I’ve been building mobile solutions for a while now and always wanted to
“connect” one up with a cloud type service like Azure, however there has always
been other things to do places to be and basically a lot of things preventing
me to just stop and take a serious look at it.
Now that is all to change, time to really get serious and put one of my
ideas in to action.
Enter the FindMe solution
The basic premise of the project I’ve been outlining for some time now is to
solve the basic problem people face while out exploring places (Local towns,
countryside or shopping!) and want to meet up, how do they find each other
especially if they don’t know the area.
The solution has to be mobile, support disconnected working but also be
secure (you don’t want just anyone finding you, especially that Chuck Norris
Sure you can call someone or specify a place to meet up or use the latest
feature in most mobile solutions, the ability to send a map with your location
on it but I wanted to go a lot further than that.
People should be able to:
- Send and receive requests to “link-up”
- Manage people they are connected with
- Send a static location (I am here)
- Stream their location (if they are on the move)
- Send a reference point (a local shop or point on
- Be able to view the other persons position on a
- Be able to view the other persons position
through a lens
- If need be have a real-time chat while on the
There are a lot more ideas I have and tricky technical issues to face but
Azure seems to satisfy most of them and with the wealth of resources available
the challenge is not so great.
The thing that got me started about this app was while I was out in town
with the wife, she would go off in one direction and I another but eventually
we would need to meet up again before heading off home (or for a coffee).
Similarly, most of my children now have phones and would be good to both
keep an eye on them and enable them to find me should they become lost.
A last though is the usual scenario if you lose your phone, granted GPS
signals are not THAT accurate but it would at least let you know if you had
left it at home or not (or on the bus " /> )
High Level Overview
Taking a bird’s eye view, the initial plan for how the solution would be
presented is as follows:
Each component would be distinct and componentized using whatever services
Azure has to offer to provide the best performance and reliability for that
After viewing AzureConf I am already earmarking points of interest in:
- Queue’s to reliably track and maintain a request
- A communication on the website using SignalR to
allow IM / Chat
- The Azure SDK’s for each platform
- Digging deeper into Xamarin’s offerings to speed up client delivery
Points of Interest
Since AzureConf I have already expanded my view of what is possible.
My daughter has expressed a keen interest to get involved and help design
some of the client applications that will use the service.
It is my hope that the backend will remain open to allow other apps /
developers to make use of the framework but that is a secondary concern for
Once published the source for the entire solution will be made open source
for any developer to use, I’m just that kind of guy " />
Just getting started, keep an eye here for highlights of interesting Azure
tech that could prove useful in my goal.