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Software Engineer

August 2016 - July 2020

  • Contributed to the development of Safeswim, a real-time water monitoring website for Auckland Council's beaches.
  • Safeswim received international recognition by winning the smart city award.
  • Led the frontend development of the Safeswim website and contributed to significant portions of the backend.
  • Created a digital sign system using a Raspberry Pi to display real-time beach safety information at various locations.

During my time at Translate Digital, I had the opportunity to contribute to the development of Safeswim, a water monitoring website created for Auckland Council. Safeswim provides real-time information on the water quality of Auckland's beaches, allowing swimmers to determine if it's safe to swim based on the current conditions.

One notable achievement was Safeswim winning the international smart city award, a globally recognized accolade. You can read more about it in this article: Safeswim won the international smart city award.

During my involvement in the project, I played a significant role in developing the frontend of the Safeswim website, as well as contributing to substantial portions of the backend. Additionally, I was tasked with creating a digital sign that would be deployed at various locations across Auckland's top beaches. This digital sign provided real-time updates on the safety of the beach for swimmers.

Cesar with sign at beach

Safeswim digital sign

To implement this solution, we chose a straightforward approach. We set up a local website on a Raspberry Pi device, which could be controlled remotely through the internet. This allowed us to display the relevant information on the digital signs, ensuring that swimmers had access to up-to-date safety information.

Throughout the development process, I focused on delivering a user-friendly and intuitive experience on the website, while also ensuring seamless integration with the digital sign system. By leveraging my expertise in frontend and backend development, I contributed to creating a robust and effective solution for Safeswim.

Overall, working on the Safeswim project at Translate Digital was an enriching experience, and I take pride in being part of a team that received international recognition for our work in the smart city domain.