Mobile applications (apps)

Instructions     In today’s world, mobile applications (apps) have become useful tools for communication and business. Major organizations, military, political parties as well as individuals are using them to access information.   These days many companies are using mobile applications or apps in unique ways, and some are even creating their own internal app stores. For example, Pfizer a pharmaceutical company, has created an app that help employees who are traveling connect with other Pfizer employees who are also traveling. Another example can be given of Aflac, another insurance company, who’s app allows claims adjusters to view data and coordinate insurance claims on a mobile device. For disaster recovery, Deloitte Consulting has their own app – Bamboo. This app is used to warn the employees in case of an emergency. Though Bamboo is getting implemented internally, the firm plans to share it with its customers in the future.    The military is also using specialized mobile devices and apps. Harris, an electronics and communications company creating an app for tablet computers, such as Apple’s iPad, which will be able to control the remote camera on an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle or UAV. However, there might be some durability issues with using a commercial tablet in harsh environments. In such cases it would be beneficial to use a $400 tablet in a rugged case instead of a $10,000 wireless receiver – for a tablet can be replaced easily and comes cheaper. Besides, most of the young soldiers are already familiar with devices and therefore it would be easier to train them.    In April 2011, Textron declared that the U.S. Army has started testing of a smartphone-based battle analysis and tracking system called SoldierEyes. As per Textron, their application would allow every soldier to act as a sensor. The army can use SoldierEyes to collect and report real-time mission critical data, incorporate photos and video, which can be later linked to the geographic location of the solider. By the help of this app, the soldiers can communicate any information (via the SoldierEyes Application Cloud) to existing command, control, communications, intelligence, and surveillance systems using 3G/4G cellular and Wi-Fi networks. For remote areas with network issues, Textron has developed a secure mobile battlefield cellular network known as FASTCOM. This can use manned and unmanned aircraft, aerostats (tethered blimps), or ground vehicles to provide any cellular coverage.     Respond to the question:   ·      Choose an industry in which you would like to work. Now think of three types of mobile apps that will help you work more efficiently in that industry. You can look up the internet to check if those apps have already been developed by any company.

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