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The DOSSy Consortium

More information on the consortium members can be found in the "Partner" section

Technical specification and software development

Augmentra already has an experienced team in place with a proven ability to specify, manage and deliver multi‐lingual mobile applications to market. We have particular expertise in multi‐platform development across Android, iPhone and Symbian, resulting in commercial successful apps. The process for delivering premium map data from a variety and increasing number of countries via a smartphone is also well established.

Although the Augmentra app and community site currently exists, there is a large quantity of work to be undertaken both in terms of front end development (such as on screen display and usability) and back end data integration to provide the functionality required for this project which will require additional resource and funds. The team has grown over the last year and our company is uniquely placed to draw on a wealth of talent both from directly from Cambridge University and also from the high concentration of wireless and mobile companies established in the Cambridgeshire area.

Localization, navigation and geo‐tracking

Augmentra is a market leading developer of GPS enabled applications with many years of practical experience in this sector and operates one of the top localization apps in UK with an increasing impact on the European market.


Content System and Publishing

Augmentra currently works with over 30 route suppliers (mainly in the UK, but also Ireland and USA), to deliver online content and guides to customers, for example, The AA, Walking World and Trail Magazine. New relationships with content providers continue to be established and developed. An internal process for the delivery of their content through both the mobile app and the online community site already exists , through both csv file importing and manual import where necessary.


Usability engineering

FHS St.Gallen research concerning usability, accessibility and user experience ensures that the user needs and end‐user acceptance of portal and mobile solution are properly addressed throughout the project. FHS is equipped with a leading edge and highly flexible user experience laboratory (lab based as well as mobile) comprising the whole range of most advanced user research and demonstration facilities. FHS takes a leading role in the evaluation of lab prototyping and field trials in the centre of Europe. In combination with the different end‐user organizations, which provide a solid user base, this setting allows comprehensive user feedback cycles, which give valuable input for the development of the system in any project phase.

Business modelling

The Institute of Information Management at the University of St. Gallen (IWI‐HSG) has a long tradition in Business Engineering (BE) which dates back to the mid 1990s when the St. Gallen Approach of Business Engineering was developed by Prof. Hubert Österle. BE is a method to develop and transform business models in a well‐structured way, particularly taking into account the opportunities of new information and communication technologies as an enabler for business innovations. It addresses the challenge of innovating business models on three interlinked layers: strategy, processes and information systems. With this holistic view Business Engineering ensures that the manifold questions related to developing sustainable business models are addressed.

The Business Engineering methods developed at the University of St. Gallen have been used and proven effective in several hundred consulting projects by The Information Management Group, a spin‐off company of the University of St. Gallen founded in 1989 and sold to S&T in 2007. Over the last decade, research at the IWIHSG has focused on Business Networking, and for the last three years specific knowledge on customer requirements, the market structure, market potentials and business models in the field of "Independent Living" have been acquired as part of the Competence Center Independent Living.


Requirements engineering and user tests

Requirements engineering

In today's market economy is a clear dialogue between business and IT is critical to success. Several studies of international Standish Group, found that up to 50 percent of all stated requirements for software solutions are never used and that a lack of Requirements Engineering and Management is one of the main causes for the failure of IT projects.

Requirements serve primarily to the agreement between supplier and end customer about the requirements for the software solution to bring about, to be covered by the project or product. They also serve as a basis for cost estimates, benefit analysis, investment decisions, project plans, design and development contracts and agreements.

The following questions are concerned about the factors that influence the requirements for this project:

  • Engineering in IT projects or IT‐based products. Individualisation versus standard software?
  • Which expression, a transaction system or an analytical system (e.g. data warehouse, business intelligence solution)?
  • What skills and qualifications are the stakeholders in this project and the older people who will work with the system?
  • How homogeneous / heterogeneous are the needs and interests of stakeholders?
  • How critical or safety related to competition is the system under consideration?
  • As designed, the contract between customer and supplier?

 

Usability Engineering and tests

Deepens the process, we designed the product life cycle, the contextualization of the application that is illuminated when starting use of solutions in the outdoor area on the handling of equipment and software to adapt functionality. Important psychological, physiological and behavioral dimensions as well as conscious and unconscious processes are involved in the examination and laboratory tests. In addition, targets with an understanding of all important aspects of human‐computer interfaces in selected fields of specialization (outdoor, equipment, software) and were eventually applied; In addition, these innovations aimed at the optimization of human‐computer interfaces throughout the product life cycle, and tested in the desired solution with lean methods (eg prototyping) is implemented.

 

 

Contact details:

Project Coordinator
Manuel Eisele
University of St. Gallen
Institute of Information Management
Chair of Prof. Dr. Hubert Österle

Müller-Friedberg-Strasse 8
9000 St. Gallen
Switzerland

eMail: manuel.eisele[at]unisg.ch
Phone: +41 (0) 71 224 2788

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