Sensorly, the French platform for crowdsourcing cellular and Wi-Fi coverage maps, has updated its app to also show users what sort of speed they should be expecting.
The service, which offers 300 maps across 50 countries, has actually allowed users to test and upload the mobile broadband speeds they receive for a while, but this is the first time that it’s feeding that data back to members of the community so they can see what performance carriers generally offer in a given area. Rivals for this kind of service include RootMetrics and OpenSignal.
Sensorly’s updated Android app is out on Monday (the app has seen over 600,000 installs, half in the U.S.) and a new version of its iOS app will follow later this week. However, as CEO Boris Lacroix told me, iOS users still won’t be able to contribute to Sensorly’s coverage maps due to limitations imposed by Apple on the app’s functionality.
“When you look at the map you can see the coverage and it’s always up-to-date,” Lacroix said of his company’s app. “We refresh throughout the day.”
Compared to its rivals, Lacroix sees Sensorly as being more community-focused. And of course, feeding analytics based on the community’s data back to users provides an incentive to feed more data into the system. So the new version of Sensorly allows users to scroll through the various carriers in their area to compare their performance, with graphs to show how those speeds compare with the previous month, for example.
Sensorly monetizes this data by selling it back to the carriers – it gives them a fuller picture of how their networks are performing. The company also sells a white-label version of its software to the carriers, so they can deploy it among their customers if they wish.