How We Built a Mobile Application For Mobile Homes Owners

The mobile application allows controlling devices in vehicles remotely.

a Remote Control Application For Mobile Homes

Client overview

The client is one of the largest manufacturers of motorhomes and caravans in Europe. In addition to the original name, the client also operates under different brands.

Challenges

The client wanted to digitize its business as motorhomes contain many different electronic devices such as fridges, TVs, etc. The project's goal was to provide convenient control over the lighting, heater, air conditioning, and satellite systems via the mobile application.

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Customers research

For this purpose, the client wanted to know more about its customers: what devices they use, when, and how often to improve products based on these findings.

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Beginner-friendly

The client thought of making their vehicles more "beginner-friendly." The predefined settings would allow inexperienced campers to have an outstanding customer experience with their mobile homes and create the perfect atmosphere at the touch of a button.

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Customizable settings

Besides, users can customize settings to carry out all commands automatically when a particular function is activated. For instance, when a user switches the light on, the heater gets activated, and the satellite antenna extends.

Scope of work

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UX/UI design of the application
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Integration with the server part of the application
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Development of the Bluetooth connection with the special control unit
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Requirements documentation
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Frontend development for iOS and Android applications
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Integration with the special control unit (the SCU*) of vehicles
The SCU is a device that gathers data from a vehicle and sends signals to corresponding devices

Solution

Akveo developed the mobile application for both iOS and Android platforms. The main features of the application are:

UI adaptation for tablets

Vehicle management via a Bluetooth connection

Control over components of a vehicle

Dashboards with info from vehicle sensors

Demo mode

Localization, authentication, and authorization

The automated pairing of the mobile app with vehicles

The possibility to add several settings for different use cases

Solution

Akveo developed the mobile application for both iOS and Android platforms. The main features of the application are:
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Adaptation of UI for tablets

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Vehicle management via a Bluetooth connection

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Demo mode

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Authentication and authorization

Solution

Akveo developed the mobile application for both iOS and Android platforms. The main features of the application are:
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Localization

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Management of a vehicle's components

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Offline mode

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Dashboards with info from vehicle sensors

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Technology Stack

The application was built using React Native with TypeScript and MobX for state management. To unify the communication between the mobile app, backend, and SCU, we developed a custom protocol based on Protocol Buffers.

The BLE connection between the mobile app and SCU is secured. The application streams the state of all components of a vehicle in real-time. It's also possible to use the vehicle remotely via the cloud: the app adapts to the current connection, and users do not notice the data streaming.

Besides, the Eva design system allows users to quickly modify the app's look and feel and adapt it to multiple brands.

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a Remote Control Application For Mobile Homes

Results

The application is available for download in the app stores. The release of SCU-equipped motorhomes is planned for May 2021.
German Innovation Award
German Innovation
Award 2021: 1st place

Key People

Alexei Malashkevich - Development Lead

Alexei Malashkevich

Development Lead
Aliaksandr Znak - BA

Aliaksandr Znak

BA
Daria Korol - UI/UX Designer

Daria Korol

UX/UI Designer

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