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