About

I work as a real time consultant in Empatix, focusing on delivering information to customer when they need it the most: when there are problems in public transport. This section provides more information about my background and the project I have worked on.
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January
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University background

UioUniversity of Oslo: I spent the undergraduate years find out what I wanted to study. I had time to travel all over the public transit system in Oslo and Akershus. The system is good by I got tired of waiting for the bus on cold winter days. Line 22 and 25 made me understand that you need real time information about the departure times, these routes circumvents Oslo and are often delayed.

 

Himolde-1Molde University College: Spesialized University in Logistics: Two great years at the Molde fjord in Western Norway learning about public transport and logistics. At the last year in 1991 I connected to the Internet for the first time, logging into a computer in at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim. I was hooked on being able to sit on a terminal in Molde and work on a server 200km away. Our professor Bjørn Andersen had talked about airline reservation systems and I connected that to the use of Internet.

Avh-2Norwegian University of Science and Technology: Studying Human computer interaction in my Master's Thesis in Psychology but spending most of the time working on understanding the Internet. It started out with my first email address in the fall of 1991, making the first article in the university newspaper about Internet and then teaching students in how to use the Internet from 1992. I never had time to finish my Master's degree, the internet exploded in Norway in 1994/95 and I was in the middle of it.

ErlangenFriedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg: As an Erasmus student I studied Traffic Psychology in 1993. Much of the time was used to connect to Norway via at that time unknown Internet. I also did some training of professors and students since Internet was not hot in Germay before the mid 90s. Since the German railway museum is in Nürnberg my interest for passenger information systems through history started. I tried to make Internet know by sending faxes via a service over the Internet in Trondheim, begging student newspapers to write about the Internet.

Gopher-1University of Minnesota: I spent 1993/94 as a Fulbright student at the University of Minnesota. In the fall I studied public transit and urban planning. But when I found a Mac with Mosaic 1.0 in the computer lab is was hooked on the web and spend the rest of the time learning HTML. The University of Minnesota had service for students home pages so I had to edit the pages on a server in Trondheim that is still alive: http://home.nvg.org/~bent/.

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January
2017
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Presentations

Presentations is fun when using Keynote on the Mac with lots of steps. Here er some of my presentations:

Deutsche Bahn: International Barcamp for Traveler Information at Train Stations september 2016: Train composition display: Collection of car location in Norway

Trainscom 2016 London: Delivering WiFi through tunnels and along tracks in Norway

Monday
16
January
2012
02:12
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2008: From WAP to apps

2008 was the year when the iPhone to over. Not so surprising when seeing the interfaces on a Nokia 9500/E90:

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January
2012
01:35
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Corridor test of real time display in 2007

In my office at Opera Software, testing real time information display to anyone on the way out of the building:

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January
2012
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Real time on a small monitor in 2006

Before the age of iPhone and iPad Opera software tested real time on a small monitor you could have on your desk:

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January
2012
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Real time in Japan in 2006

In 2006 I spent 7 weeks in Tokyo working for Kyocera, getting RSS on their mobile products using Opera:

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January
2012
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Real time information in 2004

My first experience with real time information was in 2004:

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2011
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Awards

Awards:

  • European Design Awards 2011, Bronze, Information Site: trafikanten.no
  • Merket for god design / Award for Design Excellence, 2011 for trafikanten.no
  • Gulltaggen, 2011, Gold: trafikanten.no
  • Farmandprisen, 2011, Website of the Year: trafikanten.no
  • Rosingprisen, 2011, Diploma Usability: trafikanten.no
  • Rosingprisen, 2011, Diploma Website of the Year: trafikanten.no
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May
2011
00:36
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Real time information on the wall

The first "public" real time display was outside my office at Opera Software, using two widgets in fullscreen mode to display departures from nearby Birkelunden and Alexander Kiellands plass:

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In the spring of 2007 we started to display real time information in the Opera Software reception area:

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May
2011
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Real time apps on the mobile phone: 2006

A screenshot from December 2006, showing real time information based in an app:

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