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Enterprise Mobile Web Development with Drupal - Taxi Dispatch Case study
Enterprise Mobile Web Development with Drupal - Taxi Dispatch Case study
Enterprise Mobile Web Development with Drupal - Taxi Dispatch Case study
Enterprise Mobile Web Development with Drupal - Taxi Dispatch Case study
Enterprise Mobile Web Development with Drupal - Taxi Dispatch Case study
Enterprise Mobile Web Development with Drupal - Taxi Dispatch Case study
Enterprise Mobile Web Development with Drupal - Taxi Dispatch Case study
Enterprise Mobile Web Development with Drupal - Taxi Dispatch Case study
Enterprise Mobile Web Development with Drupal - Taxi Dispatch Case study
Enterprise Mobile Web Development with Drupal - Taxi Dispatch Case study
Enterprise Mobile Web Development with Drupal - Taxi Dispatch Case study
Enterprise Mobile Web Development with Drupal - Taxi Dispatch Case study
Enterprise Mobile Web Development with Drupal - Taxi Dispatch Case study
Enterprise Mobile Web Development with Drupal - Taxi Dispatch Case study
Enterprise Mobile Web Development with Drupal - Taxi Dispatch Case study
Enterprise Mobile Web Development with Drupal - Taxi Dispatch Case study
Enterprise Mobile Web Development with Drupal - Taxi Dispatch Case study
Enterprise Mobile Web Development with Drupal - Taxi Dispatch Case study
Enterprise Mobile Web Development with Drupal - Taxi Dispatch Case study
Enterprise Mobile Web Development with Drupal - Taxi Dispatch Case study
Enterprise Mobile Web Development with Drupal - Taxi Dispatch Case study
Enterprise Mobile Web Development with Drupal - Taxi Dispatch Case study
Enterprise Mobile Web Development with Drupal - Taxi Dispatch Case study
Enterprise Mobile Web Development with Drupal - Taxi Dispatch Case study
Enterprise Mobile Web Development with Drupal - Taxi Dispatch Case study
Enterprise Mobile Web Development with Drupal - Taxi Dispatch Case study
Enterprise Mobile Web Development with Drupal - Taxi Dispatch Case study
Enterprise Mobile Web Development with Drupal - Taxi Dispatch Case study
Enterprise Mobile Web Development with Drupal - Taxi Dispatch Case study
Enterprise Mobile Web Development with Drupal - Taxi Dispatch Case study
Enterprise Mobile Web Development with Drupal - Taxi Dispatch Case study
Enterprise Mobile Web Development with Drupal - Taxi Dispatch Case study
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Enterprise Mobile Web Development with Drupal - Taxi Dispatch Case study

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Today’s mobile devices have taken over as the most cost-effective and scalable way to replace legacy hardware solutions, as well as paper solutions, that were both clunky and expensive for users. One …

Today’s mobile devices have taken over as the most cost-effective and scalable way to replace legacy hardware solutions, as well as paper solutions, that were both clunky and expensive for users. One taxicab company – Green Cab of Madison – has adopted Apple iPads as their vehicle meter and communication device in their Toyota Prius green cabs. Their iPads are outfitted with a mobile app built on Drupal that enables them to collect real-time vehicle location data, to alert drivers of new calls, and to complete credit card transactions.

How Drupal was leveraged for rapid development of the base dispatch application.

Why Drupal was the right choice for integrating with native and hybrid mobile apps.

Where Drupal can be used for enterprise mobile application
development.

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    • 1. Taxi Cab Confessions – we did it with Drupal! @prometsource @akucharski
    • 2. Acquia WebinarAgenda
    • 3. Acquia WebinarObjectives How Drupal was leveraged for rapid development of the base dispatch application Why Drupal was the right choice for integrating with native and hybrid mobile apps Where Drupal can be used for enterprise mobile application development
    • 4. Acquia WebinarPromet Source background Company Background  Founded in 2003  30 + employees  Offices in Chicago IL, Sunnyvale, CA Company Offerings  Promet Source Web Development Mobile Application Development
    • 5. Acquia WebinarPromet Mobile Work M.DOT sites (Drupal) Responsive Design and Theming (Drupal) Mobile Application Development  Native development for: IOS Android  Hybrid development with Phonegap
    • 6. Acquia WebinarAbout Me Presenter: Andrew Kucharski Co-Presenters Chris Bartlett Rachel Jaro
    • 7. Acquia WebinarMobile Application Opportunities By 2013, mobile phones will overtake PCs as the most-common Web access device worldwide Transportation CIO’s made Mobility one of their top priorities for next two years
    • 8. Acquia WebinarProject Background  Green cab of Madison is an eco-friendly taxicab service with a hybrid vehicle taxi fleet and shared ride service Green cab needed a dispatch solution for their new fleet of cars equipped with iPads
    • 9. Acquia WebinarRequirements and ChallengesBuild a Dispatch system to establish two way ride request communication with iPads in carsMonth and a half timeline before launchZone based ride calculationCars to provide up to date location to dispatch
    • 10. Acquia WebinarProprietary Technology Options
    • 11. Acquia WebinarGreen Cab business choicesOption 1 – go with proprietary hardware solutionOption 2 – build a custom code applicationOption 3 – build the application using Drupal
    • 12. Acquia WebinarOur ApproachUse Drupal as Dispatch CenterUse iPads as mobile dispatch unitUse PhoneGap as application development platform
    • 13. Acquia WebinarBenefits of Using DrupalFast development cycleServices ModuleSecurity built inImmediate prototyping
    • 14. Acquia WebinarMobile SDK – to go native or Hybrid
    • 15. Acquia WebinarUse Hybrid Development Platform – we chose PhoneGap
    • 16. Acquia WebinarApplication Functionality Save Ride Request Schedule a Ride Request for future time and date Zone based ride cost calculation Dispatch Taxi for Pick up Drivers to Receive and Accept or Decline request Update Driver during request with new information or cancel request Display location of fleet on a map
    • 17. Acquia WebinarCall Screen User can click on any call to view in entirety & make revisions. Pull down menu allows Users to assign calls to drivers.
    • 18. Acquia WebinarDispatchs Driver map Hold curser over orange dot to display cab number. All iPads have GPS tracking to manage cab’s location.
    • 19. Acquia WebinarImplementation Dispatchers running GreenLightDispatch*Photo by WrielessWeek™
    • 20. Acquia WebinarZones and Open Layers
    • 21. Acquia WebinarReceiving calls on ipad When Driver arrives to the pick up location, they will touch ‘Load’ or ‘No Load’ based on whether Rider gets into cab.
    • 22. Acquia WebinarAdditional Benefits Data Plan only – use skype for voice communication Credit Card Processing via Little Square Accept Credit Card information Receive communication from dispatch Vehicle Fleet management Driver management
    • 23. Acquia WebinarArchitecture Drupal Services
    • 24. Acquia WebinarThe solution – Green Light Dispatch Notable Modules  http://drupal.org/project/openlayers  http://drupal.org/project/services  http://drupal.org/project/cck  http://drupal.org/project/views  http://drupal.org/project/date
    • 25. Acquia WebinarServices to the rescue!3 components of Services module server modules – receive and render request authenticatation modules – authentication  Extended authentication model to use both key and drupal authentication services modules – process and return data  Extended the services module to minimize data transfer
    • 26. Acquia WebinarChallenges Google Maps API limit  Oversight during development Limit Wireless Traffic  Extended services module to make our own calls Testing Performance Issues  Performance improvement of 500% by limiting views
    • 27. Acquia WebinarCode distribution to iPads Three ways to get code to your Apple device  IOS SDK  App Store  Enterprise Program Enterprise program allows for over the air updates to devices
    • 28. Acquia WebinarNext Steps Native Client App for iPhone and Android  Uses location to populate ride request  Ability track you taxi once ride is assigned Ability to SMS customers Automatic Driver routing In-app navigation (fastest route, traffic avoidance) Simulate metered functionality via GPS tracking Financial Reporting
    • 29. Acquia WebinariPad Application Case Study  Dispatch software built on open source technology running on iPad applications instead of proprietary hardware. Featured by Apple and AT&T  iPad powered location and fleet tracking system - running the fleet of cabs in Madison  Product featured in Wireless week magazine: http://www.wirelessweek.com/Articles/201
    • 30. Acquia WebinarUpcoming Consumer App
    • 31. Acquia WebinarDrupal as a multiplatform CMS
    • 32. Questions?www.prometsource.com andy@promethost.com Twitter: @akucharski We are hiring!

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