Meet Quytech at CeBIT Germany 2017

The countdown has started. On 20 March, the digital and IT world will come together to attend CeBIT, one of the largest and most prominent global events for digital businesses. And, we are delighted to announce that Quytech will be exhibiting at the event.

About the CeBIT Event

It is a yearly event that brings together over 4000 exhibitors and 300000 visitors. This year, it will be held at Hannover, Germany from 20 to 24 March.

The CeBIT event has always proved to be remarkable because of the discussions and insights shared by the guest speakers. And, now they have added a feather in their cap by getting names like Ray Kurzweil, renowned artificial intelligence expert, social scientist Dr. Michal Kosinski and the very well-known Edward Snowden as speakers.

For more information on the event, visit their website here.

About Quytech and How We Can Help You

Here is a quick overview of Quytech and how we can benefit your business.

Service Offerings

We are a leading mobile app development company and help with fine tuning mobile strategy to end-to-end solutions, starting from conceptualization to deployment and support.

We have provided our services in the areas mentioned below:

  • Enterprise mobility solutions
  • Healthcare apps
  • Finance apps
  • B2B SaaS apps
  • Educational apps
  • On-Demand apps
  • Augmented reality
  • Virtual reality

Please visit our website here for more details about our services.

We have also developed PepUpSales, an enterprise mobility solution which combines sales force automation, distribution management, primary/secondary sales tracking, and more in a single product.

Learn more about PepUpSales here.

Experience and Achievements

We have seven years of rich experience and developed over 150 mobile apps for more than 100 startups and enterprises across 20 industries and 12 countries. Some of our customers include Honda, Deloitte, Volvo-Eicher, Harvest Gold and celebrity chef Eric Landlard’s luxury cake boutique, Cake Boy.

Quytech has also been rated among the top 20 Most Promising Enterprise Mobility companies by CIO Review.

To meet us at the event, please visit Stall No. C60/9 in Hall 5 and get an opportunity to interact with our founder, Mr. Garg, who will be happy to explain our product and services and answer any questions you may have.

So are you coming to the CeBIT event? Bookmark the date today and we will see you at our stall.

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How Apps Are Helping the Engineering Procurement Construction Industry

You might associate the term “contractor” to someone (or an agency) who helps you carry out a series of tasks on a contract basis. The same holds true for the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) industry. Here, a contractor is responsible (on behalf of the client) for all the tasks, from the design, procurement, construction, and commissioning to the hand-over of the project to the owner or end-user.

So, an EPC project involves activities like laying down the first concepts (plans and designs), the execution, and the operational tasks. So, it is an herculean task to keep track of so many activities throughout the project lifecycle, while ensuring timely completion. This is where mobile technology helps, with the numerous apps that aid EPC industry professionals in carrying out their designated tasks more effectively.

Let us take a look at how some mobile apps are proving useful for the EPC industry.

Bid Management

The SmartBidNet mobile app (for Windows, iOS, and Android) enables you to create bids and track the bidding process with your subcontractors or companies, ensuring reliability and security. In simple words, the app consists of a bid management system that offers quick access to critical information to ensure timely and easy project bidding. The mobile app also complements SmartBidNet’s bid management software.

The app further enables you to create custom pre-qualification forms so that you can identify the qualifications and level of risk for subcontractors, before they are invited to bid.

Project Information Access and Collaborative Inspection

The Aconex platform serves as an ideal collaborative tool for several construction and engineering projects. The Aconex Mobile app helps your EPC project team create, capture, and access information, even while they are on the move. For example, it allows access to project mails, documents, and overdue tasks as well as allows you to upload information to emails in the form of audio, video or photos files or documents.

The Aconex Field app empowers users to capture, distribute, and track issues or defects in real time, thereby ensuring quick site inspections. It also aids structured inspections by providing customizable checklist templates to record “conformance” and “non-conformance”.

Tracking Time and Locations of Employees

For EPC projects in which many employees are on the field at different locations, you need better supervision for the time they spend on a project and at their locations. This is where an app like ClockShark helps. This GPS-enabled app allows you to do away with paper timesheets and accurately track the time, location, and job costs of your field employees.

You can also use ClockShark (for Android, iOS, and Windows) to schedule the work time and location of your employees. The entire time tracking process is automated with this app.

Project Management

The ProCore mobile app (for Android and iOS) empowers its users to move around their project sites and still stay in touch with the latest project updates. So, your employees can easily keep track of punch lists, inspections, drawings, daily logs, RFIs, contact directories, submittals, and more from anywhere and at any time.

Better Decision Making and Collaboration

For effective execution and timely completion of any EPC project, collaboration between the project stakeholders plays a critical role. It is here that an app like CMiC Mobile Field (for iOS) proves useful. It ensures that the stakeholders can communicate or collaborate, even without an internet connection.

CMiC Mobile Field enhances your workflow through faster access to real-time information. The mobile app also offers features for contact management, RFI tracking and response, PCI and submittal tracking, issue tracking checklists, document management, and so on to encourage better decision making by the project stakeholders.

These are just some of the ways through which mobile apps have positively impacted the EPC industry. What is your opinion regarding the use of mobile apps for EPC projects? Feel free to share your queries or feedback in the comments section below.

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How Government Projects Are Being Monitored by Apps

 

We all get happy whenever we hear any news about our government launching any new development projects in any sectors, such as health and education. But, many projects do not meet the deadline and get delayed by several months or even years. At the same time, there are cases where particular government initiatives failed because of inconsistent operations.

So, several governments across the world (and in India) have started capitalizing the advantage of technology to ensure better administration and monitoring of projects. One such technology is mobility. There are many intuitive mobile apps out there which help governments monitor their projects and this article will provide a list of examples of such mobile apps.

The idea is to help you think along these lines and come up with app concepts that can prove useful for different government projects or initiatives. Read on.

Tracking Teacher Attendance

The quality of education being imparted in government schools depends a lot on the work discipline maintained by the teachers, as the students are likely to follow them. So, in a bid to ensure that government teachers are regular in their schools, the Madhya Pradesh state government in India has implemented the practise of e-attendance, a GPS-based Android app.

It tracks the attendance of teachers in schools across Madhya Pradesh to ensure that no teacher can simply sign in on the attendance sheet, indicating he or she was present on days when he or she was actually absent from school. Such an app is used by the Madhya Pradesh government to accept attendance registrations and even leave applications from teachers.

Access to Comprehensive Healthcare Information

It is difficult to trace the vaccination records of kids or normal medical records of patients before any doctor visits. A mobile app (for Android and iOS) named HAAD (Health Authority Abu Dhabi) caters to the community of healthcare professionals and general public in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

For the general public, HAAD shares drug information, details of doctor appointment and related reminders, data about licensed doctors, pharmacies and hospitals, etc. It also allows them to register for m-patient and check medical records, as well as use medical calculators for checking BMI levels, cholesterol, blood pressure, etc.

Healthcare professionals can login to this app and get certificates, book relevant exams, and transfer / cancel licenses within Abu Dhabi.

Tracing Services Offered by MOI, UAE

The Ministry of Interior in UAE offers a range of services across major sectors like Traffic & Licensing, Police, Civil Defense, Residency, etc. It has come up with a mobile application (iOS, Android, Windows, Blackberry) named MOI UAE that provides news about MOI, UAE, apart from sharing details about service center locations. As part of its major smartphone services, the MOI UAE app covers the following:

  • Vehicles registration, plates services, traffic fines, drivers test services (under Traffic and Licensing)
  • Engineering plans and institutions licensing (under Civil Defense)
  • Police services (under Police Headquarters)
  • Entry visa services, entry permits services, residency & foreign affairs (under Naturalization and Residency)

Tracking the Rural Employment Project

The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA) project in the Indian state of Bihar was initiated to provide 100 days of wage-employment in a year to a rural household. However, monitoring this project and different schemes that fall under it is difficult because of the remote location of the villages and poor connectivity.

The Bizframe mobile inspector app thus allows officers to conduct construction inspections, provide daily work reports, send photographs of workers, and more all from their locations over the app. So, with this Android-powered app, the different project officers can save time that would otherwise have been spent in related clerical and reporting work, apart from traveling on a daily basis.

Monitoring the Status of the Highway Projects

For the road transport sector, the construction of highways is a critical activity in a developing nation like India. Yet, it is not a simple task to monitor these construction activities with regard to the use of funds or real-time status updates due to the involvement of multiple agencies. So, the Indian Union government has come up with online apps, including ePACE and Infracon, to increase the efficiency of such highway projects and to reduce the chances of corruption.

For example, ePace has a GIS interface for the geo-tracking of projects, while Infracon is aimed at facilitating communication between domain experts or personnel and road engineering or construction consultancy agencies for effective project supervision.

In a nutshell, the trend rising in many countries is for governments to keep an eye on their projects through effective monitoring achieved by using different types of mobile apps. So, if you are planning to develop some apps or get them developed from a third-party mobile app company, the time is ripe to think of an app idea that can be useful for your government’s projects. Not only will it give you a chance to give something back to your community, but it also gives you the opportunity to become famous if your mobile app idea is implemented at a national level.

So, what are you waiting for? Start thinking about mobile app ideas that can aid your government’s schemes or initiatives. Feel free to share your feedback or queries related to such mobile apps in the comments section below.

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Five Dubai-Based Mobile App Startups Disrupting Their Industries.

 

In the last decade or so, Dubai has seen tremendous growth in the IT sector, even more so than all the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. With a dip in oil prices over the last few years, the government and private sector of Dubai have diversified by turning this region into a space for technological innovations. And, with the increased use of smart devices and the internet, mobile apps have fast become a necessity instead of just a luxury.

So, a lot of entrepreneurs have initiated tech startups in Dubai to access the emerging markets and there is considerable support offered by the government and semi-government institutions that represent a variety of sectors, including health, education, and renewable energy.

The push towards making Dubai citizens dependent on mobile apps for a large demographic has been such that almost every other tech startup focuses on having an app to resolve a gap that exists in the market.

In this article, we look at some of the top mobile app startups and their corresponding apps that have influenced the different industries in Dubai.

  1. Bridg

Bridg is a consumer to merchant mobile payment platform empowered by bluetooth technology. Its Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) connectivity allows merchants to charge a customer’s mobile phone without any data connection. This mobile app is the creation of the Dubai-based startup Bridg Payment Solutions which was kickstarted to enter the mobile banking space and offer innovative alternatives to traditional banks.

The startup realized that, although Dubai enjoys an extremely high smartphone penetration rate, many of the consumers, especially those belonging to the lower income bracket, rarely use these smart devices connected over a network. Instead, they rely heavily on a WiFi connection and so there is less scope to leverage the power of mobile banking. Bridg aimed to fill this gap by using bluetooth technology to make payments using its app.

In 2016, Bridg took the top position at the Dubai Temenos Fintech Innovation Jam. With this kind of financial technology empowerment, Bridg Payment Solutions have succeeded in disrupting Dubai’s financial services sector.

  1. Careem

This multinational transport network company was founded in 2012 and has been able to expand to over 26 cities across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) as well as Pakistan. It started its operations as an app-based chauffeur driver car booking service company in Dubai (where its headquarters are located). And, when the company was launched, it only had website-based car booking services for corporates, but it later targeted individuals with its mobile app versions.

Users simply have to download the Careem Android app or Careem iOS app and start booking a ride. The bookings can be made for immediate pickups or even for a scheduled date and time.

Clearly, the Careem mobile apps have made the lives of the people in Dubai a lot easier by allowing them to book a cab quickly with the tap of their fingers. More importantly, the apps are also linked to mobile payments which means that users have the liberty of making cashless transactions.

  1. Dubai Health Authority

This may be a government organization in Dubai, but it has initiated an array of health-based mobile apps for Android and iOS in the last few years to aid the people of Dubai with regard to healthcare and medicine.

For example, the Dubai Doctors app offers users the ability to search for healthcare professionals and facilities in Dubai. Another app named Tifli is aimed at expectant parents (mostly pregnant women) by offering them relevant information related to pregnancy, motherhood, and so on.

With the continuous introduction of such mobile apps, the Dubai Health Authority has indeed had a major technological impact on the Dubai healthcare industry.

  1. Souq.com

Souq.com is rightly touted as the Amazon of the Middle East, since it serves as an online marketplace for the majority of the consumer needs across a wide range of product categories. It was launched in 2005 as an auction site which was eventually converted to an online shopping model in 2011.

This ecommerce company realized that more citizens of Dubai (and even of other countries where Souq exists) can easily be captured by making the online marketplace shopping experience available in the form of apps. This led to the emergence of the Souq.com mobile apps for the Android, iOS, and Windows platforms. Now, all Dubai citizens using a mobile phone think about the Souq app whenever they have to buy a product.

  1. Dubizzle

This is one of the topmost classified listing portals. It was kickstarted in 2005 and eventually came up with the Android and iOS mobile apps to make it easier for the people living in Dubai to buy, sell or search for anything in their community online. Users can buy a home, sell a car or even search for a job vacancy by using the mobile apps designed for the United Arab Emirates.

Dubizzle is an OLX company, offering services in a number of countries across different continents. It also helps users get demand for underused goods and buy or sell the same without any “middlemen”.

The idea behind presenting the above examples of some of the best mobile apps and related startup companies in Dubai is to drive home the point that mobile apps are being used comprehensively in Dubai. And, with attempts being made to make Dubai the Silicon Valley of the Middle East, the number of app-based startups will increase further in the future.

What do you make of this mobile app revolution in Dubai? Leave your comments below.

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With UPIs, Who Needs a Mobile Wallet?

Honorable Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, led a demonetisation initiative in India which has been popularly considered a bold move. Without discussing whether it is positive or negative for India, we know that the aim is to become a cashless economy.

The immediate impact of going cashless could lead to significant changes to the way Indians carry out monetary transactions. And, there is a great possibility that we could see an extensive use of mobile wallets, debit cards, and credit cards in the short term. However, will such usage sustain over a long period of time or will a different payment method be invented that will be at the forefront of a cashless India?

Currently, bank customers who intend to send or receive money need to share their bank IFSC code which, in turn, reveals their account details. In order to avoid any misuse of such data as well as to leverage the considerably high degree of smartphone penetration (projected to rise from 150 million to 500 million in the next few years), a new payment system and interface have been designed by the National Payment Corporation of India (NPCI). This has led to the introduction of a Unified Payment Interface (UPI) app which could be a potential game changer in the world of mobile banking. For starters, UPIs are expected to make Indians’ lives easier by providing a single payment interface across all segments.

So, what is a UPI and how is it different from the existing payment methods used by bank customers?

Let us take an in-depth look at a UPI app, its key features, and the value differentiators that will help India move towards a more cashless model.

UPI Overview

A UPI is an API protocol designed or developed by the NPCI for interoperable payments in India. UPI servers are seamless payment mechanisms that empower banking customers to initiate payment requests (send and receive money) by only using a smartphone in real time without any debit or credit cards or internet banking. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) helped to launch this advanced version of Immediate Payment Service (IMPS) to allow Indians to carry out fund transfers round the clock.

At the rate at which mobile banking is being embraced by the Indian people, such a UPI app will be able to help banks reach out to a massive audience which even their numerous branches are unable to achieve. You can expect UPIs to bring about a revolution similar to the one witnessed when ATMs were first introduced a couple of decades ago.

How It Works

A UPI uses a virtual address as a payment identifier (and no bank account details) to send and receive money from a smartphone user. A customer simply has to “pay to” or “collect from” a “payment address”, such as a mobile number, Aadhar card number, virtual payment address or RuPay card, with a single click. It allows full interoperability across all identifiers (payment address options).

The payments can either be initiated by the payer (sender) or the payee (receiver) and is carried out in a secure and integrated manner. The virtual address is unique to each user and his or her personal account, while banking details will be kept hidden.

Also, the monetary transaction will be authenticated at two levels (one-click, two-factor authentication). So, the user’s mobile phone will have a mobile PIN (labelled MPIN) and a virtual identifier, both given by the provider. When the user clicks to send money, a check is performed to match the mobile PIN with the virtual address and only when the match is successful will the transaction go through.

Example

Let us consider the following example.

X has an account with ABC bank. The bank will provide him with an email-like virtual address (X@abc). X can have multiple addresses for multiple accounts across different banks. His virtual address will also be mapped to his mobile phone.

When X is at a payment counter in a mall or supermarket, he will simply share his virtual address with the person (Y) who is collecting the payment. Y will enter X’s virtual address in his system which will trigger an authentication message that is sent to X’s mobile phone.

X will enter a password to acknowledge the payment initiation and the transaction will be completed with a debit from X’s bank account.

Core Features of a UPI

  • Virtual payment addresses
  • One-click, two-factor authentication
  • Aadhaar integration
  • Secure credential capture via the payer’s smartphone

UPI – A Notch Above Mobile Wallets

With this technological advancement, a user will simply need a smartphone and the UPI app to make instant online payments:

  • To someone (over the counter) at a merchant’s establishment
  • During online shopping
  • While paying utility bills or school fees
  • When using app-based cab services

When you think about it, we have been using mobile wallets to transfer money from our bank accounts or credit cards to our wallets for years. Now, you simply make the payments to the receiver’s wallet, who must either transfer the money to his or her bank account or use the same for any relevant payments. This cashless payment method is so much easier.

UPIs will also enable us to cut the process short and ensure that we send money directly to the receiver’s bank account with a few simple taps on our smart devices. Additionally, it can execute all the functions of a debit card as well as internet banking in a more secured environment.

While UPIs have emerged with the support from the RBI and Indian Banks Association (IBA), most of the existing mobile wallets that are being used extensively by many do not have payment bank licences and have been attempting to partner with banks for a long time. However, mobile wallets have been valuable for Indians who do not have bank accounts by enabling them to transfer funds even to remote rural areas. And, the emergence of UPIs is likely to empower state-owned banks to tap into this market as well.

The use of virtual addresses with UPIs also helps to ensure privacy of customer data. Additionally, the virtual addresses can be temporary, limited to only specific payees or a particular amount or even available for a one-time use. The payment service providers implement the liberty to use multiple virtual addresses and attach a variety of authentication rules for the same. Thus, the users are assured of high security levels without any compromise on convenience, while handling the UPI app.

Most of the features discussed above provide an edge for the UPI app over mobile wallets and debit or credit cards. UPIs could play a major role in the implementation of Jan Dhan Yojana, Aadhaar and Mobile (JAM) trinity and help us move closer to a digital society.

What do you think about UPIs? Feel free to share your feedback and queries (if any) in the comments section below.

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