I work for a travel agency in Argentina (public transportation urban buses), and we're considering replacing our current GPS system with open source tools. We use the actual system to monitor our fleet from a control center. It uses dedicated hardware on each bus to aquire GPS position and relay it to our server. This whole system is going obsolete, and our vendor is charging us a lot of money to upgrade (vendor lockin), so now is the time to evaluate other options.
Our most basic requirements are:
- Aquire GPS information on each bus and send it to our control center
- Display fleet information in our control center, preferrably using cartography of our choice (Google maps, maps.me
, Garmin, etc)
- Show the bus drivers turn by turn directions along with deviation (in minutes) from scheduled route time
The initial setup we're considering is the following:
- To use a regular Android smartphone on each bus, probably running Osmand (I'm already in contact with the development team to request quotation for some new custom features)
- To use OneBusAway as a platform to monitor our fleet and to offer riders real time information
So my questions to this group are:
- Does this setup make any sense? I'm not an expert on this subject.
- Are there other Open Source solutions I'm missing that could improve this setup?
- Can you point me to some kind of documentation explaining in detail what features does OneBusAway to agencies staff in regards to operation control?
Thanks for any insight on this matter.