Eastpoint's Jin Khera on TV!
Eastpoint are part of an exciting transport project and last week, the mobile app we built for it was featured on the BBC.
The project is called Glosa, which stands for green light optimal speed advisory. This means that via a mobile app, the user receives the information needed to navigate traffic in the most efficient way possible, reducing travel time and fuel consumption.
It's headed up by West Midlands Combined Authority and Andy Radford at Birmingham City Council, with other contributors. We joined as the developer for the mobile application, and the brains behind the build is our mobile technical lead, Jin Khera.
The app is not available commercially and is currently in the "proof of concept" stage. A small, select group of drivers have taken part in the trial, via their employer.
The BBC showed a successful demo of the app, with Jin able to adapt his driving to avoid breaking harshly at a red light.
It is the concept of the app - the fact that it is able to use existing systems to provide information - that provides many possibilities for the future, said Jin:
"The app could benefit autonomous vehicles, which will need data, and a system like this can do that.
"It can do this with minimal infrastructure modifications or extra equipment."
Jin was interviewed along with Chris Lane, head of transport innovation for Transport for West Midlands, who was also involved in the project.
Chris gave a road-side interview to the BBC's Kevin Reide, while Jin was interviewed while driving.
"I've never been interviewed like that," said Jin.
"I had to concentrate on the driving, and the talking, and not say anything stupid because you're mic'd up all the time. But it was a great experience."
The smartphone app is a bespoke Xamarin solution for Android and iOS. The source code of the app will be made open source on GitHub.
Here is the link to the BBC video shown above:
A longer news segment about the app was shown on BBC Midlands Today, and it was also featured on BBC radio Coventry and Warwickshire.