PERIMETER Usability Report for Phase 1 Available

Phase 1 of the PERIMETER project is almost complete. Part of this work involved the usability testing of the Graphical User Interface (GUI) for the system and an analysis of the findings. Download the Report PDF here.
The PERIMETER system aims to provide the user with the best possible QoE and connection when they are using applications on their mobile device. The PERIMETER middleware is designed and implemented for use on devices which run the Google Android operating system. The user can upload the PERIMETER to their Android device and access the system via the PERIMETER GUI. Some sample of the various screens of the GUI are shown here.
This testing phase was conducted for a number of reasons such as ensuring the system worked, that it was intuitive and understandable, that it achieved its intended purpose and to assess users reaction to it and they perceived to be the benefits of the product.
Several test users participated in this testing session across four of the PERIMETER consortium partners, namely:
• Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland;
• Fachhochschule Vorarlberg GmbH, Austria;
• Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri A.S. Turkey;
• Technische Universität Berlin, Germany.
The execution of these tests and the results derived from an analysis of the feedback has provided the PERIMETER consortium with important information from the aspect of potential users of the system going forward. These results will influence the design and functionality of the system as a whole.
Aspects of the system that were not considered in this first phase now need to be addressed whilst others can be discounted thus saving valuable development time. Also, the perceived benefits to the user of using such a system differed slightly from those of the consortium. These benefits will be analysed and may lead the consortium to explore different potential markets and business models for the finished system going forward.
An account of the full procedure and results of this testing session can be found on the PERIMETER website in the Technical Reports section.