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GNSS Product portal focuses on user experience

Date: 
Wednesday, January 30, 2019 - 10:00

 

Welcome_screen.pngThe GNSS Product portal has gained a fresh and modern design improving the user experience (UX). “The initial design and usability were deprecated, therefore we decided to reformulate it”, says André Rodrigues, from UBI and the developer in charge of portal redesign. According to Rodrigues, besides having minor details such as a “welcome screen”, the reformulation implied a new design taking into consideration user interface and usability.

Filter_selection.pngPaul Crocker, professor at UBI and software coordinator of EPOS TCS GNSS says that reaching a total user experience is quite challenging as it must combine user interface and usability. “User interface is an important component of any website or portal design, and it is the space where the interaction between a human being and a machine occurs. On the other hand, we must count on usability which aims to make a system easy to access, easy to learn, efficient to use and even pleasant”, explains Paul. He goes on: “We have also adapted the portals splash screen to give information on GDPR compliance”.

Timeserieswith_customizable_fields.pngUser eXperience – André Rodrigues reveals that, in the old portal version, the reduced map and the growing number of stations had been made it difficult to visualize all the stations. “In the new design, stations are grouped into clusters, that expand when the user zooms-in. Next to that, the user can use map controls, located on the right side of the page, to choose what he wants to see”, says Rodrigues assuring that this reformulation brings a better UI, usability and, as a consequence, assures user experience.

Data_availability.pngData download – Another improvement was made at the bottom of the portal. After selecting a station, will open a sidebar which shows graphics with data for the chosen options (time series, velocities and power spectral density). “Besides, there is a possibility to download these data in different formats”, highlights the developer.

At the bottom of the screen, right below the map, there is a table that shows the available stations. Clicking on a station will open a side panel that will display the time-series, velocities and power spectral density data for that station. In this panel it is also possible to download the data in different formats.

Station-cluster-grouping.pngAvailability – Returning to the table, each station has a button that opens a window where the data availability of that station can be seen.

Pick out filters – In the map, which occupies most of the page at the screen, the stations are shown. By applying the rectangle feature the user can select the stations of a selected zone. He can also use the filters available on the right of the map, which allow one to choose specific networks or analysis centers. “Choosing the time series option, it is now possible to customize its fields”, says Rodrigues.

 
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