Mobile Apps and the New Convenience Store Shopping Experience

The Retail Industry is making changes to adapt to the purchase habits of its customers, by using technology to bridge the gap. Adding automation technologies in the retail industries checkout process is creating a new seamless experience without the long wait at checkout lines, this is providing a unique shopping experience for shoppers that are on the go.

Amazon has been working to completely automate the convenience store experience with a no checkout required system. The check out free shopping experience is made possible by incorporating a number of different technologies to track the products added to the shopper’s cart to their Amazon Go App.

The Amazon Go convenience stores offer ready-to-eat breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack options made fresh daily by their on-site chefs and favorite local kitchens and bakeries. The selection of grocery essentials ranges from staples like bread and milk to artisan cheeses and locally made chocolates etc, they are even offering well-known brands to these stores.

Mobile Apps and the New Convenience Store Shopping Experience

Amazon Go’s vision is to create a shopping experience that will push the boundaries of computing and machine learning to where customer don’t have to deal with the hassles of long checkout lines. Amazon is taking the self-checkout concept to another level, in the self-checkout at major stores customers need to scan their items and either pay with cash or credit using a POS systems that handle the transactions.

Amazon Go uses their mobile app to track groceries and process the payments once the customer leaves the store. Mobile apps are playing a major role along with other Sensing Technologies to accurately account for the checkout process and assure that the sold good are accounted for.

Although there are a lot of different technologies that are making this shopping experience seamless, mobile apps plays a big role in the payment transactions, by tracking the customer entering the stores, tracking what products they have in their carts, accounting for the store’s inventory through transactions and many other activities to make this store a success.

Mobile Apps and Smartphones are a big part in revolutionizing the retail industry. The Grab and Go concept has been predicted to be the future of the retail industries for years, we are now seeing that come to life. Developing smart mobile applications that can handle the communications that are needed to make this happen are vital to this change.

Vensi, Inc is on the cutting edge of technology and has been developing mobile application solutions for our partners over a decade, we understanding the technical requirements and the client’s and with our expertise bring the best solutions to the market faster. If you’re looking for innovative mobile application development then contact us for more information at vensi.com/contact_us

Vensi’s Internet of Things Solution: BlueApp.io

The interworking of physical devices is essentially what is The internet of Things, these connected devices or “smart devices” with network connectivity enables objects to collect and exchange data. IoT is about making data come together in new ways to help modernize businesses. Smart devices allow objects to be sensed and or controlled remotely across different networks, having this ability results in improved efficiency, accuracy, economic benefits.

The Internet of Things is expected to advance connected devices, systems, and services which will bring automation to almost every industry. Currently in it’s infancy and we are seeing IoT being integrated into industrial, commercial, residential and personal use cases to aggregate, store display, and process data on smartphones, dashboards, and other display devices.

Vensi has been focused on creating a unique end-to-end solution for IoT, this is one of a complete solution on the market for your IoT needs, incorporating hardware and software.

Vensi’s Internet of Things Solution BlueApp.io

Some of the hardware & software that is used in Vensi’s solutions are the gateways to push data to the cloud from different devices, equipment, and systems. Also the software solutions including mobile applications on iOS, Android, and Windows.

BlueApp.ioBlueApp.io is one app that connects to any Bluetooth Smart device. It applies a unique approach when it comes to connecting your system into a central dashboard and making things work for you seamlessly. A key aspect of our implementation of Internet of Things is that it is incredibly simple to install as we have done our best to eliminate any infrastructure complications that could make it hard for you to achieve your objectives.

Blenie The Blenie A10/A20 is a small chip that is integrated into your existing device to make your ordinary device a smart device. It is an inexpensive way to give your device internet connectivity. It is best used for small and low-powered sensors and accessories. It has all of the features required for a Bluetooth application integrated into it so you do not have to buy other hardware. In addition, it uses Bluetooth radio, software stack, and other GATT-based profiles. The Blenie A10/A20 Bluetooth modules can also host end user applications. This means no external micro controller are required. The modules have flexible hardware interfaces so they can connect to different peripherals and sensors.

BlueApp.io Gateway – Our Gateway makes it possible to connect any Bluetooth device to the internet or cloud using WiFi. This is a very easy to use devices with integrated hardware and software. Due to this, it reduces engineering efforts and reduces time to market. It also helps developers and users release their products using cloud connectivity features faster. In addition, it allows Bluetooth nodes to be used in homes and building automation, industrial manufacturing, HVAC, lighting, retail and many more industries.

BluTerm Adapters – The Bluterm is a small device that connects to your devices or systems to the internet and allows them to be controlled remotely using Bluetooth Low Energy technology. It is our quickest way to give your device internet connectivity. This is due to Bluterm’s plug and play capability meaning no additional installation is required. Bluterm supports many modules and some of the most popular we support are UART, RS 232, RS 485, RJ 45, Modbus, BACNet, Profibus, SPi and 4 to 20 mA. With the Bluterm adapters, you can monitor and control your device or system within Bluetooth range.

For more information on our IoT Solutions contact us at Vensi.com/contactus.

Smartphones & Mobile Apps are Playing Dominant Role in Daily Life

Smartphones and Mobile apps are becoming more useful as the year’s pass, we have gone from simply being able to make phone calls, to now making retail purchases, and using smartphones as gateways. Some smartphones are planned to have 4K displays, OLED touch screens, and upgraded 5.0 Bluetooth and processors with 10nm technology, which essentially gives users a computer that fits in the palm of their hands.

Smartphones and mobile applications are quickly becoming the most valued technology tool of the day. Being able to stay in touch with your office by having the ability to read emails, instant messages to co-workers, and video conferencing, while on the go, smartphones are playing a role in education with high school and college students by having online connectivity to assignments and lectures, we are also seeing that smartphones are playing a big role in wireless connectivity and communication with beacons and IoT solutions.

Smartphones & Mobile Apps are Playing Dominant Role in Daily Life

Mobile applications are also becoming more user-friendly for just about every sector of business, businesses are realizing that desktop computers are being replaced with smartphones with certain demographics, like Millennials or Generation Y, they use their smartphones as their computers. Having the ability to perform many different kinds of functions on handheld devices, that functions almost like a computer is a great benefit to not only the business person, but to students, and everyone else.

Areas where Smartphones & Mobile apps are making big impacts in 2017:

IoT SolutionsThe Internet of Things is growing rapidly as more industries are seeing the benefits of remote connectivity and control, using smartphones and mobile apps to collect data, and send that data to the cloud, also using the smartphone as a gateway to transfer and receive data.

Mobile Payment – Mobile payments are being used to purchase retails products worldwide, with faster processing, product comparison, and cheaper credit cards fees, this will undoubtedly grow in 2017 as sales and use had milestones in 2016. Some retail business is available only in Mobile Apps not in Web.

Gaming & Entertainment – Gaming is taking full advantage of the technology behind smartphones, with the increased processors and displays, you now can play very complicated games on smartphones; it’s also taking Virtual Reality to a new level with VR Gear.

Customer Engagement – With smartphone and beacon technology retailers are able to directly communicate with consumers based on their previous purchase history, directing them to certain discounted items previously purchased or items they may be interested in.

Wearables –  Wearables like Smartwatches, Wristbands etc., are using Mobile Apps for better communication to do daily activities with IoT solutions using the cloud, sensors to track, analyze the data of personal activities related to health, entertainment & business. Wearables will play an important role in 2017 through mobile apps with Bluetooth, voice recognition.

As the technology with smartphones gets more enhanced and mobile applications become even more user-friendly, we will see the use of smartphones grow even more.

The use cases for owning a smartphone and for business to develop applications for these phones to make people’s lives easier is a no-brainer on both sides whether you own a smartphone or you’re a business looking to attract new customers, there is no doubt that smartphones and mobile applications will change business, social interaction, and productivity in everyday life.

Vensi Inc is Specialized in developing latest mobile applications using IoT, for more information contact us 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.

Physical Web: Connecting the Physical World to the Web

Physical Web
Most of the smart objects around us are eventually connected to the Internet, they are being connected to your smartphone through the internet to provide alerts or notify you on the status of your device. There will be a smartphone application for every smart object to control or monitor remotely those objects. These smart devices work great if you download the particular application, but the problem is that you need to download each application on your smart devices to control them. However, most users prefer to simply open a browser or one app and find the nearby smart devices to connect and control them.

Google has attempted to find a solution with a unique ecosystem called “The Physical Web”. It enables users to access necessary web pages nearby with their smartphones. It uses the Eddystone communication protocol to communicate with a user’s smartphone. So by using your smartphone, you can walk up nearby smart device and you can interact with it without installing a particular application.

Bluetooth Low Energy beacons pass the information that people need to access through their smartphone using the Physical Web just like an internet browser. So, every smartphone will have a web browser which will be compatible with Physical Web and browsers will use the Eddystone protocol to communicate with beacons. The browsers can read the smart device information to interact with devices such as switching on the smart light, lock/unlock the car door, tracking the bus at bus stop and so on. The Physical Web allows your smartphone to find the smart things around you.

How The Physical Web Works In Practically:

The Physical Web is a unique tool to manage the complexity of the Internet of Things. It helps us to control and navigate various smart objects in the physical world near by us. Start by configuring the beacons with your custom URL which you want to communicate with, place it where your customers expect to arrive and that is it! For example, Beacons provide important URL that direct to the web link to see the movie preview and trailers through physical web when you go nearby the poster, Physical Web make you track the bus you want to go and find the routes at the bus stop, help to find the vending machines, select the product and even go for the payment too.

Bluetooth Low Energy beacons are very important to the Physical Web, by providing right URL at the right place and right time. Beacons connect physical objects and that are able to improve the way to people interact with the things and spaces nearby. In addition to it makes a customer’s life easier by reducing the number of screens while getting what they need.

We at Vensi and BlueApp.io hope IoT make the Physical Web grow, it will be more widely accessible, extend to other platforms and also diversify the better user experience.