Improved BU Shuttle Tracker

buildscc | 20 Sep 2010 | | projects


the BUS now has GPS, which means we can track it. Unfortunately the tracking site is pretty terrible. BU’s BUS tracker refuses to load nicely on default many mobile browsers (android, opera mini, blackberry) doesn’t have any information about bus speed, time to stops, schedule correction due to traffic at that time etc. We want to change this.

GPS system on the BUS

currently don’t know. will update when find out/someone who knows posts it (John?), may (will?) have impact on chosen software.

Software Options

Google Maps BU’s ‘official’ site uses google maps. Real time tracking is certainly possible using google maps. There are other mapping softwares available such as openlayers, something by microsoft and a few more. I don’t know much about any of these. Anyone who does, feel free to voice their opinions.

OpenGTS is a free real time GPS tracking project under the Apache License. Would require a server running the OpenGTS. From the demos looks very promising.

OpenGTS is pretty much ideal for this project as it seems very powerful and flexible and has a nice install guide, but I’m open to other ideas.


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Meeting Minutes for 2010-09-15

Minutes 9/15/2010


John-Nicholas Furst

  • returning members/ memorial for Jim Chatham
  • Will be talking to Elmore about musical stairs w/ memorial on it

Valerie Young

  • meeting for Musical Stairs
    • works by using infrared trip wires
    • sign up for the mailing list by talking to val and sign up on the wiki

Kyle Brogle

  • new project - writing a web interface for majordomo
    • one of the servers in builds is now a functioning MTA and majordomo listserv
    • want to make it awesome and pitch it to IS&T
      • talk to kyle and john about this, it will make you awesome at unix/linux hacking

John-Nicholas Furst

  • The Rules
    • revamping the rules posters to make them stand out
    • reiterating - BUILDS has a secure private wifi network.
      • Do not torrent illegally in the room.
      • Do not pick locks that are not yours (including university property, like your room’s door).
      • Do not use powertools when classes are being taught across the hall.
      • Do not leave things that get hot (e.g. soldering irons) unattended.

Monica Gribouski

  • The Party Switch
    • talk to john, monica, david, kyle.
    • Disco balls, lights, etc. activated by the switch on the mural.

Kyle Brogle

  • Intro to Unix/Linux workshop.
    • For people who arent familiar with working for Unix/Linux.
    • Will start within one/two weeks.
    • After the members are up to speed, we will start the advanced workshops.
    • planning a 3 section system (Intro, Intermediate, Advanced)
    • The idea is to have a self contained class covering everything - great for cs majors!

John Keklak

  • Score Competition (Software Engineering Competition)
    • happens every other year
    • Not an ordinary programming competition, it’s an oppurtunity to get familiar with software design
    • not so much coding, but planning/design
    • finals are in Hawaii this year
      • he is an mentor for the program
      • Select a project to work on
      • Just send in an email
      • registration for teams goes on until november
    • John is handling all the adminstrative work.

John-Nicholas Furst

  • project pages are now on the wiki
    • Log in to your accounts so you get access to the projects
    • EG Musical Staircase, DebDog, Unix/Linux,…
    • HOW TO-
      • Click on the on project takes you to the wiki click “Join this Project” Now your name is on the list/mailing list
    • Project manager can now organize and send out emails to members

Kyle Brogle

  • CS topics in the Area
    • Jessica hamrick, President, Student Information Processing Board (SIPB)
      • 8pm on Tuesdays
    • SIPB is interested in having a joint Hackathon with BUILDS
      • Just come in and work on awesome projects or work on your own

Valerie Young

  • How to request items
    • Put it on the BUILDS List and request for funds
    • Contact the officers

Additional topics

  • new monitors, thanks to avo. ideas for use?
  • Project Proposals
    • Creating a replica “Portal” gun. - Sophia
    • The BUS is now GPS-equipt. We want to make tracking applications better. (talk to john, Jeff C)
    • MAME arcade cabinent in BUILDS (Ian)

meeting ended 7:10


Arduino Mega


The Arduino Mega is a microcontroller board used in the [[Musical Stairs]]

Project to input the signal from the IR receivers and send out a MIDI signal to the computer interface.

{   [[Image:ArduinoMega2560.jpg thumb upright Arduino Mega 2560 Front Board.]] }

Additional information can be found on:


The current problem with the Arduino is that its op-amp becomes extremely hot when the Arduino is plugged into either the USB port or into the direct power. The part number is MV3581 06K CBXXG4. One potential reason for this problem is that the op-amp is short circuiting and has to be replaced. There is also the possibility that this has nothing to do with the problem, which may be located in a different part of the system.

Potential Solutions

People Working on this Problem

Mikhail Andreev - I will be taking the Mega to my lab where I may have spare parts.