Mobile Industry on the Move September 7

— September 07, 2013

What's going on in the mobile world? Here are this week's moves by the major players.

Stratix
Stratix is partnering with AirWatch to deliver comprehensive mobile solutions. Most recently, Stratix’s customer Hallmark has embraced this joint offering to securely manage their corporate data across corporate liable and BYOD devices and Mobile Point of Sale. Hallmark has leveraged Stratix’s comprehensive managed services portfolio to include MDM consulting and deployment of AirWatch’s MDM platform, mobile device provisioning, life cycle management and helpdesk support.

“AirWatch is a highly regarded specialist in enterprise-grade mobile device, application, and content management solutions, which perfectly complement our go-to-market offering. Stratix customers like Hallmark now gain a one-stop shop solution with the added reassurance that their enterprise mobility solution is delivered, managed and supported by best-in-breed mobile partners working together,” says Gina Gallo, CEO, Stratix.

“Stratix brings extensive mobility experience and OEM relationships to our customers and provides end-to-end mobile expertise and lifecycle management,” said Kevin Keith, director of business development, AirWatch. “Our partnership with Stratix allows us to continue focusing on simplifying mobility’s complexities for our customers.”

BlackBerry
BlackBerry has joined the FIDO (Fast IDentity Online) Alliance, an industry consortium, and has been appointed to the Board of Directors. FIDO members commit to share technology and collaborate to deliver open specifications for universal strong authentication that enables FIDO-compliant authentication methods to be interoperable, more secure and private, and easier to use.

“We welcome BlackBerry to the FIDO Alliance board as one of the world’s leading mobile platforms and mobile device providers. BlackBerry’s addition to the FIDO Alliance moves the mobile industry closer to universal strong authentication using the open FIDO specifications that embrace all use cases,” said Michael Barrett, President, FIDO Alliance. “We also prize BlackBerry among the Internet’s leading relying parties, with the potential to allow millions of users to utilize open strong authentication.”

Apperian
Apperian, Inc., has launched the ApperianONE program which enables enterprises to distribute and manage a single enterprise mobile app and unlimited public apps at no cost, for up to 100,000 employees.  Based on the Apperian EASE platform, the program focuses on providing a risk-free way for businesses to experience a new and effective approach to mobility.
 
ApperianONE allows any company to use Apperian’s cloud-based platform to distribute and manage from a private and branded app store, one custom-built mobile app as well as an unlimited set of company-recommended public apps, for free.  As part of this offering, ApperianONE includes capabilities that manage the full app lifecycle including, app-signing services, detailed usage reporting, user feedback, app ratings, support for configuration profiles and iOS App Remote Control.
 
“The device-centric approach to enterprise mobility management has run its course and failed to deliver app adoption benefits as-promised,” said David Patrick, CEO, Apperian. “A new approach is needed, and as the MAM pioneer, we want to simply remove all barriers and excuses and make our platform available to any organization that has made mobility a priority and is struggling at managing and deploying enterprise mobile apps.”

Sprint
Sprint is expanding its Integrated Insurance Solutions portfolio with two new products, text disablement and premium connected services.
Working with Modus, Sprint launched a text disablement product which is hard wired into a device that plugs into the vehicle’s on-board diagnostic port.

The driver’s cell phone is blocked from sending and receiving text messages and surfing the Web. Blocking engages almost instantly when the vehicle begins to move while it does not affect passengers or nearby vehicles. The new text disablement system also includes geo-fencing, a safety feature that alerts parents when teen drivers stray too far. Sprint plans to unveil additional text disablement options for insurance carriers in 2014.

“Text disablement enables auto insurance carriers and self-insured organizations to improve driver risk assessment and encourage good driving behavior,” said Ben Vos, Vice President, Emerging Solutions Group, Sprint. “We are working to simplify the complexities of usage-based insurance. Using Sprint machine-to-machine (M2M) technology, both insurers and policy holders gain access to important analytical data about driving behavior.”

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