Empowering the Elderly

Implementation of Navigation Assistance Application for Public Transportation

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Abstract

When a human ages, the functional abilities could weaken, which can lead to isolation from the society. Applying technological aid for improving the quality of life of the elderly helps them to stay independent and active in their community across their life. This article introduces a system, which is empowering the elderly by aiding them in using public transportation in both rural and urban environments, and helps them in this way to maintain the mobility and activity. The ASSISTANT system provides a simple, yet effective, route info for user and shows only relevant information, at the right time and in the appropriate format. The system is communicating with the user via audio and visual guidance. In addition, it has an error detection functionality, which helps user in case of common navigation errors. End user evaluation performed in Helsinki (Finland), Vienna (Austria) and Donostia-San Sebastian area (Spain) confirms that the service works as intended and helps older people to use public transport by guiding them all the way from the start to the end of their journeys. The system was found to be particularly helpful on unfamiliar routes.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies for Ageing Well and e-Health, ICT4AWE 2016
Pages35-44
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventInternational Conference on Information and Communication Technologies for Ageing Well and e-Health, ICT4AWE 2016 - Rome, Italy
Duration: 21 Apr 201622 Apr 2016

Conference

ConferenceInternational Conference on Information and Communication Technologies for Ageing Well and e-Health, ICT4AWE 2016
Abbreviated titleICT4AWE 2016
CountryItaly
CityRome
Period21/04/1622/04/16

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Keywords

  • public transportation
  • navigation
  • mobile services
  • elderly
  • error detection

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Heinonen, S., & Siira, E. (2016). Empowering the Elderly: Implementation of Navigation Assistance Application for Public Transportation. In Proceedings of the International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies for Ageing Well and e-Health, ICT4AWE 2016 (pp. 35-44) https://doi.org/10.5220/0005739500350044
Heinonen, Samuli ; Siira, Erkki. / Empowering the Elderly : Implementation of Navigation Assistance Application for Public Transportation. Proceedings of the International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies for Ageing Well and e-Health, ICT4AWE 2016. 2016. pp. 35-44
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Empowering the Elderly : Implementation of Navigation Assistance Application for Public Transportation. / Heinonen, Samuli; Siira, Erkki.

Proceedings of the International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies for Ageing Well and e-Health, ICT4AWE 2016. 2016. p. 35-44.

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Heinonen S, Siira E. Empowering the Elderly: Implementation of Navigation Assistance Application for Public Transportation. In Proceedings of the International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies for Ageing Well and e-Health, ICT4AWE 2016. 2016. p. 35-44 https://doi.org/10.5220/0005739500350044