As it is with most institutions, employees have office numbers situated in some or other passage. In order to see someone specific, you go to the administrator/secretary to find out if said person is around or you walk aimlessly up and down the passage hoping to find someone that can at least point you in the right direction.
This is frustrating... for EVERYBODY!
CSE Vision intends to solve this problem.
CSE Vision is the brainchild of Kyle Stone (a colleague of mine at Tshwane University of Technology) and myself. It's purpose is to provide up-to-date information regarding the availability of lecturers. It also provides important information about lecturers like office number, subjects being taught, email address and office phone number. This information is available to anyone entering the department's lobby without the need to speak or ask someone for this information.
The systems consists of a web server, a PC with 24" flat screen In the lobby and desktop apps on the lecturer PC's from where they can control their availability status.
The display in the lobby shows a card for each of the lecturers . These cards contain the information regarding the lecturers, like: name, phone number, email, etc. The color of the card indicates whether the lecturer is: Available(green), Busy(orange) or Not Available(red).Without having to wander aimlessly in the passage, visitors can now quickly see if the person they are looking for is available or not.
A desktop app allows each lecturer to quickly change their status without logging into the website. Although this system is highly dependent on whether individuals change their status, we are busy investigating ways of automating the status changes.
For a full write up on this project, visit the project pages on Kyle's blog.