UH Redline

iOS and Android mobile apps featuring native push-notifications, mapping, calendar and wayfinding.

UH Redline’s real-time design required the integration of many disparate third-party data sources: shuttle bus schedules, emergency alerts, campus events, and categorized wayfinding. In addition, a crowd-sourced data gathering component for available parking was tested to determine if we could model concensus for parking availability from app user participation. Push notifications powered by the University of Houston’s centralized third-party campus alerts system, updates the app with a number of incidents with priorities that range between “notice” and “emergency” every year. It is critical that students are notified in real-time for security and safety, so using the smartphone to provide this service was a large goal of the project.

Ponticlaro architected and engineered a real-time REST API to provide all of this data to the Android and iOS mobile apps, while maintaining the University of Houston’s distributed workflow and pre-existing content management habits , so the internal team was not impacted significantly by the addition of these new student-facing features and interfaces. The straightforward user interface re-inforced the goals of making this information easily available and easily kept up-to-date.

Team: Hunter Cross (Design, Frontend, Backend, Android, iOS), Lance Clifton (Frontend), Nicolas Arias (Frontend), Cristiano Baptista (Backend), Samuel Roze (Android, Frontend), Matej Bukovinski (iOS)

2013 – 2014