Apps for the city

Apps for the city
Team members (from left) Steve Robinson, Rudi Ball and Ajinkya Ghorpade created a winning prototype app that allows bus commuters to identify locations of amenities and places of interest along a given route.

Bus passengers can pinpoint and explore Singapore's heritage and landmarks on their routes, if an app created by a group of research scientists takes off.

The brains behind the app is MrSteve Robinson, 38, a British citizen, who found it difficult to make sense of bus routes in Singapore.

"The information presented at bus stops is just a sequence of road names," he said.

"There needs to be a better way to present information about places along bus routes for tourists and newcomers in Singapore."

Drawing from his past work experience at London bus operator London Buses in Britain, he decided to rally his colleagues at a local research institute to build what he calls "Spider Maps" into an app.

Spider Maps are essentially route maps that pinpoint the bus stops along a bus route. This is similar to how train routes are currently presented on a map of Singapore.

"It's simply taking an idea from London that would work well in Singapore," he said.

Last month, Mr Robinson, together with four colleagues, built the first prototype of the app, dubbed Busotted, as part of the Data In The City hackathon organised by the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA).

To create the prototype app, the team relied on transport, heritage and other government data that is hosted on the data.gov.sg online repository.

Besides outlining bus routes on maps, Busotted also lets commuters identify locations of amenities and places of interest along a given bus route.

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