Satellite Communication App

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App Description.

Simpalm partnered with a Satellite Communication Company based in Northern Virginia  to develop a mobile app user interface for their handheld sat comms device. The app connects with the sat comms device via Bluetooth. The user can control the sat comms device by sending commands triggered from the app. With this functionality users can send and retrieve information. An app was developed for both Android and iOS smartphones and tablets.

App has following features

  • The user can use Bluetooth to connect with a sat comms device.
  • Through the app interface user can relay GPS location data and geofence data.
  • The user has the ability to send and receive text messages.
  • The app includes several reporting tools to display data called through sat comms
  • Full diagnostic utilities allow the user to monitor satellite connection, unit info, and reporting rates.

Challenges and Solution.

  • The app interface allows the user to retrieve large amounts of complex data. We created the user interface so the data displayed is easy to read and interpret. The UX also had to be straight forward. The user can navigate through the app within a few clicks and find the information they are looking for because of the intuitive breakdown and classification of features.
  • The UI of the app shows constant updates to the user through the use of icons and indicators. We developed the app to update the UI as the sat comms device relayed new information and statuses.
  • The sat comms device is an iridium satellite network tracking device. Through the satellite network data is relayed. The sat comms device needed specific command triggers to relay precise information to the user. Our interface had to send the exact command trigger that matched the functionality.
  • We used SatTerm software, a  product, to configure the sat comm device. SatTerm is an emulator with a GUI with command input capabilities and displays information retried.

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