At Appstud, we love getting out of our comfort zone. A technological fact is that no dogma is immutable and the maps of our knowledge are constantly reorganized. The constraint carried by human beings is to constantly seek to fit in. Even the best of us want to be proactive. One of the methods that we like most is the Hackathon. One rule: designing a project that has nothing to do with one’s area of focus.
During the last Hackathon, we chose to tackle a recurring theme: the “Internet of Things”. We definitely have many achievements to our credit that enable the fine localization of goods and people, especially in a building through beacons.
Nevertheless, in our case, we wanted to identify a real need and meet to it by creating our own connected object, all in less than 24 hours.
The objects were provided by Hid n Seek Company and represented the real benefit of having an open source code. This helped us modify their process in accordance with our own needs. Indeed, we wanted to be able to issue more queries on shorter intervals.
The network deployed was based on the Sigfox low frequency transmission technology. Thus, objects could transmit their positions through this network. We could assign an ID to each object and retrieve its exact position through a website and a native mobile app.
The Sigfox network spans several continents. However, air and sea tracking was impossible. This technical constraint led us to reduce our value proposition in accordance with asset tracking in Europe, as a first step.
ADVANTAGES OF THE MARVIN SOLUTION
Easily deployed: Simply placing an object in the tracking package.
Package real time geolocation
Instant notifications if the package deviates from its original route
Significant lifetime of objects
After 24 working hours, we acquired…
A nice logo…
A functional website, two native mobile apps and one web back office that enables the assignment of an ID to each connected object and the download of the specific configuration required.
Still, we overlooked an important feature due to the short period: the alert logic via push notifications in case the package followed a route not originally planned, or in another case to be identified.