By Nikki Ficken, AMRDEC Public AffairsDecember 20, 2016
REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Engineers at the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development, and Engineering Center partnered with an advanced leadership class and Redstone Arsenal to design a mobile app for the local community to stay informed on official information.
The Software Engineering Directorate's Army Game Studio developed code for the Redstone Explorer app, which is now available for download via the App Store and Google Play.
The app provides critical alerts, links to Team Redstone social media feeds, information about resources on Redstone and maps pointing out gates and gate traffic, as well as where recreation and other services are located. The app allows for push notifications, empowering Team Redstone officials to communicate breaking news with users.
The Army Game Studio, located at Redstone Arsenal, specializes in game technology and app development.
"Because of our expertise, the customer brings us their vision and we help bring it to life," said Marsha Berry, deputy program manager for the Army Game Studio.
The concept was developed by team members of the Aviation and Missile Command's 2016 Advanced Leadership Investment for Tomorrow Class. When class members needed to decide on a project to benefit Redstone, they settled on creating an app quickly.
"It's an app made by Redstone for Redstone," said Markeeva Morgan, a NASA engineer and LIFT member. "We want to be able to communicate with the community and with Team Redstone employees, in the most time critical and time sensitive way we can. We all have extremely important missions, and we're all very busy, so if we can help shave minutes off the day on ingress and egress, that's very critical," Morgan added.
"The LIFT program wanted this to be executed by the end of 2016," said Berry. "After discussing high level requirements, we collectively determined it was a 'Go'. Because we have an extensive asset and code base library, we were able to use existing code formulas to keep the program on schedule."
Members of the LIFT team are hopeful that adapting to modern methods of communication will help supply Redstone app users with information at their fingertips.
"It becomes a foundation for something that can grow into an even better mechanism for making sure that our workforce, our community and all of our stakeholders, inside and outside the Arsenal, have the best information possible," Morgan said. "This is about education and engagement."
In addition to assisting the community, the app demonstrates AMRDEC's ability to deliver customized software solutions to the point of need.
The U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center is part of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, which has the mission to provide innovative research, development and engineering to produce capabilities that provide decisive overmatch to the Army against the complexities of the current and future operating environments in support of the joint warfighter and the nation. RDECOM is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Materiel Command.