National Performance Register – Secure access and on-the-go convenience
Something that we love at Netgen is when we get a project that is more than just one thing. When eta College – a longstanding client – came to us with the concept for the National Performance Register mobile app, we knew this would be an interesting project. The app would need to link up to the much larger database already hosted online, and access would need to be restricted or granted based on user profiles.
The National Performance Register (NPR) is a South African first and is powered by eta College. It’s a database for athletes that compares their performance stats to those of both local and international benchmarks for their sport and competitive level. Coaches and athletes use it to judge where they are in their training process for competitions.
What the NPR does
The NPR was already an existing online database when Brad Searle of eta College came to us with the idea for the mobile app. Searle said they wanted a way for coaches and athletes to view the benchmarks and the results of their own tests while in training sessions or while on the go.
Athletes are tested by NPR representatives on areas such as endurance, flexibility, strength and agility. These results are then put into the database under the athlete’s unique identifier and the stats are added to the benchmark equations. Each athlete tested is then given access to their own results and how they compare to the general stats. Athletes can nominate specific people – coaches, etc. – to also gain access to this information.
Security a priority for the NPR mobile app
Our mobile app developers were tasked with creating a secure, mobile-friendly way to access this information. Users needed to be able to use their login credentials to access only the information that they were allowed to see. The stored data also needed to be tamper-proof to ensure the stats remained unchanged.
The initial phase NPR mobile app was rolled out in 2020 and we are looking forward to expanding on its capabilities in the future.