Linkality – IOT, NativeScript and Node at CSUMB


Last Friday was the Capstone Festival for Fall 2016 at CSUMB and our team delivered Linkality, a Cross-Platform (iTunes App Store and Google Play) App for visitors to the Capstone Festival that leverages data from iBeacons and RFID sensors.

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Bloodhound at the MassTLC IOT Conference


Progress Software is one of the global sponsors for  MassTLC, the Mass Technology Council, and is an active participant in their activities.  Recently, MassTLC has increased its activity around IOT (they started with an  informal planning and networking event in January) and their first conference was last week.

Main Venue – Photo from @MassTLC

I could not attend, but Colleen Smith represented Progress in the event and participated in the panel on the role of Software in IOT.  Colleen also did a quick overview of Progress products and used the opportunity to introduce Scott Grey from Small Emperor and the latest iteration of their crowd-sourced people searching app, BloodHound.


This version of Bloodhound still uses Apple iBeacon hardware (specifically Gimbal Series 10) communicating with a native app on the iOS.


As before, the mobile app talks with a Tomcat server, but now the device and people information is stored and accessed through a Rollbase instance.  Scott indicates Bloodhound will soon be available at the Apple App Store – I’ll keep you posted.

This summer we are going to be put together some samples demonstrating these types of architectures, though we are going to use Node.js as an intermediate layer to process, aggregate and distribute the events.  More as it happens.

More photos of the event the Flickr album.


LAHacks – Blicket



Blicket is another one of our quartet of winners from LAHacks.  The team is from UCSB; left to right above are Marcus Bernales (’15) and Brandon Shin (’14).

Blicket helps process will-call tickets. Rather than the usual and slow exchange of: “what is your name?” and “can I see your ID?”, or the slightly faster QR code scanning, this application leverages Apple iBeacon technology in the form of a beacon like a Qualcomm Gimbal, located in the will-call window.

The full flow is as follows: 

  • Some time before reaching the will-call window, the ticket is purchased and that generates an ticket ID that is sent and stored in the Blicket App.
  • Later, as the event-goer gets closer to the will-call window, the Blicket app receives the BLE transmission from the beacon.
  • The Blicket mobile app then sends the ticket ID and a picture of the person to the Bliket server-side app.
  • The picture and ticket details are then pushed to the browser operated by the person manning the will-call window.
  • When the event-goer gets to the front of the line, his picture is used to quickly confirm his identity and the ticket is issued.

Blicket uses Qualcomm Gimbal beacons, an iOS App, and Node.js and on the server side.  The functionality will be added to the main application developed by the team: TeemUp.


And enjoy the concert!