Research & Development of an Offline Smartphone Application

Location: South Melbourne, Victoria

Duration: 5 months

Keywords: Mobile Application Tools, Web Development, RESTful Web Service

Please note: Due to funding requirements, students must have Australian Citizenship or Permanent Residency to apply. Any applicants not meeting this requirement will automatically be deemed ineligible for this project

Project Background

Hardcat’s new flagship Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) software has generated much interest with some early adopters already onboard. The solution is a fully web based solution that requires connectivity to the hosting infrastructure.

There is a vast array of environments using Hardcat’s software and unfortunately connectivity cannot always be guaranteed. This has a negative impact on prospective customers that cannot guarantee connectivity to all parts of their operations. So currently, organizations must have an alternative process in place to capture the information remotely and then transfer this into the system when a connection becomes available.

Hardcat is seeking to fulfil the need to capture information and perform a discrete set of functions in a disconnected/offline mode. Therefore, we are seeking expertise in the following areas:
– Enterprise line of business smartphone/mobile development for; Android, iOS and Windows Mobile.
– Appreciation for COTS software and the generic principles that guide decision making.
– Interest in the tracking and labelling of items including how commercially available hardware such third party Bluetooth devices, RFID and GPS technologies can be leveraged.
– A focus on user experience and developing software applications aligned to Hardcat’s usability goals; Informative, Efficient and Responsive/Performant.

Research to be Conducted

Some of the key areas to be investigated as part of this project include:
• The most suitable technology approach for this solution e.g. native, web, hybrid etc.
• The synchronization process and transfer of data to/from Hardcat’s solution.
• Ability to integrate and make use of available hardware such as in-built camera, RFID scanners, third party Bluetooth devices etc.
• User experience design to assist with streamlining data intensive and repetitive tasks.

Skills Required

We are looking for a PhD student with the following skills:

• Web application development
• Restful web service
• Experience with mobile application development tools
• Able to work in multidisciplinary team
• Self motivated

Expected Outcomes

Initially a feasibility analysis into the various solution options shall be produced. This will compare the different implementation approaches along-with considerations regarding the synchronization between Hardcat’s software and the device.

Following this a purpose-built application shall be developed using an Agile delivery methodology. Whilst the smartphone application may be isolated it is encouraged that it be integrated into Hardcat’s existing solution for the synchronization and transfer of data as a proof of concept.

Additional Details

The intern will receive $3,000 per month of the internship, usually in the form of stipend payments.
It is expected that the intern will primarily undertake this research project during regular business hours, spending at least 80% of their time on-site with the industry partner. The intern will be expected to maintain contact with their academic mentor throughout the internship either through face-to-face or phone meetings as appropriate.
The intern and their academic mentor will have the opportunity to negotiate the project’s scope, milestones and timeline during the project planning stage.

To participate in the APR.Intern program, all applicants must satisfy the following criteria:
• Be a PhD student currently enrolled at an Australian university
• PhD candidature must be confirmed
• Applicants must have the written approval of their Principal Supervisor to undertake the internship. This approval must be submitted at the time of application.
• Internships are also subject to any requirements stipulated by the student’s and the academic mentor’s university

Applications Close

20 April 2018


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