Rokwire: The Open-Source Platform behind the Illinois App and More

Posted on November 29, 2023

The Daily Illini

Through its approach to software development, Rokwire is setting up new Illinois app contributors for success. In an article in the Daily Illini, Rohit Chatterjee described Rokwire’s strategy for incorporating community input and also outlined significant updates that will be implemented in the app in the coming months. 

Now any potential contributor to the app can propose a feature or point out a bug by submitting an issue on Rokwire’s GitHub repository. A Rokwire developer might start the project or invite collaboration, and more detailed documentation about the code base and an Illinois app wiki can help get new software creators working more efficiently on their ideas.

Chatterjee also revealed features planned for the next release in early 2024. Students who use the app will no longer need to dig out an i-card to unlock doors in their residence halls or around campus. Newly installed readers will use signals received from the app to control building access. Ways to collect data for research projects will expand when information from sensors—like pulse monitors or sleep trackers—can be incorporated with the study participant’s permission. In addition, a search feature developed using artificial intelligence will be available to answer questions about the University of Illinois.

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