At envVisual, our obsession with mobile business intelligence means that we are constantly on the prowl for the next big thing in tech, especially in the mobile space. So it should come as no surprise that Nick Jones’ article Top 10 Mobile Technologies and Capabilities for 2015-16 list for Gartner Research was like Christmas in June for us. We reviewed their list and did some additional research on some of the topics. In terms of facility management, we have identified 3 among the list that stand out as emerging mobile tech trends you need to know about in the coming year. Let’s dive in:

3. Mobile Connected Smart Objects

In the last few years, we’ve seen the “Internet of Things (IoT)” emerge, referring to everyday objects connected to and controlled by our tech peripherals. For example, houses can now be locked and lights turned off remotely, with apps (such as the Xfinity Home App), but as the connective technology becomes more widely available, more interesting products join the IoT collective, such as smart light bulbs (that can even change color with an app!) thermostats (such as Nest), and smart appliances that can be monitored and controlled remotely through an app. Look for facility equipment and monitoring systems becoming more connected to our mobile devices in the next year or two.

nest internet of things connected thermostat

Nest Thermostat has quickly become a staple of the Internet of Things movement (image credit:

2. Advanced Mobile UX Design

User experience (UX) design has seen a steady improvement over the past few years, with more design principles being increasingly incorporated into the apps we use every day. For example, Gartner identifies the HEART approach to UX design, which stands for happiness, engagement, adoption, retention and task success. At envVisual, we take the user’s experience very seriously, as our user base involves people at every level of facility management. Expect design to continue improving.

3. High-Precision Location Sensing

Location data is hugely important in facility management and the emergence of indoor location-based services beyond GPS (which is too inaccurate for real applications within a single facility) has massive implications. Imagine walking into a space and having specific actions trigger upon entering, such as having an app direct you turn-by-turn to open issues. These kinds of services already exist, albeit in their infancy, with products from Apple (iBeacon) and Qualcomm (Gimbal) already on the market. Using low-energy bluetooth and low-cost sensors, the potential applications for this technology are vast. Look out for creative uses of this technology emerging in the retail space within 2014, and more uses expanding into the FM space in 2015 and beyond.

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