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Using Drupal 8 and AWS IoT to Power Digital Signage for New York’s Subway System
In order for raw data to be effectively (and efficiently) parsed and sent to the appropriate signs, our parsers must understand context. Unfortunately for us, none of the data feeds provide context (this is not uncommon). Data feeds, particularly those that update very rapidly, must be as streamlined as possible to cut down on size and processing time for the system that generates it in the first place.

This is where a content model comes in place. A key in the data (or several data fields) somehow map into the model, which then provides context for how the data should be consumed and handled by the system.

For the MTA, this content model needed to be representative of the assets in the city of New York. This model should create a digital representation of the various Routes (N,Q,R,W, etc.), Stations (Grand Central, Penn Station, etc.), Platforms (Uptown, Downtown, Mezzanine, etc.), Tracks, and Signs that will be included in the data.

A key component of the MTA system is the flexibility of our content model. Why? We’re using Drupal to manage it.

Each of the above assets is represented by a content type. Individual items in the content model are created as nodes, and then entity reference fields are used to provide the necessary context and relationships between the items. User experience is a major component of this feature as Drupal’s involvement allows non-technical users to log into the administration site (with the appropriate account access) and make changes to the content model on the fly.
decoupledcms  cms  drupal  drupa8  reactjs  nyc  subway  transportation  publictransit  casestudy  via:chrisarasin 
october 2019 by dirtystylus
Grab The Train At Grace Jones, Get Off At Yoko Ono: Exploring NYC's New 'City Of Women' Map | Here & Now
“Our map was also designed as a kind of intervention in a conversation that's really picked up steam in the last few years about gender and public space and the ways in which our names and our public spaces do honor and welcome a certain segment of the population that may not feel as welcoming to others,” Jelly-Schapiro says.
maps  nyc  subway  transportation  feminism  history 
october 2019 by dirtystylus
History of New York City traffic: Why banning cars is the solution - Curbed NY
John Randel, Jr., planned for a city where pedestrian traffic easily moved from river to river. Let’s return to that plan. Imagine if the entire city was built following the edicts of two of New York’s other most famous designers: Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, who created Central and Prospect Parks. When it opened, Central Park was a marvel not just of landscape design, but of traffic management. Three types of traffic—pedestrian, horseback, and carriage—coexisted on roads that were specifically designed to never cross. On top of that, the sunken transverse roads took city traffic from the east to west sides without disturbing any of the park’s users.

We can make Manhattan its own Central Park.
We can make Manhattan its own Central Park. Keep the avenues and the “extra wide” streets (14th, 23rd, etc.) for vehicular traffic, but turn every other street into a pedestrian thoroughfare. Take the money that would have been spent on keeping those streets viable for cars and invest it in public transit, dedicated bus lanes—even ferries. No street would need to be completely cut off from vehicular traffic; emergency services could get through and transport for the disabled, just as they do in places like Ghent, Belgium, where the city center has been car-free since 2017.
transportation  nyc  cars 
october 2019 by dirtystylus
Revolver Volcelot on Twitter: "me: ok so it’s a car— USA: *applause* me: and it’s big— USA: *cheers* me: so big it has dozens of seats USA: *confused hush* me: and it’s very, very fast— USA: *cheers, standing ovation* me: because it travels on
me: ok so it’s a car—

USA: *applause*

me: and it’s big—

USA: *cheers*

me: so big it has dozens of seats

USA: *confused hush*

me: and it’s very, very fast—

USA: *cheers, standing ovation*

me: because it travels on fixed tracks linked to oth—

USA: *tears me apart onstage*
transportation  unitedstates  policy  humor  slackfodder 
october 2019 by dirtystylus
Pa. school districts say later start times are boosting grades : Education : WHYY
He estimates the shift will cost $300,000 for additional transportation needs, including rescheduling bus routes so private school students can still get to school on time.
middleschool  highschool  education  pennsylvania  school  infrastructure  transportation 
january 2019 by dirtystylus
The Science Behind Why You Feel Sick When You Try to Read in the Car
So what’s happening there is the brain’s getting mixed messages. It’s getting signals from the muscles and the eyes saying we are still and signals from the balance sensors saying we’re in motion. Both of these cannot be correct. There’s a sensory mismatch there. And in evolutionary terms, the only thing that can cause a sensory mismatch like that is a neurotoxin or poison. So the brain thinks, essentially, it’s been being poisoned. When it’s been poisoned, the first thing it does is get rid of the poison, a.k.a. throwing up. And as a result — so, like, as soon as the brain gets confused by anything like that, it says, oh, I don’t know what to do, so just be sick, just in case. And as a result, we get motion sickness because the brain’s constantly worried about being poisoned.
motionsickness  medicine  transportation  reading 
august 2016 by dirtystylus

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