What is WaitLess?
The WaitLess system we developed tracks all the buses on the Georgia Institute of Technology Campus.
It is a standalone system that is solar powered and wireless internet driven; this allows the system to be placed at any bus stop easily with no external power or internet connection requirements.
The WaitLess system consists of a case/sign which has a custom display which lights LEDs positioned on a map of the bus routes to indicate the location of all the buses on campus.
This way an informed decision can be made, to go ahead and walk or wait for the bus.
We are competing in The Inveture Prize @ Georgia Tech!!
The InVenture Prize @ Georgia Tech is an innovation competition for undergraduate students at Georgia Tech.
Students can work independently or in teams to develop and present inventions which will be judged by experts.
The competitors will introduce their inventions in one or more preliminary rounds from which approximately 10
finalists will be selected to advance to a Final Round. In this round, two winning inventions, either individuals
or teams, will be selected and will receive:
* A cash prize of $15,000 for first place or $10,000 for second place
* A free US patent filing by Georgia Tech’s Office of Technology Licensing (each valued at approximately $20,000)
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Why is our product needed?
- A student at the Georgia Institute of Technology often faces the dilemma of whether it will be quicker to wait for the next bus or to walk to his/her destination.
- Currently, one way a potential passenger knows where the buses are is by using NextBus' website which requires a computer to access.
- NextBus Tracking Website
- A potential passenger would have to have a cellphone with an internet connection to access this website while waiting at a bus stop.
- The only other option is to view a NextBus scrolling sign display which is only avialable at three bus stops on campus, presumably because these are the only bus stops with electricity available.
- Both of these ways show only a text based prediction, it only lists predicted arrival times in minutes.
- These predictions can be very inaccurate and can lead to more frustration. 96% of GA Tech students said they were dissatisfied with the current notification systems and bus service in general.