i-Environment

An interface with dashboards and interactive maps provides location-based services that allow users to easily browse and search environmental information.

OVERVIEW

About the project

Through the Open Platform for Environmental Resources, Taiwan EPA compiles real-time monitoring information to create i-Environment - a thematic interactive map browsing platform to serve demands of public for this type of information. An interface with dashboards and interactive maps provides location-based services that allow users to easily browse and search the environmental information they need. User can click the button of the dashboards to see the interaction on map.

  • Role: 
    UI/UX Designer

  • Tool: 
    Sketch, InVision, HTML, CSS, Bootstrap, Local-based service, Google Maps API

  • Client: 
    EPA

  • Timeline: 
    May 2015-November 2015

GOAL

The Challenge

Take the reference of MyEnvironment portal of the US Environmental Protection Agency and EU practices, building map query service portal which is integration, adaptability, theming and personalization for public demand. Based on user-centered design, i-Environment provides the environmental quality and life information according to user’s location.

RESEARCH

The Solution

In line with open data policy, Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) continues to open up and promote public applications. "I-Environment" uses more than ten types of inter-departmental environmental open data in combination of location based service. Users can grasp the environmental information effectively from searching location information. Through interaction map, user can also understand the surrounding environment. The personal environmental information map provides information based on the latest environmental activities from EPA and local Environmental Protection Agency.

USER PERSONA

Understanding the User

I am not familiar with internet, But I use Facebook everyday. I like hiking, camping, any outdoor things.

I like to read news about our environment, and I really concern about environmental issues. But I don’t know where can I search this kind of information.

Ms. Lai, 59

Retired Biology teacher

I am interested in natural science. I go on the internet everyday. I know how to search keywords to find the information what I am interested.

My teacher just ask us to understand our living environment. I have many homework to do everyday. I hope I can finish my homework fast without spending too much time.

Jessica 10

Elementary student

We are moving to a new city, and we try to find some local information to make sure that our new house is safe.

We have search many websites to ensure that, but we still want to find something about potential flooding and air quality. We believe that the information provided by government is more credible than private industry.

Dorris and Chen,
34 and 36

Newlyweds

IDEATION

Concept Sketching

HIGH FIDELITY DESIGN

EXPLORING DIFFERENT LAYOUTS

For example, if user plan to celebrate the New Year's Eve around Taipei 101, they can use i-Environment to locate and view nearby environmental information and amenities like weather, public toilets, green stores, attractions, gas stations, and hospital, etc. Even the water quality of nearby river and reservoir can be found.

CONCLUSION

RESULT

i-Environment is the first government website designed as the Hybrid Web. It helps present reports, statistics, quantitative figures, and other environmental information in data visualization. An interface with dashboards and interactive maps provides location-based services that allow users to easily browse and search environmental information. In addition to the convenient information services, the sensor network also provides air quality alerts to the public, along with suggestions for appropriate activities which is reminding user of immediately responding to discomfort and risks from environmental pollution under various circumstances.