When Sprintcrowd was in the planning stages, the team behind the app knew it would launch into a crowded market, but had big plans to ensure it would stand out from the crowd. They wanted Sprintcrowd to offer a feature-rich, highly social experience – but, crucially, they also wanted it to be the world’s first truly live running app.
With a lean developer team of just five engineers, they knew that delivering on that vision would require a true cloud approach – building on AWS and stitching together a range of third-party solutions across live tracking, geo-positioning, running data analysis, voice streaming and more to create a powerful, seamless user experience. Every users’ GPS location, updated every five seconds, is used to calculate running distance and elevation, current and average running pace – to update a global leaderboard visible to all runners.
However, delivering all these features as part of a truly live experience was the killer feature that would ensure Sprintcrowd stood out and for that, the team knew it would need an outstanding realtime infrastructure partner. Sprintcrowd CEO, Victor Wigelius said: “The plan was to put realtime at the heart of the product, to create a unique live running app experience.
“But to do that we needed a partner we could depend on, with all the protocols and adaptors we’d need to both gather runner data for processing, then fan it back out in the form of individual runner feedback and updates to the global leaderboard. In many ways, the entire app experience relies on realtime, so it needed to be highly performant, able to scale as we grow and adaptable enough to move with us as we innovate and enhance the user experience.”