We were working on another app project to provide tourists the opportunity to create their own city tours with the public transportation. As the application should imperatively work in off line mode to avoid the roaming problem, we were thinking on a solution to solve it and to offer more information to our users.
What it does
Currently our prototype is developped for specific business solutions. 1 - Collaborative work : secured data storage and exchange, easy files transfert with comments, file versionning, private messenging channel, tasks manager, media file streaming, view sharing 2 - Smart cities : geopositionning indoor and outdoor, geolocalisation, cartography, multi modal itinaries generator. Everything can be synchronized in the Public Cloud or on a private server as required by the client. As all features are independent, we can create any new application or solution for our clients. We are working to create a mesh network between our devices in order to provide an offline zone with interactivities and private messenging channel.
How we built it
Our first prototype is built with Sparkfun boards and an Intel Edison Chipset. During the TM Forum hackathon, we built another prototype based on a Raspberry Pi 3. It is larger and need a biggest battery or to be plugged but we linked it with the IBM Bluemix services in order to be synchronized with the applications stored on Bluemix platform.
Challenges we ran into
We are currently in the 2nd phase of the Publicis 90 challenge and we are expecting to participate in the French Tech challenge to be selected for the next CES in 2017.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
Less than 10 days after creating our first prototype, we were selected by the French Tech to participate in a Hackathon on it booth during the 4YFN event in Barcelona (a side event of the Mobile World Congress). We had the opportunity to meet several mentors and investors during 3 days and to challenge our concept.
What we learned
We learned that the potential of our project is real but we have to manage our strategy in order to be very efficient still being fast. We also have to provide a simplest presentation of our concept with less technology and more use cases.
What's next for KoKumo
We are expecting to create 10 or 20 prototypes by next month (June 2016) in order to begin our first tests in real situations. Our first 'client' will be the RATP (the Parisian Public Transportation Company) which gave us The Jury's Favourite Prize during their event : The Urban Lab. We have also just obtained the official support by Intel which will help us to present our solutions to big companies.