Software apps and online services
It's not a good thing but Septa trains are known to be late. And,
when they are late, they are really late.
I'm no train engineer and I do understand things happen but what frustrates me the most is Septa's lack of a contingency plan.
When you are on the platform, communicating and keeping everyone informed is definitely not Septa's strongpoint. Yes, there is an app but lately, that has become useless.
And how awesome would it be, if there is an app/ a service out there, that notifies me if my trains are running, without me even checking?
So that's exactly what I did. With a little help from above-mentioned components, I made a simple checker that texts me if my trains are running late.
Page then processes all that data.
Depending on the time of the day (morning or evening) it checks if my trains running late for any reason.
According to the set late threshold, if the trains are running late, it first writes that train late info into another table in
AirTable (LateTrains table) and makes an entry in
FireBase. Also, w/ the use of
cloudBit this triggers
Buzzer to go off and
LED light to turn on.
Zapier, which runs every 15 mins checks entries in the above mentioned, LateTrains table. If there are any entries in there, Zapier then sends out a text.
Note: To make sure data in LateTrains table is accurate and up-to-date at the time page refreshes it deletes entries in this table.
That's pretty much it.
Language used :
Take look at the work-flow and then the code repository, inner working is easier to understand.