Hi! We are excited to share this project with a few select developers. Below are the details surrounding our needs as we are excited to get started asap.
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Thank you all for you time.
We are looking to create an interactive skyway map for the city of Minneapolis.
For those who may not know, The Minneapolis Skyway System is an interlinked collection of enclosed pedestrian footbridges that connect various buildings in 69 full city blocks over 11 miles.
Thought the year, thousands of people use these passageways to get around the city in order to avoid weather and other factors that are present outdoors.
In addition, because the passageways are so populated and busy, hundreds of business are also located within. e.g. - http://goo.gl/yqMeru
The problem, there are no mapping solutions that incorporate these passageways. Eg - Google maps will show business that are in the skyway but will not allow users to show them exclusively.
A few photos of our skyways are here:
What Needs to Be Done:
We need to create an app of iOS to help users navigate the skyway. V1 of this does not need to show step-by-step directions but we would like to show an interactive arial view of these systems maybe overlaid in google maps like is shown in the example app listed below.
- Map of Minneapolis with skyways system overlay
- Interactivity… zoom / tap to locate current location via GPS
- Business overlay in skyway (info pulled from google maps)
- Business categories (similar to mall kiosk) with search features
- Incorporate a way to highlight specific businesses as needed
ADMIN & Management
- We also need to build in a way to modify business listings without update the app itself… such as a custom google account / database / etc. Nothing fancy… just needs to be able to plot new / remove businesses as needed.
Inspiration / Alternative Platforms to Copy:
This is a desktop version of what we are looking for. The look and design are not ideal but the functionality is almost right on to what we would like to replicate in mobile.
Minneapolis Skyway App
This is an app designed to be used in the skyways but the design and functionality are WAY out of date and unusable. We are looking to create a function, modern and perfected vision of what this is.
User Vision (Written by a Hypothetical User) —
Hi, I am Jon and am a banker in the WellsFargo building in downtown Minneapolis. I have a few things I need to get done over my lunch break but it's too cold to go outside. But I am connected to the skyway system so I can just walk through that to get everything I need.
I need an app that will show me where specific businesses are located within the skyway... like dry cleaners, food, hair cut, etc.
Once I know where these are, I can get everything I need done all without ever leaving the skyway.
Looking for an iOS App
Functionality should be based on the description listed above
Features can be taken fro existing products with considerations also listed above.
UX/Design should be taken into consideration but does not need to be anything custom or fancy… just look good using basic UX / Design principals
Need to have everything from build to deployment taken care of (I already have a developer account… but need someone to facilitate)
Please respond with detail, timeline and cost on how you will execute on the above. In addition, please provide any relevant project work that may relate to the challenge above.
As always, please let us know what other info / clarity you may need from us.