Loorate — a social and charitable service
Loorate was created with the user in mind to allow easy navigation to restrooms in their area. By logging into the system, users would be able to input comments about facilities they used to help other users decide what restroom suited their needs i.e. baby changing facilities or wheelchair accessible cubicles. There is an admin login which allows restrooms to be added to the database as well as removing any spam or misleading user comments. Used technologies include Google Maps API, Laravel framework and jQuery.
The purpose of Loorate is for users to find public and consumer bathrooms in their locality that suit their needs for example: baby changing facilities or wheelchair accessible cubicles. This project aims to make users aware of what services are on offer in their local community and allows the user to feel at ease that they can find a bathroom before they go out i.e. they have a knowledge of the location before they go! When users login to the application, they can describe their experience and if there was anything that needed improving. The aim of this application is to create a service that would highlight the needs of the public. It would help local councils and businesses to see where there needs to be improvements. This would help improve the quality of the restrooms in the area and provide a much needed update to these facilities.
The aim of this project was to provide a service for the public to find and rate public and consumer bathrooms. For this a number of Map APIs had to be tested to see which performed the best and which allowed the user to interact with the map as easy as possible. It was found that the Google Maps API came highly recommended because of its many tools such as libraries and code samples. It is internationally recognised and implemented by many third party developers. Microsoft Bing Maps and many other Map APIs were tested but couldn’t offer the needed customisation and interactive nature that Google Maps API offers.