Today we want to address the benefits of DeltaTracking as a web service.
For a greater understanding, we will start by briefly explaining what a web service consists of, its characteristics and advantages.
In simple terms, refers to the message traffic between two machines and/or messages transmitted through a communication system. One of them is called client and the other server.
In other words, is a technology used to exchange data between two or more software applications.
These applications can be developed with different programming languages and use a communication protocol for compatibility.
With a web service the information is transmitted from one place to another, through the internet. In addition, it is sent just as the other system requires it, in order to process it correctly.
Thanks to web services, machines can interact and send requests and responses continuously.
Among its main characteristics we have the following:
- They manage to transmit information to more than one destination, to be able to process it differently in each application.
- Eliminate compatibility barriers between applications developed with different programming languages.
- It makes the analysis of information more efficient, by sending each application the information that is most useful to it.
Advantages and disadvantages
The main advantage of using a web service is that communication is not dependent on a specific platform.
Therefore, the applications do not need to have as much in common, since most web services use standardized protocols to facilitate communication.
Sometimes there can be drawbacks with XML formats that generate large data packets.
If the internet connection of any of the intermediaries is of limited bandwidth, it can cause slowness in the transmission of information.
Benefits of DeltaTracking as a web service
In general terms, whether for data consumption or forwarding, our web service allows us to obtain all or part of the data that the GPS sends to our platform, in a processed and orderly manner.
The main benefits a customer gets from using DeltaTracking as a web service include:
- Obtain data from DeltaTracking to any software that requires it
- Take advantage of the resources that GPS devices provide.
- Manage to meet end-user needs and retain contracts
In addition, all the information provided by the web service can be shared, depending on the type of GPS device that is handled.
For example: name, latitude, longitude, IMEI, speed, altitude, status, among others.
DeltaTracking uses the following types of web services:
- SOAP: Data consumption format. It is not in real time.
- Restful: Data consumption format. It is not in real time.
- Stream: Data forwarding. It is in real time, so it is the most recommended.
Steps to implement DeltaTracking as a web service.
Prior to its implementation, a meeting is held with the development team that needs the web service.
If it is a consumer, they need to have the software that is responsible for making the data queries.
If it is forwarding, it is necessary to create an endpoint to send the data.
The process to implement a web service for a client includes the following steps:
- Technical meeting
- Definition of parameters
- Enabling web service
Although in most cases there are no restrictions on the use of the web service with DeltaTracking, this will depend on the data required.
If you need more information about the use of DeltaTracking, call us or write to us and one of our advisors will provide you with the information you need.