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Liveability

What is it?

Liveability The UNSW Liveability App is a free mobile application designed to give community members, especially people with disability, older people, and carers, greater input into the design, development and improvement of their town centres.

The Liveability App has been designed at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) as a collaborative project between the Built Environment Faculty's Enabling Built Environments Program (EBEP) and the Engineering Faculty's School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications.

How it works?

Community members use the App to rate the liveability features and services of their local area, including walkability, health, and overall liveability.

The Liveability App collects this liveability information through audio, text, visual and image data. Local Councils and planners can then make improvements to the design of the local area, based on the suggestions made.

System Architecture

We have developed an easy-to-use app that allows general users (including senior citizens) and council workers to enter information about (aka "audit") objects in their built environment. The information is rich in format, including numeric scores to rate the object, text comments, photos and audio commentary. The audits are uploaded in real-time using the mobile device's network connection and stored centrally at a database server hosted at our University. The storage uses an underlying data model that enables easier aggregation, analysis, and comparison with standards. The processed data can then be mapped and visualized (step 4) to provide feedback to councils so they can easily identify issues and trends that require remedial or pre-emptive action.

System architecture diagram