CARP Mobile Sensing Framework in Flutter

This library contains the software architecture for the CARP sensing framework implemented in Flutter. Supports cross-platform (iOS and Android) sensing.

pub package

For Flutter plugins for other CARP products, see CARP Mobile Sensing in Flutter.


To use this plugin, add carp_mobile_sensing as a dependency in your pubspec.yaml file.

Android Integration

Add the following to your app's manifest.xml file located in android/app/src/main:

<manifest xmlns:android=""

    <!-- The following permissions are used for CARP Mobile Sensing -->
    <uses-permission android:name="android.permission.PACKAGE_USAGE_STATS" tools:ignore="ProtectedPermissions"/>
    <uses-permission android:name="android.permission.WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE"/>
    <uses-permission android:name="android.permission.ACCESS_FINE_LOCATION" />


NOTE: Version 0.5.0 is migrated to AndroidX. This should not result in any functional changes, but it requires any Android apps using this plugin to also migrate if they're using the original support library. See Flutter AndroidX compatibility


The Dart API doc describes the different libraries and classes.

The wiki contains detailed documentation on the CARP Mobile Sensing Framework, including the domain model, its built-in probes, and how to extend it.

Below is a few simple / minimum examples (a better description is available on the wiki).


In the following example, a study is created "by hand", i.e. you specify each trigger, task and measure in the study.

// Import package
import 'package:carp_mobile_sensing/carp_mobile_sensing.dart';

void example() async {
  // Create a study using a File Backend
  Study study = Study("1234", "",
      name: "An example study",
      dataEndPoint: FileDataEndPoint()
        ..bufferSize = 500 * 1000 = true
        ..encrypt = false);

  // add sensor collection from accelerometer and gyroscope
  // careful - these sensors generate a lot of data!
      DelayedTrigger(delay: 1000), // delay sampling for one second
      Task('Sensor Task')
          MeasureType(NameSpace.CARP, SensorSamplingPackage.ACCELEROMETER),
          frequency: 10 * 1000, // sample every 10 secs
          duration: 2, // for 2 ms
          MeasureType(NameSpace.CARP, SensorSamplingPackage.GYROSCOPE),
          frequency: 20 * 1000, // sample every 20 secs
          duration: 2, // for 2 ms

      PeriodicTrigger(period: 24 * 60 * 60 * 1000), // trigger sampling once pr. day
      Task('Task collecting a list of all installed apps')
        ..addMeasure(Measure(MeasureType(NameSpace.CARP, AppsSamplingPackage.APPS))));

  // creating measure variable to be used later
  PeriodicMeasure lightMeasure = PeriodicMeasure(
    MeasureType(NameSpace.CARP, SensorSamplingPackage.LIGHT),
    name: "Ambient Light",
    frequency: 11 * 1000,
    duration: 700,
  study.addTriggerTask(ImmediateTrigger(), Task('Light')..addMeasure(lightMeasure));

  // Create a Study Controller that can manage this study, initialize it, and start it.
  StudyController controller = StudyController(study);

  // await initialization before starting
  await controller.initialize();

  // listening on all data events from the study;

  // listen on only CARP events => datum.format.namepace == NameSpace.CARP).forEach(print);

  // listen on LIGHT events only => == SensorSamplingPackage.LIGHT).forEach(print);

  // map events to JSON and then print => datum.toJson()).forEach(print);

  // listening on a specific probe registered in the ProbeRegistry
  // this is equivalent to the statement above

  // subscribe to events
  StreamSubscription<Datum> subscription = datum) {
    // do something w. the datum, e.g. print the json
    print(JsonEncoder.withIndent(' ').convert(datum));

  // sampling can be paused and resumed

  // pause / resume specific probe(s)

  // adapt measures on the go - calling hasChanged() force a restart of
  // the probe, which will load the new measure
    ..frequency = 12 * 1000
    ..duration = 500

  // disabling a measure will pause the probe
    ..enabled = false

  // once the sampling has to stop, e.g. in a Flutter dispose() methods, call stop.
  // note that once a sampling has stopped, it cannot be restarted.

However, you can se up a study quite simple, by using sampling schemas. Below is an example of how to add measure to the study by using measures from the common sampling schema.

 // adding a set of specific measures from the `common` sampling schema to one overall task
       ..measures = SamplingSchema.common().getMeasureList(
         namespace: NameSpace.CARP,
         types: [

There is a very simple example app app which shows how a study can be created with different tasks and measures. This app just prints the sensing data to a console screen on the phone. There is also a range of different examples on how to create a study to take inspiration from.

However, the CARP Mobile Sensing App provides a MUCH better example of how to use the package in a Flutter BLoC architecture, including good documentation of how to do this.

Features and bugs

Please read about existing issues and file new feature requests and bug reports at the issue tracker.


This software is copyright (c) 2020 Copenhagen Center for Health Technology (CACHET) at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). This software is made available 'as-is' in a MIT license.


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