WEST CHESTER, Pennsylvania — January 20, 2017 — The Polaris Team today announced Polaris, a revolutionary departure management system designed specifically for the Weekend Program at Westtown School. Polaris replaces the current SignUpGenius®, an event organizer, and offers a responsive design, Google® integration, Alchemy℠, manageability optimizations, data analytics along with many other features.
A Fresh New Look
Guided by the responsive design principle, Polaris intelligently adapts to different screen sizes, from mobile to desktop. On mobile devices, Polaris’ responsiveness resembles that of a native mobile app. On desktops, Polaris takes full advantage of the large screens and shows additional information including routes to the destinations on Google® Maps.
The new system is powered by Google® APIs. Starting with Google® Sign-In, users are able to log in to their accounts with just one click on trusted devices. And because the sign-in requests are handled directly by Google®, login credentials are never exposed to Polaris. This adds another layer of security to the system.
Similar to Resort, Polaris utilizes the Calendar API which enables it to add, modify, and delete trips on users’ Google® Calendar. Additionally, the powerful Maps API allows Polaris to display routes to destinations and even estimate return time of trips.
Polaris ships with Alchemy℠, a feature designed to protect the integrity of the system while providing increased chances for users to get on the trips they signed-up for.
The most important component of Alchemy℠ is wait lists. Each trip contains two lists: a departure list and a wait list. Following the “first-come, first-served” policy, sign-ups are first added to the departure list and then to the wait list when the departure list is full. If a space in the departure list becomes available, a user in the wait list will be moved up to the departure list. The powerful algorithms of Alchemy℠ also prevent a user from signing up for trips with overlapping time intervals.
Additionally, Alchemy℠ also:
- keeps trips inaccessible until they are published.
- prevents users from signing up for others by assigning unique tokens through the Google® Sign-In API.
Built for Manageability
Manageability is the most demanded feature of the Weekend Program. Thus, the entire system has been built from the ground up with manageability in mind. Polaris comes with an administrator portal, which essentially allows the weekend coordinators to manage the entire database through a graphical user interface. Backed by an industry leading database, Polaris provides recommendations based on the popularity of previous trips through analytics and autocompletes new entries as the administrator creates new events.
Polaris also includes a separate interface designed for the duty crew members who are responsible for individual trips. The interface allows them to easily take attendance and complete electronic transportation forms.
About the Weekend Program
The Weekend Program at Westtown School is created to enrich the residential life of Westtown students with activities including but not limited to Starbucks™ runs, open dorms, Ultimate Frisbee® games, and trips to shopping malls.
Miguel Montoya Delgado
Kevin Wang ’18
Head, The Polaris Team
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