September 01, 2011


These articles originally appeared in the Sept. 2011 issue of Next Gen Mobility

Raising the Bar

Want to get a bead on the bar scene without waiting in line or incurring a cover charge?  SceneTap might be just what you’re looking for.

The new app provides real-time information on local bars, including a description of the atmosphere, the number of people in the bar, and even the male-to-female ratio and average age of the clientele. SceneTap gathers this information by leveraging cameras at participating bars, and utilizing facial detection and what the company refers to as “people-counting” technologies.

The free app – available on Android (News - Alert) devices, the iPhone and via the web – recently launched in Chicago. And it may soon to available in a metropolis near you, as SceneTap this summer said it had partnerships with more than 200 bars in cities across the country.

Skin in the Game

If you spend a lot of time on WebMD and/or reside in sunny climb such as Arizona, you might be interested in learning about MelApp. This iPhone (News - Alert) app allows users to upload photos of their skin lesions and moles, and receive near immediate feedback on whether those images indicate possible melanoma.

Melanoma is the fastest growing cancer worldwide, and the most deadly of all skin cancers, if not caught early, according to Health Discovery Corp., which designed MelApp.

The app leverages an image database licensed from Johns Hopkins University Medical Center. MelApp can also use the iPhone’s GPS capability to refer users to nearby physicians specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of melanoma.

MelApp is available for an introductory price of $1.99.

Change in the Weather, Change in the Sea

As the hurricanes and tornados that have changed lives the U.S. in recent months and years have demonstrated, it’s not good to mess with Mother Nature. But it clearly can be beneficial to watch her movements and understand her potential. To help enable that, Weather Decision Technologies Inc. recently made available its hurricane emergency alerting on the iMapWeather Radio App for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

The app provides targeted alerts of impending danger right on a user's mobile device.As Mike Eilts, president and CEO of WDT, notes: “It is important for families to be as prepared as possible to combat the severe weather associated with hurricane landfall, and with the iMapWeather Radio app, they are getting early and location-specific warnings day and night about danger coming their way.”

iMapWeather Radio displays severe weather layers including the “cone of probability” for hurricanes approaching landfall.  Users can view the cone in relation to their current and saved locations and receive weather alerts such as hurricane winds, watches and warnings. The application also provides additional alerts such as flash floods, severe thunderstorms and marine warnings.

The iMapWeather Radio app is available for $9.99 from the App Store.

Kapow Addresses Explosion in Mobile

Prepping content to position it for the mobile environment can be a tricky business. To help ease the pain, Kapow Software recently introduced the Kapow Mobile Katalyst integration platform, which can access and integrate the data and business logic of existing applications without requiring application programming interfaces. 

The solution combines an application integration platform, a visual flow-chart development environment, a purpose-built integration browser, and a collaboration platform to provide easy-to-use tools for extending any existing B2E and B2C business application to the mobile platform.

Kapow claims that its solution enables enterprises to deliver integration projects as much as 90 percent faster and 80 percent cheaper than traditional methods, with 100 percent data accuracy.

More than 500 customers, including big names like AT&T (News - Alert), Audi, Commerzbank, Intel, Morgan Stanley, Vodafone, and dozens of federal agencies, rely on Kapow Software for process automation, mobile enablement, cloud and web app  integration, content migration, business intelligence, terrorism tracking, and comparison pricing. 

Edited by Jennifer Russell

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