Hawkin Dynamics levels up their product in 2 weeks instead of months   

Introduction 

Results 

Hawkin Dynamics offers research-grade biomechanical data to help  sports teams improve their athletes’ performances. Their  Internet-connected force plates collect athletes’ data, which is then  analyzed and made accessible in mobile and web apps in real time. The  company serves customers in the NHL, NCAA, EPL and other leagues.    

 

2 weeks   to elevate product to a new level    

50% 

Challenge 

lower development costs 

Measuring an athlete’s motions and providing real-time analytics is  complex. For example, with a simple vertical jump, Hawkin Dynamics’  force plates must capture 10,000+ data points within seconds, then  analyze that data in the cloud and deliver the analytics instantly to  coaches.     They originally built their back end using Firebase Realtime Database and  Amazon Web Services (AWS), with Android and Node.js to deliver their  analytics. This required months of effort: stitching components together  and building a data layer for their web app. Ultimately, they envision  providing a full-blown analytics service to coaches, which will require  months or years of development.    

 

2500  fewer lines of code to maintain     

   

Solution  Using Cloud Firestore, Hawkin Dynamics was able to optimize their back  end for intensive data calculations and transmission. Using only one  developer, the team migrated from Firebase Realtime Database to Cloud  Firestore in a few days, simply by removing their legacy web data layer  (which they no longer needed because of Cloud Firestore) and replacing  their existing Node functions with Cloud Functions.     Before Cloud Firestore, the team planned to hire a back-end developer so  they could focus on building new features. After using Cloud Firestore,  however, they no longer needed that new hire (for now), reducing their  hiring costs by over 50%. They also were able to release new web and  Android apps within two weeks. The two new apps included many  features they had originally planned to ship months later. With Firebase,  the team made a huge leap toward realizing their vision of their product. 

 

  With Firebase Realtime Database, we felt we had built the best force-plate  testing software on the market. Thanks to Cloud Firestore, in only two  weeks, we built a system that’s significantly better and includes features we  never thought possible to ship on Day 1.   

Chris Wales, CTO, Hawkin Dynamics 

 

 

 

Hawkin Dynamics - Firebase

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