“Beacons for Windows Mobile” from a Swiss software studio by Stefan Heesch
Posted on June 5, 2011
What is Beacons for Windows Mobile good for?
Beacons supports the HAM radio amateur to make use of the International Beacon Project. It helps fo figure out which beacon is transmitting on which frequency at any given time. The transmitting radio beacon is displayed on a world map together with a short description. Additionally the distance and bearing from a selected location to the beacon is calculated and shown. If the cell phone supports GPS the actual position can be automatically determined and displayed as QTH locator. It is also possible to manually synchronize the mobile’s time to an external time source.
Bee Mobile components used in the project
The application uses Bee Mobile components extensively to build its GUI. Transparent labels and check boxes in combination with TPanelVista are used (screen 1) to neatly divide the client area into sections. iWheel component is also used as a frequency selector, QTH locator and time picker (screens 1,2 and 4). The interactive map on screen 1 was created using RegionControl. ProgressBar and WaitingBar were also used to inform the user about operations going on under the hood.
“Utilization of Bee Mobile components in “Beacons for Windows Mobile” has significantly sped up the development of the application and made its accomplishment possible in the designated time frame.” said Stefan Heesch, the author of the application. “The components are very easy to use for the developer.”
About Stefan Heesch
Stefan Heesch works as a software architect in the healthcare industry. He is responsible for development of laboratory information systems and clinical analysis automations. In his leisure time he occasionally develops software – mostly driven by one of his other hobbies. More information can be found at http://www.heesch.net.