Thumbs up to IFTT (If This Than That)!

IFTTT has been a simple but powerful tool. There are many positives in using the platform, especially when it comes to product integrations. Today we will be focusing on the negatives to assist us while evaluating the application stack. The main downfall that we have seen is the lack of adoption to the platform by some automation products. .It is essential for users to research their automatin poduct’s support options for IFTT. Automation is provided utilizing service connections between IFTT and the automation product’s host application.

With this tool, we can get notifications or link different but similar automation product’s together. For example, I can connect my Todoist To-Do lists to my Google calendar, so calendar events go into my to-do list, where I track my day. It allows us to use the tools we feel comfortable with while still connecting to devices that we may not use as often and connect different software platforms quickly and reliably. With this tool, we can get notifications or link other but similar devices.

We have noted that there is some overlap in functionality between IFTT AND Microsoft Flow. As we investigate Flow, we will expose the critical difference!

Privacy, Ethics And Mobile Data Collection

Within the computing industry, it is a common practice for some companies such as marketers and computer software manufacturers to gather data about customers who use their computers, smartphones and tablet computers to access the Internet, a practice known as data mining. Organizations use this data to guide their manufacturing and marketing decisions, so that they will be more capable of providing a beneficial user experience to their customers and growing their business.

 

Since reliable data collection impacts accurate decision making, gathering precise data and protecting its integrity is an increasing concern for companies, especially with the ever-expanding use of tablet computers and smartphones for data collection. According to June 2013 reports by DC-based think tank Pew Research Center, 56% of American adults are now smartphone owners and 34% of American adults over age 18 own a tablet computer.

 

Many employees are now bringing their mobile devices into their offices, which raises additional concerns about privacy among business owners. Smartphones and tablet computers help employees to work more efficiently, even when they’re working outside a traditional office environment and performing jobs such as site inspections and surveys. However, these devices are vulnerable to theft and accidental damage. There is also the risk of confidential information stored on the device going out to public channels or being used for unethical purposes.

 

Organizations that use mobile data collection may have additional data privacy requirements due to legal regulations. The healthcare industry, for example, has the HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability) Act that governs the ethics of what can and cannot be disclosed about the health information of individuals. Employees who create data collection surveys for the mHealth industry may require special training to make sure that the information they collect and disclose complies with these laws.

 

The computing industry responded to the need to protect mobile devices from physical damage by creating rugged smartphones and tablet computers capable of withstanding harsh outdoor environments. As a similar form of data protection, mobile data collection systems such as COMMANDmobile® protect the internal data stored within these devices through:

 

1) 2048-bit Secure Sockets Layer protocol – COMMANDmobile uses a powerful two-key cryptographic system to protect data as it’s transmitted from field employees to offices.

 

2) Certificate-based authentication – The certificate-based authentication built into COMMANDmobile ensures that only authorized users may access and use COMMANDmobile.

 

3) Token-based security – Token-based security provides an additional layer of data security protection, especially when data is transmitted from a mobile device to an office via a Wi-Fi connection.

 

COMMANDmobile enables survey data to be collected easily, quickly and securely. For more information about COMMANDmobile’s other capabilities and its ability to protect data collected in real time during mobile surveys, on-site inspections and field surveillance work, view our product information video or request a demo account.

 

Related links

 

HIPAA Compliance Implications For Mobile Health Information Technology

http://commandmobile.com/hipaa-compliance-implications-mobile-health-information-technology/

 

Understanding Mobile Security In The BYOD Era

http://www.dqindia.com/dataquest/feature/212360/understanding-mobile-security-byod-era/page/1

 

CIOs Embracing Mobility Must Tackle Security, BYOD Concerns

http://www.eweek.com/mobile/cios-embracing-mobility-must-tackle-security-byod-concerns.html

 

 

Filed Under: Mobile Data Collection, Monitoring and Evaluation

 

Tagged With: Business, Data Integrity, Data Privacy, mHealth, Mobile Health, Mobile Technology, Protect Information, Security, Smartphones, Tablet Computers

 

 

About DeAnna Davidson

DeAnna Davidson is a proven technologist and business leader who is passionate about the power of mobile computing to revolutionize a business or industry, and dedicated to helping organizations use mobile, wireless, and web technologies to their advantage.

Good Dynamics Integration with BlackBerry Enterprise Server

Background & Summary:

BlackBerry has recently (Nov 2, 2015) acquired Good Dynamics (Good),[i],[ii] and they are in the early stages of integrating Good services with BlackBerry Enterprise Server/Services (BES).[iii],[iv] In particular, the earliest version of BES providing said integration is BES12.4 (prior versions offer zero native integration with Good),[iii],[v] As yet, integration is minimal and unpolished, [v],[vi] ,[vii] but the upcoming BES12.5 is projected to feature full and seamless integration between the two services. [vi]

Integration Resources:

Both Good and BES offer free trials via their cloud services[viii][ix].

A limited amount of documentation has been found for integrating Good with BES.[x] One resource is particularly helpful and provides a step by step guide from various starting points (e.g. upgrading from prior versions of BES or pre-acquisition Good services.v

Forums are low in activity and frequently lack responses, but they are not void of useful information.[xi]

Hands-on Integration Observations:

Despite the acquisition and claimed “integration,” Good and BES yet remain substantially separate and independent products.[xii],[xiii] However, BES12.4 console does offer limited functionality for managing Good apps on client devices, as well as single enrollment for both services and the ability to manage both product licenses from a single interface.[xiv],[xv] Importantly, BES12 does not yet offer integration with Good custom apps (i.e. apps created using the Good SDK/API, running on the Good Dynamics Platform). [vi]

Even the pre-existing Good services are rough around the edges.[xvi] Good is not supported on a number of high-profile devices.[xvii],[xviii]

Appendix A: Further Research

For the writing of this paper, the free trial of Good Control Cloud Service was used to develop custom sample apps wrapped with Good services and run on the Good Dynamics Platform.  These sample apps could be further developed and explored to better determine the applicable technical hurdles for the sake of gaining the kind of detailed development information not typically found in documentation.

It would be beneficial to take advantage of the free trial of BES12.4 as well to try out first-hand the available integrations of Good within BES Management Console.

Although BES12.3 and prior versions do not have any native integration of Good services, it remains to be seen as to the degree of compatibility (if any) between apps designed for the Good Dynamics Platform and the EMM services of BES versions prior to 12.4.

Appendix B: Other Pertinent References

High-level summary of BES12: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z6G3_ulqeFg&list=PLMfi4O7Qo86kEHDnPSmr0pzJJTlXYWO1n&index=2

Good White Papers, Brochures, Data Sheets, etc.: https://www1.good.com/resources#whitepapers

Some history and background on Good Dynamics: http://archive.is/pDLUg and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Good_Technology#cite_note-Cite13-19

General information about BES10: http://crackberry.com/everything-you-need-know-about-blackberry-enterprise-server-10

Good Mobile App Containerization: https://www1.good.com/secure-mobility-solution/mobile-application-containerization

Good Dynamics Developer Network (includes Downloads, Samples, API Reference, Documentation, Forum, etc.): https://community.good.com/community/gdn

Seems to imply that “Good for BES12” is all that is necessary to connect to BES12 on a client iOS device (as opposed to Android and Windows Phone, which more intuitively require “BES12 Client” – “more intuitive” in view of the current state of integration): https://help.blackberry.com/en/bes12/12.4/security/dsc1411076924494.html

[i] Official announcement: http://press.blackberry.com/en/press/2015/blackberry-completes-good-technology-acquisition.html

[ii] Blog post: http://blogs.blackberry.com/2015/11/its-a-good-day-blackberry-completes-good-technology-acquisition/

[iii] “Four Best Reasons To Upgrade to BES12 Version 12.4”: http://bizblog.blackberry.com/2016/01/four-best-reasons-to-upgrade-to-bes12-version-12-4/

[iv] “Is Your Enterprise Mobile Strategy Good? Now Make it Even Better with Good Secure EMM Suites”: http://bizblog.blackberry.com/2016/01/is-your-enterprise-mobile-strategy-good-now-make-it-even-better-with-good-secure-emm-suites/

[v] “Quick Reference Guide Integrating BES12 and Good Dynamics”: https://help.blackberry.com/en/bes12/12.4/integrating-bes12-and-good-dynamics-pdf/Integrating-BES12-and-Good-Dynamics-12.4-Quick-Reference-Guide-en.pdf

[vi] Conversations with sales and tech representatives, a BES specialist, and a Good Dynamics specialist (3/19/2016, 3/21/2016; all connected via 877.255.2377).

[vii] See “Integration Experience” on page 1.

[viii] Good Work Free Trial: https://www1.good.com/forms/good-work-free-trial.html

[ix] BES 12 (60 Day/50 User) Free Trial: https://store.blackberry.com/direct/Product-Catalogue/Management-%26-Control/Subscriptions-%26-Licenses/Trial—BES12-(60-Day-50-User)/p/SPA-60801-300

[x] Admin portal: https://www1.good.com/support/technical-support-resources.html

[xi] Forum (2400+ topics, and typically no more than 100 views for even the most popular of discussions): https://community.good.com/community/gdn/support/content

[xii] Prior to BlackBerry’s acquisition of Good Dynamics, the two were providing overlapping services: http://www.tomsitpro.com/articles/mdm-vendor-comparison,2-681.html

[xiii] As yet, BlackBerry is still providing the option to use Good services independently of BES. In particular, this trial sign-up is for setting up and accessing the Good Control Cloud, which is an online management console for managing Good services: http://us.blackberry.com/enterprise/products/good-secure-emm-suites.html

[xiv] Create Good Dynamics profile via BES console: http://help.blackberry.com/en/good-dynamics/current/integrating-bes12-and-good-dynamics/amo1448387620745.html

[xv] Add Good Dynamics apps via BES console: http://help.blackberry.com/en/good-dynamics/current/integrating-bes12-and-good-dynamics/adr1449609036756.html

[xvi] Good Technology apps have poor reviews: https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=Good%20Technology&hl=en

[xvii] Good is known to be incompatible with the Nexus 10 wifi tablet and a number of other high-profile devices: https://media.good.com/documents/GoodForEnterprise-Non-SupportedDevices.pdf

[xviii] Good – Certified devices: https://media.good.com/documents/GoodForEnterprise-CertifiedDevices.pdf

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DeAnna Davidson is a proven technologist and business leader who is passionate about the power of mobile computing to revolutionize a business or industry, and dedicated to helping organizations use mobile, wireless, and web technologies to their advantage.

Mobile Computing In The Nuclear Industry

Mobile computing provides early fault detection and can save nuclear plants staff time, trouble, and expensive repairs.

Bellefonte Nuclear Power Plant

Bellefonte Nuclear Power Plant

Due to the radiation hazards of nuclear power plants and the damaging effects of radiation on humans and the environment, a considerable amount of careful monitoring is required. For example, the technological components of a nuclear power plant break down over time and require replacement.

Similarly, radiation levels around nuclear power plants need to be detected and measured with Geiger counters and dosimeters. Early detection of dangerously high radiation levels ensures that humans can limit their exposure to radiation and avoid potentially fatal health problems. [Read more…]

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Mobile Workforce Management Tips For Evaluating Workforce Performance

COMMANDmobile® is a user-friendly, versatile mobile workforce management and mobile data collection product suite capable of solving many enterprise needs. 

Mobile Worker

Mobile Worker (Photo credit: mikecogh)

By implementing the use of multiple mobile devices for work tasks, many organizations improve their employee productivity and customer service, because these devices permit employees to work from virtually any location outside of a conventional office environment. In a June 12, 2013 Business Review Europe article from Marcus Jewell and Sheree Hanna, “Top Tips To Drive A Mobile Workforce,” they note that the mobile workforce population will reach 1.3 billion people, according to U.S.-based market research company International Data Corporation. [Read more…]

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Mobile Security and Data Integrity in Mobile Data Collection

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Six Ways Mobile Data Collection Improves Tank Farm Management

Tank Farm: courtesy of Wikipedia.

Tank Farm: courtesy of Wikipedia.

Within the fuel industry, tank farms are a crucial method of storing crude oil, solvents or other liquid substances. These tank farms consist of large tanks that store thousands of gallons of potentially hazardous liquids and require a well-developed management system to prevent potential problems such as environmental damage, safety hazards and financial loss.

In recent decades, wireless technologies such as Wi-Fi network adapters, wireless routers, antennas and video cameras have become a common method of tank farm management. Tank storage facility owners adopted these technologies since they allowed tank farms to be monitored and managed with greater ease and significant cost savings. For example, the cost of a wireless solution at a tank farm is 50% of the cost of a wired installation, according to New Jersey industrial automation distributor Industrial Controls’ “Industrial Wireless Cost Savings: A Tank Farm Example”. [Read more…]

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Mobile Data Collection Improving Natural Resource Conservation

In different geographical areas around the world, drought remains a persistent problem that is difficult for many communities to solve.

Photograph: Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Corbis

Photograph: Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Corbis

According to U.S. journalist Suzanne Goldenberg’s February 2014 story for The Guardian, “Why global water shortages pose threat of terror and war,” over one billion people worldwide lack access to safe drinking water.

Lack of sufficient water affects humans, animals and the environment. Water shortages disrupt humans’ quality of life, cause livestock deaths and impede the ability of farmers to water their crops. Similarly, a decrease in available water supplies affects industries that rely on water-based manufacturing processes, leads to unhealthy changes in air quality and accelerates soil erosion. [Read more…]

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Nine Ways Mobile Computing Improves Monitoring and Evaluation of Public Health

To protect a community’s public health and shield people from epidemics, constant vigilance by local officials is a necessity. Mobile data collection systems use is on the rise to safeguard public health, monitor health hazards, and decrease the spread of contagious diseases.

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Public health and safety inspection site. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

According to DC’s Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. has tens of thousands of contaminated sites that pose a threat to public health.

Public health experts commonly monitor many hazards such as trash collection areas, toxic fluid leaks and contagious diseases. They also educate consumers, communicating the need to follow hygienic lifestyles and to seek out medical aid when needed. [Read more…]

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Mobile Health Tech Improves Child Health in Developing Countries

Smartphones and tablet computers aid in the battle to improve child health in developing countries, due to the versatility of mobile health technology.

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Although competent medical care is available to children in many areas of the world, child health issues are still prevalent in less developed areas such as sub-Saharan Africa and parts of Asia. About two-thirds of child deaths due to diseases are preventable through practical, low-cost medical intervention, according to a September 2012 World Health Organization (WHO) report about the key health dangers for children. [Read more…]

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