Date of Award

5-2018

Degree Type

Report

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Computer Science

First Advisor

Douglas Galarus

Second Advisor

Curtis Dyreson

Third Advisor

Amanda Lee Hughes

Abstract

The One-Stop-Shop (OSS) application provides real-time data which is helpful for travelers in the Western United States in planning their travel. Included is traditional information (routing, imagery, weather), as well as points of interest and other route-specific information (elevations, rest areas, etc.). The system displays real-time data streams in a web-based application and in a separate mobile web application, which are presented to end users in a user-friendly format.

OSS web application and OSS mobile web application features have been examined and the best design features for the mobile application have been identified. Along with that, additional design features are recommended to make the mobile app user-friendly and intuitive.

The first question that needs to be addressed before starting the redesign is, “Do we need a separate mobile web application, or can we directly convert a website into a mobile application?” This is addressed in the report. Google analytics reports were also used to identify predominant features in website and mobile app that can be emphasized in the prototype. A prototype for the application has also been developed considering the essential features of the web application that can be incorporated into the mobile application.

The mobile web application cannot currently be deployed in an app store as it is not an Android or iOS app. Wrapping the mobile web application into native iOS and Android apps were examined. Different methods were evaluated to convert the application into a cross-platform, mobile application, including the usage of Apache Cordova and online app builders.

Results were documented to develop an effective, user-friendly mobile web application that can be deployed in app stores.

OSS – All Roads. All Routes. One Stop.

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