We developed a mobile app for iPhone and iPad that provides access to RIPEstat. The main purpose of this new front-end is to show information about Internet number resources in a way that is optimised for handheld devices. You can now find the RIPEstat mobile app in the Apple App Store.
In the figure below you can see the iTunes preview of the RIPEstat mobile application. If you click on the image you can go directly to the store and download the application for free.
Figure 1: iTunes preview: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ripestat/id465322734
Supporting information visualisation on smartphones is a common practice nowadays. However, charts and diagrams designed for large screens can not meet the specific requirements of those devices. That is why for instance on-line newspapers and other organisations have already changed their visualisation methods and formats to meet these requirements. On the other hand, such limitations go hand in hand with new technological opportunities that can be exploited to support user interaction.
RIPEstat Mobile accesses this data through a REST API publicly exposed on the web. In fact, RIPEstat shows both, graphical representation of resource information and the the raw data used to create these charts. This information is made available in different formats (json and yaml). The raw data of each RIPEstat module can been queried by means of a specific URL as shown in Figure 2 below.
Figure 2: Example data download link for the routing history module
On the iPad, the main window of the application shows the control panel on the left and the content panel on the right hand side. The control panel provides an input field that can be used to specify an AS number or an IP address prefix. It also presents the user with a list of controls corresponding to the plugin the user is interested in. The content panel shows charts and graphs displaying the retrieved information in a graphical way (see below).
Figure 3: iPad layout
On the iPhone those two panels cannot be displayed next to each other. Therefore the content panel will be shown on demand only (see Figure 4 below).
Figure 4: The two panels as shown on the iPhone (control panel on the left, content panel on the right hand side)
In order to make the tool meet users requirements, we decided to publish a first version of the application even though some features are still missing. By providing us feedback on the current functionalities and additional features you would like to see, you can help us set priorities and make this tool as useful as possible for your operations.
Please also note the Public Demo Sessions scheduled on monthly basis on webex. They offer you an easy way to keep up to date with improvements and new functionality.