DESIGN AND IMPLEMENT A LOCATION BASE SYSTEM (LBS) FOR DETERMING THE STATUS OF ATMs IN CLOSE PROXIMITY (STEVE MAWUTOR DONKOR)

This project presents the design and implementation of a Location Base System (LBS) for determining the status of ATMs in close proximity. The main aim of the system or application is to determine the functional status of ATMs and then provide the user with a graphical directional path to the closest ATM. This service technology application called the ATM FINDER is an open source application and a combination of mobile and web applications that run on smart phones or devices that have internet connectivity and an Assisted-Global Positioning System (A-GPS) receiver.

The application uses Google Web and a combination of Google places, GPS APIs on Android Phones and Global Positioning System (GPS) coordinates of the current location of the smart/mobile device to find the location of ATM’s closest to it and Google maps for the direction and navigation. With reference to the current location of the user, the application aids the user to find the closest ATM’s as well as their current functional status. Subsequently the user is provided a graphical directional path to the ATM from his current location using goggle maps. ATM Finder requires a high speed data connection like 3G or Wi-Fi to return outputs to the user. As a web-based application, it requires online connectivity to be able to provide direction to the closest location even though the locations are available to the user. The application is also able to determine the current GPS coordinates of a smart device on a GSM or Wi-Fi network as well as translating the coordinates onto Google maps.