Mobile App Soft Control via WiFi for Proprietary Hardware

Seamless Setup and Real-Time Operation

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Case Study

Overview

delaPlex delivered a highly responsive solution that focuses on a better user experience for remotely controlling proprietary broadcast hardware using consumer mobile devices.
CLIENT: Utah Scientific
INDUSTRY: Broadcast

Client Need

The client’s proprietary hardware, running on Linux, needed the ability to setup and operate soft control panels easily via popular consumer mobile devices. Wi-Fi connectivity for an app with an intuitive interface to configure, monitor, and operate an installed router system. Requested features include security levels, premium feature licensing, auto-discovery of connected devices, unlimited device control.


Product Challenges

Designing a modern user experience to connect with legacy hardware while providing real-time performance on a mobile device. Extensive system regression testing and systemic QA testing to ensure zero-delay functions executed on multiple devices when sending corresponding RCP3 Protocol packets through socket communications.

They are a reliable and trusted partner. delaPlex provided us a great way to add new control options for our customers by translating our requirements to iOS and Android. The apps ensure Utah Scientific’s position as a customer driven, industry leading organization.

John Schilber, Director of Product Development
Utah Scientific, Inc
API, Big Data, Broadcast, Mobile, Tablet

delaPlex Solution

delaPlex delivered a highly responsive solution that focuses on a better user experience for remotely controlling proprietary hardware. Wi-Fi connectivity best practice was implemented and virtually eliminates confusing setup and connection failures for complicated equipment. The cross-platform mobile app gives operators real-time status of their entire system, predicts conflicts, and allows quick action to be taken in the event of a failure. A suite of alarms for loss of signal, power supplies, fans, temperature, and cards are displayed for engineers with graphical views of the devices make system-wide management extremely simple.


How We Did It

Agile methodologies were implemented to create a seamless process from start to finish allowing delaPlex and the client to keep the project on task and on schedule through the design, implementation, and QA stages of the project.

Mobile Development

Developed native applications using Java for Android and Objective-C for iOS

UI/UX Design

Adobe XD used for wireframing mobile screens

Digital Router APIs

Utah Scientific RCP3 TCP/IP Protocol


Core Stack

Android – Java | iOS – Objective-C | Utah Scientific RCP3 TCP/IP Protocol | Adobe XD | Git Hub

About the Client

Utah Scientific was the first to offer a large-scale digital router and pioneered many features that are now standard. Products include digital routing switchers for 4K/3G/HD/SD/AES/MADI signals, master control switchers, distribution amplifiers, fiber transmission products, and branding & graphics products. Customers include corporate and broadcast operations worldwide. Their routers are the most energy-efficient on the market and offer the industry’s widest range of control panels.
delaPlex has been a technology partner over 6 years with the client on multiple products.