Transit Wireless deploys PromoBeacon Technology into App Quest 3.0

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), AT&T, Transit Wireless, the NYU Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP) and ChallengePost today announced the opening of App Quest 3.0, the third annual challenge seeking to generate the best transportation-related apps for New Yorkers using MTA data. App developers will be able to compete for a total of $50,000 in prize money being contributed by AT&T.

More information about App Quest 3.0 can be found at MTA App Quest

As first year participants Transit Wireless has deployed a “proof-of-concept” beta test with PromoBeacon technology in Grand Central- 42nd Street station as a part of App Quest 3.0. This new technology feature will allow developers to create beacon enabled apps that could provide specific location information to riders.  Apps created could help sensory impaired people, or people unfamiliar with the layout of given subway stations, find their way through a station.  The beacons will not receive any data from smartphones, and they will only transmit data to smartphones if a user affirmatively opts to enable location services underground.

The Transit Wireless beacon access is being provided by PromoBeacons and will be available for the duration of the competition (through the winners announcement in March). The use of beacon technology is not required for any prize.

PromoBeacons are provided by Promotional Communications, USA and powered by Nimble Devices.  Bringing the full power of beacon technology to the market for full locational, mapping, and content purposes. Complete solutions including hardware, software, sdk’s, and app front-ends

Apps that are entered into the App Quest 3.0 challenge will be eligible for these prizes:

Accessibility Innovation Track:

  • Grand Prize for Best Accessibility App for Disabled MTA Customers – $10,000
  • Runner-up Prize for Best Accessibility App for Disabled MTA Customers – $7,500

Consumer/Transit Rider App Track:

  •  Grand Prize for Best Transit Rider App – $7,500
  •  Runner-up for Best Transit Rider App – $5,000
  • Additional Non-Track Prizes:
  •  Best Way-Finding Application for Novice Transit Riders – $5,000
  •  Best Data Visualization App – $5,000
  •  Best App Using Crowd-Sourced Data – $5,000
  •  Popular Choice Award – $5,000
  •  Large Organization Recognition Award – Non-cash, recognition only

App developers will have until February 3 at 5 p.m. to submit their apps for consideration. Winners will be announced in mid-March. Challenge Post will post information about all of the apps on a central webpage, and the public will be able to cast their votes from Feb. 12 to Feb. 25 to determine who wins the Popular Choiceaward. For the other prizes, the apps will be judged by a panel of experts.