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Go-to-market quickly with our proven mobile apps framework

With millions of smart devices being deployed in remote locations, mobile apps have become an essential tool for instruments engineering, machines, and equipment manufacturing companies. They need -

  1. Mobile apps for data acquisition from instruments/devices
    These apps connect with your instruments or devices using cable/wire and capture testing or measurement parameters in real-time. Such mobile app interface is used to control and manage the devices as well.
  2. Mobile apps for remote monitoring of devices/machines
    Apps that are used to view the data of devices or machines like smart meters and rotating machinery, from any location and anytime to offer 24x7 customer service.
  3. Field-service mobile apps
    Apps help eliminate paper-based processes allowing the workforce to view & execute work order information. These apps enable 100% visibility into field operations with real-time communication between field workforce and the operations team.

Designing and developing such custom mobile apps is still a challenge for these companies.

Remote monitoring of smart devices and machines
Remote monitoring of industrial devices or machines using mobile app

Get a sneak peak into our industrial mobile apps framework

With our rich experience in mobile app consulting and implementations for our customers, Saviant teams created an industrial mobile apps framework for faster go-to-market. This framework enables us to build cost-effective and high-performing mobile apps. It is also backed by our tested & proven modules, like Authentication, Navigation, SQL Lite set-up, and MBaaS, as accelerators to go-live with apps in less than 10-12 weeks.

Stage 1: Designing a Mobile User Interface:

Be it an iOS, Android, or Windows platform you want to build a mobile app for, your app should "feel at home." It’s important to determine the functionalities and features to be added in the app.

Sketching a visual map of new mobile UI is a good start. This will be useful to validate product concepts and design approaches. Our teams use Pencil tool to create such visual guide that represents the page structure, as well as its hierarchy and key elements. This is very useful to discuss ideas with team members and clients, and to assist the work of designers and developers.

Then comes the prototyping, which is a simulation of the navigation and features, commonly using clickable wireframes or layouts. It's a quick way to test and validate a product before fully developing it. We leverage Photoshop CC to create such prototypes.

Stage 2: Creating a Mobile Solution Design

What kind of mobile app do you want to launch? Is it a Native app, Hybrid app, Offline, or Hardware integrated Mobile app? This is the critical point to understand before getting into designing the solution. It helps in understanding what elements need to be considered and brings absolute clarity on the requirement. And if it is a Native mobile app solution that we are designing, then considering all the native features of the device platform becomes highly important. Similarly, it is important, at first place, to understand the kind & type of hardware that will be integrated with the app, in case of designing the hardware integrated mobile app.

Stage 3: Getting into Mobile App View and Mobile App Architecture

At this stage, defining the mobile app view and architecture becomes important. To improve the portability, testability, and maintainability of mobile apps, it is important to use a loosely coupled architectural pattern, such as MVVM pattern. This separates the code development elements into Model, View, and ViewModel. For instance, to develop a mobile app for iOS devices, our teams leverage Xamarin.iOS Native libraries in View – a front-end user interface and the business logic, properties and methods are defined in the ViewModels.

Stage 4: Building backend architecture and leveraging Mobile Backend as a Service (MBaaS) on Cloud

Any Mobile app needs to be backed by a powerful & robust backend system. MBaaS must enable secure user authentication, offline functionality set-up, integration with third-party modules, secure data storage in Cloud, and high-performance & scalability capabilities. Our teams leverage Azure, AWS & Google as MBaaS to power robust field-mobility apps for customers across Utilities, Telecommunication, Real Estate, Manufacturing & logistics.

Stage 5: Testing the Mobile App – Manual and Automation

Apart from Manual testing of Mobile App, leveraging test automation tools like Xamarin Test Cloud and Calabash to perform Mobile app testing is highly beneficial before it is released.

Stage 6: Deploying the Mobile App

Once our team completes the testing successfully, we move ahead with building the automation. The App is now ready to be deployed on play stores like Apple and Google. From here, the users can download, install, and start using the app.

Stage 7: Integrating Analytics platforms

Once the Mobile app is developed and starts running in cloud, users would use it for various purposes. Deep insights into such user behavior would help you to make decisions for improved user experience. To achieve this, we’ll integrate your app with Analytics platforms like Flurry, Google, or Mix Panel and get insights on-the-fly.

Conclusion

A structured approach is necessary to succeed in building a robust, high-performing mobile apps for instruments manufacturers and industrial engineering companies. And to achieve this, Saviant’s industrial mobile apps framework provides a logical step by step process and enables faster go-to-market.