Norsk Guardian is an app that has a unique ability to monitor your boat's battery charge and thereby make your trips on the water safe.
The global market for battery management systems is growing rapidly every year. According to forecasts, in 2024 the entire BMS market will be valued at 12.6 billion dollars. The development of the market is driven by the growing need for monitoring and management of batteries in renewable energy systems. And that’s when Norsk comes into play!
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7 • People
972 • Commits
Norsk Guardian is an application that the Stormmotion team created for Norsk, a company that develops original lithium-ion batteries for open water, ice fishing, and kayaking.
Each Norsk battery has a unique Bluetooth module, thanks to which the application can receive and process information about battery status. One of the main ideas behind the app is to avoid critical situations at sea due to battery problems. Using the app, users can monitor the battery temperature, voltage, current charge and a bunch of other crucial parameters. The application analyzes all these indicators and in case of significant deviations from the norm, which may lead to a short circuit, sends a warning to the user.
Thus, one of the key technical challenges for our team was to create and ensure instant data exchange between the battery and the phone. In addition, configure the system so that it understands in which cases the indicators mean possible problems and need to warn the user about possible problems with batteries, even before they appear.
The full-cycle development of the Norsk Guardian application went through all the key stages — from Wireframing to QA & Release.
One of the main stages was the Discovery stage. The Stormmotion team had to figure out if the battery could get all the data the customer wanted. For this, we developed a BLE module, thanks to which the connection and data transfer via Bluetooth takes place. The React Native framework turned out to be the best solution for creating such an application.
To deliver the app, 7 members of the Stormmotion team participated: 3 Developers, 1 QA Engineer, 2 UI/UX Designers and a Project Manager. It took about 30 weeks to create the app.
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The final Product fully met our expectations. While keeping it user-centric, we managed to keep the balance between both parties involved – employees and employers.
When working on IoT projects, we always ask for a device itself. That’s why Norsk sent us models of their batteries so that we could develop and test all the features of the application directly.
The application design developed by our UX/UI designers is both minimalist & functional. Despite the app is quite “technical”, we implemented a bunch of smooth animations to make it even more eye-pleasing.
Finally, we’ve set up a flawless communication system between the battery and the app. This minimizes the possibility of battery failure on water. Now every user of Norsk products can enjoy their holidays at sea and don’t worry about possible problems. If that, the app will warn you!