MOCA Platform nominated again by GSMA for the Global Mobile Awards 2017

We’re pleased to announce that MOCA Platform is nominated for the Best Mobile Cloud Service category in the 2017 Global Mobile Awards, the most distinguished awards in the mobile industry organized by GSMA. The Global Mobile Awards were first presented in 1996. This will be the 22nd edition of the Glomo Awards and MOCA team is very proud to be nominated for the 2nd year in a row.

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Using Geolocation to Predict Urban Mobility Patterns

The increasing ubiquity of mobile devices use has opened up new avenues in the study of human mobility. To face the mobility challenge will require coordinated actions from the private and public sectors. Technological advances, the massive use of apps and the application of Big Data techniques and technologies and business model innovation will be needed to realize productivity improvements while creating more sustainable environments in our cities. In a recent study, MOCA’s scientific team has discovered, for one hand, that urban mobility patterns can be predicted using geolocation data from mobile devices and for the other, that mobility patterns follow Zipf’s mysterious law.

This research comes up from the project BD2K (Big Data to Knowledge) funded by the CDTI and European Union funds, which has developed the basis of MOCA’s Machine Learning algorithms.

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How retailers can use proximity marketing tools to boost sales

Technology is changing the world faster than society imagines. In the last 10 years, the number of consumers using mobile apps has grown exponentially. A report from comScore reveals that from 2007 to 2015 mobile users had quadrupled from nearly 150 million to 4 billion around the world.

If game apps were at first the most popular between Internet users, recent researches reveal that retail apps have been gaining ground lately. According to Apadmi, consumer and enterprise mobile app development, 85% of smartphone users in the UK use retail apps, a trend that is becoming popular all over the world.

Mobile commerce is growing so quickly due to the comfort that users feel with purchasing online. For example, it was proven that 63% of all online retail visits in the 2015 holiday season were made from an electronic device. Furthermore, in Spain, the percentage of mobile transactions in eCommerce has grown 15% over the previous year. It’s clear that technology is changing not only society, but also the way stores do marketing and make profits.

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Proximity Marketing Use Cases: A Recap

Although it’s not quite over yet, 2016 has been one of the best years for the proximity marketing industry and we believe 2017 will be amazing for all of us!

In 2014 and 2015 we saw how brands and retailers hold discussions about beacon’s adoption and how few companies run out beacon pilot projects who addressed the first challenges of beacon’s implementation and deployment. This year, we saw how location-based technologies are being used in different industry verticals, and how large-scale deployments have been increased.

Today proximity marketing is becoming a top priority for global marketers. Let’s see a recap of some successful proximity uses cases…

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Building Smart Cities through Proximity Beacon and Geolocation Technology

As world urbanization continues to grow – the total population expected to double by 2050, major cities have become a magnet for talent and a driver of economic growth. While this opens up significant opportunities, it also creates many challenges to be addressed including unemployment and crime demand solution, the need for energy efficiency is becoming urgent, increasing population puts higher pressure on the urban infrastructure and public authorities need to do more with less permanently. As a consequence, urban areas transform into smart cities.

The mission of a smart city is to integrate information and communication technologies (ICT) into the urban infrastructures to be able to improve the efficiency of key fields such as government services, transport, traffic management, energy, health care, water and waste in order to create a safer, more sustainable and better connected city.

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