Professor Releases an App to Track Commuter Data
A Concordia professor is working to see how smartphones can help improve urban planning and public transportation. Zachary Patterson, who teaches in the Geography, Planning and Environment department and does research under the Hexagram-Concordia umbrella group, is launching his app DataMobile on Sept. 16 for a three-week research period to learn about the commuting habits of the Concordia community.
The app will be available for free download on the Google Play Store and Apple App Store, and those who participate will be entered in a draw to win an iPad.
Since the app captures users’ actual movement through their phone’s GPS, Patterson says it can potentially give more accurate and reliable transit data, as the phones are able to record velocity and altitude as well.
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