Students develop Mobile Application for WBCG

Students from the Faculty of Computing and Informatics (FCI) at NUST collaborated with students from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), USA, to develop a Mobile Application that aims to better the operations of the Walvis Bay Corridor Group (WBCG).

Boris Boettcher, Manager, Projects and Funding: WBCG (third from left); Dr Anicia Peters, Dean: Faculty of Computing and Informatics (far right); Jose Quenum, Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science: Faculty of Computing and Informatics (centre, dressed in dark blue shirt), pictured with students and other partners involved in the project.WPI students visit Namibia for internship placements at various local companies annually, and NUST FCI recently embarked on this project as part of its aim to establish a long-lasting collaboration with industry. 

The partnership combines research outcomes in various areas of Computer Science with software development activities, in order to help the WBCG improve its service delivery. 

The Application is designed to provide essential information to truck drivers as they deliver goods along the Corridor. This includes maps, accommodation details, cross-border documentation, and health advice, as they deliver goods along the Corridor. 

Through various interactions with stakeholders, namely, truck companies, border and port authorities, the students conducted a survey to gather information for the Application to identify the key features and their priorities. Various distribution and monetisation approaches are also envisaged, including the protection of the company’s proprietary information and procedures. 

A variant of the Mobile Corridor Application could also provide relevant information to tourists visiting Namibia,” said Jose Quenum, an Associate Professor in the FCI Department of Computer Science. 

“All in all, the enthusiasm expressed so far by the various players is quite encouraging. The students have now committed to finalising the implementation of the project, and we look forward to it,” Quenum concluded. 

Date: 
Friday, May 11, 2018
for Month: 
May, 2018

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