Spatial Enterprise Mobility Essentials Part 3

OFFLINE capability
– the IoT you have, when you haven’t got an IoT

This part 3 of a series of articles in relation to Spatial Enterprise Mobility Essentials:

In Order of Importance:

  1. Business Outcomes over Technology Drivers – Chicken & Egg
  2. User Interface – Simplicity by Design
  3. Offline capability – the IoT you have, when you haven’t got an IoT
  4. Any to any – do not limit yourself or your Enterprise
  5. Hardware considerations – they do not matter (anymore)

If you cannot wait, you can download the entire paper from here  .

There would not be a self-respecting software vendor today who is not claiming compliance with or at least dedication to “The Internet of Things”:

“… The Internet of things (stylised Internet of Things or IoT) is the internetworking of physical devices, vehicles (also referred to as “connected devices” and “smart devices“), buildings, and other items—embedded with electronicssoftwaresensors, actuators, and network connectivity that enable these objects to collect and exchange data…”[1]

There has not been that much hype around the IoT since “the cloud” and despite the best marketing[2] efforts of mobile data carriers – the sad reality is that being offline is a regular and frustrating experience for mobile field workers in utilities and Telcos around the Globe.

Using mobility solutions that rely solely on “the IoT” or “the cloud” are doomed.

Being caught out without offline capability in emergency situations is a very high risk activity, in particular for utility network restoration workers.

LatLonGO® works offline (sometimes connected) using self-healing BitTorrent synchronisation, as well as on-line. The BitTorrent approach is of particular advantage over slow communication lines with remote depots in a large utility network infrastructure. These depots may have a handful or two of mobile devices that greatly benefit from local WiFi peer-to-peer data distribution.