Logistics, fitness apps and on-demand services: it’s hard to imagine any of these industries running without the use of live location tracking. But unfortunately, reliable internet access is not always guaranteed!  

What if your fleet operates in an area with low signal strength or no network connectivity at all? Do your users have enough battery to enable live location tracking for the whole day?

These issues and more all contribute to gaps in your data that make it harder to streamline processes and create a great user experience for your app.

With Offline Trips, GeoSpark allows you to track your users even when they don’t have connectivity - so you always have a full picture of your users’ journeys.

What are Offline Trips and how does it work?

It’s simple! We track your users’ routes using the embedded cell phone GPS instead of the power-hungry cellular internet connection.

When your user is offline, we store the location data locally on their device and then sync it to the server once they regain connectivity. From here you can easily view and analyze your Trips to suit your specific business needs.

Let’s take a look at how you can use offline tracking to improve your apps.

Use-cases

Fitness: Integrate offline tracking capabilities into your fitness app! Allow users to follow their walking or running routes and calculate distance without requiring internet or cellular connectivity - so anyone can use your app even in areas with inconsistent or non-existent connection.

Workforce Logistics: Logistic businesses with fleets or a large number of offsite employees need to keep track of their workforce. With Offline Trips, you can gather data on your employee routes without relying on internet connectivity. Use this information to manage and improve workforce inefficiencies and ensure the highlight level of security.

What are the benefits of Offline Trips?

  • Data backup: Always have a useful location data backup in case your user loses internet connectivity.
  • Save battery: Provides a great low battery alternative where real-time tracking is not essential for app functionality.
  • Security: Never lose track of your assets even if you’re not actively tracking your drivers.
  • Improve fleet management: Save time and money by always getting the complete picture so you can easily spot inefficiencies in your fleet.

How do I implement Offline Trips into my app?

Simply use the code for GeoSpark’s Trips and set the boolean value to True to start tracking offline:

GeoSpark.createTrip(Bool, true) { (trip, error) in
// access geospark trip created timestamp with geosparkTrip?.createdAt
// access geospark trip user id with geosparkTrip?.userId
// access geospark trip id with geosparkTrip?.tripId
// access geospark error code with error?.code
// access geospark error message with error?.message
}

Want to integrate offline location into your app? Read our documentation here to find out more.

What’s next?

If you think Offline Trips could help your app, contact a member of our team who’ll be happy to help you get started.