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Case Study: TrailerVote

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XP Bytes helped TrailerVote go from Tech Demo to working product, built for over 1 million users a minute, using Ruby on Rails, NodeJS and InfluxDB.

TrailerVote is the exhibition industry's hottest growth tool. It provides in-theatre trailer analytics and mobile app re-marketing.

Challenge

Most cinemas, offering no or spotty WiFi, are struggling with sign-ups into their loyalty programs; lack insights in which advertisements (trailers) lead to sales and can't perfectly predict how many time slots should be allocated for a movie during opening weekend.

When TrailerVote's founder contacted XP Bytes, they had just started looking for a lasting partnership building upon the work of an initial Tech Demo. The basis was there, but now the system had to be able to withstand an exponential roll-out across cinemas, all over the world. The current implementation would not be able to even sustain 10 users a minute.

Solution

XP Bytes set up a series of micro-services, each with their own tasks:

  • Ingest Trailers from other systems, such as those from their partners,
  • Ingest metadata for these trailers, such as backdrops, descriptions,
  • Create unique identifiers for each segment of a trailer,
  • Listen and track votes, anonymously,
  • Propgate static content across edges around the world,
  • Provide views for in-app and SDK consumption,
  • An administrative CMS,
  • An analytics dashboard.

The Ruby on Rails web application framework was used to quickly bootstrap the applications; API format of responses were defined in media types and these were registered; Node JS (with TypeScript) was the primary candidate to generate views that the mobile SDKs could easily consume.

Because we had to deal with a potentially gigantic amount of data when a movie screens across countries, and people vote, simultainously; because we wanted to be able to aggregate, display and transform votes over time; to comply with the various privacy laws, including GDPR, we chose a time series database.

Results

Because of the systems we've built, trailers could now be scoped per cinema location; data could be shown in many languages; API design allows the SDKs to be updated only sporadically; the system being capable of handling over a million requests a minute.

There was no longer a tech demo, but a complete eco-system and this has allowed Trailervote to showcase around the globe, with pilots starting everywhere.