Claron Technology Inc.
- Leveraged BlackBerry® WebWorks™ SDK for Tablet OS and the WebKit browser engine for the BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablet.
- Benefited from a strong relationship with the BlackBerry® developer team at Research In Motion® (RIM®).
- Impressed with the level of integration BlackBerry products and services have in the medical industry.
BlackBerry Developer Success Story - Claron Technology Inc.
As a company that specializes in medical imaging processing technology, it is important for Claron Technology Inc. to make its solutions available and accessible to as many medical professionals as possible. While it continues to create software specifically for manufacturers of medical imaging devices, Claron now also offers mobile solutions that can be integrated directly into hospitals and imaging centers. When the company decided to develop a native web application based on its innovative Nil technology, Claron realized that the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet would be an excellent fit.
Claudio Gatti, co-founder and co-CEO of Claron, talked about why it made sense for the company to develop an application for the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, the ease of development and the relative low cost to create.
Q: Describe the recent movement in the medical industry towards tablets?
Claudio: Hospitals are now becoming digital and want different departments to share the storage infrastructure for images, so it's important for us to provide our imaging technology that functions on a number of platforms so that images can be delivered anywhere inside and outside the hospital. There is an increasing trend to complement desktops and monitors with mobile devices. Now, the trend is to use tablets that allow hospital staff to have on-the-go access to important imaging and data.
Q: Why did you decide to develop for the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet?
Claudio: Research In Motion has dedicated staff that work with the medical industry. We made contact with a RIM representative at a conference and decided to accelerate the development of the application on the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. Working with RIM and being given the opportunity to preview the application at another conference was a great opportunity to increase our exposure.
RIM also has a reputation and a position inside hospitals as a provider of secure technology. In the fast-paced medical environment where the privacy of data is crucial and hospitals are constantly looking for secure solutions, we think that the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet is a great device for this environment.
Q: Describe your development experience working with BlackBerry WebWorks?
Claudio: The decision to support web applications, by RIM, early on was a perfect fit with our development model. Creating a BlackBerry app using the BlackBerry WebWorks [Software Development Kit] was very easy and a very fast process that we enjoyed thoroughly. On some platforms we have had to create many native layers and go out and find particular expertise in order to create the application, making it an order of magnitude more difficult/expensive. On the BlackBerry PlayBook we were able to develop the app in a few days starting from our Web Nil solution. As a result, the development cost was a fraction compared to [some] other platforms.
Q: Why was the debugging feature so important?
Claudio: We have benefited greatly from the debugging ability of the WebKit browser engine for the BlackBerry Playbook. Although a number of mobile browsers are based on the WebKit, the debugging ability is not always included with the solution. On the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet the debugging environment is comprehensive and we use it as a tool internally to troubleshoot potential problems.
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