Yam Studio, which successfully fulfilled the needs of soccer fans by offering the apps “Today’s Overseas Soccer” and “Today’s K-League” is once again gaining attention, but this time from office workers with its new app “Today’s Commute”. Today’s Commute is a customized service for individual office workers that allows them to get information about weather, traffic conditions and other useful data for the area where they work. Yam Studio recently launched an Android version of the app based on feedback it received since the iOS version was released last year.
The app solves the problem of heavy information that exists in public transportation apps, and unpractical weather apps. CEO DJ Lee said he focused on the fact that most office workers travel the same path every day and search information about the same bus stops and stations every time. He has also been adding fun elements to the app below the information to help office workers kill time while they commute. In 2009, CEO Juwan Yoo, a high school student at that time, launched the app “Seoul Bus” which set off the release of public information. National and local governments also made efforts in the same direction, which resulted in new opportunities for the mobile app market. Last year, Seoul City opened “Seoul Open Data Plaza” and offered 918 types of data from 40 categories in real time through open APIs and data sets. However, there are still obstacles that need to be fixed such as restrictions and charging for receiving data. Active improvements and support are needed as API queries for services aimed at large amounts of users are limited to just 1000 a day. Lee commented on the problem, saying, “In the case of bus arrival information, the information structure of Seoul and Gyeonggi is very different. If they standardize it, it’s highly possible that more comprehensive services would be created by the public. At Yam Studio we plan to continuously update our services with our goal of making ‘things we need’.”