A Project in Wine
This week I got a chance to meet with the sponsor for my project – Jim Cupples. We got a chance to learn a lot about his background and he is an incredible guy! He has worked to set up a few different websites and companies already. One that may be useful as we move forward is his site- allthefarms.com. It is still in contemplation if a similar website for wines is within the scope for our project. The primary focus for our project is a phone application that works with wineries and consumers.
What the Wine?
There are two major factors the team needs to look at. The first side is creating the full application for both iOS and Android devices. The application should read QR codes that are individual per bottle of wine. Scanning the code will provide information about the wine and if it is potentially a fraudulent bottle. With participation from people in the wine industry the points of sale can also be tracked per bottle. The second factor for this project will be working with the wineries.
In order to arrange for QR codes on bottles we will have to put boots on the ground and talk to wineries. Putting individualized QR codes will help track the authenticity of the bottles of wine. It will also assist with tracking the history of each bottle. To do this will require a decent amount of networking – pressing the importance so their wine cannot be copied. Another aspect will be gaining information about each of these wines and wineries to store in the application. When a QR code is scanned we want to give the user a description of the wine and grapes used.
A Database Option
One database option I looked into this week was the AWS- Amazon Web Services database. I like the idea of using an online, cloud-based database for the project as it does not require a physical server that needs to be maintained. It seems like it will have a decent learning curve. Above that, when set up properly it is very secure.