Track your work. The iBeacon way (Van drivers only)

After a discussion with two of my brothers around the problems they face as mobile workers (electrician and mechanic), we got thinking about an app that might help them.

After much experimentation with Android and the (awesome) Estimote beacons, I have developed a simple Tracking application yesterday. It’s amazing what you can achieve when you have some clear and simple goals

By placing an Estimote beacon in their vans, their phones will track when they enter and exit. Combine this with their GPS location and you have a simple way of knowing when and where they leave their van.

A simple notification pops up when their enter their van asking them to complete the job details.

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The biggest challenge here has been learning who Android finds locations. I finally settled on the FusedLocationAPI provider, but even this proved difficult to use. I wish Android would sort out it’s documentation or provider more up-to-date best practices!

Anyway, I have the Estimote SDK integrated, but the current challenge is making it work when the app has been killed. Simple in iOS. Not so simple in Android. In fact, I have yet to find any code samples on how I’m supposed to do it!

More to do, but this is coming together nicely!

Roomr for Android

It has been a long time coming, but I’m pleased to announce v1.0 for Roomr for Android is now available to download from the Google Play Store.

This is very much a 1.0 release and is missing a few features that already exist in the iOS app, but I have plans to add those features over the coming weeks. I’m very new to Android programming, so I had to climb the learning curve before I could release anything. I’m sure this app will have a few bugs and I hope to get some good feedback from people over the coming week.

Here are are some screenshots of the app. It’s available on Android 4.0 and above.

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Big Plans

One of the biggest plans I have in mind for the Android version is to create a simple Status Plaque for an individual room. Cheap Android tables could be placed outside each meeting room giving immediate status information.

It would also enable people to place a booking on the room when they are standing outside.

Feedback

If you have any feedback about Roomr for Android, I’d love to hear it! Please leave a comment below, or email me at tomas@tomasmcguinness.com

Thanks