“We’ve been taking the subway in New York for over 100 years and somehow no one has figured out how to accurately predict when the next train is going to arrive, an average New York City commuter wastes over two days each year waiting for the subway."
New York, NY (PRWEB) June 06, 2011
Today, Densebrain, Inc., a leading New York-based digital ideas agency, in an exclusive partnership with Mobile Transit Solutions (MTS), is introducing an update to its hugely successful NYCMate application that provides New Yorkers with real-time subway arrival information. The innovative feature, NextTrain, is available on both the Android and iPhone platforms.
NextTrain utilizes the power of crowd sourcing, meaning that it will leverage a critical mass of commuters to power the feature that provides accurate and reliable information for train locations. As user support increases, the algorithm will become more intelligent at answering the question on every New Yorker’s mind: “When will the next train arrive?”
NextTrain is a technically impressive feat. It doesn’t affect battery life and is completely passive, requiring no user interaction beyond initially enabling the feature within NYCMate, a transit app for on-the-go New Yorkers that has been downloaded more than 600,000 times in just over one year on the market.
“We’ve been taking the subway in New York for over 100 years and somehow no one has figured out how to accurately predict when the next train is going to arrive,” said Densebrain founder Jonathan Glanz. “An average New York City commuter wastes over two days each year waiting for the subway. NextTrain was built to solve this problem.”
The technology behind NextTrain works by picking up changes in Base Station Identification, which are the physical towers to which cell phones are connected. In every form of above ground travel, the phone connects to towers as it moves around the city. But the lack of reception in the subway, a positive for the first time, means that the phone is unable to connect to base stations along the route. Once active, NextTrain automatically notices the difference in these connections and then submits an anonymous report when the user exits the station. A central server aggregates these reports and removes any erroneous signals before updating the times within the app.
Concerns about privacy are unavoidable yet negligible with NextTrain, according to MTS founder, Alex Bell. “We, like most people, take privacy very seriously,” Bell said. “NextTrain doesn’t retrieve any unnecessary information from users’ phones, it doesn’t monitor users’ locations continuously, and we don’t transmit user information to any third parties. Everything is done anonymously.”
Pricing and Availability
NYCMate is available for free worldwide exclusively through the Android Market and the Apple App Store (in the Navigation category). The update featuring NextTrain is available today on the Android and iPhone platforms. Follow NYCMate on Twitter for more information and visit matemate.com to learn about improvements, and find out when real-time train tracking will be available for other MateMate applications.
Densebrain is a full-service digital ideas agency that thrives at the intersection of practicality and innovation, where original ideas become powerful tools for improving the way people live their lives and revolutionary solutions are conceived to circumvent everyday problems. Densebrain has an unswerving dedication to sophisticated design and bolstering offbeat creative concepts for clients such as Charmin, Olay, and Covergirl. From applications for the iPhone, Android, and BlackBerry, to solutions that fully integrate web and mobile platforms, Densebrain’s products change the way users interact with the digital world.
About Mobile Transit Solutions
Mobile Transit Solutions (MTS), developer of the NextTrain algorithm, is an NYC-based engineering firm focused on providing low cost transportation services to consumers and agencies. MTS was started by Columbia University electrical engineer Alex Bell and holds multiple pending patents in the field of real-time transportation services. For more information please visit mobiletransitsolutions.com.
For press inquiries or further information please contact Jonathan Glanz at press(at)densebrain(dot)com or 212.255.6566.