Office of the Executive Vice President for Administrative Services

Office of the Executive Vice President for Administrative Services

Mobility Planning

What's New With Mobility?

We are happy to announce the release of the MSU Mobility app for iPhones.  This app collects location and motion data from iPhone users while inside the MSU campus (but not outside of the campus geo-fence!).  It uploads these data anonymously to a secure MSU server, and the aggregation of these mobility data will allow us to get a deeper understanding how pedestrian, bikes, and cars move across our campus at any given time.  This, in turn, will enable us to make positive change to the traffic patterns on campus, reducing walking distances, and making our campus safer.

The app can be downloaded from this url:  https://appstore.com/msumobilityresearch or by searching for “MSU mobility” inside the App Store.

After the initial download and activation/registration this app can simply run in the background without the need for user input. In order to encourage the users to keep the app running and to donate a little bit of their battery charge to our survey, we are offering prizes in a drawing, which will be held at the end of the data collection period on April 15th. Details of this contest can be found here: https://apps.adstest.itservices.msu.edu/mobility/

On a daily basis there are 100's to 10's of thousands of visitors, 32,500 students traveling to/from classes, and 12,500 employees looking for parking.  On game days, there is in excess of 80,000 fans driving, parking, tailgating and walking to Spartan Stadium.  All of this movement creates issues with safety, congestion and accessibility.  MSU's Mobility Planning Committee continues to look at innovative ways connect current and future initiatives, engage stakeholders (faculty, staff and students) and provide the framework for student success and improved campus mobility for all.  The Committee anticipates a finalized plan will be released in February, 2018.  Initiatives include:

♦ Autonomous Vehicles/Technology; Focusing on infrastructure, research partners and intelligence/sensors. For more information, please contact: John Verboncoer, johnv@msu.edu

♦ Reducing congestion on campus; Working on reducing the number of cars that are moved in a day, flexible schedules, available technology in conference rooms, alternative modes of transportation (i.e., bike sharing, electric scooters). For more information please contact Scott Witter, witter@anr.msu.edu

♦ Making student lives easier- Focuses on class scheduling and app development to aid in commute time across campus. For more information, please contact John Gaboury, mobility@msu.edu

Dr. Wolfgang Bauer presented at HR Connect on November 29, 2017. Click here to access the presentation.

A Conversation with Satish Udpa, Executive Vice President for Administrative Services took place on Friday, November 3, 2017.  Click here to access the presentations.

Your feedback regarding this ongoing project is welcome.  Please email suggestions to mobility@msu.edu.

Check out the links below for more information related to:  Navigating the Campus, MSU Mobility App, and Traffic Control.

 

MSU Guide - Navigating the Campus

MSU Guide – Navigating the Campus

Guide is an exciting way to explore and find your way around the MSU East Lansing campus. Designed at the Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities(RCPD) to help those with visual, spatial, and mobility disabilities discover their surroundings, Guide is interactive and provides real-time location-aware information about campus landmarks while remaining accessible and useful to all. Guide is uniquely ready to help students, employees, and visitors identify important campus landmarks using 3 core tools available when walking campus:

● WAND - Point your phone at any building on campus to discover its name and more information including wheelchair accessible entrances.

● MAP - A map that lets you view campus landmarks. Tap to drop a pin, then click on it to view a compass that locks on to the closest landmark under the pin.

● SEARCH - Use the iOS home screen search function (Spotlight) to locate any campus building by name. Once you search and identify your building, simply select it and Guide locks onto it so you can always check where it is relative to where you are without needing a map. You can even use navigation from Spotlight results to view detailed directions to a landmark.

For more information and to download Guide check out iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/msu-guide-navigating-michigan/id920189534?mt=8

Smart Parking

We are happy to announce the release of the MSU Mobility app for iPhones. This app collects location and motion data from iPhone users while inside the MSU campus (but not outside of the campus geo-fence!).  It uploads these data anonymously to a secure MSU server, and the aggregation of these mobility data will allow us to get a deeper understanding how pedestrian, bikes, and cars move across our campus at any given time.  This, in turn, will enable us to make positive change to the traffic patterns on campus, reducing walking distances, and making our campus safer.

The app can be downloaded from this url:  https://appstore.com/msumobilityresearch or by searching for “MSU mobility” inside the App Store.

After the initial download and activation/registration this app can simply run in the background without the need for user input. In order to encourage the users to keep the app running and to donate a little bit of their battery charge to our survey, we are offering prizes in a drawing, which will be held at the end of the data collection period on April 15th. Details of this contest can be found here: https://apps.adstest.itservices.msu.edu/mobility/

 

Smart Phone

Autonomous Vehicles

Photos of MSU's autonomous vehicle equipped with a series of radars and LIDARs (laser radar), cameras and accompanying software that will be tested on campus!

MSU Autonomous VehicleMSU Autonomous Vehicle EquipmentMSU Autonomous Vehicle Sensors

Traffic Control

Traffic Control

The Office of the EVP for Administrative Services and the MSU Police Department are working together to bring a central traffic control system to campus. This project will move MSU from a traffic signal system that requires manual changes, to a fiber network and software enabled system to allow real-time changes to signals. This system will also allow the creation of an emergency signal timing plan. Fiber to traffic signals has already been run, and the new system is expected to be in place by fall 2017.

Contacts: Stephanie O’Donnell (Traffic Engineer, MSU PD) and Wolfgang Bauer (EVPAS)

MSU parking gate