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presentation given to the Dutch Stedenlink organisation on the i-Brussels project

presentation given to the Dutch Stedenlink organisation on the i-Brussels project

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  • 1. Mobile applications for your customers
  • 2. Case study: Brussels community website • Customer – Brussels hoofdstedelijk gewest – CIBG (central IT department of Brussels) • Goals – Reinforce economy by creating a digital local community – Monetise services / platform (in the long term) • Must-have features – Works offline: permanent presence on the user’s phone – Automatic update of content through web services – Easy distribution (SMS “MyService” to 3236) – Website integration – Works on 80% of mobile phones www.citylive.be 2
  • 3. Functionality: online city community Local Governe- IT Citizens Visitors shops ment companies www.citylive.be 3
  • 4. Solution architecture: Citylive Community Services Platform • Functionality – Service creation – Service delivery – Service management • Technical – SOA architecture – SQL server 2000 DB – MS .NET 3.0 framework backend / ASP.NET frontend – Web services (JSON, REST, SOAP) through WCF – Session management and telco service integration through Microsoft Connected Services Framework 3.0 www.citylive.be 18
  • 5. Solution hardwarde • Hosting:Kangaroot datacenter with Global Crossings, Tiscali and FreeBIX 1GB connections • Servers: HP cluster with SAN as virtual server host • Mobile phones: everything that runs Windows Mobile or Java J2ME www.citylive.be 19
  • 6. Solution software: Hydra • Functionality: – Collection of enabling services out- of-the-box – Central & secure repository for profile and application data – Provides abstraction layer for applications & websites using simple API’s – Controlled environment handling privacy/authentication/authorizati on • AD based authentication of services (internal or external) • Impersonation for non- authenticated service consumers • Authorisation: own service or CSF www.citylive.be 20
  • 7. Solution software: Application creation www.citylive.be 21
  • 8. Solution software: Glowe explained http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_XlHH0SJjv8 www.citylive.be 22
  • 9. Solution software: Mobile Widget engines • Reference implementation on .NET Compact Framework • After validation, porting to J2ME, Javascript, Flash • Symbian: tried, but too fragmented / difficult process / weird architecture www.citylive.be 23
  • 10. Challenges / lessons learned Things to do Things to avoid • Make mock-ups FIRST • Stay out-of-control – – – Mobile apps have no set expectation ? You can’t predict what will work Do extensive user testing ? – With mobile, the user is in control – You can’t manage his device. Forget it. – Give users tools so they can DIY. – Be prepared to change your concept • Avoid the bigger picture – Technical POC alone is not enough – Focus on a concrete function with an immediate value add for the user • Use the internet & its protocols – – A mobile does not live in your network ? VPN’s are a thing of the past ? – Trying to change work processes, integrate with business intelligence, cover a larger scope: it will all fail – Mobile is new: create demand first – SOAP is nice when critical, XML is easier – When it’s time for the bigger picture, – Use the universal firewall bypass port (80) current technology will be obsolete • Think Multi-platform • Translate the web to mobile – In some cases, mobile websites are OK – 1 platform only is not realistic ? – When you can: move up an abstraction layer or two (but web browser might be too thin) ? – But: don’t just convert existing web tools – Mobile has a different usage model then fixed (“browsing” is done on a desk) www.citylive.be 24

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