Getting Data Into Tracking Server

Support for Wide Range of Input Data

Tracking Server supports data streaming in from a wide variety of real-time sources. Tracking Server can bring in data from moving vehicles that are periodically reporting a changing position, but it can also bring in data from stationary sensors that are continuously reporting new measurements. For example, Tracking Server could be used to track a fleet of ships in a bay. At the same time, it could be used to monitor the movements of people on one of those ships. And at the same time, it could also be used to monitor the water level in the bay that is being reported by sensors on buoys.

In general, the actual source of the data streaming into Tracking Server doesn't matter much at all. For example, you could have real-time data flowing into Tracking Server from another computer system that is generating the data! What matters more than the source of the data is the format of the data, and Tracking Server supports a huge range of formats through the use of generic and custom inputs.

Generic Inputs

Tracking Server comes with a built-in data link that can be used to quickly and easy bring in your real-time CSV or XML data. The Generic Input Data Link supports TCP and UDP transport protocols.

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Custom Inputs

If your data is not in a format supported by the Generic Input Data Link, the Tracking Server SDK provides tools that make it easy to get data from any external source into Tracking Server. Custom input data links are the most common way to get data into Tracking Server.

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