Key conditions for the implementation of the activity iare the provision of an up-to-date and high quality data basis, the integration of real time data, the contribution of the users to data collection and data maintenance, and a permanent updating of the data basis.
BAIM plus is based on the preceding project BAIM, which supported the active and independent participation of people with reduced mobility in public transport.
In BAIM, an information system has been developed that provides its users with detailed information on the accessibility of public transport facilities including vehicles, buildings, technical facilities, information devices and special assistive features for people with disabilities.
The effective provision of information services strongly depends on the requirements of public transport providers as well as user needs. Therefore, user demand and operator demand were analysed in order to gain a good understanding of the needs and requirements. The developed information systems have been evaluated within a field test. The results are being considered in BAIM
BAIM plus ist a research & development project co-funded by the German Ministry of Economics and Technology.
The project consortium consists of two public transport associations: Rhein-Main-Verkehrsverbund GmbH (coordinator) and Verkehrsverbund Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH; their
traffic and information technology provider: IVU Traffic Technologies AG; the information system provider HaCon Ingenieurgesellschaft mbH; the service provider of voice-operated dialog systems SemanticEdge GmbH; the rehabilitation centre Evangelische Stiftung Volmarstein with its “Research Institute Technology and Disability”.
The users of public transport systems, public transport providers, information system providers and software companies are considered as relevant stakeholders.
Users shall be informed continuously and without gap throughout the whole traveling chain via barrier-free and user friendly information services. The services also include real-time information, tour escort services, barrier-free routing in the surroundings of stations and stops, a brand new reachability search function and a voice-operated dialog system. The emphasis is placed on the trial of different methods of data collection by the integration of users.
An important challenge is the handling of realtime data. The development and continuous administration of real-time data is a crucial factor since there is only little information concerning user requirements on services with real-time data so far.