Safe Water Kenya is a subgroup of The Safe Water Team, a Michigan nonprofit organization committed to supporting organizations that address global issues surrounding safe drinking water and sanitation. Safe Water Kenya provides Hydraid® bio-sand water filters to people of Kenya. They needed a more efficient way to capture survey information on water filter installations in remote areas of the country. The solution was provided by the mFinity® EMMP enterprise mobility management platform.
mFinity EMMP simplified the process of developing, deploying, and managing a mobile app that is used to collect required survey information, including a questionnaire, photo, signature, and the GPS coordinates of the installation. Because most of the installation areas are not served by cell phone towers, off-line access to mobile data was an application requirement.
When surveyors return from remote installations and have access to network communications, they simply click on an icon to update the Safe Water Kenya headquarters database with their survey information. By using the Oracle-based mFinity EMMP platform to replace cumbersome paperwork with a mobile app, Safe Water Kenya increased productivity, improved data integrity, and increased accountability to providers of funding for their non-profit humanitarian organization.
The survey application was developed as an HTML 5.0 mobile web app that runs on mFinity EMMP without requiring a single line of code for database synchronization. Synchronization between Oracle Database 12c and the mobile database is performed by Database Mobile Server 11g.
With over 60,000 Hydraid biosand filter installations installed to date in Kenya, Safe Water Kenya has helped reduce diarrheal disease, e-coli, and turbidity in drinking water, and served over 360,000 people. As a result of improved accountability to funding sources resulting from the mFinity EMMP mobile app, they will be able to expand their operations.
“Thanks to Oracle’s mobile solution, and mFinity EMMP, the offline mobile application developed by mFrontiers, US headquarters and our fund-raisers can see same-day, individual filter deployments, with a photo and signature of the family, GPS coordinates of the location, and answers to detailed questionnaires. When donors get that kind of feedback, it gives us amazing credibility to increase the sustainability of donations.”
– Don Arnold, Executive Director, Safe Water Kenya
The following article at the Oracle website provides additional information on this success story.
Regal Beloit Corporation is a manufacturer headquartered in Beloit, Wisconsin. Regal offers a wide range of products that include electric motors and generators, gear reducers, electronic switchgear, bearings, couplings, gearing, drive components and conveyer systems. Regal products are found in home furnaces, pumps, elevators, conveyors, X-ray machines, office equipment, power stations and thousands of other critical uses. The company has manufacturing, sales, and service facilities throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, and Asia, with over 23,000 employees.
Regal Beloit contracted product design and engineering firm Optimal Design – a member of the mFrontiers Partner Network - to build custom sensors and a wireless adaptor connected to a V-Green Variable Speed Pump Motor. Using the embedded mFinity IoT agent, the sensors gather data generated by the motor, and the wireless adaptor broadcasts the data via Wi-Fi through the V-Link Wireless Adapter to the mFinity IoT platform, running in the Oracle Cloud. Working closely together, mFrontiers and Optimal Design also developed a mobile application to monitor and control the pump, and provide tools for energy management.
According to Mitch Kiser, electronic design engineer at Regal Beloit, "We went from analog products to digital products. Digital products have a lot of data. Using IoT, we can use that data to make better products.”
Hyundai Heavy Industries ("HHI") is the world's largest shipbuilding company, with over $49 billion in annual sales. The company built an in-house mobile enterprise application platform (“MEAP”), but experienced difficulties in expanding and maintaining the system. Many of their problems were due to the need to develop and maintain separate applications for each mobile operating system. HHI solved their enterprise mobility problems by implementing mFinity EMMP.
The HHI in-house MEAP:
- Required separate development platforms and specialized knowledge for each mobile operating system.
- Required updates to multiple versions of mobile apps whenever business requirements changed.
- Resulted in complexity and high cost for mobile app development and maintenance.
The reasons why HHI switched to mFinity EMMP:
- Single source code applications run on all iOS and Android smartphones and tablets, reducing app development and maintenance costs.
- Users perform a single sign-on for access to multiple mobile apps, improving their productivity.
- Role-based deployment and update means that users always have access to the latest version of their apps.
By switching to mFinity EMMP, Hyundai Heavy Industries simplified the development, deployment, and maintenance of their mobile apps, which improved productivity, reduced costs, and improved user experience.
App Development Company
A provider of software development services with strong business domain knowledge in financial services, airline operations, distribution/logistics, and inventory management had been using several development platforms and tools for mobile application development projects. Their interest in mFinity for Mobile was twofold: the productivity advantages of role-based deployment and mFinity's single source code web-apps that provide access to native functionality. They became real believers in the mFinity platform following a new release of the Android operating system. Following the release of an update to the Android operating system, a mobile app that was developed and deployed using mFinity did not break, while the same application, developed under two other popular platforms, broke and required debugging and update in order to run.
A major difference between mFinity for Mobile and other mobility platforms is that, with mFinity, a company's favorite development tools can be used to write web apps that have the power of native apps. With other platforms, there is a learning curve to use their development tools. According to the company's Managing Director, "...the flexibility of using and mixing whatever tools we preferred for developing a mobile app in mFinity was a major consideration in keeping mFinity as our main development platform."
Mobile Portal Development
A paint manufacturing company used mFinity EMMP to convert a desktop-based business system for access by mobile users. The integrated system includes sales support, e-mail, electronic approval, notification, and schedule management, and supports iOS and Android mobile devices.
Prior to the implementation of the mFinity platform, development of the company's Mobile Portal System began with separate native apps for iOS and Android. Development was slowed by the need to program, debug, stabilize, and manage separate apps for two mobile operating systems. In addition, there was no mobile app deployment system for provisioning devices and applications. The result was significant project delays.
The company switched to mFinity for Mobile for development of the Mobile Portal System, which simplified app development and deployment, and measurably improved the user experience. Using the mFinity platform, their desktop applications were converted to single source code apps that run on both iOS and Android smartphones and tablets. In addition, the company was able to integrate third-party legacy solutions with their applications.
The result of implementing mFinity for Mobile was a significant improvement in the productivity of developers, administrators, and users, an equally significant reduction in costs.
A utility company whose services include city gas, gas co-generation, gas heating system, and gas boiler services, used mFinity for Mobile to build an on-site support system for field staff and subcontractors that ensures safe on-site facilities management. The company was seeking to support employees and contractors that perform a variety of plumbing and safety management functions at remote sites. The solution was to develop an on-site support system that would enable real-time processing of data to increase the productivity of fieldwork and improve safety.
After reviewing several mobility platforms, the company selected the mFinity platform. They used mFinity for Mobile to convert and manage legacy native apps and build a field services app. The new on-site support system provides support for a mobile printer and scanner. The result was improved accuracy and productivity of fieldwork, a decrease in management and maintenance costs, and improved employee and contractor satisfaction.