Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, Finnish Floorball Federation and the International Floorball Federation have developed a Points Master application for Android, iPhone and Windows Phone smartphones. Points Master application serves the floorball devotees in a new way, because it is self-directed and easy-to-use tool for playing the game. Players can control each game with mobile application according to the instructions, without a real person as an instructor or coach. Points Master application will continue to develop, for example, so that sharing game results on the social media will be possible.
In Finland there are about 350 000 floorball devotees. Points Master is a certain form of floorball in which a single player collects points based on the success of regularly changing teams. The game mode was originally developed by floorball legend Jarmo Perttilä in the 1990s. So far, the game has been played with the help of printed Excel-sheets, but a mobile application will help in organizing and managing the game considerably. The application controls the flow of the game and takes care of timekeeping and the point calculation. The application was completed for Android and Apple devices in the spring 2013, and for Microsoft devices in November 2013 . Free application can be downloaded from the App Store, Google Play or Windows Phone Store and it is available in Finnish and in English.
Metropolia’s Media Technology student Mika Karenius and IT student Michael Damena have carried out the technical implementation of the application on different operating platforms.
Damena, who completed the application for Windows platform, says the project was educating.
- I feel more confident in solving technical problems, as the project gave me excellent experience in troubleshooting and problem solving in a Windows environment. I believe the project is a good merit when applying for a job in the future, says Michael Damena.
Floorball Points Master mobile application is an important tool for Floorball Federation, as there has been only a limited number of facilitating and supporting tools for sports. At the same time, mobile devices and their usage are constantly on the rise.
- Our experiences on student cooperation are positive. Projects like this will benefit both parties and the results are tangible. Following the technical implementation has been a learning experience for us too, says Janne Bruun from the Finnish Floorball Federation.
Metropolia has done business co-operation in the field of mobile applications more than 10 years.
- Typically, we do a proof- of-concept type of projects and prototypes , as we do not have the organization to take care of product updates and support. In this way we are not competing with the commercial sector. In addition there is always a learning perspective involved - both for students and for teachers, says principal lecturer Kari Salo from Metropolia.
So far there has been about a thousand Floorball Points Master application downloads. Bruun believes that the number will multiply after the recent release of the application for Microsoft devices as well as by raising awareness of the application.
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Finnish Floorball Federation
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