Good and Wicked Cool Mobile and Wireless Companies to Watch

From IT management services to Apple iPhone apps, mobile vendors are targeting enterprise users with some unique offerings.


Our 2009 list of wireless and mobile companies to watch reveal the breadth, depth, and excitement of the human imagination applied to wireless and mobile technologies. Check out the main story for more details.


Apperian's goal is to polish up Apple's iPhone for enterprise deployments, in part with specially designed application frameworks. Shown: an iPhone user is creating a custom electronic greeting card at American Greetings' Web site.


Glide's cloud-based software service links to patient data in third-party electronic medical record systems, extracts the information, and then it reformats the data for a range of mobile devices carried to patient bedsides or homes, to operating rooms and emergency rooms.


Mavenir has introduced a set of servers (shown in blue) that let mobile operators quickly deploy enhanced "converged voice" and "converged messaging" services to existing 2G phones as well as new devices, over a range of wireless technologies.


MeLLmo's Roambi software lets you upload corporate data files (such as Excel spreadsheets), select a prefabricated Roambi visualization template, and then download to your iPhone an interactive, data analysis app that shows you what the data means. Here, a spreadsheet of sales data has been transformed by the CataList template into images that show you trends, and let you drill down to see more relationships and data.


MobileIron creates a server-based clone of each enterprise smartphone, giving IT departments precise, up to the minute information on such things as the data stored on the handset, its applications, voice and messaging activities and cellular service quality.


Pixtronix has been able to discard multiple LCD components and layers for mobile displays by creating a tiny electro-mechanical shutter (shown here), about the width of a human hair. The shutter, one per pixel, opens and closes superfast in software controlled sequences, to control the light from the backlight panel. The result: much brighter screens, wider viewing angles, full-speed video without blurring, and 75% less power.


Rhomobile provides an open source microframework, called Rhodes, that lets software developers code mobile applications in HTML. The toolset generates the appropriate code to run the app natively on iPhone, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, Symbian, or Android handsets. A separate server, RhoSync can interconnect the mobile app with enterprise data sources via Web services interfaces.


Smartphone cellular radios sync with basestations thanks to a rock: a superthin slice of quartz crystal set to resonate a high frequencies. Sand 9 has created a micro-electro-mechanical system (MEMS) alternative: less expensive and faster to create than growing crystals, and it makes possible thinner cell phones.


Sense Networks' Macrosense software analyzes tons of location data, scrubbed of personal information, from mobile devices that are using cellular, Wi-Fi or GPS. The software can uncover group behavior and likes, and make predictions based on that. Shown: Macrosense powers the site, where users opt in to show where users are congregating, and therefore "what's hot," in downtown San Francisco.


SkyBlox is almost a throwback: it deploys and manages indoor Wi-Fi hotspots to local businesses. The idea: treat free Wi-Fi as a utility, and add support for local social networking tools, from Facebook to Twitter, to create a clustered nexus of highly focused local information — announcements, events, advertising.

Copyright © 2009 IDG Communications, Inc.

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