Glasgow airport bus adds augmented reality to seat backs
The Glasgow airport bus service Glasgow Shuttle service 500, run by First Glasgow, claims to have become the world's first service of its kind to fit "augmented reality" technology to the back of passenger seats. Passengers download the First Scotland AR app using the service's free Wi-Fi connection and point their mobile phone, or tablet, at a vinyl fitted to the seat in front. The app launches an interactive action screen showing short films about Glasgow 2014 preparations and all that is going on in the city. With the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games now underway, the presentation will be updated to include links to the latest Games news, plus traffic and travel reports. Content has been produced by First Glasgow in partnership with Glasgow City Marketing Bureau. First Glasgow's managing director Fiona Kerr said: "We expect the Glasgow Shuttle to carry thousands of visitors this summer thanks to Glasgow 2014. We're well prepared for the Games and I'm really pleased that we've been able to implement ground-breaking new 'augmented reality' technology to help welcome visitors to Glasgow. Our new 'augmented reality' feature brings our seat-backs to life and makes bus travel more interesting, enjoyable and useful for our Shuttle customers and complements the free Wi-Fi on board."
Pictured: Augmented reality technology fitted to seat backs on First's Glasgow Shuttle service.
First Glasgow: www.firstglasgow.com
Advanced launches OpenMobile Expenses application for smartphones
Business applications firm Advanced Business Solutions has launched its OpenMobile Expenses app, enabling staff to submit expense claims via their smartphones or tablets when working remotely.
Users are also able to submit photographs of receipts, eliminating paper-based administration and reporting. The app transfers information to the Advanced OpenAccounts finance system. Expense claims are imported into Advanced's workflow solution, eBIS, from where they are routed to departmental managers for authorisation. The app can be pre-set with mandatory fields in order to capture key information, such as dates, the reasons for the expense claim and the amount. Expenses are then categorised via a simple drop down menu ensuring the accuracy of information submitted by users. All expenses are automatically checked to ensure adherence to company policies, and those that contravene rules are flagged for review.
Advanced Business Solutions: www.advancedcomputersoftware.com/abs
Coactiva and Civica launch anti-fraud partnership
Counter-fraud and empty homes detection specialist Coactiva has announced a partnership with specialist systems and business process services firm Civica to combat benefit fraud for users of Civica's OnDemand revenues and benefits service. Part of the Callcredit Information Group, Coactiva's ThreeSixty Council Tax View monitors claimants for change of circumstances and prevent fraudulent applications before they are claimed. The service allows local authorities to integrate other in-house data sources, record outcomes and baseline campaign performance. The company's ThreeSixty Empty Homes has been specifically designed to enable councils to establish if a home is empty and, where applicable, take advantage of the New Homes Bonus awarded for bringing long-term empty properties back into use.
GOSS expands self-service with forms and process platform
GOSS Interactive has launched a new mobile-friendly self-service portal bringing together forms, business process mapping, integration and analytics.
The platform includes Forms Expert, an online forms creator for use on any device including mobile and responsive websites; Business Process Mapping, hosting a range of best-practice process maps for a wide variety of public sector processes; a set of easy-to-use tools enabling integration with more than 200 applications including Capita, Civica, Kana, I-Dox, Microsoft Dynamics and Northgate; and an analytics dashboard showing real-time savings and the return on investment (ROI). Pre-built online forms, processes and integration tools are available through the platform to download for key council services including bulky waste collection, reporting a missed bin collection, requesting a copy birth certificate among many others. The GOSS Forms & Process Platform is compatible with any CMS and can be plugged into any existing site, including those built with GOSS iCM, Drupal, Wordpress and Joomla.
GOSS Forms & Process Platform: www.gossinteractive.com/forms-and-process-platform