The Deutsche Bahn issued invitations to the DB Hackday in Berlin on December 15th and 16th to develop new perspectives and approaches for digital travel assistance. In the course of 24 hours, roughly 200 participants worked on software prototypes and exchanged ideas in the "DB mindbox" innovation lab. Lyn Matten from mm1 Technology was present.
Successful innovations often result from a marriage of different perspectives and new approaches. To take advantage of this potential, the Deutsche Bahn invited its own employees and outside participants to a hackathon in Berlin. The two-day hackathon focuses on improving travel comfort through digital services in long-distance travel, in regional travel, at the train station or on the way there.
Lyn Matten, CTO of mm1 Technology GmbH, was present: "What I found most exciting of all was the provided WLAN data from the Colibri systems belonging to vehicle maintenance (FZI)." Not only has the Colibri team brought the fully equipped WLAN testbus of the DB Regio to the Hackathon, it also provided a comprehensive API: "The data shows potential for analyzing sensors and connecting regional trains; in this particular case, it is important to consider the right connectivity technology. Requirements, e.g. for security and reliability, must be closely reviewed in particular when using wireless technologies", says Matten.
At the end of the presentation, participants presented their developments, which were based on data from the WLAN systems, among other things. Among others, the award-winning projects included "InternetTimer", an application that shows how long an internet connection is available on train rides. The "Aquila - Sightseeing in the Train" application shows nearby sights along the rail tracks, using their Wikipedia entries for that purpose.
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