5 industrial challenges mobile applications can solve

How can mobile applications support industries to undertake a digital transformation? In supply chain, risk management, or information distribution, mobile applications will make tasks easier for your employees, thus increasing efficiency. Read about 5 industrial challenges that mobile apps can solve.

First of all, it is important to carefully chose between a web and a mobile application. Mobile apps are useful when they use one of the device’s native capabilities (e.g. Bluetooth, GPS, camera, etc.), and when they enhance the experience provided to the user (compared to what a web application could do).

Industrial challenges

The challenges industries face are often very good candidates for mobile apps as they leverage all their potential. Therefore, I have identified five recurring issues that industries are facing nowadays. These pain points can be easily relieved by mobile applications.

Challenge 1: Productivity issues due to technical limitations

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GottaGo – Episode II

Hi there, it’s Marc again, talking about recent development in the GottaGo camp.

As I promised in Blick am Abend and a recent Blogpost, we are ready to roll out the new version of “GottaGo” in September.
We are facing minor naming issues, since another app is on the App Store with the same name, but we got it first, so it won’t be a big issue.

The testing versions are already out there and we got amazing feedback so far. That’s why we chose to submit GottaGo v.0.1.0 to the App Store on September 16th. We hope that Apple will release it sooner than later, but we can’t really tell. Usually it takes between 1 – 2 weeks.

So, what is new in this already useful app? Everything you wanted it to have – and more.
We waited quite long to release this version, against a software engineering law: “release often, release early”. This is because we wanted to provide you with a complete tool, where none of your wishes are prioritized – they were all very important to us.

You can now either watch the new video (h.264, 50mb) or read on and see some screenshots. I recommend both.

Before we take a deeper look at the features, here are some screenshots for you, for a better imagination.

 

To the features:

  • Language support: We now support English, German, French and Italian – we’d actually support Rumantsch too, but there is no setting for the iPhone.
  • Search as you type: A list of stations and contacts which match your input are displayed as you type. Also known as “Live Search”
  • Stations and addresses get validated, just in case you misspelled it.
  • All new locator: This should dramatically increase your experience with GottaGo. You can set the accuracy which fits your needs and your city/town.
  • Use an address for nearby search: What was only possible with “Current Location” is now possible with addresses as well. Just type your address and it will automatically find the nearest stations around you.
  • Set your travel date: Now you can look up later trips and your returning trips as well.
  • Switch “from” and “to”: With a click on the “From” and “To” texts, you switch the values – just in case you want to get home again.
  • Transparent offline mode / Recent trips: Your old searches are stored on your iPhone for later reuse. Even when you’re in a tunnel or the like, you can take a look at your recent trips, without internet connection.
  • Open GottaGo where you left it: Whenever you decide to close GottaGo or open Maps out of it, it will open at the same position you left it.
  • Loads of user interface changes: You will see, that with the new features comes a much better UI, which will help you find your way through all the new features.

We hope it’s not too much change, but they all make a lot of sense to us – and if you think there is something else you want to see in GottaGo v.0.2.0: Don’t hesitate to contact us!

In the end, it’s a pleasure to thank the other main contributors to GottaGo – there are also a lot of small contributions, which were/are also needed, thanks a lot to you, too!
Main contributers were our partner designer from sichr.com and the guys over at local.ch, especially Vasile who did a really great job with their API.
Thanks a lot to you guys!

If you want to get bleeding edge information and updates, visit my blog on codesofa.com – where you can also sign up yourself for the newest of the newset GottaGo test-versions.

Have a safe trip.

 

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GottaGo is Number 2^H1 in the Swiss iTunes Store

GottaGo, the free “iPhone bring me home with public transport” application for Switzerland was officially released this Wednesday on the iTunes App Store. Get it at http://liip.to/gottaGo while it’s hot.

Today it’s already number 2 in the most downloaded applications from the swiss store. Plus raving reviews and some twitter buzz. Here’s the proof:

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GottaGo was written by our employee Marc Ammann. On his Codesofa blog there’s much more information about it. And if you find bugs or have any suggestion, you can use the GGO project in our Issue-Tracker

To get all the information, GottaGo also uses a self-written mashup API using the SBB and Google Map data for providing everything needed. There’s nothing like that already available. It’s built with Okapi and is explained in more detail on Marc’s Blog.

And we’re almost sure, that this wasn’t our last iPhone application :)

Update 8.8.08: It’s number one now:

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New hardware @ Bitflux HQ :)

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Two new dual xeon servers for Netzwirt and Mediagonal
and an Intel iMac 20″ for our testing, presentation and performance needs :)

And yes, I will install Windows as a second boot option on that (mainly for IE testing as windows boxes are pretty rare in our office), but hopefully VMware or similar (like Q) are soon available and useable on OS X itself, so the dual boot won’t be needed anymore :)

And I should clean the lens of my mobile phone cam…

Update: Testing Parallels, looking good :)

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Sonic Youth and Gilmore Girls

Was watching the latest episode of Gilmore Girls (the tv series with the fastest talking actors and the most referencse to history, geography, literature, current events, movies (“don’t brokeback mountain on me”), etcetc.. I suspect I always only get half of the jokes) and when one of the main figures was getting ready for something, she was listening to one of my all-time-favourite bands: Sonic Youth… Nice. And since she’s playing a 22 year old college girl (with Pro Choice posters on her wall, btw ) and I doubt many people in this age even heard of that band, hopefully a little mind opening for all the brain-washed klingelton teenagers of today :)

The clip for anyone wondering:
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PS: Don’t watch Gilmore Girls in German, it’s not half the fun…

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worst. ever. software. cisco vpn client

For a client project we need the cisco vpn client to connect to the datacenter. Besides that the import of the profile doesn’t work (the claims, the import worked, but it doesn’t show up), the uninstall procedure (which is recommended before you upgrade) deleted my whole /opt/ directory. O M G. Does anyone test that sh… at cisco? Too much LSD during development? And what I heard, the client on Linux isn’t any better…

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Some K750i software and hints

As with every new toy, it has to be explored, and here are some tips for the Sony Ericsson k750i (especially on a mac):

IRC: A nice little IRC Java Midlet: jmirc (via resmo)

SSH: A (most presumably not so useful but working) SSH Midlet: midPssh (via adi)

Semacode: The semacode program works on the k750 with the built in cam. Also not of much use, but has some potential.

You can use the k750i as remote “keyboard”, but the built in schemes are of no use on the mac. Nice ones are available at creativebits for iTunes, DVD Player and Keynote (works also with SlideML :) ), even more on MacTechNews (VLC, iPhoto, QuickTime).

For getting the GPRS connection work with Bluetooth on the Mac, you should get the scripts from Ross Barkman and read the instructions.

If you use the USB connection cable, your Mac will kernel panic after you unmount and remove the cable… There’s a fix available here.

Sending SMS from the built-in Address Book does not work out of the box (yet). Here’s the instruction of how to add that.

That’s it for the time being, if I discover more, I’ll post it.

Update: A nice little page about some of the hints I posted above and much more (in german)

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Universal Binary PHP

I saw this post today about how to build Universal Binaries with OS X 10.4 for PPC and x86 and immediately had to try it out with PHP :)

It compiled and linked just fine, if it actually does work on a x86 box, I don’t know. Looks like I’ll know in a year or so. I’m not gonna pay 999$ just to find that out ;)

If you want to try it out by yourself, you need XCode 2.1 and the 10.4u SDK installed. The SDK isn’t installed by default (at least not on my box), you have to choose it during the installation process of XCode 2.1 (which you can download on the Apple Developer Website, if you are ADC member, but that can be obtained for free)

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iChat with Jabber Support?

Deep down hidden on Apple’s Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger Sneak Preview Pages published today is a hint, that iChat will support Jabber in the future. It’s approx. in the middle of the OS X Server Sneak Preview page.
Just above the announcement, that the server comes with built-in weblog software ;) Sounds great, since I never liked the AIM affilitiation in the current iChat and always was a fan of Jabber. Unfortunately, Tiger’s only out in the first half of 2005…

Other cool new features coming with Tiger are Safari RSS (will hopefully lead to more RSS/Atom feeds, even if NetNewsWire still seems far more powerful), Video and Audio Conferencing with iChat AV and most promising Spotlight, “a radically new and lightning fast way to find anything saved on your personal computer”.

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entropy.ch is releasing a new PHP for Mac OS X

… with all the latest gadgets from PHP 4.3.2, like domxml, xslt, Sablotron, gnutext and PEAR. You no longer need my package built some months ago. I think, Marc did a great job and included everything you need in your daily PHP life on a Mac. You can read more here.

Via Bill Humphries, who just met one more Swiss Open Source guy.

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