Member Blog: Dr Graham Dransfield, Brainwave Assisted Living

Contactless technology has transformed commuting in large cities for millions of people. However, when it comes to commuting, unassisted some people with disabilities can often find passing through transport gates to be difficult, without help from staff. The ''NeurotTicket'' concept promises to help the disabled people to pass through barriers, unassisted, including those at tube stations and airports. 

Research indicates that, as a result of difficulties in commuting, disabled people oftenmostly have a preference towards staying at home or using personal motorised vehicles.

Dr Iasonas Triantis, Senior Lecturer in Computing Science at City University London, has teamed up with Cubic Transportation Systems, the company behind the enabling infrastructure for the Oyster Card and design practice Maynard’s to work onpropose a futuristic solution to the problem.

The vision of this collaboration is to produce a "NeuroTicket" system that will help temporarily or permanently disabled passengers.  Using “NeurotTicket” they will be able to open transport gates, as they approach them, unassisted. They need only use their thoughts. Brain signals will be picked up by innovative wearable devices and will wirelessly transmit personalised activation commands to the gates. This will allow people with a physical disability to access the transportation network unaided, as shown in the accompanying illustration.

The collaboration is currently at the conceptual stage and looking for funding, but the partners hope to develop a prototype within the next 18 months. The technology would not only help to open the way to public transport, but other everyday activities, such as accessing an ATM.

For further details: contact Dr Graham Dransfield, Business Development Manager, School of Mathematics, Computing Science and Engineering, City University London - Graham.Dransfield@city.ac.uk.

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