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Antenna enhances AMPchroma platform

Antenna enhances AMPchroma platform
Daniel Gumble


Apps / December 13th 2012 at 11:04AM

Mobile application platform comes with a raft of new features.

Antenna Software’s AMPchroma mobile application has received a number of updates and enhancements, allowing apps built with third-party development tools to leverage the firm’s enterprise-grade security, integration, and management capabilities.

The latest incarnation of AMPchroma enables app developers to roll out applications built with standard languages and third-party development tools, meaning they can tap into the integration, run time, security, and management capabilities of Antenna’s platform. Furthermore, the company’s native cross-platform mobile development environment now supports Java and is free for Antenna customers.

Meanwhile, the latest version of AMPchroma also features an open client for running web, hybrid, or mixed mode apps across several device platforms, utilising a patented multi-app container with an encrypted database. This allows developers to build applications using standards-based languages, such as HTML5, CSS, and JavaScript, and third-party tools, including jQuery Mobile, Sencha Touch and Dojo Mobile.

Additionally, its native APIs allow developers to build applications with native SDKs for iOS, Android, BlackBerry, or Windows Mobile, while its free cross-platform native IDE now supports Java and allows for maximum code reuse with greater speed and flexibility. Along with these features, it also provides a patent-protected messaging platform designed to securely connect users to enterprise systems, as well as a centralised management console, which brings mobile application management (MAM) to the BYOD enterprise with remote user, app, and data management; lock and wipe capabilities; performance usage monitoring; and app analytics and reporting.

Jim Hemmer, CEO, Antenna, explained: “Frequently, when companies start a mobile app development project, they think the biggest challenge is going to be designing and building the application. However what’s become clear with many companies that come to us is that requirements have broadened to include elements of security, integration, governance, and management as mobility becomes more strategic to business. They underestimate either the complexity of security and integration, or the time it will take to get it done properly. We’ve enhanced AMPchroma to provide the enterprise capabilities that are lacking in products like PhoneGapTM for a quick and easy way to get apps to market, but with the enterprise-grade security, integration, and management capabilities necessary for strategic business applications.”

The enhanced AMPchroma platform is principally aimed at large organisations and businesses requiring reliability and optimum performance levels for multiple transactions and business processes. One such company is Amtrak, North America’s intercity passenger rail service with more than 300 daily trains, which runs its eTicketing mobile app on AMPchroma.

“In the rail industry, connectivity along service routes can be spotty and unpredictable at times, which can be a serious concern when trying to equip conductors with a mobile eTicketing application for scanning and selling tickets on board, so data persistence and store-and-forward capabilities are critical for our data integrity,” said Dee Waddell, Group Information Officer for Amtrak.

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