Enable Live Data

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As opposed to static data, which does not change unless data is synchronized, Live Data can change in real time, and these changes can be instantly reflected on the map and in searches.

Common use-cases are:

  • Changing the appearance of meeting rooms or workspace desks on a map, or in a list, based on occupancy information. For example, change the icon in order to indicate that a room is occupied.
  • Changing the position of a POI representing a vehicle.

Support for Live Data requires that server-side integrations are in place. For example, visualizing live occupancy data requires that a calendar or booking system integration is in place. An integration like that is set up in collaboration with MapsPeople.

The following section rely on the existence of Live Position Data. If you do not have access to a MapsIndoors Dataset that have a Live Data integration, you should use our demo API key: d876ff0e60bb430b8fabb145.

Enabling Live Data through MapControl is as simple as calling mapControl.enableLiveData() with a Domain Type.

We will create a new method on our MapsActivity called enableLiveData() to enable Live Data for the Solution.

MapsActivity.java
void enableLiveData() {
//Enabling Live Data for the three known Live Data Domains enabled for this Solution.
mMapControl.enableLiveData(LiveDataDomainTypes.AVAILABILITY_DOMAIN);
mMapControl.enableLiveData(LiveDataDomainTypes.OCCUPANCY_DOMAIN);
mMapControl.enableLiveData(LiveDataDomainTypes.POSITION_DOMAIN);
}
MapsActivity.kt
private fun enableLiveData() {
//Enabling Live Data for the three known Live Data Domains enabled for this Solution.
mMapControl.enableLiveData(LiveDataDomainTypes.AVAILABILITY_DOMAIN)
mMapControl.enableLiveData(LiveDataDomainTypes.OCCUPANCY_DOMAIN)
mMapControl.enableLiveData(LiveDataDomainTypes.POSITION_DOMAIN)
}

By consequence, MapControl will manage the Live Data subscriptions needed for the currently visible map and provide a default rendering of the Live Data updates depending on the Domain Type.

In the context of your view controller showing a map, add the call after creating your MapControl object used in the Activity in the initMapControl() method created earlier.

MapsActivity.java
void initMapControl(View view) {
//Creates a new instance of MapControl
mMapControl = new MapControl(this);
//Enable Live Data on the map
enableLiveData();
...
}
MapsActivity.kt
private fun initMapControl(view: View) {
//Creates a new instance of MapControl
mMapControl = MapControl(this)
//Enable Live Data on the map
enableLiveData()
...
}

Using the demo API key you should now be able to see a "Staff Person" moving from one end to the other at ground floor in The White House main building.

Expected result:

LiveData result

Learn more about controlling and rendering Live Data in MapsIndoors in the introduction to Live Data.

Summary

You're at the end of your journey, and you've accomplished a lot! 🎉

  • You learned which prerequisites is needed to start building with MapsIndoors.
  • You loaded a interactive map with MapsIndoors locations and added a floor selector for navigating between floors.
  • You created a search experience to search for specific locations on the map.
  • You added functionality for getting directions from one Location to another.
  • You learned how to enable different types of Live Data Domains in your app.

This concludes the "Getting Started" tutorial. To get more inspiration on what to build next please visit our showcase page to see how other clients use MapsIndoors.