NS app shows how busy it is per wagon in train

Apr

10

2018

on the Arnhem-Den Bosch route
The Dutch Railways start on the route between Arnhem, Nijmegen and Den Bosch with the mapping of the crowds in train compartments in the travel planner app. This way passengers can see where there are enough seats in the train.

This is the first test on the Arnhem – Den Bosch route. The NS has opted for this route, because trains that run here are relatively often very full in a certain part, while other coupes are rather empty. A full carriage is marked in the app with an orange color, while the colors yellow and green indicate that a coupe is less crowded or rather quiet. The method of measuring the weight was devised by Sophie Verbene and Cyriana Roelofs, data scientists at the NS.

The NS maps the pressure in the trains by sensors in the trains and on the track . These sensors measure, among other things, the weight per carriage, on the basis of which it can be determined how busy or quiet it is in certain carriages. These sensors that measure the weight were originally intended for freight transporters to pay on the basis of their weight. The NS wants to counteract the uneven occupation of trains; according to the carrier, 30 percent of the trains are travelers who are standing, while there are seats elsewhere in the train.

The carrier wants to introduce the seat seeker on more routes, although it is not yet clear which routes are involved and when that will happen. As soon as the system is introduced nationally, use will also be made of the climate system in trains. This system measures the CO2 content in the compartments, on the basis of which the temperature is regulated. According to the NS, this can also be used to map the number of travelers present.

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