Italy. In Proceedings of the International Working Conference on Advanced Visual Interfaces, pp. 281 – 288, ACM
This visualization is part of the LIVE Singapore! initiative and the project on 'Visual explorations of urban mobility': As digital technologies are increasingly deployed in transportation networks, data generated by their operations can offer new perspectives onto a city's overall dynamics. When Singaporeans travel, sensors and digital networks are at play to support their moves: Electronic road pricing gantries, car-counting loop detectors, or the use of smart cards for public transport generate data as part of their operations. In collaboration with Singapore's Land Transport Authority the Senseable City Lab has developed three interactive applications that provide access to the wealth of information concealed in data that is generated by Singapore's transportation networks.
Through them, experts and citizens alike can gain a better understanding on how Singaporeans move through urban space and explore dynamics correlated in general with issues of urban mobility. At the same time, the interactive combination and exploration of different data inspires new ideas for services to support future urban mobility solutions.