Mobile Sports Client with GPS Tracking on iPhone and BlackBerry

Company able to leapfrog competition in one stroke with a very usable application on the latest mobile platforms

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Situation

  • A portal for athletes to plan and track their workout, trail running and biking schedule
  • Similar portals from company's competitors provide features over traditional mobile phone platforms

Challenge

  • The company wants to meet competitor features and also provide differentiated service via popular and lifestyle mobile phones like the iPhone and BlackBerry
  • The company wants to leap ahead of the competition with new-age mobile features

Harbinger Solution

  • Mobile client for the portal that records workout timing, schedules, information on athlete weight, calories burnt, nutrition etc.
  • The client tracks athlete location, training route covered and timing, and displays on a map from Google Maps
  • Adapted web-based interface of the portal to suite the iPhone and BlackBerry native-UI principles
  • Workout and training route data gathered from the user's mobile is reflected on user's profile page on website

Technologies & Tools

  • iPhone 3.1 SDK
  • iPhone GPS API (CLLocationManager)
  • GMap2 Google Map API for routes
  • Xcode 3.2
  • Objective-C
  • Cocoa Touch framework
  • BlackBerry SDK 5.0
  • RIM / J2ME location and maps packages for finding and displaying device location
  • Events, timers and UI layout classes for display on BlackBerry device screen

Benefits

  • The mobile app has practical application for athletes to record and track their training route while on the run
  • Support for location tracking was a seamless and integrated experience for athletes on the run with no additional devices or change in behavior