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GSOC 2012: Pandroid Agent 3.0

September 17, 2012 — by Sancho Lerena2

I work as a developer in Pandora FMS. It’s an Open source monotoring tool which has more than 500000 downloads all over the world. When we found out that we had been picked to participate in Google Summer of code, we were very pleased and excited of participating in such an interesting programme.
My main task was to supervise Mark’s work, a British student who developed a proposal in order to improve our application Pandroid Agent. It is an application which sends device’s information to Pandora FMS like any other host  (GPS coordinates, battery level, memory state…). Mark is such a hard-worker and it was a pleasure for me to witness how this project was growing from the very beginning.

We met up Mark and another student of the programme in our head office in Madrid. We thought it was very important to meet them before starting to work online in order to clarify all our ideas, study his proposal, add some details and features,  and define the line of work. The following week, Mark flew to New Zealand to spend the summer there. Although New Zealand is diametrically opposed to Spain and the time difference was huge, Mark made a mighty effort to adjust his working hours to our schedule.

We had a constant contact during the whole process. Mark used to keep me updated  of every single step forward he made, that is why the communication between us was completely satisfactory.

Planification

We created a planning with all the features proposed and  an estimation of  how long carrying out these tasks would take.

The document above is an example of the the weekly reports that Mark used to send me to let me know about the problems he had, schedule changes or completed taks.

Tracking

We  used  Integria IMS to follow the progress of the project. It is a software we develop that includes a project management system. I created a list with tasks and assigned them to Mark. Every time he had been working on one of the tasks, he just had to select the option given in the list and explain briefly what he had done. Thus, I can follow his progress easily.

 

 

The main goal of this app was to simulate a real project and teach the student how to use a real  professional  tool.

Tests

The last weeks were very intensive. Mark sent me a version of the application, I tested it and gave him some tips so as he can fix the problems and send the version back to me.

Once the project was done, Pandroid Agent was able to protect the administration operations and report new interesting things such as the services/progress of the device, the number of  sent/received sms messages and calls, the inbound/outbound network traffic, the device uptime, software inventory, OS version, signal strength and many other things.

Mark also was so kind of helping us  translate the application into more languages. Now, we can offer Pandroid in English, Spanish, Japanese, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Chinese

Screenshots of the application

 

 

 

 

Conclusion

The experience was awesome. Mark worked hard and I’m sure he learnt so much and enjoyed the experience a lot. Mark wants to keep developing Pandroid after GsoC. He wants to finish coding the features he couldn’t finish during the programme, and he also wants to develop new ones. He is completely welcome to the Pandora FMS development team and we hope he enjoys writing code for Pandora FMS as much as we enjoyed working with him.

 

Sancho es el creador y fundador de Pandora FMS. Entre sus muchas aficiones están la fotografía, la ciencia ficción y deportes como la esgrima.

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Pandroid: Android agent first version

February 7, 2011 — by Sancho Lerena2

This is a screenshot of the Android agent, reporting GPS information, and resolving using the new feature for Reverse geocoding:

This agent reports information like GPS coordinates (translated in human description by Google Maps api for reverse geocoding), orientation (degrees 0-360), battery level and presence sensor (useful to know if the phone is in a pocket or being used, for example).

Pandroid is already present in Android Marketplace:

https://market.android.com/details?id=pandroid.agent

Sancho es el creador y fundador de Pandora FMS. Entre sus muchas aficiones están la fotografía, la ciencia ficción y deportes como la esgrima.