Paris La Défense is a public institution with the purpose of providing the management, animation, and promotion of La Défense, the biggest business district in France.
Since 2016, the mobile application “Paris La Défense City Map” has been facilitating travel for Parisians, tourists, and businessmen and -women. However, following a survey completed by numerous users, Defacto identified improvements to be made which necessitated a complete redesign of the application. Among the key subjects to deal with, we find: service management, off-line mode, and the improvement of the events component.
The project “Paris La Défense City Map” presents numerous technological problems and challenges. To respond to each of them, Actimage is working in partnership with Magellium, an engineering company expert in geo-information and cartography. Actimage’s expertise in mobile development, interface design, and user pathways, coupled with Magellium’s skills, form a consortium capable of supporting Paris La Défense in their procedure.
We are in the conception stage of the complete redesign of the application. To do this we are proceeding along 3 different axes. The first consists of summarising the user needs via workshops in order to offer them dynamic prototypes and to involve them in the creation of the future application. The second axis, which is more technical, consists of choosing and testing the best tools for route planning and graphics rendering to integrate them during development. The objective is to improve the existing site, and to make it more relevant. The final axis consists of improving and collecting more information on the current services in La Défense (business, restaurateurs etc.) to respond to expectations and improve the experience of the application’s users.
Paris La Défense is seeking numerous partners to make the City Map the best companion to life in La Défense. The redesign of the application should see daylight in 2018.
Having completed my studies in la Défense I feel particularly involved in the City Map application project. There is a real need for it and people ready to use it to orientate themselves, discover new things, and take part in life in the quarter. The current application is functional but it’s not attractive. We have to modernise it, make it more dynamic, facilitate its use and add functionalities. I think that the City Map has a beautiful future ahead of it.