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We introduced the hotel industry with the fuel of crypto economics to not just make the whole system transparent but also remove the profit-making intermediary - Hotel Booking Services - from the scenario. With the Empire App project, we brought the complete Hotel Booking ecosystem to a place where no involved party is made to pay unjustified money in name of convenience and transaction fees.
When the client came to us, they shared their vision to first make the whole Hotel booking services transparent and then to remove the money making intermediaries from the picture and use the cost differentiation to offer services.
The answer cum solution of this expectation was to bring the app on Blockchain platform. Decentralization wouldn’t have just helped in removing the intermediary from the picture but also would have made the whole hotel booking payment system profit free with the inclusion of cryptocurrency.
This probable solution marked the category of Empire App as a Blockchain powered Hotel Booking Mobile App.
The onset of project was made with getting a complete understanding of the project idea and the users’ demographics
More often than not, the lack of staff experience and ill-planned Hotel Management Software lead to a situation where the same room is booked under two different names for the same duration.
It is not uncommon for even the best of the hotel chains to make mistake and place guests in rooms that they never asked for or worse, specifically asked to not allot.
When booking rooms through third-party hotel booking apps and websites, guests more often than not have to pay a lot extra amount in name of ‘peak season’ or ‘few units left’ while the actuality is that the hotel booking apps or websites charge extra for the maintenance of their software or simply to have a better looking year ending annual statement.
By introducing Blockchain in the business model, two things would happen - The guest data will be saved on the system in a safe environment and B. Since the whole system is now on-centralized, when a room booking transaction is made it will then be impossible to make another booking, all thanks to the immuta-bility power of Blockchain.
While Blockchain powered Empire App solves the problem of double booking or incorrect data, the cost related issues will get solved by EmpireCash.
Since EmpireCash is a digital currency, the price is not dependent on the economy or inter-geographical border transaction fees but on the demand of the currency. Also, because the business model worked on charge free platform, the guests were not seen as profit-making stakeholders.
Since our team of Blockchain developers was working around a technology that drives its power from immutability, we had to ensure that all the steps we took were backed by thorough research and the emphasis was given on the development of Proof Of Concept before the Main app development process started.
The idea that the client came with, was in need of a Blockchain ecosystem to make the whole system a lot more transparent and systematic. Also, since payment - a factor which was at the center of the app - was to be based on cryptocurrency, we decided to introduce a new currency coin in the market through the app, in addition to the inclusion of already popular Ether.
From the ideation stage itself, it was clear that the app would have four components that we would have to work on-
Blockchain Powered Web Panel for Hotel Staff
Empire Cash Creation
Crypto Wallet to Store EmpireCash and Ether
Mobile App for Guests to Use
Our team of strategist and developers together sat with the client to analyze and made a rough sketch of how the user would flow inside the app and the hotel staff would move within the web panel.
Once the concept and flow were theorized, we drafted a wire-frame to fix the move-ment and features with a much clearer sense and clarity.
With the wireframe now designed and approved, we moved on to the prototyping stage where we designed and created a working model of user navigation and admin panel of the application.
Now that the wireframe was ready and approved, it was time for our develo-pers and testers to get involved and create a Proof of Concept of the crypto wallet and empire cash.
Since the whole concept of the app called for a certain level of learnability, it was necessary for the white space to be given a special focus. We ensured that there were enough white sections in the app so that users won’t have to face the issue of information overload or cluttered spaces.
Our font choice was dominated by the reasoning that the letter spacing in words and the size of the words should take up only a certain percent of the app screen. It shouldn’t grab too much attention and at the same time, it shouldn’t get lost around the icons.
As for the icons, we went for the ease and less attention-grabbing ability that comes associated with Flat Icons
While Blockchain powered Empire App solves the problem of double booking or incorrect data, the cost related issues will get solved by EmpireCash. Since EmpireCash is a digital currency, the price is not dependent on the economy or inter-geographical border transaction fees but on the demand of the currency. Also, because the business model worked on charge free platform, the guests were not seen as profit-making stakeholders.
Because the refund module was decentralized, the cancellation and return method development poised as a challenge because of the immutable nature of Blockchain. Solution : Instead of making the refund process automated, we kept the system in users’ hands along with keeping minimal refund steps. We gave them prompts on how the refund initiation process should happen.
The wallet that we employed in the Empire App was an Ethereum Wallet and the mechanism finalized in the business model was that the users would have to buy the EmpireCash through Ether. So storing both the currencies and then adding the functionality of exchange posed a challenge.
Although the Empire App Model can be deemed as a complex mobile app, mostly because of the inclusion of a technology that is still to get mainstream in the mobile app world, with in-depth research and technical know-how of our Blockchain Team, we were able to overcome all the hurdles.
We were able to deliver a working module of the app which is now ready to be presented in the ICO. The app idea and Proof of Concept were able to get the attention of some of the industry’s top hot-shots: