The Ivory Coast has been named Africa’s fastest growing economy, but the digital divide that exists within the country between rural areas and the capital of Abidjan restricts some local digital economies from growing. If improved, connectivity could skyrocket the already fast-growing GDP. Be-Bound recently took a trip where we toured the entire country to get a thorough understanding of the reality of mobile internet access.
As developers compete for quality content on the web and mobile apps, image compression has become an important issue to master. The larger the content, the longer it takes to load, and the less time users are willing to spend with your app. Often this means less clicks and therefore less money coming to either your client or yourself. By reducing the size of images on your app, you will provide a better network experience to your users.
Coding an app can quickly get complicated and messy, but thankfully, other developers have already put in the hours to help you create better apps in less time. Android libraries are a lifesaver, and there are a ton to choose from, so how do you know which one is right for your project? To help you decide, we did a little survey with our developers in-house and came up with this list of the top 10 Android libraries used by Be-Bound developers.
When Steve Jobs introduced the concept “Think Different” in 1997, perhaps he had more on his mind than just a new marketing campaign for Apple. The slogan was meant to “honor those people who think different and who move this world forward…because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones that do.” Entrepreneurs everywhere have taken this to heart, knowing on some level that thinking differently is the key to discovering a new kind of success. The Blue Ocean Strategy is a method of helping business owners do exactly that.
With cyber-attacks on the rise, and companies increasingly looking to work internationally, a common consideration is whether the ISO 27001 certificate is worth obtaining. The ISO 27001 certification is an end-to-end Information Security Management System (ISMS), established by the International Organization for Standardization, and should interest any company wanting to abide by international norms, and demonstrate that their security system is intact. The certificate acts as reassurance for partners, clients, and third parties abroad that your company will securely handle any information they share with you. This year, in Be-Bound’s case, it became clear that the certification would be required if we wanted to work with certain clients (big corporations, payment companies, etc), so we decided to undertake the process. Here’s some of what we learned.
We are thrilled to formally announce our partnership with SycaPay. This partnership is exciting for us because it demonstrates how Be-Bound’s connectivity technology contributes to the mobile economy in general. Our first project together, known as SycaPOS, will take place in the Ivory Coast, in collaboration with another of our partners: Famoco. With the integration of Be-Bound, SycaPOS terminals will have connectivity everywhere, enabling mobile money transactions, even where there is no internet.
Since mobile money was first launched in 2001, the African continent has seen the fastest uptake in the world, and maintains a leading role in the share of active accounts worldwide. But the swift rise in mobile phone penetration and interest in mobile money is not without its setbacks. Problems with mobile connectivity and a lack of interoperability among operators are obstacles that are barring mobile money’s full adoption. SycaPOS solves these issues to make mobile money possible everywhere.
The Internet was first introduced to Laos in 1994 with an email server set up at the Lao National Polytechnic Institute, and by 2016, the number of reported internet users in the country stood at just 15.7% of the population. This is up from the 7% reported in 2010, which was already double the number of users there were in 2008. But with 84.3% of the country still unconnected today, the digital divide remains a complex challenge. Even though Laos has experienced a steady rise in internet users along with economic development, bridging the digital divide requires more than just introducing the population to smartphones and computers.
The country of Laos provides a case study that demonstrates the main barriers to internet adoption and helps us understand what needs be done to get more people connected.
Be-Bound is happy to announce that we are partnering with FAMOCO, the leader of Android-based transactional devices, as a step towards bringing connectivity to all. Together, our companies have decided that integrating Be-Bound’s technology (N4B) into Famoco devices will optimize transactions and the flow of data in regions where the majority of local businesses still face daily struggles related to the digital divide.
A massive shift is taking place in India’s economy. Last year, the country began to “demonetize”, a decision that would affect about 1.3 billion people at once. The process began with Prime Minister Narendra Modi making all 500 and 1000 rupee notes illegal in India. Those notes represented about 85% of the money in circulation, so in a single day, all Indians had to find a way to keep living with less cash available.