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15 February 2012

Monash University smartphone app
Monash University smartphone app

Monash staff and students now have access to one of the most advanced smartphone applications offered by a university.

What started as one student’s pet project has developed into a full-scale iPhone app that features Monash information such as building locations, unit entries from the official University Handbook, events, shuttle bus timetables, the staff directory and the latest University news.

During the final year of his degree, Computer Science graduand James Eunson created an application that allowed him to more easily access information on his timetables and the location of lecture theatres.

“From there, I shared it with my friends and they made further suggestions on what information it could provide. I was really excited about the possibilities but was limited by the format some of the information was in,” Mr Eunson said.

During this time, the University became aware of the work Mr Eunson had been doing. With encouragement from Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) Professor Adam Shoemaker and crucial support from Mike Scott from the University’s Facilities and Services Division, Mr Eunson explored ways to create an app that would benefit all students at Monash.

Mr Scott said one of the greatest challenges in creating the app was integrating the University's detailed mapping data with Google Maps.

“James has had to come up with some ground-breaking coding to overlay the mapping information Facilities and Services Division had,” Mr Scott said.

“The app has been designed so the user can locate themselves on a campus, then track their movement using their device towards their destination identified on the map,” Mr Scott said.

With work on the mapping of all Australian campuses complete, Facilities and Services is looking forward to developing the same level of information for Monash University’s campuses in Malaysia, South Africa and Prato.

Additional features including student timetables are in development and access to the Library catalogue is being considered for future releases

The app - Monash University - can be downloaded for free from the Apple app store.

An Android version is currently in development.