The long term management and maintenance of this project will be managed by me, William Zhou, and the other project leads. We will be in close communication with HFS, CSF, and UW Recycling throughout the entirety of the project and beyond. If the pilot launch is successful, then two things may happen. If we reach an agreement with HFS post pilot, then we will create a software license for HFS and they will pick up any long term or month to month costs associated to keep the service running. In the future, if the product is deemed successful and useful by the parties involved, then we will reapply for additional units to be placed in more areas on campus.
****I was asked to address these additional questions via email
Address the following committee feedback in your final proposal:
· Have you explored lower cost alternatives to ipads?
Unfortunately, our code is written all in "Swift" the native language for iOS, which has taken us 6 months to develop. But yes, we did consider this in the beginning of the project, however, we decided to forego any other platforms such as Android for a few reasons.
1. Android hardware (tablets) have no standard, and have many different variations on screen size, and performance between different models. In our experience, units of the same model also seem to have more inconsistencies on processing ability, longevity, and battery life.
2. iPads were/are the most popular tablets, and because the EcoTab is built for ease of use, we decided to go with the most familiar model to end-users.
3. Part of the value in this project is that we will be continuously updating the software to improve it's usability. Many lower cost alternatives to the iPad Air 2 will either no longer have support for updating their operating system, which means we won't be able to update the software itself, or, the hardware within the product will no longer be able to run the operating system smoothly, meaning we'll have poor performance for the software.
· What is the longevity of this project? What happens to the ipads after the month trial period?
Depending on when we'll be able to get everything set up, and the timing of summer quarter, the pilot may end up running for longer than a month long period. However, assuming that we fail to reach an agreement with HFS, the iPads and kiosks can easily be donated to Kane Hall and repurposed for students to check out and borrow. They can be used for future events or projects, and provide an easy format for surveys or other programs. These kiosks will be University of Washington branded.
· Will the software be licensed to UW or sold to UW?
If the pilot is successful and we reach an agreement with HFS, then we will most likely create a software license agreement with HFS.
· If successful, what is your plan to expand?
If successful and all things go as intended, we'll look to reapply to the CSF grant for more units around campus, and perhaps bring it to other universities in the future.