Mobile apps and technology have changed the way we all do things. And nowhere is that more true than in some of the most important industries that drive our economy and society. We thought we would take a look at the big impact that that mobile technology and applications are making in almost every major industry. Read on to find out more!
Oil and gas
The oil and gas industries have never been under the spotlight as much as they are today. The scrutiny they are under to cut emissions is nothing less than extraordinary. And, it’s been an enormous issue. Until now. Consider the Polus app from Arria NLG. It is an app used in combination with IBM’s Watson supercomputer and helps oil and gas firms find problems with leaks. The app uses raw data and can translate it into natural language in an instant. It gives engineers an opportunity to query any document regarding legislation about emissions in real time. It’s a powerful tool that is helping many oil and gas companies mitigate risks and ensure they are complying with legislation.
The finance world has changed dramatically in the past decade. More people every year are starting to bank from the comfort of their own phones, for example. You can apply for a loan and have it paid into your account within ten minutes with various loan applications. And even financial traders are getting in on the action with apps that give them instant compliance information. While banks are closing around the country at an astonishing rate, it’s not because they are struggling. It’s purely because the way people are banking is changing – everything is heading towards mobile.
You can always rely on the nation’s realtors to stay ahead of the game. And it’s no different for mobile apps and technology. There have been some incredible developments in the real estate industry that are purely down to apps. There are apps for helping realtors to make leasing decisions. Some applications give agents extensive property and market data at the touch of a button. And, of course, it enables landlords and property managers to collaborate with fire and intruder alarms in real time.
Doctor-patient relationships have improved immeasurably since the dawn of mobile apps. Patients can get 24-hour virtual access to see a doctor online, for example. There are mole checkers that let you send photos of worrying blemishes to dermatologists for a quick response. And surgeons are using the iPad to plan and operate on patients. These are all mobile apps that are making great strides in the world of medicine – and things are only going to move forward. With diagnostics technology now appearing on smartwatches and wristbands, who knows where we will be in the next five or ten years?
The technology startup industry is thriving – as you already know. But that isn’t to say that everyone with a great tech startup idea has a technology background. In fact, far from it. Entrepreneurs are having ideas based on their experience. They then find custom application development solutions to help them create the perfect app for their needs. It’s the perfect marriage of ideas and technology that is democratizing the startup industry. You are no longer stunted by your lack of technology nous. Hiring app developers is pretty much standard practice these days, whatever line of business you are in.
Farming is another industry that has been experiencing many difficulties in recent years. But it’s simple, mobile apps that are helping them cut costs, identify issues, and managing their farms. A quick glance at the farming application market and you can find all kinds of things. There are apps to help farmers inspect equipment, plan better truck routes, and even to report invasive species. Farming has always been an industry that thrives on new technology, of course. But for such an ancient practice, it’s great to see it still at the forefront of developments.
It’s not too much of a surprise to see the fashion industry benefitting from the cutting edge of technology. The industry is, after all, invested in new things and the latest trends. It’s good news for mobile app developers who are creating a wide array of app developers and serving the billion dollar industry with aplomb. And there are apps for all kinds of fashion markets, too. There are applications that point consumers in the direction of more affordable clothes that suits their style. There are apps that help fashion houses become more efficient in production and in their supply chains. You even have virtual fitting rooms that you can create a virtual you and try on clothes to find the right match for your body shape.
Nothing will ever replace the value of human interaction in the teaching process. But mobile apps are helping – enhancing the teaching experience, rather than destroying it. And not just the nation’s children who are benefitting, either. Adults can pick up a new language – for free – with the likes of Duolingo. Researchers can benefit from the mind mapping app of Coggle, which is also helping a lot of high school and university students. And apps like Pocket Universe are helping the average person draw on the learning of astrophysicists and astronomers. The point is, apps are changing the way we share information as much as anything. These days it isn’t necessary to sweat it out with an enormous textbook. Instead, you can use clever and fun mobile apps that teach you just as much – and a lot more efficiently.
Plenty more industries and sectors of society are enjoying the progression of mobile apps. In fact, there are few areas of modern life that are untouched. There is one stark omission, however – politics. In the past there was no chance of governments using tech to gather something as important as voting or opinion gathering for key decisions. But given more of us use mobile apps for important things like banking, surely it’s in the pipeline? Watch this space!