Consorteum Holdings has put together a remarkable mix of mobile technologies, partnerships and licensing agreements, placing the company at the forefront of a variety of potential solution development markets like mobile compliance gaming, e-commerce/banking, mobile healthcare, and mobile government. At the core of it all is a thin-client architecture and proprietary UMI (Universal Mobile Interface) which hurdle two fundamental obstacles in the world of mobile computing: device-specific processing limitations and the need to maintain/update client-side versioning. Of course, the UMI also makes it easier for customers to deliver rich content to the user’s device without having to jump through all the time-sink and complexity issue hoops that crop up when you are developing for a standalone execution.
The UMI, developed by CSRH’s wholly-owned subsidiary, ThreeFiftyNine Inc. (359), is a marvel of universalized content delivery, as it is able to simply take whatever content the customer has designed, identify the user’s mobile device and then render everything in the appropriate display format. This allows developers to code once and publish everywhere, rather than trying to laboriously recode the application to meet device-specific requirements, a process which otherwise must also be done every time they want to push a new version to clients.
This capability is especially useful in the mobile gaming market, which is on-track to reach from $22B to $26B globally within the next two years alone. One of the keys to attracting gamers and keeping them engaged with a given product is feature-rich content and gorgeous graphics. A difficult task to execute effectively on its own, this task is made all the more difficult if costly development uptime is taken away from core content and spent coding for various device specifications. The UMI allows developers to focus on making the game they want and making it look/feel great, instead of trying to make sure that their vision isn’t ruined by device-specific limitations or an inability to execute the crucial user interface elements effectively on a given set of devices.
The thin-client architecture, which uses a remote server and cloud computing framework to alleviate the heavy computational lifting otherwise required to be performed on the user’s device, also gives developers considerable breathing room to create powerful applications with high-resolution graphics, without slowing down the user’s device inordinately or placing a given application out of the reach of older devices. A Thin Client Server platform like the one employed by CSRH’s platform also allows for improved security, presenting developers with a pipelining solution that makes the platform ideal for mobile compliance gaming. Fully leveraging the power of a hybrid application format, which uses a web app combined with a native client wrapper, Thin Client Server applications have the power to transform the world of real money mobile gambling. The company’s platform is one of a select few cleared by the gold standard in regulatory gaming, the Nevada Gaming Board, and opens up the world of sports and horse betting as well as casino games like keno and video blackjack to a vast, growing market of mobile users.
This same platform capability allows for some compelling opportunities in the world of mobile healthcare and mobile government as well, two other areas where security and the ability to deliver feature-rich content in real-time (without a ton of updating hassle) are paramount. Take mobile healthcare for instance, a world where health record data security is of increasing concern, what with HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) data breaches reaching record numbers. Office for Civil Rights (OCR) reportage at the recent OCR/NIST Conference on Safeguarding Health Information indicated that, this year alone there have been nearly 12M health data record breaches (according to Health and Human Services), including the record-breaking 4.5M Community Health Systems (CHS) breach in August.
Addresses, birth dates, names, social security and telephone numbers were all stolen in the breach at CHS, the second largest for-profit healthcare hospital system in the U.S. as of last year. Needless to say there is massive demand that is simply not being met for a more comprehensive approach to securing such data. A combination of shrewd encryption and mobile platforms, like the one offered by CSRH, could go a long ways towards addressing the problem.
The same concerns and platform benefits exist in the world of mobile government computing, where a combination of huge paperwork volumes (even larger than in healthcare in some cases), diverse logistics, a strong need for security and a persistent lack of accessibility, have created a perfect storm of opportunities. Moreover, the UMI platform’s sophisticated geo-location and geo-fencing capabilities, already proven in the world of compliance gaming, offers a ready means to create true logistical situational awareness for government entities, mapping personnel and equipment from all over the globe in real-time.
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