NVIDIA's NVContacts

Multi-platform app with unified secure access to organizational data

  • Android
  • iOS
  • Windows Phone 8
  • Windows RT
  • Web Services
  • SOAP
  • OpenSSL
  • SQLCipher
  • SQLite
  • SQLite for Windows Runtime
Solution Enterprise mobility solution
Industry Software and Technology
Engagement model T&M (time and materials)
Methodology Agile
Team
  • Android Developer
  • iOS Developer
  • Business Analyst
  • QA Engineers
  • Project Manager
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Customer

Problem

NVIDIA teamed up with the Softeq mobile apps team to build an enterprise mobility solution consisting of:

  • Corporate mobile application for employees to be used on smartphones and tablets
  • Backend web service providing access to the corporate data sources

The mobile part was expected to provide cross-platformity — running on four major platforms, including Android, iOS, Windows Phone 8, and Windows RT. It required to provide ease of use on smartphones and tablet devices, be fast and secure.The team set up all the necessary processes and instruments for implementing the project in a distributed environment.

Solution

Softeq’s team delivered the solution, which was set to facilitate daily interaction among NVIDIA’s employees.

We created 4 mobile applications with unified look & feel for the target mobile platforms (Android, iOS, WP8, and WinRT) and also delivered special UI designed for the iOS and Android based tablets.

The app aggregates regularly updated data from the corporate server. Integrated with an array of contact management systems utilized by the company’s employees, the application serves as a single point of access to the business information on each employee providing for the following capabilities:

  • Full-text search
  • Search by name, phone number, ID, etc.
  • Contact details view
  • Recent and Favorites views

One of the most valuable features of the application is the possibility to locate employee office and desk location on a floor plan.

The solution not only allows to quickly search for contact information but also to retrieve a complete reporting hierarchy relevant to the employee under search.

In addition, thanks to being integrated to corporate organizational resources, the solution allows checking conference rooms availability.

Security

With so much sensitive data consolidated in one place it was only natural the application was to meet the highest security standards. The database stores encrypted data, which is further protected through:

  • HTTPS-based device to server connection
  • User authentication through login/password submission to access the updated data
  • PIN code based access to the application

The app’s data protection and overall security level was verified by NVIDIA's Information Security Service.

Challenge

The team was to address several problems specific to the mobile business app integrated with a back-end system such as lack of mobile device memory for processing and displaying large size office floor plan images.

The team optimized the memory utilization process by:

  • Employing rational memory allocation
  • Applying defragmentation techniques
  • Smarter exceptions handling

Results

Since NVIDIA has introduced the new mobile application to its employees, connecting to the right person across the 8,000-strong enterprise has become easier.


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