Wellington IT scene: Mobile service to improve productivity

Kinross Group signs with Gen-i for its AMS mobile platform

Kinross Group has signed a preferred partnership in New Zealand with Gen-i for its AMS mobile platform.

AMS (Application Messaging Service) is a mobile messaging service that transforms workflow by giving organisations low-cost, application-building options to improve the productivity of their mobile workers.

“We set up in New Zealand in 2004 to build a mobility platform for making applications,” says director and 50 percent shareholder Ruth Bruce. The product went live in 2007.

While Bruce is based in Wellington, the three other shareholders live overseas. “When we started in 2004 we set out a statement of what type of business we wanted to be,” she says. “We decided that anyone should be able to live anywhere and work remotely.”

The company recently established an office in the UK. Its other staff work in Amsterdam and Queensland.

All core business services, such as legal and accounting, are outsourced.

“We have generic versions of a mobile client for a range of operating systems,” Bruce says. Mobile Win 7 is the current development.

The AMS mobile client is a Java application. The AMS server provides both a SOAP and plain XML over HTTP to allow integration with external systems.

“When we build here in New Zealand, we have to build a range for a very small market but the UK market, for example, is big enough for one application.”

Kinross develops distribution partnerships in all the countries in which it operates.

Locally, it has around 30 customers in diverse areas such as service, film, property management, fishing and local government.

The AMS mobile platform allows mobile staff to send, receive and share business data. Using the web-based tools, an organisation can create mobile applications that can be instantly shared in the field. Messages can be converted into PDFs, spreadsheets or anything else.

AMS runs on standard mobile phones, smart phones and PDAs. It uses persistent storage to store messages, so a message can be created when out of the coverage area and sent later.

Bruce says the system is also being used by the World Health Organisation to collect information about pandemic surveillance in Oceana.

This is the second in a series of articles about the Wellington IT scene. Tomorrow Computerworld looks specialist analytics company Harmonic

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