ITRACT apps & pilots.pdf

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2014 at Jade-Ems

Information from Jade-Ems Region

In May 2014 the partner meeting took place in Oldenburg which lies in the Jade-Ems region in Germany. On 21st of May was steering meeting on 22nd  and 23rd of May the partner meeting happened at the “Schlaues Haus” (Smart House) in Oldenburg. The different work packages and their deliveries have been topics during the meeting. At the afternoon of the 23rd there was also a “train the trainer” workshop to prepare every region to do their user empowerment workshops.

There was a little disturbance at the 22nd because a (fortunately not real) firealarm caused a break in the meeting. In the evening of the 22nd the participants had the opportunity to learn a little about Oldenburg at a guided tour.

Some impressions about the meeting in photographs

Break firealarm


The meeting took place at the Schlaues Haus in Oldenburg. The photos  show the participants during a break ant  the “train the trainer” Workshop for User Empowerment.



In summer 2014 the last work on the application tests in the Jade-Ems region have been done and there was a lot of effort to finish the documentation of the piloting test. The monitoring of the progress of WP5 in all regions went on, so that now almost everything is complete for the overall 41 apps of the project.


The public was informed in different ways in the Jade-Ems region: There has been published a scientific article about the project an several contacts, fairs etc. have been used to give information about ITRACT.@

ITRACT at the Hannover Fair:

In 2014 the project was presented at the Hannover Fair, the world’s largest industrial fair to the public. The photo shows the ITRACT booth.


Photo about the presentation of the project to a member of the Danish Technical University


Other PR activities:

The German Website is continuing to give information about the project in German language. The Facebook presence is also used to give information about what is happening in ITRACT. In 2014 a scientific article has been published concerning ITRACT in the Online Paper of the German Computer Science Society (GI).

During the Energiemesse in Wilhelmshaven the project was presented. The Photo shows the booth of ITRACT.

 In November there will be a team of the Jade University at the Promotie Dagen in Grongen and showing some results of the project. 

User Empowerment Workshop



Used with elderly people in Wilhelmshaven

Oldenburg meeting May 22nd, 2014

Oldenburg meeting

May 22-23rd, 2014

Impressions from the partner meeting in Oldenburg in May 2014




Break Firealarm


Guided Tour

IRACT is everywhere


Friesland, Germany

Within ITRACT project newly developed mobile applications are arranged to pilots that are given to test users for testing purposes under real life conditions. For that reason a guideline for the realization of user-friendly applications has been developed in Wilhelmshaven, Germany  in the last weeks. Based on the criteria of ISO 9241, the eight golden rules of Ben Shneiderman and the Nielsen heuristics various usability criteria have been worked out. The centerpiece of the guideline is a checklist which allows developers to test the user-friendliness of their application. Also the guideline gives a hint, which testing procedures can be used. The procedures are well described in the guideline. It is planned to test several emerging applications using an eye tracking method. So in a next step scenarios for these test will be developed. Besides the usability testing the pilots are also tested concerning e.g. their content or their performance. Tests users are asked to fill out a questionnaire in which they have to evaluate if the pilot meets their demands in general, if it is suitable to be used  in every day transport life, if the pilot ease the use of public transport systems, if it can convince people using public instead of private transport and if they would pay money for using it. All this information is used for modification and improvement of the pilots. Making use of these testing procedures it is ensured that the developed pilots are highly sophisticated in terms of operation, performance and usability.



Wilhelmshaven, Germany

2014 at Jade-Ems Region


Progress and Achievements in ITRACT

Information about ITRACT in general and the progress will be updated regularly on the homepage of VEJ (http://www.vej-info.de/index.php?id=110) in German language, so interested people from our region can inform themselves about ITRACT.

A first flyer in german language was created and published by the Jade University togehter with the subpartner VEJ, that can be distributed on meetings, conferences, etc.. This flyer was handed out to the stakeholders of the VEJ such as to participants at the conference “Natürlich mobil im Urlaub”.

A Facebook-page will be started soon as well in German.


The regional coordinator Jan Schütter presented ITRACT on the conference “Natürlich mobil im Urlaub”(Natural mobility in holiday) on 14th of March in Aurich with about 65 attendees from the tourism and public transport sectors such as administration departments from the whole VEJ-region. There was also a press release of the conference that mentioned ITRACT. The presentation such as pictures from the conference are distributed on the homepage of VEJ (http://www.vej-info.de/index.php?id=111).


On 25th of April there will be a conference in Hannover, where German Interreg projects will be presented. On this conference the Jade University will represent ITRACT.


Friday, 05th of April a delegation of OV-bureau Groningen/Drenthe came to Jever and Wilhelmshaven for a common meeting. The aim of the meeting was an exchange of information in the progress and development in ITRACT and in addition an exchange, which duties and responsibilities consists on both sides and how they are managed. After the first discussion at the VEJ in Jever the whole group went outside, to have a look at a few examples at the train and bus station in Jever, the main bus station and the train station in Wilhelmshaven. Afterwards there was another meeting at the Jade University, where the participants had a look at the actual activities and progress. In addition Knut Barghorn gave an introduction and example for an usibility test by the use of eyetracking.



 The region of Ems-Jade is located in Lower Saxony and borders in the South to the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, in the West to the Netherlands and to the East to the region of Oldenburg/Osnabrück. In the North, the North Sea forms a natural border. The region of VEJ has an area of 6.739 km² with about 960.000 inhabitants, that  corresponds to a population density of approximately 142 inhabitants per square kilometer.

The local public passenger transport (public transport) has to play an increasingly important role in dealing with the socially necessary as well as the individually desired mobility operations for ecological, economic and structural reasons. In addition to local work, regional cooperation in the organization and planning of public transport is necessary. To ensure providing the public transport attractiveness also beyond the boundaries of the district, and to promote cooperation in the interests of the region, the transport region Nahverkehr Ems-Jade was founded in the spring of 1997, headquartered in Jever. The VEJ includes the districts of Aurich, Emsland, Friesland, Leer and Wittmund such as the district-free cities of Emden and Wilhelmshaven.

The transport region Ems-Jade is crossed by bus services in a comprehensive liner network. At present, 42 companies have concessions for bus lines. Services in public transport are performed by them and other companies on their behalf. The transport network comprises 349 lines, mostly on land transport in the region, with about 4,000 stations and more than 30 million passengers carried per year. A large part of the lines, especially outside of the High-order center Wilhelmshaven and the Middle-order centers is characterized by integrated into regular school transport. Students as a whole represent the power user group in public transport in the region. There are urban public traffics in Lingen, Meppen, Norderney, Papenburg, Wilhelmshaven, Aurich, Emden and Leer. In addition to ensure the good quality of the school transport the VEJ has set itself an increase in so-called Everyman PT aims. Here it is important to bring the wishes for improvements in public transport with the financial resources in line.

© Jan Frick 2014