Loci Amica – Local Tour Guide App

Partner to create Loci Amica’s app, which offers a unique platform for connecting international travelers with local tour guides worldwide, starting with Taiwan. The app incorporates cutting-edge technology, including a messaging platform, streamlined booking and payment processing, and a rating system for user feedback. Loci Amica’s app enables travelers to enjoy a more authentic and immersive travel experience, while supporting local hosts and businesses. 


1 Project Manager, 4 React Native Devs,
3 NodeJS Backend Devs


Hospitality & Tourism

Products and Services

iOS & Android app


03/2019 – 09/2019



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The Challenge

Loci Amica is a travel app that enables travelers to connect with local tour guides who provide customized recommendations and insights into the local culture. However, the app’s real-time aspect poses a significant technical challenge. As travelers may require immediate updates, any last-minute changes must be promptly communicated to users. This necessitates a reliable and secure system that can ensure the content of each tour and its associated pricing are always accurate and dependable.

Moreover, the payment gateway is a critical aspect of the app, requiring a robust and secure system to process financial transactions. A dependable payment processing system ensures the financial integrity of the platform, which builds trust with users and minimizes the risk of fraudulent activity. The app’s real-time functionality and payment gateway pose significant technical challenges that require a dependable and secure system to ensure users’ satisfaction and safety. 

Technology Stacks

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React Native


iOS App


Android App





The Solution

SmartDev was chosen as the strategic partner to create Loci Amica’s app. We did corporate to deliver the following solutions:

1. To develop the Loci Amica app, we opted for React Native as the platform for mobile app development due to its large developer community, pre-built components, modular architecture, and cross-platform support.

2. We chose Firebase as the ideal backend solution, providing real-time data synchronization, faster queries using a NoSQL database, social network login, push notification, analytics, crash reports, cloud storage, and Test Lab.

3. We recommended Stripe as the payment gateway for its ease of integration with React Native and compatibility with Firebase.

Loci Amica expressed great satisfaction with our partnership as a result of our incorporation of advanced technologies. Our consistent and proactive involvement throughout the app development process, from early phase implementation to final delivery to the market, was highly appreciated.

Loci Amica

Loci Amica Core Features


Customizable Booking System

  • Allows hosts to create and manage customizable details such as tour duration, pricing, availability and directly communicate with their guests.
  • Allows travelers to browse, book and view tours through the Loci Amica app and connect with local guides through a message platform.

Payment system

  • Allow users to make payments securely and  manage their payment methods through the Loci Amica app.

Rating System

  • Enables travelers to provide feedback and reviews of their hosts and experiences.

Let’s Build Something Together

SmartDev offers a number of solutions, from fully outsourced development to staff augmentation on specific projects, to meet tight deadlines.
What is SmartDev?
A Swiss company built and managed by highly experienced Europeans with a dedication to technical excellence, passed on to promising Vietnamese developers. SmartDev has outsourced development centres in Danang and Hanoi (Vietnam).
How big is your development team?
SmartDev has a team of over 200 developers in Vietnam. Our experienced HR team has the technical knowledge to scale teams up and down as appropriate and find the relevant skills for your project.
How do I get a quote?

Put your email address in the form and an expert will contact you shortly after analyzing your business requirements. We sign an NDA to ensure the highest degree of privacy. We will then issue a comprehensive project proposal, including cost estimates, timelines and skills required for your project. Upon agreement, we will assemble your team and begin delivery within ten days.

Why choose SmartDev?

We have been delivering complex technology projects for businesses since 2014. The SmartDev team has expertise in front-end development, backend development, application development, APIs and other integrations with over 70% of developers having more than 3 years of industry-specific experience.

Our Quality Promise
Our offshore development, onshore management model ensures that we have the correct blend of skills to meet your project needs. Our skills extend to Agile development processes and scrum methods, making sure our projects are always delivered on time to our clients’ requirements. We are certified to ISO standard 27001.