Mobile devices are ubiquitous. Companies are increasingly turning to individual, native mobile apps to deliver information and services to employees, partners and customers. Artificial intelligence technologies such as machine learning, voice and image recognition are increasingly being used. 1stQuad has developed various prototypes and competently supports interested customers in the conception and development of mobile apps.

More and more companies want to offer their employees, partners and customers information and services in the form of individually designed mobile apps with specific functionality for common mobile platforms. 1stQuad deals with the topic in detail and has developed two apps for Android, iOS and Windows 10 Mobile for a health care company. The apps are based on the Ionic framework for the development of HTML-based cross-platform applications. In addition, they use Apache Cordova, which enables a native appearance with native functionality on the various operating systems.

One of the apps developed provides physicians with information about drugs and their side effects and interactions. The app is kept in the form of a chatbot, which provides information via voice search and asks for clarification in case of ambiguities. One possible question, for example, would be “What drugs are available for this diagnosis for a 65-year-old female patient with pronounced hypertension? The app makes use of the artificial intelligence and machine learning functionality of the Microsoft Azure platform: 1stQuad relied on Azure’s Cognitive Services, including the Language Understanding Service (LUIS), for the development of the chatbot.

A second app uses image recognition to give visually impaired people an impression of their surroundings. It serves, among other things, to recognize people who are nearby – for example at a meeting – and is based on the community principle: People with whom the user is networked on a social media platform are recognized via their profile picture.

1stQuad was able to deliver prototypes for the desired functionality within a short time and to show the possibilities and limits of the current technologies. An important finding: AI technology for chatbots, image and speech recognition is ready today. However, the application cases must be carefully selected, designed and implemented so that the technology delivers the expected benefits.


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