tramTRACKER now on Android
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Yarra Trams is proud to present tramTRACKER for Android.
Australian public transport's first real-time information
service, tramTRACKER has come a long way since it was launched by
Yarra Trams in 2006.
Initially released as a phone (IVR) and SMS service, tramTRACKER
rapidly evolved into a free online service and in June 2009 it
found a new market as an iPhone app.
Currently the popular tramTRACKER iPhone app is downloaded
20,000 times a month and the number of requests to tramTRACKER
exceeds 800,000 a day.
With the surge in popularity of the Android operating system,
we're pleased to be able to provide an official, supported
application with many features not previously available to Android
tramTRACKER for Android is a free app available from Google Play (Marketplace).
Yarra Trams Marketing Manager Matt McDonell said: "We've built
on the massive popularity of tramTRACKER for iPhone to develop an
exciting new version which caters to the growing community of
"With more than half a million Melburnians using trams every
day, we want to enhance the customer experience with even greater
access to real-time tram arrival information," he said.
Developing the new version of tramTRACKER has not simply been a
case of transporting the iPhone app across to Android.
"tramTRACKER Android is the result of extensive customer
research, prototyping and field trials," said Prashanth Mullapudi,
IT Business Analyst with Yarra Trams. "It's an app built by
passengers for passengers," he said.
"We collected feedback from our customers and comments in online
forums about what people like and don't like about the iPhone
version. We did customer research and testing to bring a new
design and added features to the Android version of tramTRACKER,"
Features of the tramTRACKER Android app include:
- Enhanced messages and alerts for disruptions or service
- Next three trams for each route with the ability to hide or
expand your chosen route
- myTRAM - predicting the arrival time of each tram at your
- Favourites with customised routes and stop names (e.g. work,
- A choice of preferred stop view - map or list
- Search feature for stops with shelters for when it is
- Display of nearby train, tram and bus connections
- Information about attractions and points of interest on the
The new Android version of tramTRACKER has retained some of the
most popular features of the iPhone app:
- Real-time tram arrival times for every stop on the Yarra Trams
- Locate nearby myki ticket outlets using your phone's GPS
- Find nearby tram stops then save or group your favourite
- Accessible tram stop filter
- Filters to show only certain routes at shared stops and/or low
floor trams only. Icons to show which trams are air-conditioned or
- Online help to guide new users
For the tech-heads
- Runs on Android OS 2.1 and above
- Graphics optimised to popular device screen sizes, resolutions
and form factors, so the application scales to work on most
- Webservices use JSON instead of SOAP to ensure that less data
is sent to and from the phone making tramTRACKER economical for
both the user and Yarra Trams.
- Powered by mirrored databases and two IIS Servers that are load
balanced and situated at two different Melbourne-based data
- Enhancements to provide additional information such as "next
three arrival time" information for a route with no additional
- Due to CBD "canyoning" (interference), tramTRACKER does not
utilise GPS, but rather draws predicted arrival times by
calculating the distance of a particular tram from the stop the
passenger is requesting. Trackside monitors transmit the tram's
speed, direction of travel and the distance the tram has travelled
from the terminus. This information is compared to the tram's
schedule, as well as the time of day and other variables to make
the prediction when the requesting device sends a four digit
- For increased accuracy of tracking, the myTRAM functionality of
tramTRACKER Android uses the phone's GPS to track the progress of
the tram on the route.
Yarra Trams worked with Melbourne-based company Appscore to
develop the Android app.
Where to get tramTRACKER for Android
To download the free tramTRACKER Android app visit Google Play (Marketplace).
tramTRACKER was launched in 2006 (phone and SMS) with versions
added in 2007 (online), 2009 (iPhone, mobile internet and desktop
gadgets and widgets). With over one million users every
month, tramTRACKERis now available:
- Free on Android phones
- Free on iPhone
- Free on mobile internet at tramtracker.com for Blackberries and
other smart phones
- Free online at yarratrams.com.au
- Free desktop gadgets and widgets for your home or work computer
- visit yarratrams.com.au/tramTRACKER
The original tramTRACKER services by SMS and phone (recorded
voice) are still available (costs apply).
Published: Thursday 4 October 2012