PlaceTrack - family tracking and location sharing
by: Nico Tranquilli • 68
PlaceTrack is now available on Apple Watch.
PlaceTrack is the best full-featured, multiclient, location sharing platform. Track your loved ones, check the speed they are travelling, get directions to their current location, view a street level picture of any place they are or they have been.
- safely share your location with the people you trust, in real time
- live data: force a contact’s device to immediately send a fresh location; otherwise, your contacts’ location is periodically updated as they move
- passive and battery friendly: run in the background with no noticeable impact on battery life
- rich data: location data can include location history, speed, altitude, whether you’re walking, running, moving in a vehicle or resting
- you are in control: you set who sees your current location or who has access to your location history
- optionally share with anyone - no app required to view! PlaceTrack can also optionally share live location data through secret web urls: you can authorize anyone with web access to see where you are or where you have been.
- excellent battery usage: PlaceTrack uses SLC mode (Significant Location Change) and region monitoring, NOT continuous background. PlaceTrack is suspended in the background most of the time and is woken up only when you move significantly (detected using cell towers signal); most of the time it just sleeps and the GPS hardware is powered off to preserve battery
- save your location history for later viewing
- optionally share your live location or location history with authorized PlaceTrack contacts (or automatically publish to secret web urls for web sharing)
- forced contact location updates: you can ask for a location update from a contact and the backend platform will silently ask your contact device for a new location update
- delayed sync: stores your locations when network is unreachable and pushes them to the PlaceTrack servers when you're back online
- Foursquare support: see your friends' checkins on the map
- Check In and Auto Check In support (Foursquare). Auto Check-In uses iOS geofencing.
- server side location history: when you upgrade from older versions, local on-device history will be pushed to the server and then removed. A comprehensive web interface for location history management will be provided later.
- location sharing on Twitter, SMS, Email, Facebook
- in-app streetview images for friends’ location. Foursquare photos for Foursquare checkins (if available)
- location sharing works using address book phone numbers: your phone number is authenticated through an sms code on your first activation
- your data, including your phone number and location, is always sent on a secure connection (ssl) and is never shared with any third party
- device battery level is shared along with location data