Antenna Opens Developer Platform

— December 11, 2012

Mobile application platform AMPchroma has been updated with an open and flexible client that enables app developers to deploy applications with the platform that are built with standard languages and third-party development tools, tapping into integration, run time, security  and management capabilities. In addition, Antenna’s own native cross-platform mobile development environment now supports Java.

The platform was opened up in recognition of the fact that many enterprise apps are now being created with easy-to-use, open toolsets. In that way, the app development market has shifted, and there is a growing awareness among enterprises that the deployment and management of applications is more crucial than ever.

Features include:
•Client container open to third party development tools – open client for running web, hybrid or mixed mode apps across many device platforms, using a patented multi-app container with an encrypted database. Enables developers to build applications using standards-based languages, like HTML5, CSS, and JavaScript, and third-party tools, such as jQuery Mobile, Sencha Touch, Dojo Mobile, etc.

•Support for native SDKs – native APIs enable developers to build applications with native SDKs for iOS, Android, BlackBerry or Windows Mobile.

•Free, open IDE for cross device development – cross platform native IDE now supports Java and allows for maximum code reuse for greater speed and flexibility

•Scalable mobile server, available in cloud or on premise – high performance, patent-protected messaging platform that securely connects users to enterprise systems.The server also monitors and routes transactions, while optimizing user experience.

•Centralized management console – brings mobile application management (MAM) to the BYOD enterprise with remote user, app, and data management; lock and wipe capabilities; performance usage monitoring; and app analytics and reporting.

Amtrak App
“Frequently, when companies start a mobile app development project, they think the biggest challenge is going to be designing and building the application,” said Jim Hemmer, CEO for Antenna. “However what’s become clear with many companies is that requirements have broadened to include elements of security, integration, governance  and management as mobility becomes more strategic to business. They underestimate either the complexity of security and integration, or the time it will take to get it done properly.”

Unlike lighter-weight consumer-oriented apps, large organizations require a higher level of performance and reliability for multiple transactions and business processes. 

For example, “In the rail industry, connectivity along service routes can be spotty and unpredictable at times, which can be a serious concern when trying to equip conductors with a mobile eTicketing app for scanning and selling tickets on board, so data persistence and store-and-forward capabilities are critical for our data integrity,” said Dee Waddell, group information officer for Amtrak.

Amtrak,North America’s intercity passenger rail service with more than 300 daily trains, runs its eTicketing mobile app on AMPchroma. Waddell says that some key benefits include the minimization of risk by offering carrier grade security, transaction processing, guaranteed message delivery and encryption, and support for thousands of transactions per second – so data isn’t lost or compromised.

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