Live Data Tutorial for iOS

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  1. Developing on the new Arm-based Apple Silicon (M1) Macs requires building and running on a physical iOS device or using an iOS simulator running iOS 13.7, e.g. iPhone 11. This is a temporary limitation in Google Maps SDK for iOS, and as such also a limitation in MapsIndoors, due to the dependency to Google Maps.
  2. Note: Due to a bug in CocoaPods it is necessary to include the post_install hook in your Podfile described in the PodFile post_install wiki.

In this tutorial you will learn to work with Live Data / Real Time Data in MapsIndoors. It is recommended that you read the Live Data Introduction before continueing.

We will create a view controller displaying a map that shows the some dynamic changes that are initiated from Live Data sources known by MapsIndoors. The test data coming as Live Updates contains data for the Occupancy Domain Type and the Position Domain Type.

Create a class LiveDataController that inherits from UIViewController.

class LiveDataController: UIViewController {

Add buttons for toggling subscriptions, one button for Live Position Updates and one for Live Occupancy Updates.

let positionButton = UIButton.init()
let occupancyButton = UIButton.init()

Add a GMSMapView and a MPMapControl to the class

var map: GMSMapView? = nil
var mapControl: MPMapControl? = nil

Add a method setupLiveDataButtons() setting up buttons that enables/disables the subscriptions.

fileprivate func setupLiveDataButtons() {
positionButton.setTitle("See Live Positions", for: .normal)
positionButton.setTitle("Tracking Live Positions", for: .selected)
positionButton.addTarget(self, action: #selector(togglePosition), for: .touchUpInside)
positionButton.backgroundColor =

occupancyButton.setTitle("See Live Occupancy", for: .normal)
occupancyButton.setTitle("Showing Live Occupancy", for: .selected)
occupancyButton.addTarget(self, action: #selector(toggleOccupancy), for: .touchUpInside)
occupancyButton.backgroundColor =

Add a method toggleLiveData() that does the actual toggling of Live Data for a button based on the buttons isSelected flag. Swap current selected state for button. If the flag is true and the button is selected, call the MPMapControl.enableLiveData() method with the given Domain Type. We will also call a startFlash()method that should make the button flash. More on this later. If the flag is false and the button is not selected, call the MPMapControl.disableLiveData() method with the given Domain Type. Similarly we will call a stopFlash()method that should stop the button flash. In this example, we choose to have a customized rendering of Live Data, so we provide a Handler instance that gets the updated Locations. We will get to that later.

fileprivate func toggleLiveData(_ button: UIButton, _ domainType: String) {
button.isSelected = !button.isSelected
if button.isSelected {
mapControl?.enableLiveData(domainType, handler: self)
} else {

Define an objective-c method togglePosition() that will receive events from your positionButton. In this method create a position Topic Criteria and call togglePosition with the button and the Topic Criteria.

@objc func togglePosition(button:UIButton) {
toggleLiveData(button, MPLiveDomainType.position)

Define an objective-c method toggleOccupancy() that will receive events from your occupancyButton. In this method create a occupancy Topic Criteria and call togglePosition with the button and the Topic Criteria.

@objc func toggleOccupancy(button:UIButton) {
toggleLiveData(button, MPLiveDomainType.occupancy)

Inside viewDidLoad(), initialise your instance of GMSMapView and MPMapControl. Set the delegate to be able to get notified about Live Updates for the map. = GMSMapView.init(frame: = false
self.mapControl = MPMapControl.init(map:!)

Inside viewDidLoad(), also request a building and go to this building on the map.

let q = MPQuery.init()
let f = MPFilter.init()
q.query = "Building"

MPLocationService.sharedInstance().getLocationsUsing(q, filter: f) { (locations, error) in
if let loc = locations?.first {
self.mapControl?.go(to: loc)

Inside viewDidLoad() method, call setupLiveDataButtons() arrange the map view and the buttons in stackviews.

let buttonStackView = UIStackView.init(arrangedSubviews: [positionButton, occupancyButton])
buttonStackView.axis = .horizontal
buttonStackView.distribution = .fillEqually
let stackView = UIStackView.init(arrangedSubviews: [map!, buttonStackView])
stackView.axis = .vertical
view = stackView

Optionally, when you leave this controller, unsubscribe all Live Update Topics.

override func viewDidDisappear(_ animated: Bool) {

Create an extension for LiveDataController to make it adopt the MPMappedLocationUpdateHandler protocol. Note that if you are happy with the default rendering of Live Data, this part is not needed.

extension LiveDataController : MPMappedLocationUpdateHandler {

In the LiveDataController extension, add the method handleLiveUpdate() that handles a Live Update for a MPLocation. This method should only handle the occupancy Domain Type, so the first thing is to check for a MPLiveUpdate object for the occupancy Domain Type. After this verification, do the following:

  1. If occupancy.numberOfPeople > 0 create the "closed" image, else create the "open" image.
  2. Preferrably in a separate background thread, setup a Location Display Rule with that image.
  3. If occupancy.numberOfPeople > 0 create a icon badge showing the number of people as text in the badge. How you do this is up to you. In this example we use this code.
  4. Apply the newly created display rule on the main thread.
private func handleLiveUpdate(_ location: MPLocation) {
let domainType = MPLiveDomainType.occupancy
if let occupancy = location.getLiveUpdate(forDomainType: domainType) as? MPOccupancyLiveUpdate {
var img:UIImage?
var label:String
if occupancy.numberOfPeople > 0 {
img = UIImage.init(named: "closed.png")
label = "\( ?? "") - Occupied"
} else {
img = UIImage.init(named: "open.png")
label = "\( ?? "") - Free"
guard let icon = img else {
} .background).async {
let dr = MPLocationDisplayRule.init(name: domainType, andIcon: icon, andZoomLevelOn: 15)!
dr.iconSize = CGSize.init(width: 42, height: 42)
dr.label = label
dr.showLabel = true
if occupancy.numberOfPeople > 0 {
let badgeConfig = BagdedIconConfiguration(originalIcon:icon, badgeText:"\(occupancy.numberOfPeople)")
let badged = BagdedIcon.bagdedIcon(config: badgeConfig)
dr.icon = badged
DispatchQueue.main.async {
self.mapControl?.setDisplayRule(dr, for: location)

In the LiveDataController extension, add the method willUpdateLocations(). This is the actual delegate method that recieves all MPLocation objects that was updated on the map. Iterate through these locations and skip the ones that have the position Domain Type. Call the handleLiveUpdate() method for all others.

func willUpdateLocationsOnMap(locations: [MPLocation]) {
for loc in locations {
let positionUpdate = loc.getLiveUpdate(forDomainType: MPLiveDomainType.position)
if positionUpdate == nil {

Earlier we called some non-existing methods, startFlash() and stopFlash() on a UIButton. We will create these methods now. Create an extension for UIButton.

extension UIButton {

In the UIButton extension, add the method startFlash() that creates and adds an animation layer that manipulates with the opacity of the button over time.

func startFlash() {
let flash = CABasicAnimation(keyPath: "opacity")
flash.duration = 0.5
flash.fromValue = 1
flash.toValue = 0.5
flash.timingFunction = CAMediaTimingFunction(name: kCAMediaTimingFunctionEaseInEaseOut)
flash.autoreverses = true
flash.repeatCount = .greatestFiniteMagnitude
layer.add(flash, forKey: "flash")

In the UIButton extension, add the method stopFlash() that removes the above layer again.

func stopFlash() {
layer.removeAnimation(forKey: "flash")

[See the sample in LiveDataController.swift]( Data/LiveDataController.swift)