Mobile apps make school campuses more accessible, convenient and student friendly.
Xtreme Labs recently partnered up with the Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning and combined our XLmagic platform with native iOS and Android elements to create our first hybrid app. SheridanMobile is designed to connect the community of Sheridan’s students, faculty, staff and campus visitors and leverage a commitment to the ‘Internet of Things’.
This collaborative effort included Students, Faculty, Staff , Alumni and Sheridan’s programmers working with Xtreme Labs’ developers, through paired programming, to build this product. The partnership helped Sheridan enhance their expertise and credibility in mobile app development, and gave its students the experience to build other mobile apps in future.
Xtreme Labs worked with Sheridan to build two of SheridanMobile’s main functions: the Javacam and Location Service features.
The Javacam shows live-updated lines at each coffee shop on campus, and what the estimated wait times are. This helps students select between different coffee locations at peak hours, and also evens out the pressure on coffee shop staff.
The Location Service feature includes detailed blueprints of every building on each Sheridan campus – there are over 20 different buildings across the three campuses – which makes the first day of new classes easier for everyone. It also uses the mobile device’s built-in compass to activate the “Where am I” feature, which can pinpoint a user’s current location on a map and indicate walking directions and other navigation help.
The SheridanMobile app also includes access to the presidents’ blog and the news feed. Because SheridanMobile was built using XLmagic, it is expandable: features can be added using portlets.
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