Drugi jezik na kojem je dostupan ovaj članak: Bosnian
Startup Enum Software, consisting of Ivan Brčić, Andrej Šarić and Dživo Jelić, students of RIT Croatia at the department of information technology, presented their Du Card project for the smart city of Dubrovnik.
The project won second place in the competition Hackathon Dubrovnik 2015, a project organized by the Development Agency of Dubrovnik (DURA) in order to encourage the development of IT start-ups with a view to increasing the self-employment of young, highly educated and unemployed people.
As the creators explain, this project is concerned with the modernization of the existing paper tourist brochure with added benefits for visitors, or more precisely a mobile application that will have all of the content of the existing Dubrovnik Card brochure, plus additional features, such as the use of iBeacon technology.
The story started at the Hackathon where the first prototype of the app was made within 48 hours. Guided by the idea that smartphones are increasingly becoming an integral part of our lives, the developers opted for an app that will show users the historical, cultural and gastronomic offer of the city.
“Dubrovnik Card App modernizes access to the offer included in the Dubrovnik Card, which gives visitors of Dubrovnik a ticket to eight cultural – historical sites as well as various discounts in shops and restaurants, and comes with a free travel guide. With the introduction of our app, users will no longer have the need for a paper brochure because all the necessary information about the monuments, buildings and offers will be available in their mobile device. Walking around the city, visitors will get information about the offers nearby,” the authors explained.
The app is available on three mobile platforms, Android, iPhone and Windows Phone. It took more than six months from the idea to the first prototype and the realization of the project, and during this period the creators developed the application and opened the IT start-up ENUM Software.
“The Hackathon was our first time to try iBeacons, but given that we all have experience in developing mobile apps, that was no problem. One needn’t always be doing something totally new, we should first take advantage of existing opportunities and projects which are already well oiled,” Jelić explained.
This IT start-up operates within DURA, which opened the Smart City Laboratory where work is done on pilot projects, such as this one which was successfully brought to life.
“We work like any other company, and our only obligations are the reports – what was planned and what was done. Thus, at any given time we know the status of each project up to the smallest detail, which speeds up the process and gives us a feeling of safety. We know that someone is watching over us, so we can relax and do what we love. Our plan is to update and upgrade the app, and after feedback on its use around the city of Dubrovnik, we intend to present it to other tourist cities,” Šarić, Brčić and Jelić said.