Software technology company Infoteria Corporation is to release "Platio" (https://plat.io/en/home), a non-programming rapid app development platform to be available early next year. In addition to being able to create business apps, Platio, Infoteria's first step into Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, will support field work operations through the utilization of IoT device applications.
Demand for rapid IoT app development
Great attention has been given to increased efficiency through IoT applications for field work as seen in industries like healthcare, construction and agriculture. Many different companies now offer a variety of IoT devices, including product-embedded sensors for inspection and devices equipped with communication functions for ascertaining physical information.
"Business applications for IoT devices require mobile-type apps matching each domain of business. Because IoT applications often bring serious changes to work processes, gradual yet quick app development through consultation with field workers is critical," says Munekazu Matsumura, Marketing Director for IoT/Mobile Services at Infoteria.
Matsumura explains, "The development of IoT applications taking interactions between developers and field workers into account has proven to be difficult because of the need for various other processes including app development, app distribution and cloud system preparation to save field data and authenticate information. At Infoteria, we're overcoming these challenges by removing barriers not only for developers but also non-technical skilled individuals, giving them more flexibility so they are able to maximize creativity."
"Platio streamlines the app development process. Users can create apps by selecting and customizing the readily available templates. Along with the selection of templates, data storage in the cloud and user management functions are automatically prepared, relieving the developers from the burden of having to prepare servers for data storage. Deployment of apps is also easy with distribution and updates of apps made possible through a single click," adds Matsumura.
Since IoT is still in its formative years, companies have a distinct early adopter advantage. Most of current IoT apps are focusing on a single IoT device, and they lack the ability to link different IoT devices together. Platio allows businesses to address this issue.
Overview of Platio
Platio is a non-programming platform that allows businesses to develop IoT apps, transforming the way businesses have thus far operated.
There are three main solutions Platio delivers to businesses:
1. Reducing the burden of software development
- End-user software and app development is always an afterthought for major IoT device manufacturers, resulting in the development of apps that do not live up to expectations and extensions.
- With Platio, IoT device manufacturers no longer have to worry about end-user software and app development. With a simple Select-Customize-Deploy operation, manufacturers can create customized apps for their devices in a matter of minutes. Without the need for any coding knowledge, manufacturers can connect and test their devices immediately.
2. Flexibility to connect to various IoT devices
- The IoT industry is still in its infancy stage. This means that IoT applications and devices are limited, and usually come heavily customized and as a set with the ability to connect to only a single device or a single product line.
- With Platio, users can create customized apps by selecting and editing fields of existing templates. A single customized Platio app can connect not only to healthcare devices (such as thermometers and blood pressure monitors), but also to equipment with air pressure and humidity sensors. With the increased flexibility to connect to a range of IoT devices, businesses can brainstorm and realize ways to streamline their business operations.
3. Relieving users from management costs
- With the advancement of technology, not only do developers have to make sure that servers are maintained periodically, they also have to make sure that applications are fully functional on the latest operating system. If the applications are heavily customized, up-keeping costs such as server maintenance and app updates can prove to be high. With Platio, data cloud storage and management features are automatically built, so users don't have to worry about maintenance of any sort. By accessing the customized app through Platio, users can be sure that their app is always up to date, and can leave the maintenance of cloud servers and the Platio app to us.
In short, Platio streamlines the app development process, from developing to deploying apps for IoT devices -- all without the need for any coding knowledge.
About Infoteria Corporation
Infoteria Corporation was founded in 1998, originally as a software company specializing in XML software development. It then expanded to create software for linking various computer systems and devices together, and focused on becoming a software vendor offering full support. Its flagship product, ASTERIA, is used to integrate various software systems, without the need for coding or costly software development. As of May 2015, ASTERIA is introduced across 5,020 major and mid-sized corporations throughout Japan.
Another notable product at Infoteria, Handbook is cloud-based software that allows businesses to access company documents, product catalogs and meeting materials through smartphones and tablets. With a strong emphasis on digital security and presentation quality, Handbook comes accompanied with feedback, quiz, questionnaire and HTML5 presentation features. As of September 2015, Handbook is introduced across 900 enterprises and public institutions.
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