How to make a real time vehicle tracking App?
A real time vehicle tracking app system was basically devised to give you a real-time view into your vehicle right from where it is located to other security related information. Who do you believe will find the vehicle tracking app useful? The first thought would be fleet operators who would need to know where their cab is, who is driving it and to identify if the driver is on the right route or not. Today, the real time vehicle tracking app systems are being used by commercial and public transport systems that need to identify if the vehicles are observing the schedules drawn for them. These systems have largely improved the efficiency of the transport systems.
Earlier vehicle tracking systems were based on desktop interfaces but, with the world going mobile, these tracking systems too are opting for a mobile solution. To develop a real time vehicle tracking app, you need to plan your app. How you want the mobile interface to appear and how you want to integrate the different applications to your mobile app.
Tracking constitutes of active tracking and passive tracking. In the case of passive tracking, devices are connected to the vehicle which will log the GPS location, speed, direction and other related data. Once the vehicle reaches its position, this tracker device will be removed, and the data will be transferred. In the case of active tracking, the tracking devices will automatically transfer the data to the main center via cellular or satellite networks.
The modern vehicle tracking app is a combination of both active and passive tracking, ensuring storage of records when the cellular networks are offline.
Prerequisites to develop vehicle tracking app
Let’s list down all that you will need to develop a real time vehicle tracking App solution for your needs
- GPS Tracking: You will need a tracker device that can perfectly capture the location information of the vehicle and update it to the central database. It should also log information such as engine temperature, speed limit, tire pressure, whether the door is open/close, headlights are on or not and other physical aspects of the vehicle. You will need to configure a complete tracking device for your vehicle.
- Configure a server: You will need a GPS server that will store information from the tracking device onto it, and offer it to the users whenever they need it. This real-time tracking can also enable real-time viewing through the server.
- User Interface: This would be the mobile app, which will be connected via the server to the tracking device, and would be enabled for viewing the information and taking action accordingly.
The data is going to be huge, and you will need to store it in an efficient way, such that it is available when you call for it. This is why you will need to use Big Data tools such as Hadoop for efficient management of data.
You will also need load balancers and tools for acquiring this huge amount of data. Finally, you will need tools that can help process the data that you have been storing and sending to the mobile interface.
You will need to opt for pub/sub mechanism for real-time viewing of the information.
To improve efficiency with real time vehicle tracking App, you need to have all the elements mentioned in prerequisites along with the apt tools for storing and deriving insights.
Sodio offers vehicle tracking solutions for mobile that will help improve decision-making capabilities of the transportation, travel and logistics industry.