A Princeton students term paper has turned into a full fledged research project, according to a news release from Princeton.
Joe Wong’s premise was that wireless carriers could reduce congestion during peak hours by implementing peak period pricing.
“I had no idea it would turn into a real trial or anything of the sort,” said Joe-Wong, who is now a doctoral student in applied and computational mathematics at Princeton. “I was hoping it could be published as a research paper, but I didn’t expect it to go further than that.”
Princeton’s Edge Laboratory is currently experimenting with the concept.
“The first thing we need to do is measure and model usage throughout the day,” Joe-Wong said. “Then we need to gauge people’s reaction to the prices. Depending on how deep the discounts are and what kind of service experience is expected, people will shift more or less of their usage. So we set the prices accordingly.”
The team has also developed a free app to help users monitor their usage. More on that here.