Transport Logistics goes PWA
Progressive Web Applications are said to be the new future of web and mobile application development. They excel with their cross-platform availability and comparatively low implementation costs. However, are they truly capable of performing in a complex business environment?
Roggwiller Cedric, 2020
Bachelor Thesis, Comitas AG
Betreuende Dozierende: Andreas Martin
Keywords: Progressive Web App, Construction Transport Logistics, Service Worker, App Manifest, Angular, Firebase
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The transport business in Switzerland is and has always been a highly competitive industry. With low operating margins, outdated processes, and problems with efficient route scheduling, it is particularly tricky for each transport business to earn enough to survive. Therefore businesses are trying to improve their efficiency by using innovative software programs to transform their analogue processes into digital ones. The goal of this thesis was to assess if Progressive Web Applications can support this digital transformation of a construction transport business.
After getting acquainted with the foundations of PWAs and defining the essential processes and requirements of a novel transport logistics software program, thorough internet research was conducted to verify if PWAs are equipped with the necessary compatibilities to cover all the requirements of the new software. Consequently, to ensure that the research findings were feasible, some of these essential functionalities were implemented in the form of a PWA prototype.
The results of the internet research showed that Progressive Web Applications are equipped to handle nearly all necessary functionalities and offer workarounds for those, that are not provided. During the prototype implementation, the findings from the internet research could be verified by implementing core concepts of PWAs and therefore enabling functionalities such as offline capabilities, barcode scanner, push notifications, navigation links, as well as customized installation and update procedures. It was concluded that these functionalities, combined with the cross-platform availability and single code base characteristic, provide a solid foundation for the new transport logistics software program. Apart from these essential insights, the thesis has provided feasible ways for implementing key characteristics of PWAs, including the possibility to reuse the prototype’s source code during the development of the transport logistics software program.
Studiengang: Business Information Technology (Bachelor)
Fachbereich der Arbeit: Wirtschaftsinformatik & IT-Management