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Internet of Things: Possible Without Apps?

Google_Chrome_icon_(2011)As the Internet of Things (IoT) continues to expand in both consumer and enterprise markets, it’s no surprise that internet giant Google is already looking to take IoT to the next level.

A recent project entitled The Physical Web seeks to provide on demand interaction. Rather than having to download different mobile apps, users could simply walk up to something and receive information—no additional software needed.

Just the other day, I was waiting at the bus stop. I wondered how long until the next bus. I had the app on my phone at some point, but after a factory reset, it was no longer there and I didn’t want to take the time to download it, especially without a WiFi connection.

Consumers want information, and they want it immediately. No one wants to take the time or go through the hassle of downloading an app while on the go. That’s why this ambitious project is the future of smart devices.

“People should be able to walk up to any smart device – a vending machine, a poster, a toy, a bus stop, a rental car – and not have to download an app first. Everything should be just a tap away, ” said Scott Jenson, an interaction and UX designer leading The Physical Web project.

If you’re thinking that this would only work with Android devices, then think again. Unlike Apple, Google is all about an open source community (even the project itself is shared on GitHub) and they want to create a standard that can be used by everyone. A shared standard would allow ease of connection with multiple devices, but as we saw with the iPhone 6 release, Apple might not be ok with that.

Although the technology is still in development, and thus an accepted open standard is even farther on the horizon, an Internet of Things that doesn’t require any sort of software from the smart device would definitely be ideal.

Learn more about Google and The Physical Web.

Android in the Enterprise: Remote Management & Security

The Android OS has revolutionized the consumer-based smartphone market, but what about enterprise-grade devices? Honeywell recently published a whitepaper on making the Android OS enterprise-ready.

Remotely managing and installing enterprise-grade devices running the Android OS can be challenging. While there are many third-party options that build remote management and security solutions for Android, to truly manage the devices, remote management vendors need root access to devices, which requires close collaboration with hardware vendors. Without this collaboration, off-the-shelf remote management Android solutions have limited capabilities when it comes to managing devices across multiple mobile device OEMs.

While the AIDC industry has been historically dominated by Windows-based devices, the popularity of the Android OS in the consumer marketplace and its ease of development have made it a prime candidate for enterprise applications, in addition to:

  • More AIDC end-users expect their rugged mobile devices to have a similar user experience to their consumer-grade smartphones. Similar user experiences create an ease-of-adoption, lowering the training costs associated with deployment.
  • Android OS is highly optimized for touch-screen applications
  • Google Play has plenty of pre-existing apps that could help enterprise users in their daily activities

Although Android remote management systems can be inconsistent, Honeywell offers a remote mobile device management solution, Remote MasterMind, which uses an OEM device management engine. With Remote MasterMind, Android vulnerabilities, such as security, are addressed, greatly reducing the workload for IT personnel.

Learn more.

Samsung Mobile Devices Approved for Secure Military Use

The U.S. Defense Department recently approved the use of Samsung mobile devices and the BlackBarry 10 for military use.

The U.S. National Security Agency worked closely with Samsung to create a security enhanced Android. The security system, named Knox, allows employers to keep corporate and military applications and data securely on a smartphone or tablet. If an employee leaves the company or loses his/her device, data can be easily erased remotely, without having to worry about data being lost entirely.

Typically, the military has only trusted BlackBerrys, but now, they are looking to establish a multi-vendor environment that can support a variety of different devices and operating systems. Apple’s iOS 6 is expected to be cleared for military use shortly.

What could this mean for BlackBerry? They’ve already lost a fair amount of consumer-based market share to Apple and Android devices, but have remained strong in high-security businesses. Scott Totzke, senior vice president of security, BlackBerry, said that the new BlackBerry 10 “offers a rich, highly responsive mobile computing experience, along with BlackBerry’s proven and validated security model.” However, I suspect they’ll have to compete even harder to stay relevant in an Apple- and Android-driven world.

Android OS Gaining Popularity with Enterprise Businesses

The Android OS continues to gain popularity for use with enterprise businesses.

IntelliTrack, a leading provider of inventory management software, recently announced its decision to support the Android Operating System (OS) in its mobile computing platform.

Android OS offers versatility, supporting both the onsite standard storage of data and IntelliTrack’s STRATUS line of inventory tracking. The application is completely custom designed, so it can be used on both industrial and consumer grade mobile computers, allowing users to select the device that’s right for them while still enjoying the easy-to-use Android OS.

In order to make the Android OS more compatible with enterprise businesses, there’s a built in multi-user login, enhanced security features, enterprise peripheral support, one version of the application across different operating systems, automated updates for device management and integrated barcode scanning.

With companies like IntelliTrack integrating the Android OS into their business, it’s clear that Android is gaining popularity both in the consumer and enterprise marketplace.

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Android for Small to Enterprise Businesses

We recently discussed the Motorola ET1 Enterprise Tablet, and how it’s bringing Android to the workplace. And earlier this year, we noticed that Blackberry usage
had been declining
amongst government agencies. While nothing is certain, as Android usage continues to soar in the consumer marketplace, it has a growing interest amongst enterprise businesses, especially with enhanced security features.

Perhaps you already knew all that, but did you know that Barcoding Inc. offers Android application development? Recognizing the possibilities of the Android operating system, Barcoding Inc.’s Mobile Development Team now develops and deploys full-service Android solutions that can be customized to fit your organization’s exact needs, including:

  • Porting existing applications to Android compatible devices
  • Android enterprise application development
  • Android application maintenance and upgrade
  • Android application testing

Learn more about incorporating Android applications into your small business or enterprise.

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