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How Context-Aware Technology is Revolutionizing Utilities

In Another news, Context, Digital Plant by Kirk Eggleston

Context-aware computing has been around for decades, but with the ubiquitous nature of mobile devices and the surge of the industrial internet of things (IIOT), context-aware technologies are now poised to help drive the future of various industries — and the utilities sector in particular. What is Context-Aware Technology? While context-aware technology can often mean different things to different people, …

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Why Companies Should Embrace Oil and Gas Mobility

In Context, Mobile Oil & Gas by Joe Southern

While reviewing the Apple’s iPad in Business website, I noticed something strange among the 33 various business types Apple was promoting. No Oil and Gas. Five Oil and Gas companies are in the top 10 Fortune Global 500, yet none are currently highlighted by Apple. Why is this? This is perhaps because the Oil and Gas industry has been slow …

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Hospitality Mobile Apps: Creating A Better User Experience

In Context, Mobile Design, User Research by Sven Lenaerts

There’s no doubt, mobile can improve how companies offer their services to customers. This is especially true for hospitality. The ease of a mobile device has great potential to improve the user experience around how your customer interacts with your services. In this blog post, I’ve taken a look at current hospitality mobile apps, identifying successes and room for improvement. …

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Retailers: Your Customers Rely On Mobile, Yet Your Apps Suck

In Context, Mobile Strategy, User Research by Madeleine Popp

Today’s customers are multitaskers. They may be physically present in your store, but they are also fully immersed in their mobile worlds. Mobile has become an important accessory to our purchase processes. The ability to access valuable purchase information on-the-go has made us incredibly thoughtful customers. Before even placing a foot into your store, chances are we have done some online research, read some …

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Visualized Data Helps Drive Decisions: A Primer on Chart Types

In Context, User Research by Evelina Tapia

This post is an introduction to a series on visualizing data. Information drives decision-making, especially in the business world. When multiple parties are engaged in collecting intelligence, synthesizing data and determining actionable items based on results, effective ways of communicating information are critical. First, it is imperative that data are collected and synthesized using appropriate procedures. Second, it is crucial …

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The Benefits of Big Data and Context

In Context, Enterprise Mobility, Mobile Strategy by Natalie Cheng

Data – it’s what companies are looking at more intently than ever before. The IDC recently reported that, “almost 3 zettabytes of data existed in the world in 2012, and this number will double every year through 2015.” Now that the amount of data has exploded, analyzing big data has become an integral component for businesses to stay competitive. According …

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Beacon Bits: A developer tool to explore the power of iBeacons

In Context, Mobile App Development by Jeff Kibuule

iBeacon technology was first introduced to the public by Apple at WWDC 2013; the goal: to enable a new level of location applications made possible with Bluetooth LE technologies introduced back in 2010. These new, low-power devices would allow manufacturers to create beacons, devices that could advertise themselves with a unique set of identifiers and could run off a typical …

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Using Context Aware Mobile Apps in the Oil and Gas Industry

In Context, Mobile Oil & Gas by Natalie Cheng

Seems like anywhere you turn, you’ll hear someone talking about how contextual awareness is the future of technology…or depending on the groups of people you hang out with, maybe you haven’t heard yet? Well, context aware mobile applications and beacons will make a major impact on how people do business now and in the future. Many conversations are happening around …

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Creating Smarter Apps: A New Platform for Contextual Applications

In Context by Roberto Moctezuma

Over the past four years, I have been fascinated at the speed at which the world has adopted mobile technologies. The advent of the App Store distribution model for software and media opened up new sources of revenue and dramatically accelerated what was already a fast adoption rate of smartphones. Today, estimates peg the global number of mobile users at …

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Changing the User Experience with iBeacons

In Context, Mobile App Development by Justine Albright

Context is a growing mobile trend, especially through the use of iBeacons. These inexpensive and low powered proximity sensors track user location to send push notifications. ABI Research predicts that in the next five years, iBeacons will become a 60 million unit market. Over a 30-day period, inMarket conducted a study on retail to find that interactions with iBeacon push …

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Integrating Context with Healthcare

In Context, Enterprise Mobility, Healthcare Apps by Natalie Cheng

With health spending projected to grow at an average rate of 5.8% from 2012-2022, an increasing number of patients will need more healthcare and expect better service. With this trend, more hospitals will have to look for ways to eliminate waste and increase efficiency to reduce operating costs. The focus on healthcare is bigger than ever and there is room …

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A Guide to iBeacon Hardware and Contextually Aware Platforms

In Context by Natalie Cheng

According to a report by Deloitte, 37% of U.S. consumers own a trio of tablets, smartphones, and laptops. In addition, 65% of consumers own smartphones, which is an increase of 51% from 2011-2013. It’s important to note that mobile devices allow for more personalized experiences by utilizing context while traditional computing such as desktops and laptops aren’t able to provide …

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How Wearables Are Changing The Way We Treat Context

In Context by Ryan Desmind

The use of context today isn’t just restricted to the use of smartphones. Context and its relevancy and applications have slowly entered our lives as well. Imagine a friend who is out with you, getting hit by a car. Before the car’s wheels stop spinning, a call can be made to 911 to notify an emergency ambulance service while the …

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Things To Remember For Mobile in Retail

In Context, Enterprise Mobility, Mobile Strategy by Natalie Cheng

According to a Forbes article, one of the Top 5 Retail Trends To Look For In 2014 is the convergence of the physical and digital world. This means that consumers expect the same service whether they are in the physical world or in the digital world. Fortunately, there is technology now that helps provide personalized customer service throughout the whole …

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Context Aware Computing and its Growing Importance and Impact on Technology

In Context by Ryan Desmind

What works today is not just advertising. True, many Fortune 500 companies may be spending up to $500 million each year on advertising. Yet, the modern age demands a much more lethal tool — the use of context and that is what companies are slowly beginning to understand. Modern technologies mean better use of resources and understanding one’s customers and …

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Why You Should Spend More Time Thinking About Context

In Context by Natalie Cheng

According to ABI Research, the indoor location market will reach $4 billion in 2018. In this market, companies will be utilizing BLE technology with Apple looking to establish its iBeacon program. Tech companies such as IBM and Google are starting to create applications that center around context and contextual awareness to make experiences better for users. Besides tech companies, retailers …

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Key Trends in Mobility 2014

In Context, Enterprise Mobility by Ryan Desmind

We all know how mobile devices have made an impact on our lives with their set of rich features, capturing our multi-media experiences, connecting with social networks, helping us navigate, keeping track of our health, and several other things which we never imagined even just 10 years back. It is not only smartphones and tablets that are driving everything. Rather, …

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Themes of SXSW 2014: Context, Privacy and IOT

In Context, Internet of Things, Technology News by Jacob Voncannon

Over the past 6 years my time at SXSW has deeply affected my career path and the way I think about business, innovation, and the advancement of technology. Typically, at the different SXSW events I’ve attended, we’ve seen the launch of major consumer social products like Twitter in 2007, Foursquare in 2009, Foodspotting in 2010, and GroupMe in 2011. This …

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How iBeacons Work Beyond Retail

In Context, Internet of Things, Technology News by Natalie Cheng

In an earlier blog post, I wrote about how iBeacons could be implemented in the retail industry. Even though iBeacons work well in the retail environment, the technology can be applied to other areas such as conferences, hotels, the automotive industry, and restaurants. iBeacons can even be used for logistics such as storing products in warehouses. For example, you could …

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