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System and Method for Flow-aware Passenger Boarding in Rail Transit

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000211246D
Publication Date: 2011-Sep-29

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Abstract

Nowadays, existing rail transit is constantly maintained and refurnished. New rail transit construction is also booming and becomes an important investing area. It is reported that more than 300km’s rail and 106 stations in urban Beijing today. This number will become 700km till 2017. However, the explosive increase of passengers keeps exceeding the transit system’s capacity, posing challenges to authorities and operators. From our everyday life, several observations are made regarding to the rail transit system and behavior of passengers. 1) Passengers are usually gathered around the coach’s doors and may block other passengers’ boarding, especially in rush hours. 2) Passengers are not distributed evenly among doors and coaches. 3) Picking the wrong queue at the platform may cause difficulties when boarding. 4) If sufficient information is provided, passengers will be able to choose the boarding door based on the upcoming train’s congestion level. Based on above observations, this invention proposes to provide information about each door / coach’s congestion level of the upcoming train, to allow the passengers on the platform making better choices on which coach / door to board. A platform guiding system based on the flow information in designed to guide the passengers join the better queue efficiently.