I’m an avid public transportation user: train, bus, tube, … The only thing I hate is waiting too long for a train to come, or missing a train because you were seconds late.
This could be solved by a simple location based service. (I’m not completely sure, but I think both Mobistar and Proximus are already providing these kind of services, correct?) When you come close to a train station, say like in a range of 200m / 600m (you should be able to adjust this yourself). The service detects you are nearing a train station and simply sends you a message with the schedule for trains going to your home station. So a 100% push medium, which is triggered by your location. I wouldn’t mind paying like 50 cents per message, because it adds value. It let’s me know if I need to start running or can go grab a bite before catching my train.
But since the nmbs (belgium railway company) doesn’t even provide a mobile site. I’m guessing it’s going to take a while before seeing this kind of services …
I talked about this before, but if the NMBS would open up it’s train schedule database, a whole new range of services can exist:
- more services for the people who travel with the train, you make their lifes easier
- an extra business model if you charge for commercial use of the web service
- build an ecosystem around the brand NMBS
Really, somebody should wake them up … we live in the year 2008, not 1998. Damnit !!