According to predictions, the number of mobile applications downloaded in 2013 will reach 102 billion by the end of the year. This is likely why mobile devices and applications are two of Gartner’s top 10 technology trends for 2013.
At Intergraph SG&I, we support multiple industries that face many of the same challenges on a global scale: finding new ways to support more people on smaller budgets and finding innovative ways to sustain safer, smarter communities. One way we are doing this is by creating mobile applications that expand the reach of enterprise systems – such as our new app Mobile Responder.
Mobile Responder extends Intergraph’s industry-leading computer-aided dispatch (I/CAD) to iPhones, iPads and Android devices. By enabling first responders in the field to send and receive real-time information wherever they go, Mobile Responder improves safety and productivity. Not only are smartphones and tablets cheaper to deploy than other computing and communications options, they are user-friendly and can be deployed quickly.
New Zealand Police extended incident management capabilities to the field, deploying more than 10 000 devices featuring Mobile Responder to 6,500 frontline police officers, improving public safety and saving more than NZ$300 million over the next 12 years. New Zealand Police estimate Mobile Responder will increase productivity by 30 minutes per shift, which saves 520,000 hours each year and effectively puts 345 more police on the streets.
New Zealand Police is a prime example of how public safety agencies can benefit from mobile apps, however, public safety agencies aren’t the only organizations that can take advantage of Intergraph SG&I mobile products. Intergraph’s Mobile MapWorks is a practical tool for performing on-the-fly field updates of geospatial information for viewing, editing and updating field asset information in real time. We also recently released Mobile Alert, which is a free, easy-to-use smartphone application for reporting issues of public concern to local government entities. These issues can involve anything from graffiti to road problems such as potholes and broken signage.
Mobile devices and applications will continue to make an impact on our day-to-day lives as technology advances, so we will continue to offer innovative applications to help organizations protect both lives and resources. By extending the enterprise to the field through mobile technologies, forward thinking organizations are making smarter decisions that enhance their own productivity and improve the lives of millions of citizens and customers.
Mobile solutions for a safer, smarter world – that’s shaping change.