Electronic Field Data Collection for Public Transit

by Lew Flagg, ATE Management & Service Co, Cincinnati, OH, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Microcomputer Applications Within the Urban Transportation Environment


From daily routine tasks like accounting and maintenance management, to complex forecasting models, microcomputers have joined mainframes and minis as powerful analytical tools. Unfortunately, in transit management, data shares with our product a very short shelf life; if it can't be delivered promptly, it may as well not be delivered at all. Electronic remote data collection makes data entry coincident with data collection. Once the data has been keyed in at the point of collection, it may be edited, but it need not ever be keypunched again. This produces a sizable savings in cost and elapsed time.

Subject Headings: Public transportation | Data collection | Field tests | Computer analysis | Information management | Maintenance | Forecasting | Decision support systems

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