Mobile App / Web for GTA rooms

The following scenario, and ideas are post a conversation with Phil Wilson. I’ll need to connect with Eamonn about the logistics. e-Learning will act as a future development resource to maintain and enhance this tool. Therefore, Eamonn’s projec student will need to build it, with input from Web Serives, e-learning etc.,

Scenario 1

An individual is looking for a room on campus. The person points their phone at a building using their augmented reality browser. From this they’ll be able to find out;

  • which rooms in the building are GTA rooms
  • which of those GTA rooms are currently occupied, and by whom ( include unit / dept data)
  • which rooms will be avialable in 1 hour, 2 hours (option to select will it be free in …)
  • drill down into room details, seating capacity, what technology is available in the room etc.,
  • book a room (if free)

Phil suggests this will need to interface with both the timetable system and the room booking system. Currently, there are no API’s to work against at the moment. Therefore, it will involve lots of screen scraping to local databases, or the use of go-between software to repurpose to specific (small screen devices). However, all possible …. 🙂

Note … the idea would be for the student project to work on a mobile app … say an iPhone / Andriod app. We are expecting the timetable system to a have an api within the next 12 months. When e-learning take this over, we’ll need to work closely with Web Services and look at a Mobile Web approach. Infact, the situation might have changed and web services might be able to take this on 🙂

Either way, there are lessons to be learnt from the initial prototyping via the student project.

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