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Mobile Application Development – Native and Cross Platform Apps for Businesses and Consumers

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You need to be where your customers are, and more and more of your customers are using mobile devices. Mobile apps provide the best experience for your customers and prospects to interact with your brand. We’ll work closely with you to create, publish, promote, and maintain engaging mobile apps that meet the needs of both your organization and your customers. Whether you’re looking to publish rich content or develop a mobile commerce platform, we’ll apply our expertise in developing apps for mobile phones and tablets for all platforms.

We are experts in cross-platform technologies like Xamarin and ReactJS – helping keep development time and costs down. And if you need complex integrations – with, for instance, ERP services, authentication services, third party data services and the like, then there can be no better partner than us.

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The Best of Emerging Tech from CES 2021

January 22nd, 2021|Categories: AI, NLP, Machine Learning, Emerging Tech - AR, Cloud, Blockchain, Mobile Development|Tags: , , , |

Last week we showcased some of the best product innovations generating buzz out of the virtual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this year. While products usually make the highlights of the show, the spotlight shines brightest on the technology that powers them.

Most illuminating is how emerging technology evolves in the context of unchartered, innovative applications. Emerging technology trends such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), the internet of things (IoT), and blockchain is behind some of the game-changing tech that could impact life and work in the near future.

Voice Technologies

Voice technologies are one set of AI and ML that is constantly providing more ways for people to communicate with each other. For example, mobile translation apps or Google Translate are able to help users navigate a different language in almost any situation. However, usually, these apps can’t always handle translating a full conversation correctly.

TimeKettle announced M2 Translator Earbuds at CES 2021. The software utilized for these earbuds differs from the normal translation app because each person with one earbud can select their desired language and engage in a full conversation.

The software also has Voice Activity Detection (VAD), so voice pick-up and translation are completely automatic. TimeKettle also utilizes Bluetooth 5.0, updates the earbuds for more languages or new features on its own, and translations can occur in areas without an internet connection.

In terms of how much space the voice technology can hold, the earbuds provide access to 40 languages, over 90 accents, and 12 servers. By TimeKettle’s estimations, they give translation access to 95% of the world population.

In addition, the earbuds have adaptive noise cancellation and use an algorithm to improve the quality of anyone’s voice input. Lastly, the product can also act as headphones for phone calls and music. The M2 Translator Earbuds are currently available.

The voice technology TimeKettle announced is another example of a technology that can help remove language barriers for businesses. And consumers shopping in different countries could even become more active shoppers when being able to start a conversation with a business owner who speaks a different language.

AI-Powered Diagnostics

MediWhale announced a diagnostic device powered by AI and it can predict eye diseases and cardiovascular diseases in just a few minutes.

The health monitoring device is powered by AI that uses an ophthalmic camera in addition to medical records. This device analyzes images and makes decisions and diagnoses by comparing images with an integrated database of systemic diseases.

One benefit of the “DrNoon” device is that it’s a cheaper and faster test to run than the average than a heart CT. Also, there is no common risk of radiation exposure that a CT might have.

MediWhale wants to provide a new biomarker for heart disease: “Our goal is to analyze the fundus image through AI and to present the fastest way to detect the disease through it.”

MediWhale claims “DrNoon” can achieve a 95 percent accuracy in identifying eye diseases and 84 percent accuracy for cardiovascular diseases.

The quick diagnostic technology MediWhale is working on can ultimately lead to hospitals or urgent care centers have more resources to use when dealing with an influx of patients.

Machine Learning Cybersecurity

ArcRAN announced at CES 2021 a machine learning algorithm that can help enterprises and governments to quickly respond to potential cyber threats and attacks. ArcRAN has pushed in the past the Smart City concept, which is the idea of utilizing an urban area with new electronic methods to provide services to citizens or collect data.

The newest solution from ArcRAN is committed to protecting software and hardware applications that are used in any smart facility or building and public areas. ArcRAN integrates its solution with IoT security detection APIs for tracking and scans local networks for unauthorized devices and behavior.

Their IoT Honeypot gains information and motives or tactics of attackers. Also, it can lure attackers into interacting with fake systems. 5G security is also utilized by the company both locally and privately.

Technologies relying more and more on 5G security could mean more cities adopting 5G to help assist the building of a true Smart City concept.

Blockchain Traceability

Numbers Protocol was one of 100 start-ups to be featured at CES 2021 from Taiwan. The company leverages blockchain to create The Numbers Capture app that can deal with debunking AI deep fakes and misinformation.

The app records birth information of a piece of media content and can generate a unique signature for that piece of content. Blockchain is then used to record the birth information, as well as any changes that happen to that piece of content in the future.

The Numbers Capture app also has a “PostCapture” function to create digital assets ensured by blockchain. So, for example, this function allows a way for an original image or asset to have reinstated value and security. The asset can still be shared and transferred to a new owner, but blockchain creates a level of security to prevent an asset from being tampered with.

This blockchain security technology can create a safer outlet for media outlets or even governments to release information and keep that information from being tampered with.

One-Click-Through AI Framework

IoT companies are always looking for smart implementations that can lead to faster optimization and operation of new technology.

Avalanche Computing announced at CES an AI framework that is meant to increase production speed and provide a smart implementation that requires one-click-through.

This means that Avalanche Computing’s AI framework can retrain another company’s AI model without having to change any algorithms. The framework would reduce AI project costs and deployment to other devices could occur in just one command.

From smart manufacturing to medical AI, to construction, Avalanche Computing hopes to not only increase manufacturing speed, but also add predictive maintenance, defect detection, and supply chain analysis.

New AI frameworks that are more interchangeable can lead businesses across industries to increase productivity, especially IoT companies, and save time on these types of projects in the future.

Emerging tech trends continue to play their role in revolutionizing business and enterprise in any industry and for any size of business. CES 2021 seemed to be no different from CES 2020 in continuing the ongoing trend in new technology that can assist with security, speed, and production.

Want to dive deeper into the best of emerging tech in 2021? Contact us at info@quantilus.com for a consultation and learn more about what Quantilus has to offer here.

What is 5G and What Benefits Does 5G Provide?

January 8th, 2021|Categories: Emerging Tech - AR, Cloud, Blockchain, Mobile Development|Tags: , |

The next generation of the mobile network has become one spotted in many conversations from innovation to controversy, so let’s get a better understanding of what is 5G and unravel some of the benefits it’ll provide moving forward.

What is 5G?

5G is the next generation of wireless network technology and predicts to be a gamechanger that promises to advance connectivity services across industries.  

4G LTE brought upon an era of mobile broadband in the 2010s, ushering in 10 times faster data downloads. According to the FCC, broadband refers to high-speed internet access and is the quicker option than dial-up access. Also, mobile broadband is an alternative to fixed-line broadband, which relies more on transferring data through cables. 4G LTE allowed broadband services to become available from companies like mobile telephone service providers, significantly impacting how the world uses mobile devices. Fast internet service no longer confines to home networks.

4G’s radio waves have a frequency band between 2 and 8 GHz for communicating data. For comparison, 5G is capable of supporting frequencies as high as 300 GHz. Higher frequencies of radio waves create shorter waves that cover less distance between cellular towers. As a result, more devices can connect to one 5G tower while offering higher connection speeds.

5G offers a larger capacity, provides higher speeds, has less latency, and supports improved user experiences to deliver an array of new wireless services to users. The technology expects to advance capabilities in global communications infrastructure, the Internet of Things (IoT), autonomous vehicles, AR/VR experiences, cloud computing, and more. All of the benefits ultimately will help the future of enterprise infrastructures and any end-user.

What are the benefits of 5G for business?

According to a Gartner study, 66% of companies intend to or will already have installed 5G support in 2020. Businesses are looking to take advantage of faster connection speeds and data transfer speeds and higher device capacity.

Enterprises transfer data continuously throughout the workday, and a robust network infrastructure is even more vital with the increase in remote work environments and hybrid teams around the world. Reducing network issues and increasing speeds is beneficial to the efficiency of any industry.

One result of the move to the remote work environment and the growing reliance on technology in the workplace is that 4G networks are no longer capable of handling increased data loads. The IT infrastructure of 5G networks can host many devices within an enterprise network.

Lastly, 5G will help businesses deal with latency issues from moving data back and forth so often. To illustrate this issue, live-streaming something like a live sports event or concert usually involves a delay of some kind between what’s happening on your screen and in real-time. This delay is also noticeable when watching the same event on TV compared to live-streaming on another device. This issue can be a vital workaround for companies as well. 5G’s lower latency can especially be useful for enterprises involved in the Internet of Things (IoT) sector.

What is the cost of 5G for an enterprise?

The reality is that switching to 5G isn’t easy or cheap. However, to remain competitive, the switch from 4G should be inevitable. Keep in mind that 5G also requires additional equipment before setting up the new network service.

What are the benefits of 5G for consumers?

For end-users at an enterprise, implementing 5G provides the opportunity to create a 5G campus network where a 5G provider can bring stable technology and private 5G to its partners. This partnership allows users to benefit from improved cellular coverage and try out IoT features and capabilities.

This private 5G network an enterprise can add for its end-users (or potential customers) would create an environment that helps anyone reach a 5G signal within its campus (or potentially a store).

One industry taking advantage of implementing 5G campuses to improve employees’ and visitors’ user experiences is the healthcare industry. Mobile connectivity for a health facility is critical, especially for healthcare facilities composed of several buildings in a campus-like area.

In this use case, patients would be able to have their stay or vital signs monitored as quickly as possible within a 5G network. And, for those outside a facility, patients would be able to expect less latency of telehealth or telemedicine appointments. 5G provides this improved service by creating dedicated networks and storage for different devices or services.

Another sector that would greatly benefit its end-users with a 5G network is the entertainment industry. To be more specific, sports stadiums and concert venues.

Providing reliable internet or cellular service to fans or an audience has been a difficult hurdle to climb as the reliance on mobile devices for communication and transportation around these venues has increased. Obviously, tens of thousands of people trying to share the same network can cause some problems.

Verizon brought 5G to all NFL stadiums in 2019, and 5G’s added capabilities allow fans to not only connect to a more reliable network when around the stadium’s ground but also interact with new augmented reality (AR) technology that supports digital overlays of star players or stats on the field.

This video showcases the AR technology 5G enables for the fan experience in a stadium in South Korea.

The Future of 5G

5G will benefit the growth of many new technologies, such as AR, becoming more common in everyday life and business. Big data analytics is strengthened by 5G support and will allow companies to handle better analytics tools powered by artificial intelligence (AI) and automation. For AI, in particular, 5G’s efforts to increase speed and lower latency can provide businesses with infrastructure that can better equip teams like IT specialists.  

Want to learn more about how emerging technology is impacting business? Contact us at info@quantilus.com for a consultation and learn more about what Quantilus has to offer here.

Behavioral Biometrics’ Continuing Growth into Business Applications

October 27th, 2020|Categories: AI, NLP, Machine Learning, Mobile Development|Tags: |

With the current work climate accelerating towards remote offices and customer services, cybersecurity and, to be more specific, behavioral biometrics, is quickly becoming a focal point for any potential or recent innovation.

In fact, a recent report from Grand View Research concluded that the market size for behavioral biometrics is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 24.5% from 2020 to 2027. The pandemic has accelerated interest in an already growing space, but should you start to consider adding behavioral biometrics to your service or business?

What is Behavioral Biometrics?

Behavioral biometrics is a form of cybersecurity that relies on the behavior of the user rather than static information or physical characteristics. Traditional security or static information for applications or consumer websites would include a password, phone number, or social security number. Physical characteristics would include security functions like fingerprint or face ID.

More recently, dual-step authentication is also a form of static information. For example, this would be when you’re asked to enter a password and also a numerical code sent to another device, like your phone, to confirm you’re signing in.

And while most of these types of security are relatively new, they are also still vulnerable. You’ve probably heard or read countless stories of data breaches even within companies keeping user information protected behind two-step authentication or face ID.

Behavioral biometrics is powered by artificial intelligence (AI) and works in the background of a user session and tries to identify if the person using the device or application is actually the normal user of that device. As an example, this version of biometrics can identify a user by the way the device is being held, the way a user normally types, or the way they navigate with the app’s interface. Behavioral biometrics can detect abnormalities between user interaction and automated/fraudster attacks.

How is Behavioral Biometrics Currently Being Applied?

In the past few years, the financial sector has seen the greatest investment in behavioral biometrics followed by insurance and eCommerce.

A top bank in the UK, for example, utilizes behavioral biometrics through industry leader Biocatch for its online banking app. Behavioral biometrics was able to alert the business in real-time of attempted fraud of almost 1.6 million pounds. The bank also utilized anti-malware and device recognition, but behavioral biometrics was the only security technology to alert the company of this attack.

Mastercard ran a report earlier in 2020 and revealed 7 out of 10 consumers believe the shift to digital payments is permanent. With this train of thought from the public, the growing need for investing in security measures to build trust with users is even more important now. Mastercard also began issuing contactless biometric bank cards back in 2019 and started trials for both debit and credit cards.

Why Should My Business Consider Frictionless Cybersecurity?

One of the more frustrating aspects of the common e-commerce website or mobile app is having to reset passwords or go through two-step authentication. These potential pitfalls of losing users to these frustrating and sometimes time-consuming tasks can ultimately lose business for good.

Behavioral biometrics removes any of those burdens and frictions on the user with a passive cybersecurity measure that also keeps the user safe. In addition, related traditional security costs tied to IT or help desks can also potentially be reduced when investing in behavioral biometrics.

More and more security companies are beginning to add behavioral biometrics solutions to their offerings, so now is the time to do research in this space. Just recently, private security company, Incognia, also added behavioral biometrics as an offering to their authentication services.

Is Behavioral Biometrics a Viable Option in 2020?

American consumers lost almost $17 billion last year because of identity fraud according to lead fraud and security analyst John Buzzard at Javelin Strategy & Research.

With the increased demand by consumers in wanting a contactless option for payments or e-commerce that also offers trusted security and frictionless user experience, behavioral biometrics is a potential, long-term solution for any company. And, with the growing competition in the market, there are more options than ever for a business of any size to do their due diligence in looking into cybersecurity that can ultimately save IT expenses and security costs.

Contact us at info@quantilus.com for a consultation and learn more about what Quantilus has to offer here.

Why Your Business Should Develop An Android App

September 30th, 2020|Categories: Mobile Development, Web Development, Marketing, SEO|Tags: |

With Android and Apple being the two dominant platforms in app development, we wanted to highlight the benefits of creating an app for Google’s Android system. And if you are interested in learning about the advantages of developing an app on the iOS platform, you can discover them in our post here

1. Open Source

Open source software is described by opensource.dev as  “Source code that is available for anyone to view, use, change, and then share.” Therefore, open source software is accessible to the public and allows them to build upon what is already there to drive technological advancements. 

Android’s platform is open sourced, allowing countless tech experts from around the world to lend their knowledge and experience to advance the platform. This helps Android maintain its position as a cutting technology platform.

So, what does this mean for the development of Android-based applications? Developers can interact with the Android community and contribute to upcoming app development expansions. This comes at no additional cost and is 100% royalty-free, making it far easier to develop new and advanced phones for the Android platform. Hence why the majority of modern iOS phone advancements were already created for Android phones several generations ago.

2. App Publishing

Android’s app store, known as the Google Play Store, is more affordable, less time consuming, and less strict about quality assurance than Apple’s App Store. Once Android approves an app, the app will usually be live in the Play Store within a few hours.  

Contrarily, Apple’s App Store requires a more in-depth analysis of an app. Apple’s app review and approval process is far more stringent and involves Apple employees manually screening the app for compliance with its guidelines, quality of content, and functional performance. This means iOS apps may have a longer publishing window to address any issues Apple’s App Review identifies–and in certain cases it potentially may mean your app never gets published.  

3. Sales Channels

One of the more profitable benefits of an application on the Android platform is sales deployment. While some mobile platforms require developers to sell exclusively in their app store, Android apps can be distributed through Google’s Play Store, third-party marketplaces, or a company’s personal sales channels.

One important thing to note is that both Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Store both charge a 30% commission fee on paid applications, as well as in-app purchases from apps that are sold through their respective stores. However, the difference is that Google allows Android apps to be sold on third-party marketplaces, whereas Apple does not.

4. Coding

Android applications are programmed using Java, which is the standard programming language. For reference, JavaScript is prevalent on more than 95% of the world’s websites

Accordingly, it is common for software developers to start their education with Java, meaning it will be easier for them to adapt to the programming language of Android applications. Thus, removing the learning curve for developers. 

With a working knowledge, developers can transition Java’s code script into a mobile application while also implementing development services for Android in the process.

5. Customizable User Interface

Another reason for Android’s popularity is its notoriety for being customizable, especially when it pertains to an app’s user interface.  

Customizable user interfaces help developers create more apps in less time. This goes back to the open sourced nature of Android. Developers can harness their creativity without being pigeonholed into iOS’s specific mold. Consequently, developers do not have to spend time working around a platform’s specific requirements.

Furthermore, customizations do not end at the user interface. Multimedia tools and data management can also be customized and easily updated throughout the development process.

Items to Consider

As one of the two major mobile platforms in the United States and the world, Android offers numerous advantages. From open source software to lower overhead costs and a customizable user interface, Android’s platform is enticing to consumers, developers, and businesses. 

Interested in developing a mobile app? Contact us at info@quantilus.com for a consultation and learn more about what Quantilus has to offer here.

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