Smartphones with Sensor Technology Enhances our Daily Operations

Smartphones have become a connected device, that in today’s world most people cannot live without, whether it’s being connected to work, or keeping in touch with family and friends through phone calls, text or social media. The smartphone is a portable device that every person uses in their daily lives and has become completely dependent on it. The sensor technology that is on these portable devices is making our lives much easier to accomplish daily tasks.

Sensor Technology in a Smartphone can vary from manufacturer, some have a large array of sensors while some are limited to their sensors. Having phones with a wide array of sensor technology makes using the phone much easier and enhances the functionality and features.

Equipping these devices with more high-tech features, users are now able to get more use out of the device. Users now can play video games, watch movies and get directions to the desired location these are just a few of the features that smartphone sensor technology can provide to make our lives more enjoyable.

Smartphones with Sensor Technology Enhances our Daily Operations

These Sensors are not only making our daily lives easier, but they are also used in marketing campaigns by large companies to get our attention with ads when we are in the vicinity of their target campaigns, like shopping in retail stores or grocery stores. Most companies have mobile applications to inform and assist users in many ways while they are on the go. The sensor technology is also being used in Industrial Mobile Applications in many different scenarios to collect data and send it to a dashboard to be monitored, tracked, and analyzed.

Some of the sensor technology in smartphones that are helping make smartphones an essential device for everyone and for every industry.

  • Tactile or Touch Sensors – Most phones use capacitive touch for a more accurate selection on a smart device.
  • Proximity Sensors – Can time out a call when your phone is not placed near your ear, and also has developed swipe gestures with this sensor.
  • Ambient Light Sensors – Adjust the brightness of the phone based on external lighting, to enhance visual.
  • Gyro Sensors – Uses gravity to help determine position.
  • Accelerometer – Uses non-gravitational acceleration, like vibration, rotation, and velocity, combined with a Gyro Sensor they are very powerful together.
  • Magnetometer Sensors – Utilizes the modern solid state technology to create a miniature Hall-effect sensor that detects the Earth’s magnetic field.
  • Temperature Sensor – Provide the temperature of the CPU, battery, and environmental temperatures.
  • Humid Sensor – Check heat index, and also great for finding optimum food storage conditions, even preventing mold from growing in your home.
  • Color Sensors – Use as a color meter, color matcher/analyzer, even pattern recognition.

These sensors are used in smartphones to create a unique user experience with a lot of information in different conditions, without having multiple handheld devices. To bring out the best in these smartphones in useful daily applications, companies seek out qualified mobile developers that have experience in building these mobile applications to work with the sensor technology and mobile apps.

Vensi, Inc and its team of experienced and skilled developers are creating solutions using these sensors and if your team is looking to create mobile apps and sensor technology.

Please contact us at vensi.com/contact_us to help create a product that will enhance your daily operations.

Advantage of Mobile Apps with Wireless Solutions for Industrial Operations

Mobile Apps and the smartphone have forever changed the world in many ways and will continue to change our daily lives to come. The smartphone and the combination of mobile applications are sometimes understated in how it has advanced today’s technology. There aren’t many companies out there that aren’t mom and pop companies or startups that don’t have a mobile app and with good reason. This communication with cellular, Bluetooth, NFC and other wireless communications and mobile apps and the smartphone is a “win-win” situation for not only the companies that create and deploy these apps but for the end users as well.

In previous years we have seen mobile apps used in many ways to send and receive data, for different uses like social media, online purchases, keeping in touch with work emails, and other work functions, still the list goes on and on. Recently with the development of the Internet of Things, mobile apps are becoming mandatory to communicate data.

This was primarily seen in more commercial uses, now mobile apps, smartphones, and cellular technology are also being widely used in industrial use cases to communicate data, send alerts, notifications and status updates of different equipment and systems.

Advantage of Mobile Apps with Wireless Solutions for Industrial Operations

Remote Communication is the best tool in any industry to monitor its operations with smartphones and tablets using Mobile Apps. The ability to communicate wireless provides users the ability to maintain its operations more efficiently in industrial environments.

Industries like Building Automation, HVAC, Water Management, Lighting Manufacturers, Device Manufacturers and many others are taking advantage of Mobile Apps and Wireless Technology to create more efficient solutions to streamline their operations and business process.

Wireless communication offers many new possibilities in any industry with flexible and efficient communication solutions, these solutions are modernizing industries that would not be able to move forward with their business goals without wireless technologies, especially in industrial environments, building automation and device manufacturing.

If you are looking to create a Wireless Solutions using mobile apps for your industrial applications, Vensi, Inc has been working with Cellular, Bluetooth, NFC and other wireless technologies for decades with our experienced team of hardware and software developers create unique innovative solutions for our clients.

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How Mobile Apps will Play a Key Role in The Future of Retail Shopping

The Retail Industry is facing a change in how people are making purchases, online shopping has been the trend and now retailers are adjusting to bring shoppers back into the stores.

In 2016 the retail industry saw a huge shift in online shopping trends with customers shifting to online purchases. People spent $1.2 billion dollars through mobile transactions on Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year. That is not the only milestone that was reached, on Thanksgiving, online shopping increased 21 percent to $3.34 billion in sales surpassing 2015 numbers, which was $3 billion. In the US by the end of Black Friday shoppers spent $5.27 billion dollars online.

To adjust to the change in how people are making purchases, retailers are coming up with new creative ways to make the shopping experience in stores more engaging.

The retail industry is going to enhance the shopping experience in stores in a number of ways, the challenging part is bringing the physical and digital worlds together to create a unique, seamless shopping experience for Consumers.

Mobile Apps will Play a Key Role in The Future of Retail Shopping

Companies are using technology to make the experience more engaging at home and in the stores, the retail giant IKEA is using Augmented Reality technology using mobile applications to allowing customers to virtually view 200 different IKEA products in their home with their new catalog. This will help people view furniture and other accessories before they purchase them, having purchased items in stores and that customers really like in the store, only to get home and find out it was not a good match will provide great value to customers.

Retail stores are also taking advantage of data from mobile apps for a better in-store shopping experience that will be more beneficial to its customers, by knowing their shopping habits and browsing history retail stores can create a more engaging experience. These Stores are using different Digital Technologies like sensors, Beacons, NFC, Bluetooth and GPS to create the best engaging experiences for customers. These technologies can identify shoppers search patterns, how long a shopper dwells on certain products, purchase events, check out duration times and more; all the data provides excellent info to retailers so they can gear up their business for individual needs through personal campaigns.

Shopify is a great example of a company who is changing the shopping experience. Their goal is to push the entire retail industry forward through analytics and by correctly predicting the shopping patterns for the future with software that is creating a new experience. They created an API Services that would interface with different POS systems out in the market to make their software compatible with for many different POS systems, this is not only streamlining the shopping experience but making it more engaging for shoppers.

Vensi Inc, we are specialized in developing Mobile Apps for retail and commercial use. We developed service and utility mobile apps useful for many mobile users on different Mobile platforms & the web. Mobile Apps are playing a key role in the enhancement of retail business to reach more people in future for better and easiest shopping experience with a click.

Contact us for more information at vensi.com/contact_us

Smartphones with IoT Apps are the Best Gateways for Remote Monitoring & Data collection

In 2016 the Internet of Things surpassed many predictions in the number of devices that would be connected to the internet, it was estimated that there would be anywhere between 6 to 7 trillion devices connected worldwide. Recently released statistics report the number to be more like 22 billion connected devices worldwide.

The shift in the Internet of Things and connected devices is affecting every major industry whether it’s industrial, commercial or residential, these connected devices represent a new channel through which data flows in both directions providing invaluable data to all sectors of business. This data is crucial for any business as they can now analyze data in real-time and make decisions that will change the operations to be not only more profitable but create more streamlined, and efficient workflows.

Smartphones with IoT Apps are best gateways for monitoring & data collection

The area of business that will also take advantage of the Internet of Things and the data received will be the marketers, this will provide them with a huge opportunity to measure and track people’s spending habits in many different environments. In the retail industry, there is a huge opportunity with beacon technology to send personalized campaigns to individuals based on their spending history, it’s also a chance to build a relationship with frequent shoppers. Mobile devices play a major role in assisting with collecting data in not only these types of commercial scenarios but in an industrial setting as well.

The smartphone is not widely considered and IoT device by most people, but it is actually on of the first IoT devices available to the general public across the world. The smartphone has always played a very important role in IoT, communicating data with Wifi and Cellular at first then other standards like Bluetooth, which is now one of the major enablers to communicating data from sensors to the internet.

Nowadays phones are equipped with a huge array of sensors, from proximity, light, accelerometer, gyroscopic sensors, NFC, location, and much more, some phones have as many as 10 sensors. These sensors provide a huge amount of data in unstructured and structured forms. With the rise of IoT in all industries, the smartphone has become a major player. Companies are now focused on mobile applications built specifically for IoT and communicating data.

Smartphones will continue to play an important role in IoT particular where there is a need to collect data around human interaction and sensor information from IoT. Smartphones that are equipped with Wifi, Bluetooth and NFC will continue to communicate and control applications and many different use cases for IoT. The mobile devices will eventually be the primary user interface for applications as they provide real-time data to be manipulated on site, which will increase efficiency and consumer relationships.

As a part of the IoT ecosystem, mobile devices play an important part in streamlining the collection, management and use of the data generated. The early adopters are seeing that by taking advantage of already existing technology like the smartphone is expediting their IoT initiatives and helping to bring their solutions to market faster.

Vensi Inc solution Blueapp.io has been focused on IoT industrial solutions using mobile apps to gather the data and present it on a smartphone dashboard and web, for many different industries to deploy the best smartphone solutions for IoT.

Near Field Communication Communicates Efficiently for Wireless Transactions

NFC is something that you may hear mentioned with regard to smartphones, but most of us don’t really know what it is and how to use it. NFC is easy to use and can be very useful in everyday life.

Near Field Communicationbetter known as NFC is a set of communication protocols that enable two electronic devices to establish communication when they are in very close proximity, about 4 centimeters. This peer to peer communication is what establishes NFC apart from other RFID devices, also having the ability to act as both a reader and a tag. This unique ability has made NFC a popular choice in contactless payments and social networking to share contacts, photos, videos, and files.

The advantages of NFC:

  • Secured communication and transfer of data.
  • Easy transfer of data and files with no cost to phone users
  • Used for secure payment transactions using Smartphones.
  • Low power consumption.
  • Accurate identification of people.

Near Field Communication Communicates Efficiently for Wireless Transactions

These are just a few of the advantages of NFC, today people are using NFC for contactless payment throughout the world to expedite transactions in many different scenarios, from going through a drive through to purchase a meal or coffee, to shopping for a variety of items in supermarkets, and clothing stores.

NFC has really enhanced social networking with smartphones, users have the ability to share music, photo, files and contacts simply by touching the two devices.

The Internet of Things and the possibilities of the connection of physical devices will be assisted by NFC, because of the secure data sharing and easy access and use. Adopters will be able to use this technology in not only residential environments but in commercial and industrial settings as well.

The same reasons that makes NFC great for smartphone contactless payments and social networking are the things that make it great for the Internet of Things in all setting and industries, where there is a need for fast, secure, easy to use transfer of data with low power consumption and the ability to accurate identification of users and devices alike.

Today we are seeing more and more homes using Near Field Communication to enhance their IoT solutions, and in the very near future, we will see NFC solutions for the industrial and commercial industries.

Vensi has IoT solutions for various local short range communication. For More information on our IoT Solutions contact us at vensi.com/contact us.

A Big Year for NFC

When we think of important developments in mobile technology, there is something happening out there that is going to have a big impact on how we live and how we think of money.

Near Field Communication, or NFC is being field tested in some cities by business giants like Google.  Google has been focusing on NFC for some time and is working with large and some small retailers to provide a new way to pay at the cashier.  Last year they introduced the Google Wallet, which allows you to make payments with your phone, and we know other companies are paying more attention to it as well.

What is NFC? Essentially, it’s technology that allows radio communication between mobile devices, or devices and a reader, by touching them or bringing them in close proximity to each other. Data can also be exchanged through an NFC device and an unpowered chip called a tag.

While NFC resembles technologies such as Bluetooth and WiFi in some ways, those tools tend to be geared more toward tech-savvy users. Also, while NFC sets up faster than Bluetooth and automatically establishes a connection quickly, it transfers data slower than Bluetooth and has a shorter range.

Vensi anticipates NFC will become ubiquitous and will be adopted by the mass market beginning with purchases, so that people no longer need to carry their credit cards with them; they can keep their phone handy and use that to make payments. We see a lot of other options for it, too, including facilitating exchanges of information. For example, let’s say you run across someone and want to trade business cards. You will be able to bring your phones together to exchange information that way.

New uses for NFC definitely seem to be on the rise. PatientID+, for example, allows users to store their medical information on a device or tag, then transfer that data to health care providers on arrival (after entering a PIN), with no more tedious forms to fill out. In Los Angeles and Minneapolis-St. Paul, NFC phones are now being used by public transport operators to read ticket information and verify payments.

Clearly, anytime credit card or health information can be shared by mobile devices, security needs to be taken into account. With NFC, security may be even more critical, as data could conceivably be picked up from a distance with an antenna. That being the case, encryption is absolutely necessary, and making certain to use a PIN or password also greatly enhances security. (According to a survey taken last year by AVG and the Ponemon Institute, less than half of consumers used key locks or passwords to secure their mobile devices — obviously this is an area in need of improvement). There are also devices now that can recognize users’ faces or be unlocked with a thumb impression.

Such security technologies will no doubt continue to be developed as we trust our mobile devices for sharing and storing ever-more-sensitive data. One thing is for certain: NFC isn’t going away. As a matter of fact, we think it will actually be a big driving force in the economy beginning this year.

Age of the Mobile Wallet and Beyond: Bring on the NFC Apps

In a survey posted by MasterCard earlier this year, 63 percent of participants age 18 to 34 told the company they essentially wanted their smartphone to replace their wallets. This is a major development for business as consumers are increasingly demanding the ability to make mobile payments. The question is, are you gearing up to be able to accept them?

The Samsung Nexus is the first phone to come equipped with Google Wallet, which is an Android app that stores credit card information and uses Near-Field Communications (NFC) to pay for goods, redeem points and share other types of information. The system works with MasterCard. Visa and iPhone have a similar venture going on in Europe.

The buzz in the tech world has been mounting over bringing NFC to the mainstream in the United States. It’s already old hat in Japan and some parts of Europe where consumers bump their phones to pay for a ride on the subway or purchase movie tickets.

Applications. Although making and receiving payments via the smartphone is an exciting new frontier for your business, it’s certainly not the only way NFC can make your shop run smoother.

Trade Shows. Imagine exhibiting at a conference and rather than lugging or shipping thousands of your own brochures, your booth visitors simply bump their smartphones. In one fell swoop they could automatically transmit their contact information to you and download your material in exchange.

If you’re running the show, the smartphone could eliminate the exorbitant expense of conference badges and automatically do the sorting of who belongs in what meeting and when. You would also have an automatic way of determining when you’re overcapacity and need overflow, and you could easily text room changes and cancellations.

Home/Office Security.  NFC can also extend to many of the security features you control via computer or landline phone. We’re thinking about operations like unlocking your home or garage or conducting access control at the office with the phone.

Social Media and App Development. Foursquare and Facebook’s location-based services have been experimenting with NFC technology for use in check-ins. If your small business runs an active social media program, you could enable NFC to pass along points, discounts and other rewards at the point of sale/transaction. And you could allow your customers to lend their own points to friends by bumping each other. Earlier this month RIM announced the NFC capabilities of two lines of BlackBerry and unveiled BlackBerry Tag, which allow users to bump phones and exchange data.

The app development potential is boundless at this point, from NFC-based purchases, ID and rewards point inventory management, social media integration, games and much, much more., The field is wide open for market leaders to step in and offer exciting and compelling new ways to help enhance customer’s shopping experience and to customize promotions and advertising directed at customers.  How will your business leverage this amazing new technology opportunity? Will you lead or follow?