Android Development For Industry

Often innovation can be achieved by taking and improving an existing product and by introducing a new technology – and that’s exactly what North East based Tracerco asked Sapere to help with. With their PED (handheld radiation monitoring devices) safety equipment they spotted a new possible set of markets which by integrating their devices with Android smartphones and utilising bluetooth, to create an Android app, they felt would allow new products to be created.


Tracerco needed a way to view and monitor real-time data readings from their PED’s in any environment. They also needed to do so simply with minimum setup required by the end user.

Traditionally this information could only be viewed after the event using a Windows CE application. However with the event of ‘ruggedised’ Android devices becoming available it became possible to create an application using Java to allow any Android device to act as a ‘hub’ for the PED’s.


Sapere created an Android app to monitor Tracerco’s PED’s. The PED’s are used to monitor an individual’s exposure to radiation, the Android app connects via Bluetooth to up to 7 PED’s which are then in turn given to individuals to carry, the app could then monitor each PED and track each individual’s radiation exposure in real-time.

The app itself is a perfect example of using Android devices in high-risk environments to ensure peoples safety and to capture information securely and in real-time.

Whilst capturing valuable data about radiation exposure the app also logs GPS information in real-time and uses audio and visual alerts to notify operators of changes in environmental conditions.

We’re often asked if there is a position for Android apps inside of industry and the Tracerco app project proves that there is a place and it’s a truly valuable one too.

Business Benefits

The finished application met all the requirements outlined by Tracerco and provided an application that:

  • Connected reliably to up to 7 devices and provided alarms, both visual and audible, to alert the user to danger.
  • Provided an Android app which notified if any device was exceeding the limitations of exposure.
  • Allows Tracerco’s PED technology to be used in various environments and opens up the product to new markets and possibilities to help increase their revenue.
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