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Our customer always demand, and I think there is huge market of, live tracking data. We need to ease either our customers or their relatives that they have reached their destination safely. So as I was moving around, I found out that there are too many live data APIs, but I want to integrate the free live API in order to check first. Can any one give me options that provide live APIs? Also if I need to get ADS-B what can I do and how does it work?

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  • $\begingroup$ I've edited your question to make it a bit more readable, but I am not fully sure of what you mean in a couple of sentences. At first impression, this question seems a bit broad/opinion-based for this website, be aware that we are not a discussion forum. Please have a look on how to ask $\endgroup$ – Federico Dec 11 '17 at 7:44
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    $\begingroup$ As this need is quite common today, I guess this is now a programming question (finding and using related API) rather than an aviation one. Random sample, also on this site. As for how it's used in the code, here is the interface reference for Flightstats. $\endgroup$ – mins Dec 11 '17 at 8:15
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There are numerous web sites that provide flight tracking data, including radar and ADS-B. Most are free for personal use, but AFAIK all of them charge for commercial use. This makes sense since collecting and aggregating that data takes a lot of time, effort and equipment, and they have to recover those costs somehow. Still, using an existing service should be a lot less expensive than trying to set up your own redundant operation just for your own needs.

The sole exception is if you're trying to track ADS-B flights in the vicinity of your own facility, in which case you can easily set up a single ADS-B receiver there. But most folks want a (much) bigger picture, including non-ADS-B traffic, so please clarify the scope of your needs.

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On the ADS-B side of things, if your looking for a purely personal system at receiving ADS-B, a Raspberry Pi 3b, a USB dongle (RTL2382 version), a antenna and some coax - install Dump1090 onto the Pi and your in action. Not this simple but a basic overview.

If you are looking for a turn-key 'plug and play' solution you might want to check out VariFlight (VariFlight ADS-B) , they often provide free ADS-B systems with everything you need, you just plug it in and go. The only requirement is you have the ADS-B receiver connected to the internet to feed them the data you are receiving.

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