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Mobile Apps

Mobile Apps are freeing people from the being tied to their desktops and allowing them to have fun on their phones and tablets as well as using them to carry out important business tasks. We can help you turn your mobile app idea into a fully functioning paid for or free app on the Apple and Google app stores or just to work on your companies mobile devices.

We will work with you to design the look and feel of your app and can include any of the features below into your app

  • Ensure that the app looks great on any mobile device
  • Integrate your app into any existing systems that you have
  • Make your app location aware and link to maps
  • Link to social media such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube
  • Include rich media such as sound and video
  • Synchronise your app across devices by linking to the cloud
  • Include analytics to track how your app is being used.

Have a look at some of the apps we have already developed below.


Case Study: Southport Hospital Wayfinding

Project DescriptionSouthport Hospital Wayfinding App

Working with the Estates, Communications and IT Departments of the Southport and Formby District General Hospital we provided a complete Wayfinding solution for their local hospital.

The app lets you navigate around the hospital by simply entering where you are and then selecting where you want to go in the hospital. Directions are shown on screen using actual pictures of the hospital and explanatory text.

The app is available by clicking on the links below or from the app store on your mobile device.

My Local Motors app on the Google Play Store

My Local Motors app on the App Store

Technical Stuff

Key to the success of this project was the directions stored inside the app. We spent a number of days on-site taking photographs of all the key points in the hospital and also breaking the hospital down into routes and journeys using text descriptions. This information was then uploaded to our on-line routing system that is then used to feed the 2 apps.

The Android app was produced first using Android Studio and utilising the new Android Material design interface that is now the accepted standard. An Android phone was loaned to the hospital for final approval and then the iOS version of the app was produced using Swift and the native SDK libraries.

We have had considerable interest from other NHS sites and also some universities and we expect to have some more apps based on this technology available very soon.

For more information have a look at our Wayfinding page


 

Case Study: My Local Motors

Project DescriptionMy Local Motors App

Following the successful launch of the My Local Motors web site we created and launched an Android and Apple mobile app to allow access to the 60,000 plus motoring companies on the My Local Motors web site. The app is branded in the same style as the web site and allows you to instantly view information on cars, vans, bikes, and many other services to do with the motor trade.

The app automatically detects your location to bring back all the local services in your area and by creating an account you can rate and leave reviews on the My Local Motors companies.

The app is available by clicking on the links below or from the app store on your mobile device.

My Local Motors app on the Google Play Store

My Local Motors app on the App Store

Technical Stuff

The Android app was developed initially using Java in the Eclipse development with the native Android SDK to optimise the code to be as small and as fast as possible. Extensive use was made of the Google Play Services API to determine your location which is updated every 30 seconds.

All the My Local Motors companies displayed in the app are fed from the My Local Motors web site SQL Server database by using a secure SSL .Net WebAPI interface. This ensures that all data is encrypted, secure, and synchronized at all times.

Once the Android App was up and running we then developed and launched the Apple iOS mobile App and it was developed in Objective C using the native SDK libraries.


 

Case Study: Wigan Leisure & Culture Trust

Project Description

Active Living Mobile AppWigan Leisure & Culture Trust asked us to create an app that lets people keep a diary of their weight loss and also all the exercise activities that they take part in. The calories burnt are automatically calculated when you enter the details of the exercise you have been doing and you can see at a glance all the exercise you have done and any weight loss achieved over the year.

All your data is stored securely on the phone but you can also create an account to backup your data to the cloud. If you then upgrade your phone/tablet it is very simple to synchronise this data to your new device.

The app is linked to WLCT’s Youtube channel and you can also choose to join one of the many activities that they offer through the app.

The app is available by clicking on the links below or from the app store on your mobile device.

My Local Motors app on the Google Play Store

My Local Motors app on the App Store

Technical Stuff

The Android app was developed initially using Java in the Eclipse development with the native Android SDK to optimise the code to be as small and as fast as possible. We used SQLlite to store all the information entered by the user.

The Parse Backend as a Service (BAAS) was linked into the project so that users could backup and store their data in the cloud and this enables them to synchronize their data across devices by using their account in Parse.

Once the Android App was up and running we then developed and launched the Apple iOS mobile App and it was developed in Objective C using the native SDK libraries.


 

Case Study: Respiratory EducationInhalers made easy app

Project Description

With a large range of inhalers available for asthma sufferers, Respiratory Education UK required a mobile application to be used by doctors and nurses, as well as patients themselves, to demonstrate the correct technique required to use each one. Providing easy-to-access information in the form of an app, patients can reap better benefit from their current inhaler and keep their technique up to scratch for as long as they use it.

We developed an app that features a very easy to use menu system that allows easy identification of each inhaler (visually and by title), text-based information and video tutorials that explain exactly how to use each one. The easily-accessed full-HD videos, complete with voiceovers allow a patient to quickly lookup the technique required for their existing medication, as well as doctors and nurses at practices to demonstrate newly-prescribed inhalers to patients unfamiliar with them.

An example video tutorial from the app:

Technical Stuff

The app was developed for Apple iOS devices using Objective C and the native Apple SDK libraries. The app was used as an internal tool and it was not launched on any of the app stores for this reason. We filmed and edited all the video clips in HD and then synced the voice overs to the clips.