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Rolling Your Own Real-Time Geospatial Tracking

Location: Ballroom IV Level: Intermediate
Average rating: ***..
(3.25, 4 ratings)

Maybe you want to track the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow. Maybe you are planning to life-stream your adventures as Jonas Brothers groupie. Maybe you are more serious and want to report real-time pollutant levels across the city so you can alert those with sensitive conditions. Whatever the case, you know two things – there is no off the shelf solution that fits your needs, and that you want to share in as close to real-time as possible.

The good news is that the cost of electronics hardware has been impacted by the open source movement, and it has never been easier, or more cost-effective to roll your own solution. This session will explore using the open-source electronics prototyping platform, Arduino (http://www.arduino.cc), and a 20-channel SiRF III GPS module, as the basis for building a custom solution for under $100 USD.

With effective data capture in place, the next challenge is to report the data in real-time. The Adobe Flash Collaboration Service provides a cloud-based system for real-time collaboration. All that’s left is for you to tie the two together with a little web development glue, namely Adobe Flash. With the wealth of mapping options already available for Flash, real-time mapping has never been more approachable, and this session will show you how.

Finally, in realizing that the presented use-case is not everybody’s use case, various other components will be presented as possible alternatives. These range from extending the Arduino with wi-fi, GSM/GPRS networks, Bluetooth (up to 300 feet), and even short range radio frequency (1 mile) – all of which are easily adaptable into the originally proposed solution. Whether you are an electronics hobbyist, new to electronics but familiar with the web, have a product idea, or just looking for inspiration, you don’t want to miss this session.

Kevin Hoyt

Adobe Systems, Inc.

Kevin Hoyt is a Group Manager of Platform Evangelism at Adobe, Inc. where he’s been actively involved in furthering web technologies for almost ten years. As a Platform Evangelist, Kevin is responsible for covering a broad array of Adobe technologies, and spends upwards of seventy percent of the year presenting keynotes, session and hands-on labs at conferences and user group events across the globe. Prior to joining Adobe, Kevin held various information technology roles ranging from web design to enterprise infrastructure. Kevin lives in Denver, CO and enjoys photography and general aviation in his free time.