Location Based Services are Playing a Crucial role in Mobile App Development

Location-based services have seen an increase in demand, in the few couple years, we see this demand will grow as more and more companies are taking advantage of this data to enhance their relationships with their customers.

Wikipedia defines Location Bases Services as…A location-based service (LBS) is a software-level service that uses location data to control features. As such LBS is an information service and has a number of uses in social networking today as information, in entertainment or security, which is accessible with mobile devices through the mobile network and which uses information on the geographical position of the mobile device.

Location Bases Services are critical to many businesses as well as governmental organizations to drive real insight from data tied to a specific location where activities take place. The geographical patterns that location-related data and services can provide are one of its most powerful and useful aspect where the location is a common denominator in all of these activities and can be leveraged to better understand patterns and relationships.

Location Based Services are Playing a Crucial role in Mobile App Development

We first saw location-based apps with companies like Foursquare and Gowalla, we also have seen that all social media sites like Facebook and Twitter have incorporated (LBS) into their apps. This app usually uses GPS to identify the location.

Now we are seeing more and more GPS, Wifi and Beacon apps used to identify people’s location for various reason, including to find coupons and discounts, to identify what’s around you, sharing current locations through social media, to find destinations, getting to the desired location (using Uber & Lyft), dating and remembering location based events.

GPS apps are a great way to find a destination and get directions with the fastest route taking into consideration traffic, road constructions or accidents in the path of your destination. Once arriving at that destination and being able to establish your location, and your surrounding, to find the closest gas station, restaurant or ATM is very useful when you’re in an area that you’re not familiar with. Google Maps does a great job of guiding users to their destinations.

Wifi is a more useful for indoor applications with its networking capabilities, allow computer, smartphones, and tablets to connect to the internet, it’s also a great tool in industrial, retail, home and most commercial applications to identify the location of not only people but assets.

Beacons are a great solution that many industries are using to transmit data with people in close proximity to the establishments. Beacons are being used in 100’s of applications like Retail, Hospitals, Tourism, Education, Entertainment and many others including Smart cities. These relatively low-cost hardware are assisting with the growth and adoption of the Internet of Things and are providing new ways of getting people more engaged.

Vensi, Inc has developed Location Based Applications for many companies in different industries using GPS, Wifi, and Beacons. As part of the BlueApp platform which focuses on the Internet of Things, which is taking advantage of (LBS) to connect and identify the location of different devices and systems. If you are planning a project with (LBS) and are looking for a good partner to work side by side with your team. For more information contact us 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 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.

Make your products SMART with Bluetooth SMART

It’s quite a challenge for every company to plan for ROI and the transition from negative returns to profitability. Everyone need to anticipate market changes and shift quickly to attract the customers. Adapting new technology Bluetooth & Mobile applications is one of the best thing for companies to include the new and necessary features like wireless connection in their products to meet the needs of customers.Bluetooth smart

The new innovation of Bluetooth called Bluetooth SMART  also known as BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) that allows mobile devices to connect to any SMART devices. This new generation of electronic equipments are set to take advantage of Bluetooth Smart Low Energy technology that supports  smartphones and tablets for a wide range of custom new applications, manufacturers can easily add this exciting features to any of products that connect to the Internet of Things.

Vensi, Inc. provides a unique solution to connect your devices using Bluetooth technology and it is easy  to use with our custom Mobile applications.

Our Bluetooth & Mobile application will use a small battery to power the wireless connection for years, it allows more equipment’s to be easily connected to the wider network. We implemented solutions using Bluetooth Smart, discrete components and by adopting ready-made modules may prove to be a more cost-effective solution. This modules can reduces design effort and time-to-market, particularly with pre-qualified and certified by the regulatory authorities in the countries where to be used.