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How Mobile Technology Is Reshaping

Mobile technology is fast becoming an event organizer’s secret weapon to success. Not only does mobile technology help in creating an outstanding experience for both the event planner and the attendees, but assist in reshaping the way the event promotion was executed in the pre-mobile days. Nowadays, event professionals are using a number of advanced mobile applications to increase event attendance, achieve high revenues, and create a loyal customer and sponsor base.

Let’s discuss how mobile technology is actually reshaping events.

Flexible Content Delivery

Event organizers can use mobile gadgets to deliver learning or training materials, texts, emails, website links, and images to their customer’s mobile device. Customers may view this information at their convenience. Furthermore-, organizers can instantly update event schedules to let the potential attendees quickly view the same and reply back in case they require clarifications.

Environmentally Friendly and Less Expensive

Mobile gadgets are far more environment friendly than doing things manually. They don’t require the usage of paper to perform tasks. Event planners can create event registration forms online and send them to the prospective attendee’s mobile device (cell phone, tablet PC, laptop, etc) in relatively no time. Mobile applications are less expensive with no additional costs being incurred on buying, installing or downloading any plug-ins or software.

Promotes Onsite Efficiency and Accuracy

Mobile gadgets are highly portable, hence easy to carry at a tradeshow, meeting, conference, etc. They can be effectively used for real-time access to onsite attendee check-in, generating reports, lead retrieval information and getting customer feedback without having to wait for days to compile data and evaluate the event performance and post-event survey.

Highly Interactive

Mobile gadgets are increasingly used by students and working professionals to stay in touch with their peers, instructors, colleagues and so on to solve critical issues. Besides, they act as a wonderful platform to share important class or work-related texts, videos, and websites with fellow classmates or business colleagues.

Easy Follow Up

Mobile technological applications let you immediately follow up with a crucial prospect at a tradeshow. You can quickly take his/her contact number or email id and follow up with the person later. Besides, you can use mobile gadgets to give a quick demo of your main products and in this way create a long lasting impression in the prospect’s minds to keep contact for future expanding business networking. Cell phones and similar other portable gadgets can be used to share various event details with the online social media fans and followers. Social media groups on Facebook and LinkedIn may be pulled together to create a discussion. Post tweets about your upcoming meeting or seminar schedule on Twitter to create a ripple of re-tweets for enhanced event attendance.

Services and Applications Provided

In the modern world of fast advancing technology, new ideas and concepts are coming up so fast that the technologies of today seem to get older tomorrow. These new technologies come in diverse forms like new platforms and applications and in different fields as for example the mobile applications. Even though the development of mobile technologies has become very important for numerous industries in different parts of the world most of the common masses are not really and truly aware of them.

Development of mobile applications involve creation of different software that work mainly on compact and small devices like the mobile devices. The smart phones, iPhones and digital assistants are small phones that avail nearly all the facilities available on the desktops and laptops. These devices apart from the function of calling one another also include diverse functions that at one point of time were only possible in the desktops or the laptops.

This heavy development in the rise of the mobile devices have arrived due to the demand of the people to use services and applications in portable and devices that can easily be carried along with everywhere. The dependency of the people on these applications and services has led to this momentous development in the mobile applications. These portable devices serve as the best source of key information no matter whatever topic it is related to plain entertainment or to awareness.

The market of the mobile applications development can be categorized on the basis of the platform they actually work on. The basic platform that mobile applications are mainly based on in the modern day includes iPhone, Blackberry, Windows and Android. Among them the iPhone is regarded as the most promising of them all for the simple reason that they have made a significant mark in the market all over the world and are heavily on demand. With the popularity and craze of the iPhone platform it can be easily expected that they would make further developments in their applications and services which will perhaps seal their place in the global mobile applications market.

Data Is Safe Using Mobile Technology

When we were told by the late Steve Jobs of Apple and others in the know that the technology we had in the palms of our hands would quite literally transform our lives, some of us dismissed the bravado, whilst others embraced this new mobile technology and began downloading hundreds of apps… Let’s face it, for most of us, the world of ‘apps’ consisted of little more than Angry Birds to entertain the kids and fat face booth to make already unflattering photos appear significantly less attractive. Thankfully, fast forward only a few years and we’ve now ventured way beyond this frivolous and seemingly pointless fun and mobile technology has most certainly began to transform our lives – not only on a personal level, but it has slowly but surely crept in to the way in which we do business too.

The surveying industry has not escaped the infiltration of mobile technology with an increasing number of us (said to be about 10-15% of surveyors) now turning to our iPads and mobile phones to carry out elements of our jobs, often more quickly and efficiently than we did with traditional methods. However its adoption has opened up a number of common concerns; one in particular is that of data security.

Where is Your Data Stored?

If you are using mobile technology to collect and manage your data and produce surveys such as condition assessments, dilapidations and valuations, you must know where and how your data is being stored to ensure it is safe and the process is compliant with your PI insurance policy.

Data extracted with mobile technology goes ‘in to the Cloud’ where it is stored.

But data in the cloud should also be backed up to secure storage vaults.

Most RICS approved PI insurance policies will not cover loss of documents that are…

‘stored on a computer system unless those documents are duplicated on at least a daily basis, with the intention that the duplicate can be used to restore the documents in the event of loss or damage.’

Data and documents must be backed up as well as saved in the cloud. For added peace of mind, backup data should be replicated between geographically diverse data centre facilities.

Not all mobile tech providers back-up your data, so this is something you should consider.

Who Can Access your Data?

Only defined users should have access to the data and all information related to user access to data should be encrypted by “SSL”, which guarantees that only authorized people can retrieve your data.

Data will then sit there permanently and will never be deleted unless instructed to do so, which in terms of compliance and Professional Indemnity insurance is better protection than any handwritten document that may have once been produced on site.

You should always check the status of data ownership and IP as some software providers own the data, which may prevent you from meeting the contractual and confidentiality conditions set by your clients.

New Mobile Technology

The world of mobile technology is a quickly changing landscape, with manufacturers vying to satisfy the mobile users’ ever increasing hunger for new features and better equipment at reasonable cost in a viciously competitive market.

So what’s new? Who hasn’t heard of the latest incarnation of the most successful, and some would argue still the best, mobile touch phone – the Apple 3G S. It’s faster, has more storage, a better camera that can now take videos, voice control, maps, internet access – the list goes on. It’s also now cheaper.

Next up we have Mobile VOIP: Voice Over Internet Protocol – a means of making a phone call from your 3G enabled mobile using the internet to carry the call instead of the mobile network as you normally would. The main advantage is the cost – as most internet access is on a fixed cost, you can use this method to call anywhere else in the world with an internet connection. Savings can be huge; particularly for international calls. Currently Skype (popular for PC to PC phone calls), TruPhone and a company called Fring offer a mobile VoIP service for 3G smart phones.

But how are the mobile providers going to keep up with people’s ever increasing desire to watch video and TV live on their devices? The current batch of 3G (3rd Generation) devices are okay, but have their limitations. So, in development is the 4G (4th Generation) mobile. This will give the user not only high quality on-demand video streaming (for TV), but also access to broadband internet, video chat and fast download of video and music content. A great mobile entertainment center for those who live their lives out of a suitcase.

Lastly, an interesting, yet potentially irritating craze has developed taking advantage of one of the most used features of mobile technology – Blue tooth. Initially intended as an easy method by which two Blue tooth enabled devices could exchange messages and information over short distances wireless, it now has an added function: ‘blue jacking’. ‘Blue jacking’ simply involves sending un-solicited (and anonymous) messages to another person’s device within range of the perpetrator. One regular ‘blue jacker’ was quoted as saying, “The priceless expression on the face of my first victim as he tried to work out what was going on has turned me into a regular blue jacker.” That being said, there are easy ways to prevent yourself being ‘jacked’ – turn off your Blue tooth when you’re not using it: don’t make your device discoverable – but a lot of people don’t bother.

Mobile Technology Meets the Real Estate

Mobile technology is not just beneficial in the technological world. Products and services that go part and parcel with mobile technology can be used to benefit many industries and sectors, not least of all being the real estate industry. If you are involved in the real estate business, pay attention: there are many solutions offered by mobile technology that can help you run your practice more effectively. To be more specific, there are two areas that can greatly increase the productivity and efficacy of the real estate industry: QR technology and Mobile Smartsites.

Custom-Designed and Specialty QR Codes

QR codes have their uses in virtually every industry. This is especially true of real estate. This is because QR codes are a fabulous way to display a house. If you are posting an advertisement for a home in a newspaper or on a billboard, you’re limited to using that ad space; therefore, you can only show a limited amount of pictures, and you can only display a certain amount of content. QR codes allow you to maximize the real estate of your ad space (no pun intended!). By placing a QR code in your ad space, you are allowing a prospective buyer to scan the code and be brought to more photos, information, or even a video of the home. This means that you can give a virtual tour of a home right on someone’s cell phone!

What’s more, these codes don’t have to be black, white, and boring. Because QR codes are becoming quite ubiquitous, it is now possible to create custom-designed codes; that is, codes that contain custom imagery, colors and backgrounds that combine the technology of QR codes with the creativity that you wish to put into them.

Smartsites
Smartsites are absolutely crucial in the real estate industry. Most people already know full well that websites are necessary… but how many people realize that a simple website is simply not enough? If you’re not careful, you may just end up with a website that is unalterable by you, either by virtue of the software it’s built with, or because of the sheer complexity of the back-end process. In today’s day and age, content needs to be fluent; that is to say that it can be, in no way, shape or form, immutable. This is obviously true of the real estate industry, where new properties must be constantly added to a website, and homes that have been sold must be removed. Old information is absolutely detrimental to a real estate website… and this is where smartsites come in. Smartsites allow people to change their content at any time. The days of calling up your Webmaster are long since gone; it’s now crucial to ensure that your website can be changed by you at anytime.

If you are interested in QR technology or smartsites, consider choosing a mobile solution company today that can help your real estate business reach its full potential.

Ways POS Mobile Technology Can Increase Customer Experience

By now you have probably heard about the rising trend in mobile technology in the retail environment. A survey done by IHL Group found that 61% of retailers rate mobile technology as their top priority. This increased interest in mobile technology has spurred retailers to begin moving beyond simple transaction processing and begin integrating POS systems with marketing, merchandising, inventory, and customer data. This allows retailers to provide a personalized and interactive experience for consumers. Nearly two-thirds of retailers have identified the mobile POS device as a cause of this shift, extending the customer’s experience outside of the traditional shopping lane and onto the floor, decreasing wait time while increasing employee/consumer interactivity through integration.

According to IHL’s survey, more than 2.7 million tablet devices will be shipped for use in North American retail and hospitality by 2015, an increase of 450% over current rates. These figures don’t even take into account the handheld devices that retailers are rushing to roll out in mobile POS deployments. So what can mobility do for you and why should you begin integrating this technology into your retail operation? The answer is simple, mobile POS, inventory and a better customer experience can provide more money in your wallet.

1) Mobile POS

Mobile POS is an easy way to increase customer experience that ultimately can put more money into your pocket. Mobile POS devices act as an extension of your traditional point of sale lane allowing you to do things like never before such as queue bust. Transactions can be scanned on a handheld device and resumed at the lane or register. This can dramatically decrease wait times and the chance of “balking”, when a customer decides not to enter the line because of its size. Shorter wait times provide your customers with a better experience increasing the likelihood they will return for future purchases.
Some retail environments such as nurseries, co-op and bulk sales prove difficult for both merchants and customers at the time of purchase. Often the customer or merchant needs to wheel a heavy potted tree, bags of mulch or other large items from outside or a warehouse to the POS and then to the customer’s car. Instead, simply complete the transaction from anywhere using mobile devices such as handhelds or tablets paired with a mobile printer. Mobile technology untethers the merchant from terminals and workstations allowing them to complete transactions on the fly.

2) Mobile Inventory

Receiving and inventory processes can be optimized through the use of mobile technology. Changing prices and counting inventory is faster and easier than traditional methods through direct database and peripheral connections via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Mobile inventory deployment can be configured to update instantaneously with the POS and back office. This often reduces labor hours required for inventory and item maintenance giving you more time to spend with what matters most, your customers.

3) Increase customer engagement and satisfaction

Mobile devices can give store associates access to a wealth of information, and highly visual devices that can be used to develop stronger customer relationships and deliver highly personalized service. Perform price checks, check warehouse stock, provide coupons and promote new products directly from the sales floor. This allows you to spend more time getting to know your customers, understanding their needs and building a relationship based on trust and quality service.

Mobile Technology

While cars worldwide are plagued with distracted driving, car manufacturers are trying to find a solution. Without having a million public service announcements, and having new laws that prohibit dangerous driving, car manufacturers are taking this matter into their own hands. In an effort to make vehicles more safe and user friendly, mobile technology is being developed. Drivers will not have to wait very long to get this new technology. Within only a couple of years, consumers will begin to see cars with certain mobile features and GSMA expects that by the year 2025, nearly every vehicle will be fully equipped with mobile technology. The following 4 are types of mobile technology that automakers and GSMA expect to see built into all vehicles during the coming few years.

    1. Driver Oriented Features – What if your car was able to give you alerts of roadway hazards like accidents or traffic restrictions, before you drive? Location based mobile devices may make this a reality very soon. Drivers will gain benefits in many ways with the new embedded technology in their vehicles. Some of these benefits include call support systems, weather alerts and other driver oriented features. The more this technology advances, so also will drivers capabilities, which will make for safer driving and fewer distractions.
    1. Emergency Call Systems – You just had an auto accident and realize suddenly that your cell phone flew out the car window, down a bank and in the river, which makes it impossible for you to call for help. You will not have to worry about this because now your car can reach out for help for you.
    1. Entertainment – Both passengers and drivers alike use their mobile devices to check the news, access social networks and listen to music. Mobile technology enhancements give your car the ability to do this for you. Drivers who have this mobile technology fine it easier to access, which reduces their urge to reach for the cell phone because your car has all the information you need.
  1. Backseat Entertainment – Most people who have kids have minivans with the must have, DVD players. Auto manufacturers are working to develop this idea further with mobile technology. There will be installed in the back of the headrest, tablet type computers giving back seat passengers the ability to watch movies or play games.

Many drivers are already benefiting from mobile technology cars. The plans for the European Commission are by 2015 to have all new cars equipped with emergency service call features. Due to the fast growth of mobile technology, sales of emergency call services are expected to reach by 2016 to 7 million units. In Russia it will be mandatory very soon for every vehicle to be equipped with this technology. Brazil is also planning that by 2018 all vehicles will be equipped with stolen vehicle tracking systems. Also by 2018, 9 percent of all vehicles will include tethered solutions, 18 percent will be equipped with smartphone integration and 31 percent will be equipped with SIM technology. No doubt it is obvious as to why automakers expect that by 2025 mobile technology will be the norm.

Mobile Technology In Self Storage

Usage of mobile phones increased many folds and almost every one now carries a mobile phone with him or her. It is no longer considered a device for making or receiving calls alone. With the development of smart phones mobile is now used in every field be it banking or health care or some other. Business organizations are trying to use mobile technology to promote their businesses. Apart from reaching out to their potential clients they can provide many facilities to their existing customers through mobile apps. Mobile technology is now being adopted in self storage industry as well. Mobile technology can be used in self storage business to provide more security, convenience and satisfaction to the tenants. Mobile technology can be used in several ways like checking competition, reaching out to more markets, taking payments, monitoring security etc.

You can not keep a manager on the site round the clock. If something happens when you or your manager is away, you may need to rush back to the unit. You can avoid rushing to the site if you have access-control software on your smart mobile. Using this you can control your self storage unit remotely from whatever place you are at. You can check an alarm or open a gate from any place. If you want to check the activity that is currently happening at the site or if you want to see who is on the site you can do it with your smart phone. You will be alerted if something unwanted happens.

There is a possibility that tenants may forget their access code if you have electronic locking system at the unit. This trouble can be easily avoided with mobile technology. With a simple click on their mobile, they can open gates and their unit doors. They now need not stop at the keypad. They can simply sit in their car and open their unit door. They can be notified immediately through the app whenever their unit is opened. The access log can provide information on the operations. It gives sense of satisfaction to the customers.

What’s happening at the unit can be viewed on the mobile phones. Apps can be used to view live images on a cell phone or tablet.

If you own a self storage business, you can now reach to new markets that were not available earlier. You need to get your website optimized for mobile phones for this. This is very crucial as many people are surfing the net on their mobiles. Through mobile optimized website anyone can make a call to the storage unit with simple push of a button.

You can even rent your units with out human intervention. Customer can lease a unit, select size of the unit, opt for preferred location and finally pay- with the mobile technology.

You can manage your payments using the mobile software. An automatic text message can be sent to the customer when the payment is due and customers can make payments over their cell phones.

Ways to Leverage Mobile Technology

With the ever increasing popularity of mobile technology in all applications, it is now also being used to transmit higher educational content among the students of the subject and also provide them with cutting edge services online through dedicated portals that are full of superior educational content on a subject. Administering education through the use of mobile technologies is a new phenomenon that is slowly catching on in the higher education sector. Due to its scalability, mobile technology is a much sought after technology for higher educational applications.

This increasing popularity of mobile phones has also caught the fancy of the student population. This is manifest in students not being able to keep themselves away from their cell phones even for five minutes in a day. There is a constant need to remain connected, either through social media or chat forums. Another area of engagement is checking text messages and answering phone calls. This popularity of mobile technology can now be harnessed for the transmission of high quality higher educational content from reputed campuses like Harvard, Cambridge, IITs, etc.

Even though research shows that only 4% of adults use location services for checking in, almost a quarter of them employ it for more practical activities like getting directions and recommendations. Savvier teens are more prone to use location services, given their penchant for technology, Not only that, they can also access campus events, news alerts, social recommendations, etc through mobile technologies. One great manifestation of the use of mobile technology in education sector is at WYU, where the schools iWYU application shows everything from athletics to shuttle bus info, etc. Ohio State University is another great example of how mobile applications can be leveraged to give students their grades and schedules in real-time.

Recent reports reveal that the University of California, Davis did away with more than 100 landline phones from their campus-not only to economise, but also because the idea of a stationary phone system seemed draconian when compared to the ubiquity of a mobile phone. The increase in the popularity of mobile technology is being harnessed by the student community to protect them from harm. Their embracing of this technology has resulted in giving them a more secure future, by helping them report dangerous situations and thus stay away from harm.

The idea of the mobile phone acting as a gaming device is increasingly gaining steam. This is being made possible by Square and Intuit’s GoPayment, as well as LevelUp and Google Wallet, to name a few. Only last year, Denver University partnered with Mocopay and a local coffee shop to provide superior solutions to customers. Standford University has tied up with BlingTag Stickers, which in turn charge students’ Paypal accounts for their purchases on campus. This is only possible by embracing mobile payments through a dedicated payment gateway provided by some service provider. This will also identify the worst and best performing kiosks and services. Truly, mobile technologies have changed the way services are delivered to customers.

Expect From 2017 In Mobile Technologies

There are numerous trends to expect from the year 2017 in mobile phone technology.

Cloud-Based Apps

First one on the list is the cloud computing based mobile applications. This is one of the most essential & bigger advancements in the area of developing cloud-based applications. In this way, developers will have the better scalability options so that they will be able to develop the apps which can provide users with the better security of their data in a meaningful fashion. A significant portion of the data is usually stored on the cloud-based servers so by using the cloud-based apps mobile devices of the users will not have to occupy large size data and in the case of device failure or any disaster happen to the device the entire data can be recovered using the cloud-based applications. Here the objective is to make all the things automated & lowering down the human efforts.

Use of wearable technology

The next thing to discuss here is the technology that a person can wear or known popularly known as the wearable devices same in look & feel as the smart watches is commonly getting the attention of various users in the internet world. Also, the introduction of the fitness-based environment in the digital world with the use of fitness gadgets is the perfect example of integrating the devices with the mobile phones & tablets. But at the same time, these applications need to be bundled with an interface that requires excellent performance & smooth working with tablets & mobiles. This could achieve the users to have a smoother navigation with mobile-based operating systems.

Internet of Things

With the introduction of IOT (or better known as the internet of things) today millions of devices could be able to connect with each other in terms of getting better user experience & management of the massive amount of data. Devising the new visualization tricks & providing useful solutions for managing the data is essential today. If the potential is utilized correctly, then the newest form of developing trends can be achieved with greater success. With the keen to make many things automated & efforts as low as possible the sole objective of this technology is to take small steps towards the development of real-time apps that can manage & automate things around us.

Use of Artificial Intelligence

We know that many mobile based applications can interpret your speech or recognize your speech to carry out important tasks for you. Two of the most popular applications of these kinds are Siri (of iPhhone) & Google Now (Android). These are nothing but the examples of Artificial Intelligence that can play a deciding role in the development of speech detection technology to maximize the potential & give customers their benefits. The advancements & research in this area is huge & there is a scope of development in this machine learning technology if used correctly.

Use of location-based services will be increased

In recent times another significant advancement is the use of the location-based services in mobile technology. There is recent development of certain location-based applications which are capable of providing location-based services, in now on trending note. With utilizing the potential of location-based apps, one can look into the inside of restaurant virtually event without visiting the restaurant personally, and this is the new future of the mobile based technology. This is very popular among the young generation and strives to provide unbelievable changes in coming future if the mobile technology continues to march in good speed.