Community Texting

FROM: Chris Ewels

What NEED does this meet?
Many people are community minded but often just need reminders. This is a way to bring many of the other ideas under one roof, providing a generic way that charity and public service groups can let people know of relevant time based local information.

What is the APPROACH?
It's not very different but brings several things under one roof. The web interface would be simple (could even sign up via a mobile phone). Enter your postcode, optionally postcode of place of work, and your mobile number. You're then presented with a page of things you could opt into, which can be expanded in future. This could include: receiving texts from local council the night before recycling collected from your house, receiving a text from the blood donation service the day before they are collecting near to your home / work, possibly receiving text about local produce markets / door to door delivery when it's running, etc. Could optionally add the choice to receive the information via text message, email, both. Could reduce paperwork and thus costs for blood donation service as they wouldn't have to send out letters to those who'd signed into this.

What are the BENEFITS to people?
Immediate relevant and timely information that's important for people at an extremely local level would be delivered directly to them. A system would be established which it would be easy for other organisations to 'opt into', so if other charitable/public spirited projects along these lines wanted to establish geographic based texting, the system would be already in place and it'd just be another click box. Users would remain in control since they'd only be texted about things they opted into.

What is the COMPETITION?
There's a few I suspect, the advantage of this is time saving in bringing it under one roof.

What BUDGET & LOGISTICS are required?
Should be pretty cheap, and I'm sure you could get some investment from the various public bodies that would benefit from this. Would need to interface with postcode recognition.

November 2, 2003 in Helping Your Community, Perhaps Government Remit?, SMS | Permalink | Comments (3)

e-neighbourhood watch scheme

FROM: Paul Batley

What NEED does this meet?
Have a site where people can register say a mobile and the address and then anyone in the neighbourhood can login and warn their neighbour & the Police of any impending woodby criminal on the prowl..

What is the APPROACH?
Keep the login to a local level.. Say a village.. You could then set up an SMS service from the community website so people can contact neighbours etc in emergencies.. You could even have community messageboard & SMS Broadcasts about the community.

What are the BENEFITS to people?
Brings everyone online in your village or neighbourhood closer by making them more contactable...

What is the COMPETITION?
None that I'm aware of..

What BUDGET & LOGISTICS are required?
Well.. I'm a programmer and I don't think the SMS services and server would be of a great expense.. Even get the likes of Blue Chip companies involved setting up equipment etc...

October 31, 2003 in Crime, SMS, User Created Content | Permalink | Comments (4)

mobile phone location car sharing

FROM: David Vanes

What NEED does this meet?
This would make car sharing much more dynamic and feasable. This would have environmental benifits It could be used commercially by a combination of bus / taxi /train companies to link transport.

What is the APPROACH?
most car sharing is "static" you find a friend on a web site and you are stuck to the times. Routes may not be available. Here we use mobile phone location to identify the users position and text messages of the destination (post code?) to identify the needed tranportation. Users are registered to a web site so the system is secure. Users requesting lifts can be matched dynamically to the movement of users offering transport. So the lift share you get in the morning can be separate to the lift share in the evening - and lift shares from day to day can be at various times and with different people. This can be used comercially to share taxis and utilize busses. Easiest to explain with the dispersal of a plane load of people from an airport. Users are all in one place and can be contacted by txt msg. The are directed to busses which disperse along major routes. Taxis can "rendevous" with the busses to take smaller groups off at strategic road junctions. Everyone gets door to door service. Costs are shared, less road use, user costs are cheaper, very dynamic,fast and efficient. Use blue tooth technology to pay and make the system cashless. It's a bit like using that lift thumbing device used in the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.

What are the BENEFITS to people?
Less cars on the road Less pollution Ability of non drivers OAPs to get to places not served by public transport. Public transport becomes cheaper and more efficient as it uses more direct routes. You can use special TRUSTED systems to make shared school runs and solve a major traffic problem (30% of traffic in the morning).

What is the COMPETITION?
There are many patents out there with user location, guiding to public transport, avoiding traffic congestion etc. Nobody yet has applied mobile phone location (only just becoming available in europe) to makeing shared transport possible.

What BUDGET & LOGISTICS are required?
Mobile phone companies are beginning to offer an application programming interface for mobile location.
There are the beginings of pay by mobile phone for commercial users. I am not an application programmer so I have no idea how it would be built. I do know bus companies are building Buss tracking systems Road transport (especially security vans) have tracking and delivery systems. Geo plan data is available with many web sites offing route planning
I think it may be a case of putting it together rather than inventing the wheel.

October 31, 2003 in Connecting People, Environmental, Matching System, Reputation Systems, SMS, Transport | Permalink | Comments (8)