Thu 08 May 2014 @ 09.13u / 2692 views

How the Dutch Doping Authority developed a problem solving app

Sharing their whereabouts with the various doping authorities is mandatory, but it’s a hassle for the elite athletes required to do so. The Dutch Doping Authority developed an innovative app that lets athletes concentrate on their sport instead of looking for ways to share their location.

“Today about 300 Dutch elite athletes use our app called ‘WhereAbouts’” explains Herman Ram, CEO at the Dutch Doping Authority. “With this application athletes share their whereabouts with one simple click with the authority. As athletes tend to travel around the world, the app prevents them from wasting time looking for ways to share their whereabouts when abroad.”

Herman Ram speaks at Mobile Convention Amsterdam 2014 about the app ‘his’ Doping Authority developed, how and why it became a success and why the Dutch Doping Authority has put itself on the international map by developing ‘WhereAbouts’.

The app ‘WhereAbouts’ underwent a trial period in 2011. The Doping Authority decided to officially launch the app not long after the successful pilot. “Reactions were very positive”, says Ram. “The technical development issues – inherent to launching this kind of app – were minimal. During the trial the app actually proved to have solved a problem.”

‘WhereAbouts’ is not purely dependent on mobile data or wireless Internet. If an athlete encounters mobile data issues he can switch from data to communicating via SMS. “Today, it is very unlikely that athletes are in areas without any mobile coverage. Hence, the app takes away the hassle of finding ways to share their locations, which, in turn, leads to a sharp decline in registered errors athletes get when unable to share their location.”


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