The Client Challenge
Argo Navigation (Argo) came to fruition after the founder envisioned a mobile application to connect the boating community by helping them safely navigate the waters to new places, plan trips with friends, and share information with fellow boaters. Argo’s goal is to create a safe and social experience for the boating community.
After a design sprint with the addition of extensive market research, Bytelion started developing an application to provide the best navigation experience for all boaters. A main portion of the application development relied on the integration of large databases. Boaters use three main markers for navigation: buoys, beacons, and restricted areas. Therefore, the team needed to source information on these markets from a variety of databases. By utilizing an API, Bytelion connected the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) database of markers to populate icons within the tool. Moreover, boaters are able to see points of interest (POIs) on Google Maps API including marinas, yacht clubs, and boat ramps.
In order to navigate around the water and know where boaters go at all times, our team used bathymetric data to allow users to view how the depth of certain places on along the water. We built out a proprietary navigation algorithm that guides the user throughout their voyages and trips.
We included self-reporting features similar to Waze. While on the water, users are able to take pictures, comment, and report on their findings. Boaters can notify each other on weather, police, places, local advice, sea life, hazard, and map issues within the application.
On the water, users are able to connect with their friends and see their location on the water. Argo users can send friend requests to other users on the application or invite their cell phone contacts to join the application. We use PubNub as an API to support our messaging feature. PubNub is a platform to allow users to send and receive messages in real-time. Argo is a community of boaters, so having the social aspect of boating is a must!
Download Argo on the Apple App Store or Google Play Store to learn more about the social boating mobile application! Argo is the future of boating…and the future is here. To learn more about how Bytelion can build your mobile application, contact us here.