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It just so happens that this weekend I watched "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" - which is chock full of memorable skits and what these days might be called "memes". One of those is the recurring theme of one character or another who receives a horrible mortal wound, only to pronounce "I'm not dead yet!" followed by "I think I'm getting better!"
Look for Google Glasses to follow that same trajectory. A technology that was half-baked and premature for the market? Absolutely. But definitely a technology that is not more than a few years away from the magic combination of technical capability and price point to support mass adoption.
The last key piece to that ramp, of course, is the support of a credible software platform. Google knows that if they don't do it, Apple certainly will. So, however, frustrating this setback, it is just a checkpoint along the way. Wearable computers are most definitely part of the near future!
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Last week, we were proud to reach and announce a major milestone in the launch of our Navigator Edition Version 2.0 - the first true turn-by-turn indoor navigation mobile application in commercial deployment in North America.
This week, we are just as proud to announce that we recently completed our IVT testing and certification as a Cisco Compatible Solution Partnerfor Cisco CMX and Cisco MSE 8.0.
Cisco has been a great partner to Connexient, and we are excited about their vision and plan they are executing over the next year to deliver network-based Enterprise grade indoor positioning.
With Cisco MSE 8.0 and Fast Locate Modules (for 3700 and 3600 Series AP's), Cisco has achieved its own important milestone in providing rapid refresh and positioning accuracy to support Location-Enhanced Wayfinding.
As we have talked about in our Indoor Positioning Guide and elsewhere, today Cisco MSE 8.0 + FastLocate can work hand-in-hand with a BLE deployment to deliver important capabilities that are only possible with a network-based approach. Cisco MSE:
We will be leveraging these unique capabilities of Cisco MSE in our implementation at the Global Center for Health Innovation in Cleveland - launching this Spring - to deliver a truly innovative and powerful solution for its exhibitors.
So we are excited to start off 2015 with this important next step in our relationship with Cisco and we look forward to pushing the envelope further together with Cisco at Hospitals and other Enterprise environments.
Every now and then in technology-driven markets, we witness a magical confluence of factors - enabling technologies, user mindset, a cost curve driven by Moore's Law - that produce an "Inflection Point". Adoption suddenly accelerates and what yesterday seemed futuristic now seems obvious, and it seems like all at once everyone wants to embrace it. In plain English, this is also called an idea whose time has come.
Whatever you want to call it, we are seeing signs all over that Indoor Navigation has reached its inflection point. We'll start out the year by making an easy prediction therefore: 2015 will be the year of Indoor Navigation!
Yes, of course we are biased! On the other hand, we are by no means the only company pioneering this market. And more importantly, after several years of preaching, we are seeing voices pop up all over talking about the value of these technologies to businesses and users.
One example of this came up in this posting in HISTalk the other day.
"I have to disclose a brilliant idea I heard in listening to the rehearsal of the Versus webinar I mention below, which I honestly think is the most interesting webinar I’ve ever watched. John Olmstead of Community Munster captivated me all the way through on the hospital’s use of ED technology, but he really grabbed me at the end when he suggested technology tools he needs. His holy grail is a way-finding, GPS-type app that patients and visitors can use on their own devices to locate themselves precisely on a hospital floor plan, then receive directions to get them to a desired location. Example: I’m in room 4401 with my mom and I want to go to the cafeteria, then to the financial counselor, then to the gift shop, and then back to 4401, so give me turn-by-turn directions like I get with my car GPS. His take is interesting: patients will become so attached to hospitals that offer this app that they won’t consider going elsewhere, where they’ll go back to stumbling around lost or trying to follow decades-old red vs. green lines on the floor that lead to confusing elevators. Hospitals are always a poorly conceived patchwork of added-on construction that went up quickly as funding allowed, so visitors spend a lot of time wandering and wasting the time of employees who have to assist them. Turning that universally embarrassing situation into a competitive advantage is brilliant"
We of course reached out to HISTalk to let them know that such a solution exists today!
I mentioned last week that John Olmstead, who runs the ED and surgery departments of The Community Hospital (IN), says in an upcoming Versus webinar that he would like to see a GPS-wayfinding type technology so that hospital visitors could navigate around campus using their smartphones. Readers sent information on two companies that offer such technology:
Connexient offers a smartphone app that provides turn-by-turn navigation to visitors at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and will bring six more hospitals live on it in the next few months.
So it does seem that the obvious but new is rapidly becoming accepted.
We say "Enterprise Killer App" because the we've already seen the first killer app - in Retail. In this, however, proximity is the driver rather than location per se. ; That's a blog for another day!
Make no mistake: we believe that Indoor Navigation - when it is accurate and reliable - is a game changer when it comes to patient and visitor experience. But Indoor Navigation is just the starting point for enormous additional opportunities to provide Indoor Location-based Services across the Enterprise, with use cases that bring compelling value to users and direct ROI in capturing lost revenue, reducing costs and increasing efficiency.
The beauty is that when you implement Indoor Navigation quality mapping and positioning, you are actually laying the foundation for all the rest. We've blogged about this elsewhere, and we'll continue to do so!