Framework for developing solutions for accessible mobility: Potential of IoT solutions in public transportation

Olli Pihlajamaa, Juho Kostiainen, Maija Federley, Olli Kuusisto, Matti Luhtala

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A significant portion of global population has disabilities limiting their independent mobility. Assistive technologies and accessible physical environment can reduce the challenges. Concepts such as Internet of Things (IoT) and smart environments, however, are still scarcely utilized in practice although they can provide a new level of assistance by interconnecting people and their personal devices with their environment. In this paper, we analyse opportunities and prerequisites of IoT solutions for improving accessibility in a public transport context. Furthermore, we define a framework for understanding and analysing how humans, their activities and supporting solutions are intertwined in and with their context. An essential value is a multidisciplinary approach that helps to find and design solutions with a comprehensive view: understanding different users’ needs, the related tasks as well as opportunities and preconditions for solutions scalable to different user groups and situations.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of TRA2020, the 8th Transport Research Arena
Subtitle of host publicationRethinking transport – towards clean and inclusive mobility
PublisherLiikenne- ja viestintävirasto Traficom
Number of pages1
ISBN (Electronic)978-952-311-484-5
Publication statusPublished - 27 Apr 2020
MoE publication typeNot Eligible
Event8th Transport Research Arena, TRA 2020 - Conference cancelled - Helsinki, Finland
Duration: 27 Apr 202030 Apr 2020

Publication series

SeriesTraficom Research Reports


Conference8th Transport Research Arena, TRA 2020 - Conference cancelled
Abbreviated titleTRA 2020
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