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IT Building Blocks for the Man in the Street


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SINTEF researchers have developed the City Explorer application, an Android app that enables users to create their own city guide.

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SINTEF ICT researchers are developing computing tools composed of different building blocks so that people can select, combine, and put together the information technology (IT) services they need. "Since most people aren't qualified programmers or software developers, we have to provide them with a new user interface and a tool that they can understand," says SINTEF ICT's Jacqueline Floch.

The project, which has been underway for the past four years, includes developing software systems for the mobile market, software for telecom operators and service providers, and a network on which new IT services can be operated experimentally. The researchers say the services will lead to improved tracking of mobile units, especially with the project's SmartTrack interface. The project's Easy Designer framework enables users to modify existing services and quickly create new solutions.

The SINTEF researchers also have developed the City Explorer application, which enables users to create or edit places and itineraries in a city. "We are interested in adding to existing functions, so that the user can create their own 'menu list,'" Floch says.

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