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Erewhon oucs talks day 10th september 2009



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  • What I mean is in the past, if you were to support some mobile devices, you generally spoke of making sure an institution’s email system worked on a certain type of phone.

    This is becoming less and less of a problem, as manufacturers have finally realised that everyone would like access to this sort of tech without being tied to a large organisation. To this extent, most major

  • Now I say this, but I suspect we will have an ultra-low-end market (mostly dominated by elderly populations) for the foreseeable future.


  • 1. OUCS Talks Day 10th September 2009 Tim Fernando
  • 2. Remember OxPoints? Geolocation database for Oxford currently containing over 1300 places including: • Buildings • Car Parks • Colleges • Departments • Libraries • Museums • Points of Interest • Rooms
  • 3. Supporting Mobile Devices
  • 4. What do we mean by ‘support’? Times have changed. Supporting mobile phones used to involve making sure e-mail worked on them. To a great extent modern phones can configure themselves so new support issues are quite different.
  • 5. Emerging needs Today, we are asked questions like: “Can I access my lecture timetable on my phone?” “Can I have SMS notification of when my exam results are out?” “Is there a map of libraries I can see on my mobile?”
  • 6. Smartphone growth Smartphone year on year growth in 2008 - 13.9% despite economic downturn Handsets with a compelling user experience, namely Blackberry and iPhone showed massive growth. ‘Unlimited data’ plans have also made them more attractive to use. Source - Gartner Statistics
  • 7. Predicted Growth 131 million smartphones were sold in 2008, this is set to increase to 300 million in 2013. 1.1 Billion users are expected to be using smartphones in 2013. Source - 7th July 2009 report by Park Associates
  • 8. All mobile phones will become “smart”
  • 9. iStanford
  • 10. Oxford’s new Mobile Services Site
  • 11. Access to a selection of custom services including some which are firsts for any University “Let me listen to some podcasts by Humanities” “What’s my College Tutor’s “W here’s my nearest postbox name?” and w hat time is it collected at?” “Which is the closest open library which has X book?” “When’s the n ext bus from my nearest bus stop?” “Show me a cycling route from where I am to Y department”
  • 12. One of the first in the UK and will possibly impact in the press!
  • 13. Schedule START END 28th July 2009 21st August Feature Freeze 24th August 11th September Debug period 14th September 2nd October Private Beta 5th October March 2010 Public Beta
  • 14. ... after that Augmented Reality Services? Information Display Applications?
  • 15.