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With the world’s biggest mobile exhibition looming, it’s hard to avoid the barrage of consumer-focused news being expelled from every orifice of the tech media, dominated by high-profile handset and product launches. Samsung, LG, Google, HTC, Microsoft – but did we expect anything different this year? No.
So we thought it was about time to highlight the companies that may remain under the consumer radar – the B2B movers and shakers striving to make MWC’s vision “mobile is everything” a reality.
And here they are:
- As facial and iris recognition becomes commonplace in banking and m-commerce, it looks like digital imaging solutions expert FotoNation is ready to make its move into this space. The US company added UK biometrics specialists Smart Sensors Limited to their portfolio last year, enhancing their biometric solutions for use in authentication applications. They will be taking to the MWC floor to showcase advanced electronic image stabilisation and aesthetic image enhancement technologies.
- On the subject of security biometrics, check out London-based start-up iProov. Fintech is at the forefront of the privacy revolution and with a patented facial recognition technology which takes a one-time demographic, iProov is leading the way. A 3D image of the user’s face captured via its app takes into account both movement and distance, meaning it can’t be fooled by a static photo or video.
- Apps are big business, and happy, content users are all an app developer could wish for. Apptentive’s feedback management tools give you access to application metrics, allowing you to create a meaningful dialogue with consumers and diagnose problems before you lose those invaluable users. They boast a 500% average increase in app store ratings and reviews after implementation.
- As IoT’s continues to become a bigger part of the home, Domotz turns your smartphone into a smart-home hub for homes and businesses. You can monitor your network, access desktops remotely and manage battery levels via this nifty home intelligence system, which can run off something as simple as a Raspberry Pi.
- For anyone following the advent of smart cities, Nquiringminds’ IoT platform helps them to be run in a smarter way. With a sensor suite including energy monitors, humidity, temperature and CO2 sensors, it’s no surprise this company was heralded as one of the IoTUK Boost programme finalists.
- US-based Cradlepoint Technology is the future of 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) networking. This big player has pulled in almost $65m of funding and recently acquired Pertino, a pioneer in the use of software-defined networking to deliver cloud-based networks as-a-service.
- Synchronoss provides cloud solutions and software-based activation for connected devices. While the company has been around for 15 years, it’s recently used cloud technology to transform itself, leading to almost a doubling in share price since 2014.
- Ranplan is making waves in the networking space. It’s launching iBuildNet 3.0 at MWC, which allows mobile operators to design the build of WiFi and cellular networks together – previously they would be built in isolation.
- With the need for code to be more secure than ever before, UK-based BugFinders is a crowdsourced testing company with over 55,000 professional software testers spanning over 100 countries. It will be heading to the great Roman city to make its MWC debut this year – watch this space.
- With its UK base in Merseyside, Kleos is a leading producer of advanced wireless technology. This month it’s introducing the cultural capital of Spain to the world’s most powerful LTE/4G+ base station, Pegasus. That’s a brave claim from a company that is definitely at the top of our list of firms to watch.
We’ll be keeping our eyes fixed on these movers and shakers as anyone who’s anyone in the mobile space heads to the Catalonian capital to set the industry agenda for the next 12 months at Mobile World Congress.