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March 12, 2014

What's New for Mobile Collaboration?

If you haven’t noticed, the world has gone mobile. Consumers are taking their communication devices with them on the road. As they show up for work, the same devices are playing an important role. As such, companies are paying attention to the best way to incorporate mobile collaboration and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) strategies into the corporate mix.

We’re drawn to the customized approach and enjoyment enabled with our own devices. It’s easier to send a message via text than to power up the desktop and send an email. Likewise, when we’re on the road and need access to the corporate document that demonstrates the information we need to close that deal, we want easy access to it. Corporate IT wants to be sure that it is the only information on its way out and that it’s protected along the way.

This is where the cloud is getting more attention. Users are seeing the virtue of supporting information on a third-party server and accessing it from any location with a mobile device. It is enabling mobile collaboration in a way like never before, ensuring the options we take for granted in the office are available while on the other side of the world.

But mobile collaboration is not just between mobile devices or the mobile device and the desktop. It’s blending into nearly every element in communications. Everything is being built to support collaboration, from stronger Wi-Fi networks to faster and stronger applications. Users expect to be able to connect with the network at any time and enjoy complete reliability. Data is being viewed as a utility and opportunities continue to exist that allow for the use of robust networks without increasing cost or even adding to capacity requirements.

At the same time, carriers are being pushed into new businesses, such as networking services and cellular Machine to Machine (M2M). A new focus is needed to compensate for the business revenue they are losing to Internet companies that provide instant messages and VoIP calling for free. Users are expecting bigger and better all the time, while they also expect that the bigger and better will be more accessible and less costly. To meet the demand, new partnerships are emerging in the industry.

One partnership catching attention is Intellastar and InferStack IoT. The portal services from Intellastar are bundling with the software suited from InferStack. Intellastar is now offering remote commissioning and monitoring of the BAS system based on data plans that are not only competitively priced, but also leverage global M2M cellular networks from partners like Vodafone and Verizon Wireless.

To share this update and others with the industry, Intellastar was on board for ITEXPO. MobilityTechzone’s Rachel Ramsey just stopped by the booth to take a look. To get the scoop and listen in on their conversation, check out this ITEXPO video in full.

Edited by Cassandra Tucker

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