AngularJS is thought to be the next big thing in the software world. It is undoubtedly one of the most popular and versatile frameworks available today. Introduced by Google in 2009, this framework has progressively proven its worth in the web development market. It helps to develop the most maintainable and stable apps. As a result, the demand for AngularJS web app development has risen from a few years in the software market.
Let us have a look at why this framework is being preferred on a large scale across the world.
What is AngularJS?
Growing demand for AngularJS web app development
Why AngularJS is the best framework for web development?
AngularJS is developed by Google itself and is maintained by dedicated Google developers. There are highly skilled and enthusiastic engineers for assisting if any technical or maintenance issues arise. This framework has a large community support. If you want any suggestions or get stuck with some technical issues, there are many forums to solve your queries.
Two-way data binding is used in AngularJS and is considered one of the best features of this framework. It supports automatic synchronization of data between the model and the view. One can develop a template with ease for binding different components and models. The modifications in the user interface will instantly impact the application objects and vice versa. For any module changes, user actions or browser events, the necessary patterns are updated immediately.
Web developers choose AngularJS because of its robustness, high scalability and ease of maintenance, etc. It is powered by amazing features like filters, directives, content sanitization, form validation, routing, data binding, animations, API client, scope management, form validation, etc. Also, AngularJS supports many tools for providing exceptional performance and outcomes. These help in building high-performing web apps. AngularJS allows producing new elements with the framework.
Simplified Model View Controller (MVC)
AngularJS web app development uses the original MVC model which is a necessary feature for building dynamic web apps. It is a software architectural setup that maintains data, improves the code quality, reduces the complexity and makes the development faultless by dividing logic, UI and process into separate modules. MVC architecture minimizes the need for writing the code.
Better User Interface with HTML
In AngularJS, the user interfaces are built on HTML. HTML is a declarative language having shorter tags and very easy to grasp and follow. The code is lightweight and easy to read and support. The interfaces in HTML are completely well-thought, smooth, organized and structured.
AngularJS has in-built and real-time modules which makes the testing much easier. It supports functional and in-depth testing for every module and allows faster testing of the web apps.
Security and Responsiveness
When there is a new update in the framework, data protection and security of the apps can affect. But AngularJS embeds strict security features and makes the apps highly secure.
Routing simply means the transition from one view to another. It is a significant feature of single page applications. All the content in a single-page application is present on one single page. So, whenever the users click on a menu, they should not be redirected to a new page. Instead, the content should be asynchronously loaded on the same page while just the URLs change, for rich user experience. AngularJS makes routing easier by making various views for different URLs.
Flexibility with filters
AngularJS is flexible with filters. Filters are used for filtering the data before it reaches the view. These are standalone functions concerned with data transformations. They involve functions like reversing the order of an array, formatting decimal places on a number, implementing pagination, filtering an array based on a parameter, etc.
AngularJS is a promising framework that is helping businesses to develop interactive and user-friendly web apps. It comes with many controls, services, views, models and directories. As compared to other frameworks, this multi-functional framework reduces the coding part significantly. This ultimately reduces the efforts of developers, while speeding up the development process and reducing the chances of errors. It is a highly flexible framework that enhances productivity and expediency. Using AngularJS framework is a win-win situation for both developers and enterprises.
This blog post talks about how we migrated from Layer to Firebase and what were the challenges we faced while doing this migration.
We had used Layer Android SDK for integrating chat functionality in one of our new-age messaging apps. This app has features like real-time 1 – 1 and group chatting, audio messages, recalling messages, Facebook messenger integration, payment gateway and military-grade security. The app is about 3-4 years old and is live on play store with a large number of paid users.
Layer provides SDK’s and API’s to implement real-time chat functionality in mobile applications. It helps to implement real-time 1 – 1 chat and group-chat functionalities. Since, Layer had shut down on October 30th, 2019, we had to migrate our chat functionality on this messaging app to Firebase framework by migrating all old users’ data from Layer to Firebase.
Why we Migrated to Firebase?
Firebase provides two cloud-based database solutions that are client-accessible and support data syncing in real-time:
- Cloud Firestore
- Real-time Database
Cloud Firestore provides better scalability, and performance for web, mobile, and server development from the Firebase framework. It is a cloud-hosted NoSQL database. It can be directly accessed via native SDKs for iOS, Android, and web apps. It is also available in native Node.js, Python, Java, and Go SDKs, along with RPC-based and REST-based APIs.
Cloud Firestore can keep all your data in sync for different client apps with the use of real-time listeners. It can provide offline support for web and mobile for developing responsive apps that can work efficiently despite issues like internet connectivity or network latency.
Migration Steps we Followed
1) Design Firestore Structure Model:
Cloud Firestore is a NoSQL database and it is document-oriented where the data can be stored in documents that are organized into collections. Each document contains a set of key-value pairs. We designed the Firestore database structure as per our old data structure present on Layer.
2) Migrate Existing Data from Layer to Firebase:
To migrate chat data from Layer to Firebase, we created a script which helped to fetch data from Layer using Layer APIs and uploaded it to Firestore as per our data structure. Layer provided data in JSON format and we converted that JSON format data to Collection and Document format.
3) Firebase SDK Integration and Development:
We integrated the Firebase Android SDK to work with Firestore. Then we implemented chat functionality for existing users and for new users as well.
List of Chat Functionalities we Implemented:
- Basic Chatting Functionalities:
- Image with Text
- Video with Text
- Audio with Text chatting
- Offline Chat Support
- Message Features:
- Filter and Sorting
- Clear All
- Message Settings:
- Do not view messages older than a certain number of days
- Automatically download photos and videos (Wifi only/Wifi and Mobile)
- Automatically save received photos and videos to photo gallery
- Set maximum video upload size
Challenges we Faced while Migrating from Layer to Firebase:
1) Designing a Proper Data Structure:
Designing a proper data structure in Firestore was a big challenge as we had to consider the smooth working of functionalities like search, sort, filter, unread message count and also ensure that data is stored in Collections and Documents.
2) Migrating Data from Layer to Firebase:
Converting JSON data retrieved from Layer to Firestore in Document and Collection format was one of the challenges we faced. Also, the size of Layer data was quite big which consisted of text, audios, images, and videos. We did this step-by-step by first migrating data of most active users and subsequently all other users.
3) Syncing data from Firestore to Android App Local Database:
Another challenge we faced was about syncing the migrated data from Firestore to the local Android app for both online and offline support, especially when the user opens the app for the first time after migration. Here in some cases where the size of users’ conversation was large, it took quite a bit of time to sync the data.
Hence to overcome this issue, we synced first just the conversation list and after opening actual conversation, synced messages within that conversation.
The Bottom Line:
Due to Layer shutdown, many applications may be facing issues with their chat functionality and will need to migrate their implementation from Layer to any other platform. We have good experience in migrating chat application.
Do you also want to migrate from Layer to Firebase for any of your applications? Reach us today at firstname.lastname@example.org.
According to the prediction by Deloitte, a leading Consulting and Advisory firm, Robotic Process Automation (RPA) technology will be used by almost all the companies in some or the other form in the next five years.
This technology has been a game-changer for several industries leading to reduced risks in processes, higher efficiency and increased profits. It has transformed tedious and complex business processes into simple and easy ones. Whether recording data or transferring files or sending automated replies, RPA allows the organizations to streamline critical processes. It minimizes human errors to a large extent while managing numerous tasks at the same time.
What is Robotic Process Automation (RPA)?
Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is a revolutionary technology that uses software with machine learning capabilities and artificial intelligence (AI) to automate critical tasks in organizations. The mundane tasks which need significant human intervention can be automated using this technology.
Today, businesses are advancing and looking for solutions that enhance operational efficiencies while saving cost and time. RPA has come up as an ultimate solution to this, providing the following benefits:
- Streamlined and standardized processes
- Efficient resource management
- Operational flexibility and scalability
- Better visibility into process performance
- Minimization of human errors
- Better compliance with standards and regulations
- Enhanced customer experience
- Increased workforce optimization and satisfaction
- Cost optimization
- Low-maintenance of the tools
It shows how powerful this technology is. So, for succeeding in today’s fast-paced market, many companies are integrating RPA solutions in their work processes.
How Robotic Process Automation is transforming different business domains?
All around the world, RPA has been influencing businesses in an unbelievable way with the artificial workforce or software bots. It has impacted different industrial sectors like healthcare, transportation and logistics, finance, human resource, education, etc.
RPA in Healthcare
RPA technology helps to automate administrative tasks for hospitals, clinics, and individual practitioners as well. It significantly contributes to improving the patient experience in the following ways:
- Automation in claims management leads to faster and error-free processing which saves time for healthcare administrators.
- Billing efficiency is improved as the bots perform data entry tasks with high accuracy. RPA bots can calculate billing amounts, payment delays, send updates of bill amount to the patients.
- Digital recording of contact forms of the patients, audit procedure, etc. is possible.
- Automatically notify discharge instructions to the patients like upcoming appointments, precautions to be taken for certain medical conditions, etc.
RPA in Transportation and Logistics
Transportation and logistics industry is being affected by many challenges like trucks traveling empty on the way back after delivery of load, driver shortage, and retention, etc. However, RPA is providing several solutions to tackle such challenges. Let’s see how.
- RPA automates shipment tracking and scheduling.
- It helps in eliminating manual processes like copying of data from load boards, extract shipment details from emails, etc.
- It helps in speeding up invoicing by the integration of systems with customer portals.
- RPA allows gathering of important insights that help in improving the forecasting and planning of logistics.
- RPA bots help in giving faster responses to customer inquiries.
- It automates order processing and payments
RPA in Finance
Processes in finance companies require lots of searching, comparing, matching and filing of data. Endless forms, applications, endorsements, and declarations need to be recorded, reviewed and processed. Manual intervention can be time-consuming and lead to mistakes. However, RPA software solution helps in faster and accurate business processes in the following ways:
- RPA helps the finance firms to enter data into ERP systems and create standard journal entities.
- It helps in financial planning and analysis.
- Collect and manipulate information to support regulatory reports.
- RPA bots help in sending reminders and notifications of late payments to concerned individuals and organizations.
RPA in Human Resource
Human resource departments include several manual processes and repetitive administrative tasks that can be automated. RPA software solutions free the employees from the burden of such tasks and make the workplace more human-centric. These solutions can be implemented in HR processes like payroll, on-boarding, tracking feedback forms during recruitment, tracking in-out timings, etc. in the ways mentioned below:
- RPA bots handle tedious processes like resume screening, candidate shortlisting, etc. while recruiting. Bots transcribe new hire data from different systems and record it at a centralized system with accuracy.
- RPA solutions help in tracking and validating the employee data, in-out timings, etc. and document it in multiple systems.
- Adopting RPA in payroll processes helps in salary data collection, benefits disbursal, payslip generation, etc., while adhering to regulatory payroll norms and standards.
- Robotic solutions manage workforce planning, employee performance, compensation and benefits, report generation, employee health and safety, labor and employee relations, etc.
RPA in Education Industry
Today, modern education systems are applying automation in various tasks that are rule-based, time-consuming and frustrating. RPA solutions improve the efficiency of processes like admissions, attendance, emailing, scheduling meetings, grades, assignments, admin, and finance, etc. Let’s explore how.
- RPA solutions help in managing students’ and staff’s attendance, schedule meetings, timetables, etc.
- It automates tasks like sending notifications, exam updates, event updates, and progress reports to students and parents.
- In the enrolment process, RPA tools can check application forms, student’s eligibility criteria, validate the documents and shortlist the candidates.
- RPA chatbots help in replying to general queries related to the admission process, admission schedules, course information, contact person, etc. to the students, staff members, website visitors, etc.
To stay competitive, all businesses need to boost their operational efficiency. If the tasks are partly or entirely automated, the workforce can be well-utilized to increase productivity and reduce service costs. RPA software solutions have potential to make this possible. They also enable proper documentation of the processes which help in tracking data insights for smart decision making. Needless to say, RPA has a huge potential and many organizations are implementing it at a fast pace.
As experts in software, web, and mobile development, it’s our job to stay up-to-date on digital trends. Lately, we’ve worked on a number of projects that combine mobile projects with IoT.
Managers seeking to manage their IoT networks look to mobile apps as a convenient solution. The market share of IoT is projected to reach $520 billion by 2021, according to Bain. As it expands, it will continue to influence mobile app development.
In fact, out of the 29 billion IoT objects expected for 2022, 1.5 billion of them will connect with mobile devices. The amount of mobile connections is portrayed in orange on the graph.
Based on our experience with many of these industries, we’ve identified six primary ways that IoT will continue to influence mobile app development.
1. The Prevalence of Enterprise IoT Apps Will Increase
IoT devices collect a wealth of data that’s useful to enterprises. Here are a few common use-cases of IoT-enabled apps:
- Supply chain wearables to track productivity, employee health, and physical movement
- Office automation monitors temperature and lighting
- Internet-enabled vehicles provide logistics data such as fuel use, speed, and delays
TData gathered from office IoT devices can help executives make decisions regarding their organizational strategy. As the benefits of this technology become more well-known, demand for these IoT-enabled apps will increase within enterprises.
2. IoT Application Development Frameworks Must Be Used
Just any app development framework won’t work for IoT-enabled mobile apps. It has to be an IoT application development framework.
There are many IoT frameworks available to solution providers. Each one brings unique benefits to different mobile applications.
For instance, the Nerves IoT framework allows programmers to build Elixir software. It has a security feature called NervesHub to manage security updates of devices in the network.
Before selecting a framework, programmers should outline which software they plan on using and their cybersecurity goals.
3. Mobile Apps Will Become More Personalized
User-centric information collected from IoT devices can be used to personalize users’ in-app experience. IoT networks can send information in real-time to mobile solutions.
For instance, smart kitchen devices such as the smart meat thermometer below can deliver individualized data to cooking or dieting apps.
This dynamic flow of personalized information to customers’ phones will help make IoT apps an important part of users’ daily lives.
IoT app developers must ensure mobile apps have a robust ability to analyze user data and alter functionality accordingly. The more data collected, the more individualized the app will become.
4. Security Will Remain a Priority for IoT Mobile Apps
Security has always been a concern for IoT devices. Internet-enabled objects just offer another entrance point for hackers, and mobile devices compound that risk.
IoT devices in the workplace often collect confidential information such as transaction history and employee behavior. For example, a smart printer could transmit data from confidential documents to a cellular device.
Cybersecurity practices for IoT devices aren’t widely known, and they are more difficult to update than desktops. Therefore, mobile app development companies should make sure their clients understand the security risks of IoT devices before launching their mobile solution.
5. IoT-Enabled Apps Run the Risk of Losing Accessibility
If IoT-enabled apps aren’t programmed with care, the complexity of integrating IoT features could hurt the app’s functionality.
Developers will be focused on the security of the device and its potential to connect with more IoT devices in the future. However, programmers must remember to prioritize the solution’s UI/UX while integrating the additional devices.
The less “new learning” a user has to do after downloading an IoT-enabled app, the more engaged they will be. Ultimately, IoT app solution providers can’t forget about the user experience.
6. IoT-Enabled Apps Hold Potential for Innovation
The augmented functionality of IoT-enabled apps means there’s more room to play with user interaction. IoT is still an emerging technology, and its capability won’t stop expanding anytime soon.
Data from IoT objects can be reported in a variety of innovative ways, and it can inform other features of the mobile app. For instance, there are opportunities to incorporate machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) into the solutions.
Developers must approach app development with an open mind if they want to take full advantage of the opportunities an IoT connection will bring.
7. IoT Has the Power to Enhance Mobile Apps
When mobile apps connect to IoT devices, they become more complex and more useful. An app can benefit your business strategy and increase the amount of personalization you provide your customers. However, incorporating IoT can also bring security risks and the potential for a less-friendly UX.
The right company will identify and seize the endless opportunities for innovation that IoT brings to mobile app development. If you’re interested in IoT and mobile development, we can help your business realize these opportunities. Our specialists would be happy to speak with you about your vision today!
If you’re interested in IoT and mobile development, we can help your business realize these opportunities. Our specialists would be happy to speak with you about your vision today!
A decade ago, who imagined that social media apps would dominate the internet so rapidly? Today, it rarely happens that we use our phones but don’t open a social app. WhatsApp, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and many other thriving apps have made us habituated to them.
Let us look at some numbers.
Social media statistics
- A report from Statista, a renowned online portal for statistics, shows that social media users worldwide would cross 3.1 billion in 2021.
- Another report from Smart Insights, an emerging marketing research and advisory company, shows that this number of social media users is expected to reach 3.484 billion till 2019.
These staggering numbers indicate how fast social media is capturing the internet. But what is the reason behind its popularity?
Why are social media apps so popular?
- Social apps provide entertainment and infotainment
- People from different corners of the world can connect and communicate easily and quickly
- People can earn a substantial living through the social media app platform by setting their online business
- People can post their skillsets and accomplishments and make themselves known to their peers and potential employers
- People of similar interests can create dedicated groups and communities to achieve common goals
- They can be used to create awareness for social causes and bring change in the society
Significant advantages of the social media platform for businesses
- Businesses can swiftly connect to their target audience and customers
- They can advertise their products or services to a wide range of audience in a short time
- They can provide personalized support, notifications, updates, etc. to their customers
- A social media app helps the businesses to create brand awareness, free of cost or using paid services
- These apps help to boost the website traffic
- Businesses can work on online reputation management (ORM) through customer reviews and provide better services to boost sales
With so many prospering benefits, several businesses prefer to create dedicated mobile applications today. Due to this, social media app development services are growing and providing innovative solutions. To ensure that the app becomes appealing to the users and highly successful, the app developers need to add exciting features to it.
What are the features of an addictive social media app?
User-friendly and attractive UI: The app must be easy to use and navigate through so that a wide range of audiences can be influenced. It should have alluring UI/UX so that the app engages the users for a longer time.
Easy connectivity: Ease of connectivity is the most significant feature of a social media app. The app should have advanced connecting features and search criteria for the audience of diverse backgrounds to connect swiftly.
Custom user profiles: A good app should let the users to extensively customize individual profiles by adding their bios, uploading pictures, etc. It makes them feel important.
Push notifications and news feed: A social app needs to boost engagement by generating a constant flow of news feed. It should have the ability to send notifications about other users’ posts, any special events, etc.
Building network: An app that allows the users to expand their following to a large number of people in less time or few clicks, grabs the attention of more users.
Integration with other social media platforms: To enhance popularity, a social app must easily integrate with other leading social platforms. It helps to organically grow the user-base.
Security and privacy: The personal information of the users is the most important asset of a social app and it should not be hacked or leaked to any third party. So, the app should have advanced privacy and security features. The users should have a secure login facility and privacy control options to ensure that their sensitive information remains safe. While collaborating with third-party apps, it should be ensured that only authorized apps should be preferred.
Other exciting features: Features like advanced settings, real-time chatting options, Google map integration, calling facility, file transfer facility, and ability to post reviews, share posts, comment on them, update the status, etc. make a social app exceptional.
The habit-forming social apps are the ones that have all the above-mentioned features integrated into them. These keep the users interested for a longer time. They become popular quickly and generate more revenue. So, a mobile app development company should keep all the above points in mind while developing a social media app.
Higher the number of engaged and active users on a social app, the more valuable the app becomes. So, are you looking forward to investing in a social app? We can help! Get in touch to know more.
The foundation to any productive partnership is open communication. That’s why we prioritize our project management skills in tandem with our ability to deliver innovative software solutions.
Whether we’re working on a mobile app, IoT solution, RPA (Robotic Process Automation) or custom software, we always communicate clearly about the project timeline, budget, and objectives. We’re focused on understanding our clients’ business goals inside and out — and they’ve expressed their appreciation.
For instance, you can find us on Clutch, a B2B ratings and reviews platform. Our former customers use the website to leave detailed feedback about our collaboration style. Most recently, a hospitality company praised our listening skills after we’d partnered on an app development project.
In the body of the review, the CEO of the company complimented our consistent, timely updates. We know complicated requirements require in-depth conversations, and stakeholders deserve to be kept well-informed. Therefore, we made it a priority to schedule conference calls when needed.
“With so many moving parts of a business, it is a breath of fresh air to have that type of professionalism.” — CEO, Hospitality Company
The client also noted the high quality of our services. The iOS, Android, and web-based apps we delivered have seen more than 3,000 users so far. The applications help vacationers move and monitor their beach chairs, umbrellas, and equipment.
Polished solutions like Beach Caddy wouldn’t have been possible without a positive partnership based on transparent communication. We bring this approach to all our engagements.
Clutch’s sister site also provide proof of our successful collaborations. We’re listed as one of the top app development companies in Dallas on The Manifest, a resource for business buyers that highlights key facts about industry leaders.
It’s clear that our clients value our listening skills, and we’re listening to their feedback! Whenever a former customer comments on our services via Clutch, we bring those lessons to the next project.
A few clicks and the world is at your doorsteps! Sounds like a blessing in this busy world, isn’t it? The on-demand apps work exactly on this need of the hour. These apps allow people to get things easily available to them while saving time and that too with ample of choices online. Simple tasks like buying a gift or ordering dinner, whatever it is, the on-demand service apps have made ordering-on-the-go possible.
All this started with Uber, the popular ride-sharing app! But today, many industries like food, beauty, healthcare, travel, home services, etc. are using this technology to provide personalized services to their target audiences. This market attracts more than 22.4 million customers every year, as per the statistics from Harvard Business Review, a general management magazine by Harvard Business Publishing. This technology is growing leaps and bound due to the huge benefits it offers to various industries. BeachCaddy is an outstanding example of an on-demand app. Using this app, the beach-goers can hire caddies on the beach to help them in carrying and arranging beach items like chairs, umbrellas, etc. Users can track the caddies and do their payments instantly through the app. It makes the beach vacation hassle-free.
Why On-Demand Service Apps Are Succeeding at a Fast Pace?
These apps are making a revolution in our daily lives. They connect the buyers to sellers directly avoiding any middlemen and thus, making the process hassle-free. Many apps are available for services like home services, ticket-booking, food delivery, taxi-booking, location-based, grocery ordering, booking doctor appointments, hiring plumbers, beauty services, etc. These personalized services save a lot of efforts and time of people. They simplify the complex processes like online payments for users. They allow the users to place orders conveniently as well as track the orders.
From the business point of view, on-demand service apps are having huge potential and their revenue seems to be growing soon. The customers all around the world have got the taste of personalized services and they are demanding more now. Many industries are making use of this smart service to cater to their customers. These services have opened doors to numerous business opportunities and its future scope is surely high.
Industries that Benefit from the On-demand Technology
Food delivery is not a new concept, but the on-demand service apps have completely changed the way it works. People order food from their favorite restaurants nearby and enjoy delicious meals sitting at their homes. Local restaurants and hotels can partner with on-demand service providers and take their business to a whole new level of profits. This service is especially helpful to busy parents or anyone willing to delicious food without leaving their home. Eatzy is a good example of on-demand app integrated with online ordering portals and third-party delivery services. This app shows the rates of a food item from various ordering sites at one place. Consumers can compare the rates and then order as required, saving a lot of valuable time.
Maintenance and repairs services like plumbing, home renovation, electrical, repairing, cleaning, carpentry, etc. are always required in homes. Any business in these services never suffers. Instead, the on-demand services have boosted this industry like never before. The customers can hire the respective specialists conveniently sitting at their homes.
Patients can now find the doctors online and book appointments as per their availability using their smartphones. In case of emergency, patients can get urgent care or treatment without having to wait in long queues. They can get guidance through texts, video calling, etc. These apps prove to be a great opportunity for physicians as well who are looking out for a supplemental job. A good example of an on-demand service app is Phlex65. It is a US-based app that helps the senior citizens to hire licensed caregivers instantly from the nearby areas. Caregivers help them in daily activities like monitor medications, bathing, book appointments, housekeeping, etc. and also during emergencies. This app benefits the senior citizens while empowering caregivers.
Travel and Transportation
Booking a taxi anywhere anytime is an example of how on-demand services have revolutionized the travel and transportation business. It has made the whole process easier and quicker for consumers. They can book a taxi easily in minutes. Also, the payment methods are quite easier in these apps. So, this industry is evolving rapidly.
On-demand apps have introduced a modern way of education to the world. Students can hire tutors online and they can easily get access to quality education. These apps are interactive and they help the students to learn things quickly. They are a great opportunity for the skilled people who want to earn some money in their part-time by tutoring. Mentor-Mentee app is an excellent example of an on-demand app for the education industry. Using this app, people having skills can log in as mentors and train the mentees who are willing to learn from them. Mentors can provide any service related to their skills like dancing, singing, programming, etc. The app has features like multi-user login, social media integration, payment integration, etc.
In this era of high competition, businesses are taking pro-active efforts to reach their target audience. Gone are the days when consumers used to look for services. An on-demand service app for a business is the best way to earn huge profits. As these apps are highly effective in serving the customers, they are already spreading in the market like fire.
If the safety of your vehicles, employees and passengers is a concern, if you are facing issues in the business process improvement, if the rising cost of operation is threatening your profitability, then internet of things i.e. IoT in your transportation business could be the right solution. It is transforming the way this industry operates
Internet of things continues to dominate the future of several businesses and transportation industry is no exception. Gartner, Inc. (world’s leading research and advisory firm) has estimated that over 25 billion IoT-related systems will be in use, by the year 2021. These are pretty big numbers and the future seems bright.
IoT in transportation industry uses a network of centrally connected devices with sensors, GPS, electronic monitors, RFID systems, etc. to ensure real-time visibility. These devices are connected to vehicles or off-road locations like owners or/and customer’s warehouse, office or stores. Thus, the internet of things enhances operational efficiency.
It is interesting to know how the internet of things is contributing to smarter transportation systems and ultimately a smarter world. The top benefits and use cases are as follows.
Benefits and Use Cases in the Transportation and Logistics Industry
IoT ensures Real-Time Visibility
Transparency is a game-changer in the transportation and logistics industry. Internet of things makes the operations transparent by providing real-time visibility. Issues like truck weight management, delays in traveling, energy and resource management, performance monitoring, location tracking and safety management can be handled well.
Significance of real-time visibility is especially felt in trucking and freight shipping business. If your freight bills are rising or you feel your truck drivers aren’t loyal to you, then internet of things can help to keep a track of the freight. An outstanding example of IoT in transportation industry is AppWeigh. It is a specially designed smart app which measures the load on trucks throughout its shipment and sends the information to the owners on their smartphones. If the load on a truck is reduced or increased beyond the limit, then the owners immediately get notified. They can ensure that their goods are transported legally and safely to the destination. AppWeigh uses technologies like beacon integration, Bluetooth-enabled sensors, geo-location tracking, etc.
It improves Fleet Management
Internet of things strengthen the operations in fleet management like maintenance of vehicles, their financing, tracking, diagnostics, management of fuel, management of drivers and safety management. For instance, special sensors are placed on the trucks. These sensors track pressure on the tires, load on the truck, unsafe speeds or driving patterns and send the messages to the fleet managers accordingly. It helps the managers to track shipments, manage the drivers, optimize shipping routes and cut costs related to inefficiencies.
Fleet management apps provide real-time information about the location of the vehicle using geolocation tracking. After incorporating IoT in transportation industry, fleet managers can go an extra mile to improve the overall working.
It helps Maintenance of Vehicles’ Health
Smart IoT systems can monitor the wear and tear of vehicles and analyse vehicle health. Barcode scanning, GPS tracking, mobile fuel logs, sensors, camera, etc. are used for this. These provide information about engine health, fuel consumption and inefficiencies. Some sensors are used to track the temperature of the products, shock and vibration levels, etc. to ensure that the goods are in safe conditions.
Using this information, the business owners can reduce maintenance costs saving thousands of dollars. Any breakdown issues of the vehicles can be detected in advance using IoT in transportation industry, preventing major damages.
It helps Warehouse and Yard Management
If warehouse and yard management aren’t managed properly, it directly affects the cost of the business. IoT systems use beacon integration, SMS and email notification, BLE connectivity, scanning and detecting sensors, etc. for warehouse and inventory management. They ensure that the right products are placed in the right quantity and the right place at the decided time. These systems reduce human activities and enable machine intervention. They help to automate the tasks which reduce errors caused due to overlooking or visibility-related issues by humans.
IoT in Transportation Minimizes Risks and Increases Profitability
- With real-time information, one can be loyal to their clients by informing them about any delays, changes, cancellations, etc. beforehand. Eventually, this improves customer relationship management (CRM).
- IoT in transportation helps to increase the connectivity of owners and managers with operators and drivers. Thus, they can instantly communicate about any issues ensuring pro-active repairs and maintenance.
- It provides robust security services to passengers and employees along with vehicles, equipment, freight and data as well.
- Illegal practices by drivers or operates can be easily prevented with the help of the internet of things during transportation. It provides transparent information which helps predictive analytics which can lead to better planning of the resources.
We have seen IoT applications in transportation and logistics industry in details. With so many benefits, the transportation industry is beginning to depend heavily on IoT-related systems. It promises extensive profits for logistics operators, business clients as well as the end users
By incorporating intelligent transportation systems, the business owners can pull ahead of their competitors and ensure higher business opportunities.
Biz4Solutions is a software solution provider of new-age websites and mobile apps. In the last 8 years, Biz4Solutions has served global clients in domains like transportation, healthcare, manufacturing, education, IT, water, retail, etc.
Biz4Solutions delivers top-quality software solutions for the Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, Cloud Solutions, Machine Learning, Robotic Process Automation, Mobile Applications, Websites, etc. Their team consists of 100+ professionals having required diverse technical skillsets.
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Biz4Solutions and Topxlisting join hands
Every day many clients visit Topxlisting to find development partner companies for their business needs. Having a profile on this platform is a big plus for any company. It also creates authority in the company’s profile and improves brand awareness. Biz4Solutions is a reputed software development company in Texas and has its global delivery model with development team working from India. It is known for its transparent communication and collaboration, professionalism and high-quality services in set deadlines. Biz4Solutions believes client satisfaction to be their ultimate goal. The team makes it sure that they add value to their clients’ businesses.
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Biz4Solutions has expertise in providing forward-thinking software solutions to global clients. Their dedicated team of architects, managers, developers, and quality analysts is passionate about providing smart and innovative technical solutions. It requires brainstorming and consolidation of ideas, workflows, data, and resources to develop an impactful product. The team always remains updated with the latest trends and technologies in the market which helps them develop cutting-edge products. The Biz4Solutions team aims to exceed the customer expectations whether developing websites, mobile apps or web-based apps
A hospital or practice requires a strong management system to perform day-to-day tasks on time and to provide outstanding service to their patients. When it comes to providing excellent care to the patients, medical practitioners should ask themselves the following questions:
Is your patient scheduling process self-automated?
Is your management system or mHealth app or other healthcare solution HIPAA complaint?
Is your sensitive medical data secure from threats?
Are you providing online assistance/e-prescriptions to your patients?
Are the medical reports and health data of patients saved digitally?
If the answer to all these questions is yes, then chances are that you can reach the highest standards of patient care. Along with good quality treatment, there are many aspects that the hospitals and clinics need to consider.
In this modern era, advanced technology is influencing every sector of life and healthcare is no exception. Technological developments have not only saved countless lives of patients but also ensured the proper management of patients and staff.
A Healthcare Management System (HMS) is a comprehensive solution to several management needs of patients as well as physicians. It helps in scheduling the appointments online, saving electronic medical records (EMRs), doctor-patient communication, providing e-prescriptions online, maintaining billing records, managing the doctors and their schedules, etc. A practice management system (PMS) also has similar functions that are advantageous to healthcare organizations.
Let us dive deep to see how an error-free and advanced management system benefits hospitals.
Significant Benefits of Healthcare Management System
Digitalization of Health Records- EHRs And EMRs
Electronic Health Records (EHRs) and Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) have replaced the out-dated system of paper records by digital ones. These systems also ensure the proactive collection of all the medical data. The patient data like their reports, prescriptions, their medical history, etc. are stored in a central system, and it can be accessed as required. As every single record is tracked and manual errors are avoided, the data is much accurate. To assure the safety of the sensitive data and to avoid data violation, these systems are made HIPAA compliant.
Scheduling the Appointments Online
The HMS performs multiple functions. It works like a patient scheduler system. It allows the patients to book appointments as per the slots given by doctors. The patients can cancel or re-schedule appointments. Using Doctor appointment app solutions, the doctors can view their weekly calendar of appointments and they can book appointments themselves for any referral.
Strong Doctor-Patient Relationship
Doctor-patient communication is very important for gathering more precise information from the patients. It builds trust amongst the patients and the psychological support makes the patients feel cared for. Good communication effectively establishes a caring relationship between them which helps to accomplish the best outcomes in treatment. HMS acts as a platform for personal chatting, calling, etc. of the doctors and patients.
Calendar for Doctors
In any hospital or healthcare practice, managing the doctors and their appointments is a crucial task. A management system is a perfect solution for this. It has a section for physician schedule management in which the physicians can see the updates of their and other doctors’ appointments. Doctors can add, reschedule or cancel their appointments. The system also sends them reminders of their appointments in advance. This amplifies the productivity of the work.
Operational decision-making becomes more accurate and efficient when a hospital uses a practice management system in healthcare. Many factors are responsible for this, for instance, tracking of important medical data, reduced errors in documentation, better security of the data, automated processes like sending reminders, scheduling in available slots, monitoring patients’ health, etc. Better decisions lead to the success of the hospital.
When a hospital or a practice is managed using a highly-advanced Healthcare Management System, handling of mundane operational processes becomes easier. Relying on computerized systems for management and automation of the healthcare operations has immense benefits as mentioned above. It is crucial in this competitive world to remain modern and tech-savvy to provide better patient care and engage more patients.