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Location-enhanced applications underway for the BlackBerry platform
Posted on 14-Dec-2004 23:26. | Tags Filed under: News.

Location-enhanced applications underway for the BlackBerry platform
Research In Motion (RIM) is working with members of the BlackBerry ISV Alliance Program to enable location-enhanced applications for the BlackBerry platform. With the addition of GPS support to the BlackBerry platform, various ISVs have begun to create mobile applications for BlackBerry that leverage navigation, location and tracking information.

"The addition of location-based services to the BlackBerry wireless platform is extending the value of BlackBerry to a broader range of applications and opening new opportunities with corporate and government customers," said Mark Guibert, Vice President, Corporate Marketing at Research In Motion. "We are pleased to report that application development efforts are already underway in areas such as supply chain and delivery management, field service automation, continuity planning and navigation services."

The new @Road Workflow Manager solution for BlackBerry will help streamline the mobile workflow process by identifying and automating the communication critical path between the field service representative and the mobile workforce supervisor. This solution is designed to use GPS auto-detection software to help minimize task reporting and data entry by

Comet Tracker by AcTSoft is a mobile management solution designed to allow remote workers to collect and send field data via the BlackBerry platform. Comet Tracker will allow employers to easily track employee location, worker hours, as well as capture worker tasks, and dispatch jobs more effectively, allowing companies to enhance their productivity.

Aligo is working on WorkTrack Field Supervisor, which will give companies the ability to track the time, location and activities of their mobile employees through the GPS-enabled BlackBerry solution.

Corrigo's service management solution is being designed to allow dispatchers to create and dispatch electronic work orders to field staff and track their location, job status and progress. Field technicians will then be able to pick up, close and update work orders, receive alerts of new and changed work orders, access work order details, and access task-related instructions.

Gearworks' etrace mobile workforce management software is a wireless and Web-based solution that enables field service organizations to measure, manage and optimize field operations at the point of delivery.

Mobilistings is developing its Wireless MLS handheld software application and service to enable real estate agents to search property listings wirelessly using BlackBerry. Features include property listing information, color photographs, tax records, mortgage calculator, Email-a-Flyer, and listing agent remarks, as well as GPS location-based searches for driving directions and maps.

Onset Technology's METAmessage Emergency Locator is being designed to allow control centers to quickly find and track personnel with GPS-enabled BlackBerry handhelds in the field. Using either GPS or cell ID locations, METAmessage will list handheld coordinates and activity status, providing a fast, clear picture of who's where.

Televigation is working on TeleNav, which provides voice automated driving cues, which give turn-by-turn directions and takes drivers directly to requested locations. The product offers users enhanced features, including voice-activated destination input, airport code location information, Yellow Pages and multilingual capabilities including Spanish, Russian and Mandarin.

The Vaultus location-based services solution for BlackBerry enables firms to incorporate a broad set of GPS functionality into their existing sales and field service applications.

The Wallace Incident Communicator (WIC) by Wallace Wireless allows mobile professionals from any company, government agency or military office to quickly access their most current emergency measure documents, notifications, maps, floor plans, call lists and live images via BlackBerry.

Xora's Supervisor application will allow foremen to capture timesheet and job data via the GPS-enabled BlackBerry solution. Web-based location tracking (maps), job dispatch, and Geofencing will also be included. BlackBerry users will benefit from Xora Supervisor by being able to manage overtime policies and significantly improve productivity for both field and office staff.

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