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Intelligent mobility agents, advanced positioning and mapping technologies integration interoperable multimodal, location based services

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One of the Im@gine IT project aims was to make content available for urban, regional and interurban, mode-specific travel information (car, bus, tram, metro, ship, airplane), geo-referenced web services and touristic 'Points of interest' (POI), through a single system, in order to provide and implement a set of web services to MAS. The approach followed included a top down approach, in which the travel & transport domains are decomposed into more specific business domains such as traffic information, routing & mapping, public transport information and finally touristic information. These areas were looked into in more detail and service instances were identified. Their specific end user related functionalities and content were listed. Furthermore, the availability and organisation of both the basic content services and web services within the Im@gine IT project has been defined. The conclusion is that there is a great diversity and full completeness of the required content for satisfying test cases at Germany, Italy, Finland, Hungary and Greece, while other European countries can be also partly covered. The information aggregation for the content was performed at two levels. One at national level (called 'service provider' level), at which basic content services were gathered and then synthesised and provided to the next level as web services. More specifically: HMI design Specification and development of a multi-device HMI (PDA, mobile phone) for the application Im@gine IT. Smartphone nomad device core application Smartphone nomad Device application enables the target device accessing the Im@gine IT services. The application is in charge of handling the interaction between the end user (therefore the HMI) and the Multi agent system via the Personal assistant agent (PAA) and the Transport mode agent (TMA) that runs on the device. PDA nomad device core application PDA nomad device application enables the target device accessing the Im@gine IT services. The application is in charge of handling the interaction between the end user (therefore the HMI) and the Multi agent system via the Personal assistant agent (PAA) and the Transport mode agent (TMA) that will run on the device. Smartphone device booking application The booking application on the device is a software module, which allows end user management of hotel & travel booking requests. It is developed for Smart phone use. It is an add-on module able to communicate with both on-device Im@gine IT personal assistant agents as well as server side modules (through http wireless communication). While it could be viewed as a core Im@gine IT application it can also be viewed as a stand-alone module. Server side interface to booking systems Software module for interfacing external booking systems, as Fidelio hotel booking system. The work of this activity concerns the development of interfaces and a data handling management module. It includes: a) a web service to the ticketing application (as a web service), as well as b) a web service for the Im@gine IT platform; being able to communicate with agents. Data management module software platform The DMM serves all other part's of Im@gine IT platform and offers a single gateway to data which is obtained from different sources. B2C server The B2C server module is acting as a B2C operator for the Im@gine IT pilots. It contains the User profile database library and provides a web repository for application downloading (either via internet or via OTA). Smartphone Off Board navigation application The navigation application is an external application integrated into the Im@gine IT smart phone nomad device application. It is a Java MIDP compliant application implementing an off-board navigation. Maps and routes are downloaded dynamically from the MMS navigation server and are updated to the current traffic situation and to the latest TeleAtlas cartography version.
The Im@gine IT project aimed to cater for the needs of the consumer by providing information ('knowing') that permits a choice of services according to consumer preferences ('wanting'), arranging for the remote booking of those services ('acquiring'), facilitating trip planning according to user preferences ('wanting') through the provision of mobility information ('knowing'), on-line booking and ticketing ('acquiring'), in a way that ensures maximum comfort ('enjoying') and is customised to the consumer's profile ('being'). In essence this is a consumer value chain, i.e. the end user will identify value in a service to the extent that the service caters to his/her needs in at least one of the above areas. The Im@gine IT system constitutes a platform comprised of data management, web services, intelligent agents and communication gateways. The platform should interface with content providers, service providers, Ggeographic information systems (GIS), ticketing systems, added value systems and media providers. More specifically: Multi agent system (MAS) for e-marketplace (including bluetooth agent, events handler agent and personalisation algorithm of HIT). This product is a FIPA compliant agent platform hosting a broker agent with the optional capability to host one or more provider agents. The broker has the capability to federate with other brokers in other such platforms, thus forming a distributed service network. Service provider agent Agent-based software, that enables to package a complex service, based on a number of 'sub' services, locally added value, and to advertise it on the service integrator application by means of a broker agent. Interface agent This product is a FIPA compliant agent platform hosting an interface agent (IA). The interface agent provides credentials to personal assistant agents (PAAs) that want to get the Im@gine IT services. It provides credentials valid for service by a specific (local) broker agent. The IA monitors user transactions and can implement a variety of business models (prepayment, monthly payment, etc), while the one developed for this project is recording user transactions (monthly payment scheme). Nomad device, personal assistant agent This product is a FIPA compliant agent platform hosting a personal assistant agent (PAA) and, optionally, a transport mode agent (TMA). The TMA 'feels' the user environment and can assist the PAA by intelligently inferring the user travel mode (e.g. in car, on foot, in bus, etc). The PAA retains a user profile and learns about the user habits, as to what points of interest the user prefers to see around him/her and which travel chain is best for him/her in multi-modal trip planning. Nomad device, transport mode agent The TMS monitors a user's route and based on data regarding his/her position coming through GPS and a logical positioning method it can follow the user's progress in his/her route plan and can report any change in transport type or if he/she follows his/her trip while he/she is moving. Also, it can notify the user about relevant information for his/her current segment.

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