16th September 2011

AccessAdvisr get ready to test the concept

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Back in June we told you how GeoVation Challenge winner, AccessAdvisr, were putting the foundations in place to enable delivery of a proof of concept product.  Below, Neil Taylor tells us more about what they’ve been doing since.

Since the last AccessAdvisr blog we have been busily rounding up data sources for our proof of concept trial in Nottingham.  Every data Access Adviser logoholder we have engaged with so far has been overwhelmingly positive and forthcoming in their support for AccessAdvisr, which has been fantastic.  It is clear there is a genuine desire to see this concept work, and for our part we are itching to get our beta version up and running in Nottingham so that we can start the process of establishing and engaging with a local user community.

Having gathered up most of the data sources and web-services we need to populate our accessible map base, the next step was to track down a software developer.  We spoke to a few local firms, but are delighted to welcome Realistic Digital on board.  Based in Leicester they are just down the road from our base in Nottingham, which has already enabled us to hit the ground running.  At the time of writing we are in the midst of finalising the specification for the proof of concept version of AccessAdvisr, having kicked things off with an intensive design workshop at the beginning of September.  The software build and web-design activities are pencilled in for the next month, so if all goes well we should conducting our first round of user testing in late autumn/early winter.

If you can’t wait and want to learn more about AccessAdvisr, then please contact Neil Taylor at ITP on 0115 9886903, or email: taylor@itpworld.net.  AccessAdvisr is also now on Facebook, so you can ‘like’ us in order to follow all of the latest project developments.

Neil Taylor