Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Mobile Commerce News Weekly – Week of April 20, 2014

The Mobile Commerce News Weekly is an online newsletter made up of the most interesting news, articles and links related to mobile commerce and marketing, mobile payments, mobile money, e-wallets, mobile banking, mobile ads and mobile security that I run across each week.  I am specifically targeting market size and market trend information.

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Looking for an enterprise mobility solution?  Read the Mobile Solution Directory Here!

According to new research from Wpromote, mobile web traffic has increased by a tremendous 50 percent over the last year, alone. It now comprises over one quarter of all Internet visits. The category that saw the largest amount of mobile traffic was consumer services at 33 percent.  Read Original Content

U.S. retail sales via smartphones were up 101 percent in the first quarter over the same time last year, according Unbound Commerce, which provides commerce solutions to 350 retailers.  Read Original Content

The Dutch are expected to spend around 730 million Euros over mobile commerce channels this year, an increase of 69.8 percent, according to research from ActiePagina.nl.  Read Original Content

The problem today is that “mobilizing” enterprise applications using MEAPs and MADPs can cost hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars, and can take months or years to implement. StarMobile is a cloud-based enterprise mobility solution that dynamically transforms any packaged on-premise or cloud-based application, or custom-built system, into a mobile application. We deliver enterprise mobility at 5 percent to 20 percent of the cost and time of any other solution on the planet, typically $5 per user per month for unlimited mobile apps. Learn More http://starmobileinc.com/unlimitedmobileapps

PayPal has announced it is expanding its Partner Program in order to accommodate additional types of retailers. The expanded program will be launched during the summer and is expected to help retailers become more capable of handling the needs of mobile consumers.  Read Original Content

InMobi is betting on the idea that its seamless mobile commerce experience will be popular enough it will start to make a bigger name for itself within this market space, despite stiff competition from industry giants such as Google and Facebook.  Read Original Content
The latest quarterly market data report from ABI Research has placed a focus on location based marketing technologies and has shown this year will likely be a powerful one when it comes to indoor installations within retail environments.  Read Original Content

According to BI Intelligence, Amazon, eBay, and Wal-Mart are out in front of the retail pack when it comes to success on mobile. eBay app users spend nearly two hours every month on the app. A full 15 percent of the U.S. mobile population accesses Wal-Mart.com on their smartphones.  Read Original Content

Total e-commerce spending in this year’s holiday shopping season is expected to rise by 15 percent to $61.8 billion, new data from research firm eMarketer shows.  Read Original Content

Mobile transactions accounted for about two percent of all credit and debit card volume in the United States in 2013, and four percent globally, according to BI Intelligence estimates.  Read Original Content

The Mobile Marketing Association in Spain recently released the results of research that looked into smartphone advertising trends over the last year. What they discovered was spending on ads for these gadgets broke the €110 million mark in 2013.  Read Original Content

HTC Corp has hired the former head of marketing at Samsung Electronics Co.’s U.S. mobile phone business as an adviser to Chairman Cher Wang, according to two people familiar with the matter.  Read Original Content

Pulsate is out with a new end-to-end marketing platform. Pulsate gives retailers tiny self-contained Bluetooth iBeacons, which, once activated, begin broadcasting customer location and context back to the Pulsate cloud. From there the retailer can segment, automate and personalize every communication sent by the platform.  Read Original Content

Twitter has set mobile advertisers aflutter. The social network announced marketers will now be able to simultaneously place campaigns on mobile apps via Twitter and MoPub, the mobile ad exchange that Twitter acquired last year.  Read Original Content

“More than half of digital media engagement is now spent on smartphones and tablets, but mobile advertising is currently just one-sixth of the digital ad market,” reports Mark Donovan, Chief Marketing Officer of comScore.  Read Original Content

Telef√≥nica announced the creation of Axonix, a new company with the financial backing of Telef√≥nica and affiliates of Blackstone's GSO Capital Partners. The company said in a press release Axonix is the first mobile advertising exchange platform owned and powered by a mobile operator.  Read Original Content

Latest Articles on http://mobileenterprisestrategies.blogspot.com

How to Develop Apps for Vehicles
How The Healthcare Industry is Using GIS in 2014
IoT Devices and Apps for both Industry and Consumers
Digital and Innovation Expert Interview: Sean Middleton
The Definitive Guide to Heartbleed and Enterprise Mobility

Webinars of Note (Recorded)

BYOD Security Battle: No Data at Rest vs. Containers
Cloud Middleware: The Key to Scalable Enterprise Mobility
Lean Manufacturing and Mobile Tech: On-Site Opportunities
Rapidly extend any enterprise application to mobile devices without coding, APIs, or integration.
Retail and Mobile Tech: In-Store Opportunities
Top 5 Mobile Apps for Sales Success

Whitepapers of Note

A Comparison of the StarMobile MORPH Protocol vs. Traditional Remote Computing Protocols
Don't Get SMACked - How Social, Mobile, Analytics and Cloud are Reshaping the Enterprise
Making BYOD Work for Your Organization
Managing BYOD and Legacy Systems
The Secret to Enterprise Mobile Application Adoption
Secure BYOD Apps in a Mobile World
Solving The Mobile Developer Scarcity Problem
StarMobile Transforms Enterprise Apps into Mobile Apps
The True Cost of Mobility



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Kevin Benedict
Senior Analyst, Digital Transformation, EBA, Center for the Future of Work Cognizant
View my profile on LinkedIn
Learn about mobile strategies at MobileEnterpriseStrategies.com
Follow me on Twitter @krbenedict
Join the Linkedin Group Strategic Enterprise Mobility
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Recommended Strategy Book Code Halos
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***Full Disclosure: These are my personal opinions. No company is silly enough to claim them. I am a mobility and digital transformation analyst, consultant and writer. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

M2M News Weekly - Week of April 20, 2014

Welcome to M2M News Weekly, an online newsletter that consists of the most interesting news and articles related to M2M (machine to machine) and embedded mobile devices.  I aggregate the information, include the original links and add a synopsis of each article.  I also search for the latest market numbers such as market size, growth and trends in and around the M2M market.

Also read Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly
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Looking for an enterprise mobility solution?  Read the Mobile Solution Directory Here!

The Internet of Things, which excludes PCs, tablets and smartphones, will grow to 26 billion units installed in 2020 representing an almost 30-fold increase from 0.9 billion in 2009, according to Gartner, Inc. Read Original Content

Analysts forecast the Global Connected Car M2M Connections and Services market to grow at a CAGR of 28.45 percent over the period 2014-2018. One of the key factors contributing to this market growth is the increasing awareness and demand for safety and security of connected car M2M services. Read Original Content

According to a new research report from the analyst firm Berg Insight, the number of devices with cellular or satellite connectivity deployed in oil and gas applications worldwide was 423,000 at the end of 2013. Read Original Content

The problem today is that “mobilizing” enterprise applications using MEAPs and MADPs can cost hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars, and can take months or years to implement. StarMobile is a cloud-based enterprise mobility solution that dynamically transforms any packaged on-premise or cloud-based application, or custom-built system, into a mobile application. We deliver enterprise mobility at 5 percent to 20 percent of the cost and time of any other solution on the planet, typically $5 per user per month for unlimited mobile apps. Learn More http://starmobileinc.com/unlimitedmobileapps

Analysts forecast the M2M market in India to grow at a CAGR of 33.81 percent over the period 2012-2016. The new income opportunities generated through the adoption of M2M technology constitute one of the key factors for this market growth. Read Original Content

According to Research and Markets the global market for global M2M satellite communication is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 9.8 percent from 2014 to 2019. Read Original Content
Accenture and Siemens have formed a joint-venture company that will seek to bring together Siemens' smart grid products and Accenture's managed-services capabilities. The Munich-based OMNETRIC Group will offer utility companies combined services focused on data management and systems integration, with the lure that such services will improve efficiency, grid operations and reliability. Read Original Content

ComEd has announced work related to its sweeping smart grid initiative supported 2,871 full-time equivalent positions in 2013. The positions included nearly 1,000 direct full-time equivalent jobs at the utility and its contractors as well as more than 1,800 indirect positions created by the program. Read Original Content

Texas Instruments has introduced a third party ecosystem of Internet of Things cloud service providers.  This will let manufacturers using TI technology to connect with the IoT more easily and rapidly. Read Original Content

Global chip firm Intel recently said it is shifting its workforce internally in India to areas of growth such as tablet and Internet of Things segments from traditional segments like personal computers. Read Original Content

As of 2013, China’s Internet of Things industry is estimated at 600 billion yuan (US$96.6 billion) and is expected to grow up to 1 trillion yuan ($161 billion) by 2015. Read Original Content

Latest Articles on http://mobileenterprisestrategies.blogspot.com

How to Develop Apps for Vehicles
How The Healthcare Industry is Using GIS in 2014
IoT Devices and Apps for both Industry and Consumers
Digital and Innovation Expert Interview: Sean Middleton
The Definitive Guide to Heartbleed and Enterprise Mobility

Webinars of Note (Recorded)

BYOD Security Battle: No Data at Rest vs. Containers
Cloud Middleware: The Key to Scalable Enterprise Mobility
Lean Manufacturing and Mobile Tech: On-Site Opportunities
Rapidly extend any enterprise application to mobile devices without coding, APIs, or integration.
Retail and Mobile Tech: In-Store Opportunities
Top 5 Mobile Apps for Sales Success

Whitepapers of Note

A Comparison of the StarMobile MORPH Protocol vs. Traditional Remote Computing Protocols
Don't Get SMACked - How Social, Mobile, Analytics and Cloud are Reshaping the Enterprise
Making BYOD Work for Your Organization
Managing BYOD and Legacy Systems
The Secret to Enterprise Mobile Application Adoption
Secure BYOD Apps in a Mobile World
Solving The Mobile Developer Scarcity Problem
StarMobile Transforms Enterprise Apps into Mobile Apps
The True Cost of Mobility



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Kevin Benedict
Senior Analyst, Digital Transformation, EBA, Center for the Future of Work Cognizant
View my profile on LinkedIn
Learn about mobile strategies at MobileEnterpriseStrategies.com
Follow me on Twitter @krbenedict
Join the Linkedin Group Strategic Enterprise Mobility
Join the Google+ Community Mobile Enterprise Strategies
Recommended Strategy Book Code Halos
Recommended iPad App Code Halos for iPads

***Full Disclosure: These are my personal opinions. No company is silly enough to claim them. I am a mobility and digital transformation analyst, consultant and writer. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.

Mobile Health News Weekly – Week of April 20, 2014


The Mobile Health News Weekly is an online newsletter made up of the most interesting news and articles related to mobile health that I run across each week.  I am specifically targeting information that reflects market data and trends.

Also read Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly
Also read Field Mobility News Weekly
Also read M2M News Weekly
Also read Mobile Commerce News Weekly
Also read Mobility News Weekly

Looking for an enterprise mobility solution?  Read the Mobile Solution Directory Here!

A new study released by mobile engagement provider Mobiquity, Inc has found that while 70 percent of people use mobile apps on a daily basis to track calorie intake and monitor physical activities, only 40 percent share data and insights with their doctors.  Read Original Content

A recent freedom of information request submitted to NHS trusts across England highlighted that, despite the pledge to create a "paperless NHS" by 2018, two-thirds of nurses and medical staff continue to rely on handwritten notes and corridor conversations to communicate vital patient information.  Read Original Content

Burgeoning technology in health care is making waves throughout the sector and could create more than $100 billion in economic displacement among providers, according to a study released Thursday by PricewaterhouseCoopers.  Read Original Content

Catavolt is the most secure way to rapidly build mobile apps that work with all enterprise systems and all mobile devices. IT departments rest easy with Catavolt’s industry-leading “No Data at Rest” security platform, and a no-coding app creation approach that efficiently addresses the backlog of business requests for mobile apps. Business users receive apps that are custom-tailored to their business process, and a high-performance, native user experience that fully utilizes the devices they carry today. This newsletter is sponsored in part by Catavolt.

iHealth Lab out of Mountain View, California, has announced the release of its FDA-approved Wireless Smart Gluco-Monitoring System -- a portable Bluetooth-enabled blood glucose monitor that allows people to take a reading and have the results sync automatically to an iOS or Android device and stored in the cloud.  Read Original Content

Investment in mobile health is booming, and so are the exit opportunities in the mHealth sector.  Earlier this week, Seattle-based startup Mindbloom, which develops healthy-living mobile applications, was bought by Denver’s fast-growing health-tech company Welltok.  Read Original Content
Researchers at the University of Illinois have developed an electronic tattoo that can be printed straight on to the body to track patients' symptoms – measuring heart rate and temperature, strain and hydration – and then beam the information back to your doctor.  Read Original Content

The market for technologies and applications for remote patient monitoring reached $10.6 billion in 2012, up from $8.9 billion in 2011, according to a new report.  Read Original Content

The free Breeze app, launching on the iPhone 5S, tracks your steps all day and alerts you to simple ways to live a healthier life. Since the app has access to your activity data and location, it can offer up some useful insights throughout the day to encourage you to move more.  Read Original Content

In the absence of research on the impact of mobile technologies on health outcomes, doctors are not convinced consumers can change health behavior or improve disease management though their use of apps. Due to this reluctance on the part of physicians to embrace mHealth, consumers are cutting out medical professionals.  Read Original Content

The U.S. market for wireless patient monitoring systems already has gone from $3.9 billion in 2007 to $8.9 billion in 2011 and could double to $20 billion by 2016.  Read Original Content

Latest Articles on http://mobileenterprisestrategies.blogspot.com

How to Develop Apps for Vehicles
How The Healthcare Industry is Using GIS in 2014
IoT Devices and Apps for both Industry and Consumers
Digital and Innovation Expert Interview: Sean Middleton
The Definitive Guide to Heartbleed and Enterprise Mobility

Webinars of Note (Recorded)

BYOD Security Battle: No Data at Rest vs. Containers
Cloud Middleware: The Key to Scalable Enterprise Mobility
Lean Manufacturing and Mobile Tech: On-Site Opportunities
Rapidly extend any enterprise application to mobile devices without coding, APIs, or integration.
Retail and Mobile Tech: In-Store Opportunities
Top 5 Mobile Apps for Sales Success

Whitepapers of Note

Don't Get SMACked - How Social, Mobile, Analytics and Cloud are Reshaping the Enterprise
Making BYOD Work for Your Organization
Managing BYOD and Legacy Systems
The Secret to Enterprise Mobile Application Adoption
Secure BYOD Apps in a Mobile World
Solving The Mobile Developer Scarcity Problem
The True Cost of Mobility

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Kevin Benedict
Senior Analyst, Digital Transformation, EBA, Center for the Future of Work Cognizant
View my profile on LinkedIn
Learn about mobile strategies at MobileEnterpriseStrategies.com
Follow me on Twitter @krbenedict
Join the Linkedin Group Strategic Enterprise Mobility
Join the Google+ Community Mobile Enterprise Strategies
Recommended Strategy Book Code Halos
Recommended iPad App Code Halos for iPads

***Full Disclosure: These are my personal opinions. No company is silly enough to claim them. I am a mobility and digital transformation analyst, consultant and writer. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Field Mobility News Weekly – Week of April 20, 2014

The Field Mobility News Weekly is an online newsletter made up of the most interesting news and articles related to field mobility that I run across each week.  I am specifically targeting information that reflects market data and trends.

Also read Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly
Also read M2M News Weekly
Also read Mobile Commerce News Weekly
Also read Mobile Cyber Security News Weekly
Also read Mobile Health News Weekly
Also read Mobility News Weekly

Looking for an enterprise mobility solution?  Read the Mobile Solution Directory Here!

Analysts forecast the Global Meter Data Management market to grow at a CAGR of 16.55 percent over the period 2012-2016. One of the key factors contributing to this market growth is the need to reduce the incidences of electricity theft. Read Original Content

According to a new report by Markets and Markets the total smart cities market is expected to reach more than $1 trillion by 2016, at a CAGR of 14.2 percent. Read Original Content

According to a recent report from Navigant Research, cumulative utility spending on IT systems for the smart grid will total $139.3 billion from 2014 through 2022. Read Original Content

Catavolt is the most secure way to rapidly build mobile apps that work with all enterprise systems and all mobile devices. IT departments rest easy with Catavolt’s industry-leading “No Data at Rest” security platform, and a no-coding app creation approach that efficiently addresses the backlog of business requests for mobile apps. Business users receive apps that are custom-tailored to their business process, and a high-performance, native user experience that fully utilizes the devices they carry today. This newsletter is sponsored in part by Catavolt.

TechNavio's analysts forecast the Global Fleet Management System market will grow at a CAGR of 25.94 percent over the period 2013-2018. Read Original Content

GE Capital Fleet Services has announced the launch of MyFleetOffice2, an advanced online fleet management platform that gives fleet managers the ability to do more powerful analytics, and to complete a wide range of administrative tasks more easily and entirely online. Read Original Content
According to Markets and Markets the global chipless RFID market is expected to reach $1,087.00 million by the end 2011. This market is expected to reach $3,925 million by 2016 at an estimated CAGR of 29.3 percent. Read Original Content

As per the market study, the global food traceability market (tracking technologies) is expected to grow at a CAGR of 8.7 percent during the analysis period, reaching expected revenue of $14.1 billion by 2020. Read Original Content

Analysts forecast the GIS market in the U.S. to grow at a CAGR of 10.96 percent over the period 2012-2016. One of the key factors contributing to this market growth is the increasing demand from the Government sector. Read Original Content

The global installed base of smart water meters will hit between 120 million and 130 million by 2018, according to new research by UK company Statplan Energy. Read Original Content

A public/private team of researchers under the Army’s Research, Development and Engineering Command have developed Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) strips that work with a device called a Biotouch, which relays information from the VOC for analysis. The results then appear on a soldier’s Nett Warrior smartphone. Read Original Content

Latest Articles on http://mobileenterprisestrategies.blogspot.com

How The Healthcare Industry is Using GIS in 2014
IoT Devices and Apps for both Industry and Consumers
Digital and Innovation Expert Interview: Sean Middleton
The Definitive Guide to Heartbleed and Enterprise Mobility
Could Mobile Devices and the Internet have Prevented the Rwandan Genocide?

Webinars of Note (Recorded)

BYOD Security Battle: No Data at Rest vs. Containers
Cloud Middleware: The Key to Scalable Enterprise Mobility
Lean Manufacturing and Mobile Tech: On-Site Opportunities
Rapidly extend any enterprise application to mobile devices without coding, APIs, or integration.
Retail and Mobile Tech: In-Store Opportunities
Top 5 Mobile Apps for Sales Success

Whitepapers of Note

Don't Get SMACked - How Social, Mobile, Analytics and Cloud are Reshaping the Enterprise
Making BYOD Work for Your Organization
Managing BYOD and Legacy Systems
The Secret to Enterprise Mobile Application Adoption
Secure BYOD Apps in a Mobile World
Solving The Mobile Developer Scarcity Problem
The True Cost of Mobility

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Kevin Benedict
Senior Analyst, Digital Transformation, EBA, Center for the Future of Work Cognizant
View my profile on LinkedIn
Learn about mobile strategies at MobileEnterpriseStrategies.com
Follow me on Twitter @krbenedict
Join the Linkedin Group Strategic Enterprise Mobility
Join the Google+ Community Mobile Enterprise Strategies
Recommended Strategy Book Code Halos
Recommended iPad App Code Halos for iPads

***Full Disclosure: These are my personal opinions. No company is silly enough to claim them. I am a mobility and digital transformation analyst, consultant and writer. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly – Week of April 20, 2014

Welcome to Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly, an online newsletter that consists of the most interesting news and articles related to enterprise mobility in Asia.  Asia is predicted to be the fastest area of growth for enterprise mobility between now and 2016.

Also read Field Mobility News Weekly
Also read M2M News Weekly
Also read Mobile Commerce News Weekly
Also read Mobile Cyber Security News Weekly
Also read Mobile Health News Weekly
Also read Mobility News Weekly

Looking for an enterprise mobility solution?  Read the Mobile Solution Directory Here!

“Social Wi-Fi”, the practice of offering free public Wi-Fi that requires signing in with social network credentials, is moving into Australia.  Vendor AirTight Networks has formed a distribution agreement with Ingram Micro to enter the Australian market.  Read Original Content

As part of its strategy to expand its smartphone and tablet business, Chinese technology company Lenovo is purchasing over 3800 mobile technology patents from NEC.  Read Original Content

Nokia has received approval from China’s Ministry of Commerce to sell its mobile phone business to Microsoft, following approvals already received from authorities in the United States and the European Union.  Read Original Content

The True Cost of Mobility - Companies are under tremendous pressure to develop and deploy mobile apps for their business systems, yet the traditional approach to mobile app development typically costs $250K+ and takes 6+ months for a single app. Today IT professionals are exploring platforms that radically reduce costs and time-to-market for their mobile initiatives, especially around complex applications such as SAP, Oracle, or custom applications. Download the whitepaper - https://www.capriza.com/resources/whitepapers/?resource=true-cost-of-enterprise-mobility&adgroup=MES

To enable Asia Pacific organizations to learn more about the benefits and capabilities of enterprise mobility, Citrix recently opened a Customer Experience Center in Singapore.  Read Original Content

Noting that "wearable devices are and will continue to play a huge part in the way our customers use mobile technology”, Telecom New Zealand is now offering a suite of new Samsung devices, including the Gear 2 and Gear Fit.  Read Original Content

The SingTel Group and Samsung have teamed up to unveil a number of joint initiatives to bring a “seamless mobile data experience for customers” in Singapore, Australia, Thailand, India, Africa, the Philippines and Indonesia.  Read Original Content

China’s Alibaba Group is asking the public to participate in mapping water quality across China by using testing kits to measure pollutants and uploading the data to a digital map via their smartphones.  Read Original Content

In an effort to enable better workforce flexibility, mobility and collaboration, Australia’s Government of Queensland is partnering with Microsoft to bring cloud-based Office 365 to its government employees.  Read Original Content

With the fast-growing mobile smartphone market driving growth, Facebook now counts over 100 million users in India.  Read Original Content

Australia’s St. George Bank is taking advantage of the latest wearable technology, launching a smartwatch banking app.  The bank also has a working prototype of a banking app for Google Glass.  Read Original Content

Recognizing that the ability to print from mobile devices is more important than ever, Samsung Malaysia Electronics has unveiled NFC-enabled printers for mobile enterprises and entrepreneurs in Malaysia.  Read Original Content

China’s OPPO Mobile Telecommunications Corp. has launched its flagship phone, the OPPO Find 7, in the Philippines.  Read Original Content

Latest Articles on http://mobileenterprisestrategies.blogspot.com

IoT Devices and Apps for both Industry and Consumers
Digital and Innovation Expert Interview: Sean Middleton
The Definitive Guide to Heartbleed and Enterprise Mobility
Could Mobile Devices and the Internet have Prevented the Rwandan Genocide?
HTML5 and the Future of PhoneGap and WebView+
Increasing Productivity and Getting Strategic with Geospatial Information Systems

Webinars of Note (Recorded)

BYOD Security Battle: No Data at Rest vs. Containers
Cloud Middleware: The Key to Scalable Enterprise Mobility
Lean Manufacturing and Mobile Tech: On-Site Opportunities
Rapidly extend any enterprise application to mobile devices without coding, APIs, or integration.
Retail and Mobile Tech: In-Store Opportunities
Top 5 Mobile Apps for Sales Success

Whitepapers of Note

Don't Get SMACked - How Social, Mobile, Analytics and Cloud are Reshaping the Enterprise
Making BYOD Work for Your Organization
Managing BYOD and Legacy Systems
The Secret to Enterprise Mobile Application Adoption
Secure BYOD Apps in a Mobile World
Solving The Mobile Developer Scarcity Problem
The True Cost of Mobility

************************************************************************
Kevin Benedict
Senior Analyst, Digital Transformation, EBA, Center for the Future of Work Cognizant
View my profile on LinkedIn
Learn about mobile strategies at MobileEnterpriseStrategies.com
Follow me on Twitter @krbenedict
Join the Linkedin Group Strategic Enterprise Mobility
Join the Google+ Community Mobile Enterprise Strategies
Recommended Strategy Book Code Halos
Recommended iPad App Code Halos for iPads


***Full Disclosure: These are my personal opinions. No company is silly enough to claim them. I am a mobility and digital transformation analyst, consultant and writer. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

How to Develop Apps for Vehicles

Peter-2.Rogers-2@cognizant.com
Author Peter Rogers
Principal Mobility
Architect, Cognizant
VisionMobile recently published one of the best reports on apps for vehicles that I have read (http://www.visionmobile.com/product/apps-for-cars-mileage-may-vary/).  It is frustrating with how difficult it is to actually get an app approved for use in a car. Here are some of the unique challenges:

·         Safety first considerations (like driver distraction)
·         Long sales and car vendor app approval process
·         Car vendor led UX and ideation processes
·         Low risk strategies for selecting apps
·         Deal negotiation skills requirement
·         Massive market fragmentation.

The analogy VisionMobile offers is one that I remember vividly myself. That of running a small mobile games company (back before the days of iOS and Android App Stores around ) and trying to get a deal with a telecommunications operator in order to convince them to distribute your app on their private App Store.  Often games and applications were embedded into the mobile devices and so you also had the option of trying to get a deal with a mobile phone company (which was equally as hard). 

With the lack of portability of Java ME, mobile device fragmentation and not having the right business skills to win a decent contract meant that the mobile app market was on its last legs before Apple saved the day with the App Store. This is sadly an analogous state of affairs with apps today designed for the automotive industry.

There are 5 ways to develop Apps for vehicels:
  1. Run Apps in the In-Vehicle entertainment systems (Blackberry QNX CAR, Windows Embedded Automotive, Linux Genivi and Android)
  2. Use a link to a smartphone (Airbiquity, OpenCar, CloudCar, SmartDeviceLink / AppLink, MirrorLink, Apple CarPlay, Google Open Automotive Alliance and Windows in the Car)
  3. Remote access to the vehicle through an API (OnStar, General Motors API, Ford Remote API, Airbiquity, reverse engineering of vehicle protocols)
  4. Access to data through the On Board Diagnostics port called OBD-II (Dash Labs, Mojio, Carvoyant and MetroMile)
  5. New and emerging initiatives (W3C Automotive and Web Platform Business Group and OpenXC)

Apple, Google and Microsoft are all making a strong play for a link between the vehicle and their smartphones (#2 above), and effectively using the car as a third party accessory. This actually has the strong benefit that you can upgrade both the hardware and the software easily. It also makes testing easier because you can test on mobile hardware using stubs for the in-vehicle APIs, as opposed to requiring test hardware for the In-Vehicle entertainment systems. 

If we look at the Insurance sector then we can see that remote access through an API or access through OBD-II is going to get better diagnostics for initiatives like pay-as-you-drive insurance (MetroMile). The W3C have a new HTML5 for Automotive initiative (http://www.w3.org/community/autowebplatform/) which doesn’t seem to have produced a specification yet. OpenXC is a hardware module which gives access to vehicle data much like OBD-II but it also offers pluggable open hardware modules.

I also wanted to mention Carvoyant (http://www.carvoyant.com/) which reads data from OBD-II using a Bluetooth dongle and then sends it to a smartphone which in turns sends it to their Backend-as-a-Service.

Carvoyant is a middleware platform providing development tools enabling connected car applications to become a reality for all the cars on the road today.  In plain speak, that means we provide the back end tools helping developers and businesses alike to take advantage of the opportunities a connected car promises to deliver.  Carvoyant services developers creating connected car applications (i.e. apps enhancing how cars interact with the world around us via an internet connection).  Additionally, our platform serves businesses using the connected car to better communicate their offers to their customers. As a Backend-as-a-Service platform Carvoyant breaks down the data silos inherent in the auto industry. Our system collects data from all makes and models of vehicles built since 1996 across a wide variety of hardware devices and sources. This data is normalized and provided to our customers via our API. Today developers are utilizing this data to create the most robust array of apps and services for the connected car. ”


There are five main routes to markets for vehicle apps:
  1. Pre-installation into a vehicle
  2. Through the vehicle manufacturer’s App Store
  3. Write an app that runs on a smartphone and integrates with a vehicle through their private SDK
  4. Write an app that uses OBD-II and requires users to purchase an OBD-II Bluetooth dongle and distribute via a standard App Store
  5. Write an app that uses OBD-II and piggy-backs on top of an over-the-top platform like Dash or Carvoyant 

The first two options require a deal with a vehicle manufacturer. The third option requires a deal with a vehicle manufacturer if you intend to use their private APIs. Only the fourth and fifth options enable you to avoid explicit approval from a vehicle manufacturer but that also means you won't get access to their marketing resources. 

I like the idea of using an OBD-II dongle in the vehicle to talk with the smartphone.  This in turn talks to a cloud service.  If Carvoyant / Dash start to see great success with this over-the-top model then hopefully they can grow the ecosystem. 

If the dark age before the Apple and Android App Stores have taught us anything it is that developers are the key to success and history does have a habit of repeating itself.

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Kevin Benedict
Senior Analyst, Digital Transformation, EBA, Center for the Future of Work Cognizant
View my profile on LinkedIn
Learn about mobile strategies at MobileEnterpriseStrategies.com
Follow me on Twitter @krbenedict
Join the Linkedin Group Strategic Enterprise Mobility
Join the Google+ Community Mobile Enterprise Strategies
Recommended Strategy Book Code Halos
Recommended iPad App Code Halos for iPads

***Full Disclosure: These are my personal opinions. No company is silly enough to claim them. I am a mobility and digital transformation analyst, consultant and writer. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.

Mobility News Weekly – Week of April 13, 2014

The Mobility News Weekly is an online newsletter made up of the most interesting news and articles related to enterprise mobility that I run across each week.  I am specifically targeting information that reflects market data and trends.

Also read M2M News Weekly

Looking for an enterprise mobility solution?  Read the Mobile Solution Directory Here!

Barcode printer maker Zebra Technologies Corp said it would buy Motorola Solutions Inc's enterprise business, which makes rugged mobile computers, tablets and barcode scanners, for $3.45 billion in cash.  Read Original Content

The Wall Street Journal report last week that e-commerce giant Amazon is planning to enter the smartphone market with its own handset expected for June is stirring a lot of debate regarding the company's pricing model in what looks like a saturated and well-served market.  Read Original Content

According to the Central News Agency, TrendForce said in a research note that smartphone shipments grew 5.2 percent during the April-June period from the previous quarter.  ReadOriginal Content

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BlackBerry Ltd has bought a minority stake in privately held healthcare IT firm NantHealth, a move that offers a glimpse into the type of niche markets the smartphone maker is targeting as it attempts to engineer a turnaround.  Read Original Content

A black market of shops and traders willing to deal in stolen smartphones has been exposed by a BBC London undercover investigation. Two traders were filmed buying Samsung S3 and iPhone 4 devices from a researcher posing as a thief - despite him making it clear they were stolen.  Read Original Content

LG’s smartphone sales are projected to hit an all-time high during the second quarter of this year. The smartphone maker is expected to sell some 15 million handsets during the three months ending June 2014 and surpass its previous Q2 record of 12 million units, according to Yonhap News Agency.  Read Original Content

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and U.S. Rep. Dan Maffei are calling on Congress to require smartphone makers to install "kill switches" on phones to render them useless if stolen. Kill switches allow people to remotely delete their phone's data if the device is stolen.  Read Original Content

Safaricom has so far pre-sold over 300 Samsung Galaxy S5 units ahead of the first ever global launch to be held in the country.  Safaricom says Kenya has in the recent past been named a leading market for smartphones in Sub-Saharan Africa, with over 100,000 smartphone sales in the Kenyan market each month.  Read Original Content

Facebook has been warned it risks alienating users as it seeks to grow the reach of its Facebook Messenger app. The company has decided to remove its mobile app’s messaging capabilities in some European markets so that users have to download Facebook Messenger instead.  Read Original Content

Global smartphone sales are expected to surpass the one billion mark for the first time this year.  Market researcher Strategy Analytics said that sales will likely rise 21.2 percent on-year to 1.2 billion units this year. Read Original Content

In a move which won’t go down well with foreign smartphone-makers, the Indonesian government is planning to levy a 20 percent tax on all imported mobile phones, in a bid to support domestically made handsets.  Read Original Content

The global smartphone applications processor market will register a healthy 10.8 percent compound annual growth rate in revenues from 2013 to 2018 to reach $30 billion in 2018, according to Strategy Analytics.  Read Original Content

If it seems like everyone you know has a smartphone that uses either Apple iOS or Android phone these days, it’s because they make up about 93 percent of the American smartphone market, according to data for February 2014 from comScore.  Read Original Content

India's largest smartphone brand Micromax has launched a high-end model that runs on MediaTek's octa-core processor. The Indian brand has launched its high-end Canvas Knight A350 model targeting foreign and high-end markets.  Read Original Content

Tablets are expected to make up a large majority of all mobile broadband connections in the U.S. over the next two years, according to NPD Group.  By the end of 2015, NPD analysts expect the number of active mobile broadband devices to reach 34 million, a nearly 50 percent increase from 2013.  Read Original Content


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