Real-Time Shuttle Tracking Begins This Week

Photo of a University shuttle at the River Campus

Each University shuttle now has a cell phone on board with GPS technology, allowing users to track a shuttle’s location either from their Smart phone or computer.

 

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Oct. 26, 2010 – Real-time shuttle tracking is now available for riders of Southeast Missouri State University’s shuttle system.

The new program allows shuttle riders to track the location of Southeast’s shuttles using GPS technology either from a cell phone or computer.

“This will give students a better idea of when a shuttle will be there (at a stop),” said Brian Holdman, technology specialist in the Office of Marketing and University Relations.

He says he hopes the new technology will give riders a tool to help them in knowing when a shuttle will arrive at a particular stop. He says the new system may reduce the wait time for shuttle users during inclement weather or cold temperatures. They may now be able to wait indoors until they know the arrival of a shuttle is imminent, he said.

Each University shuttle now has a cell phone on board with GPS technology, allowing users to track a shuttle’s location either from their Smart phone or computer.

To track a shuttle via a cell phone, riders should connect to the University’s mobile app at m.semo.edu and click on the “shuttle track” icon. There, a list of shuttles currently running will be displayed. The program shows the next scheduled stop for each shuttle, when it will be there and when it will arrive at subsequent stops.

From a computer, users should log on to shuttletrack.semo.edu. Shuttle riders

May then choose from a list of shuttle routes – orange, red, green, silver, gold, purple and river – and they will then see the location of the shuttle on that route. Shuttle users will then be able to locate the shuttle on that particular route.

Holdman says the program refreshes the location of each Southeast shuttle in service every 10 seconds, sending that information to a database and storing those locales, making it possible for users to track the precise locations of the shuttles.

“Having a visual perspective of where the busses actually are will benefit our regular shuttle riders,” said Mike Hopen, transit operations supervisor. “Having the ability to access that information on your Smart phone or computer will make the shuttle more appealing to riders who don’t normally ride the shuttles.”