Last year I created the Virtual Radar app. It turns your homey into an aircraft radar and tracker. The live aircraft data was coming from ADSB Exchange. Unfortunately, ADSB-Exchange decided to stop their free data service. Therefore my Homey app is not working anymore at the moment
They now have two options:
- Get a paid subscription (starting at 10$/month): https://www.adsbexchange.com/data/#
- build your own ADSB receiver, and start feeding aircraft information to them to get free data access
This is the receiver I built from a rpi zero I had laying around:
I had some discussions with the creators of ADSB exchange, trying to convince them that Homey users are ‘special’ (meaning, on average not very tech savvy ) and therefore would be eligable to still get free access to the ADSB-Exchange data.
They do not agree…
So now I am working on a major update of the Homey app. I will add support for ADSB-feeders, but will also add another free data source: https://opensky-network.org/
The data from openSky is very limited (e.g. no destination airport, aircraft type or operator is available). Also the data they do have is often incorrect (speed, altitude etc). But hey, it’s free
Work in progress. Here is a screenshot of the new radar ‘device’ and flow in Homey:
I might also add other paid data sources if people are interested in that. Also I’m thinking of combining data from different free sources, making the result more reliable and useful. All of this however turns out to take much more effort then I anticipated. And I’m not even sure if you (the Homey app users) are even interested in all this!
So please let me know, should I put more time and effort in this, or should I just kill the app?