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Old 09-16-2008, 01:49 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I've been using a tracking application I built for myself and my friends for awhile and I'm curious if ther would be interest for it in the BB community. It comes in two parts.

1. A simple java app that runs on your BB and sends Latitude, Longitude, Heading, Speed, etc at a configurable interval via a .Net web service on a remote server and stores it in a database.

2. An interactive website that diplays the current location in realtime of the blackberry. Their are also additional options to view location history.

I know there are plenty of mapping and GPS apps for BBerry, but I'm not sure if there is one that allows you to remotely track the location in realtime. I personally have enjoyed it because it allows us to see each others location from any machine with a web browser. It also would work nicely if your BBerry was stolen or lost. Either way it's been fun integrating J2ME with Microsoft .Net technologies.

Right now it's very crude but I have some extra time right now and I'd figure if there was some interest in it I'd do a bit more work on it, pretty it up, and release it to the community. I could secure the website with username and password and from your account you'd be able to add BBerry's via the device pin. I also have a lot of other cool ideas like the ability to expose an RSS feed of your location, etc.

Do you guys think there'd be an interest in this, am I reinventing the wheel, or did I just possibly give away a million dollar idea

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Old 09-16-2008, 03:21 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm very interested in an application that can do this. But I won't have a GPS-enabled device until AT&T starts offering the Bold. I can't speculate whether there's a market for this out there, though.
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Old 09-16-2008, 03:51 AM   #3 (permalink)
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not sure if there's much interest in the home user market, but you might find companies who use remote workers and things would have a use for it!
It's a function that TomTom has had built in for a few years now, but that does require a mobile to be bluetoothed to it.
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For real-time tracking I've been using Instamapper. It works pretty well to share location info with friends & family.

GPSed also has an option to share live tracks with the entire world!!

There is also an app called Samecell though I have not used it.

There are couple of other apps that help locate a lost blackberry - BerryLocator. See this post for more info on this application.

There is definitely interest in the market for such applications. Not sure if you plan to offer something that is not already done before.
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Thanks for the info. I have never heard of InstaMapper until the previous post, but it's basically identical to this. I'll clean my app and post the download link and tracking URL when it's ready.
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