What is the Internet of Things, and what does it have to do with you? Well, it is made up of billions of everyday devices that are all interconnected. This is stuff everyone uses all the time, like smartphones and cars, thermostats and refrigerators—you name it and it has the potential to be a part of this Internet of Things. These objects share data with each other and with the companies that produce them. Imagine the possibilities this creates for your business!
In recent years, technological innovations have overcome industry. The businesses behind this technology, because of their availability and convenience, have grown quickly and immensely. Most have also disrupted large businesses that were already established, but could not keep up with these new advancements. Here are 10 examples of fast-growing businesses in the modern technological era.
OneFire is a growing Innovation Agency that leverages the latest technologies to help solve real business challenges and deliver experiences that inspire, impact and transform.
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PEORIA, IL August 5, 2015-- OneFire, Inc. announces the launch of OneFire Labs. OneFire Labs is an idea accelerator that uses a repeatable and proven process to fully and rapidly realize ideas and turn them into products, services, and standalone new companies.
This new offering encourages ideas from the OneFire team, as well as its clients and outside innovators. Using an internally developed process called Nucleus, OneFire Labs can move an idea through design and prototyping to development and delivery in the most efficient way possible. OneFire Labs will help great ideas become tangible realities.
President and CEO Jake Hamann said, “OneFire Labs provides exponential growth opportunities for OneFire’s overall business and will serve our clients and the community by offering a mechanism to repeatedly test and launch new ventures.”
OneFire has already taken several ideas through the Nucleus process and has experienced repeated success. OneFire Labs aims to replicate that success and establish a permanent base for ideas to grow, develop, and come to fruition.
Vice President Jason Parkinson said, “We’ve already been testing the Nucleus process internally and have had great success bringing our internal ideas to market. Now we have a proven method to help others innovate and launch their own ideas.”
To further bolster the launch of this initiative, OneFire Labs has tapped local investor and respected advisor Steve Zika to lead this effort. Steve brings over 15 years of experience in corporate strategy development and operations as well as in-depth startup knowledge during his time in Silicon Valley, Austin and locally in the Peoria area.
To learn more about OneFire Labs or to submit your own idea, please visit: www.onefire.com/labs
Life is all about milestones; getting your driver's license. Graduating from college. Landing your first adult job. Marriage. And of course, having children. Each turning point seems to set the stage for the one that follows, keeping us ever-eager for that next step, that next adventure. At OneFire, we've had some milestones ourselves lately. A few months ago we turned 3 years old, and so naturally we started thinking about our next adventure: having kids of our own. We wanted to share this awesome world we're engaging our customers in with a new generation, to teach them all the things we've learned as we've grown up, and hope it sparks them to continue building the bright, innovative future we're all committed to here.
But as we're an innovation agency, we thought it best to skip some of the... shall we say messier years, and have our youngsters an age that can hold an iPhone without wanting to eat it. So we agreed on college juniors and seniors, and invested in our first collegiate internship program. After months of diligently vetting an impressive group of candidates, OneFire is proud to introduce the first 3 students that we feel represent our culture of talent, teamwork, and creativity:
Jordon Lamping - Interactive Media/3D Design (left)
Jordon's work has a dramatic style that captures the eye and stirs the imagination, and his sincere demeanor makes him the artist everyone wants on their team. When Jordon isn't creating, he's active in the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity and excels at team organization and community service. Jordon also serves on the Dean's Advisory Committee.
Laura Picardi - Graphic Design (center)
Laura packs a double punch as graphic artist with a social media minor, complementary disciplines that will serve her well. We were enchanted with Laura's ambitious, outgoing personality and her avant garde approach to design challenges. In addition to her creative side, Laura is a natural promoter and leader who serves as a Bradley Admissions Representative and as Social Chair of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority.
Nathan Clark - Interactive Media/3D Development (right)
Nathan is a computer science major who wowed us with his serious 3D animation chops. He's passionate about game design and especially character design. Besides developing, Nathan serves as both the Vice President and Treasurer for Phi Gamma Delta. An accomplished student, Nathan receives the BU Presidential Scholarship and is active in philanthropic endeavors though his fraternity.
These students were the standouts in a long and careful process, and we're very excited they felt the same way about us. Choosing an internship between Junior and Senior years is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, so it's with a deep sense of responsibility that we steward them over the coming months. We'd like to thank Bradley University as well; in January OneFire partnered with Bradley's Smith Career Center to find the brightest talent in visual media, interactive media, and creative software development. They were extremely helpful throughout the process, and continue to be a reliable resource going forward.
Today, OneFire is honored to officially launch our internship program, contribute to an aspiring generation of young creatives, and strengthen the community we call home. Laura, Jordon, and Nathan: welcome to the OneFire team! We can't wait to share this adventure with you. Just please, don't eat the iPhones, ok?
PEORIA, IL May 19, 2015-- OneFire, a Peoria-based innovation agency, has worked with UI LABS and their Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII), to develop touch screen technology to be used throughout the recently opened manufacturing hub in downtown Chicago. DMDII is the nation's flagship research institute for applying cutting-edge digital manufacturing technologies.
Each March, a cold sweat strikes managers across the country. March Madness is about to push eyes, ears and minds off task. What will happen when employees forget key parts of their job while they’re distracted with the big game.
Instead of employees sneaking into a storage closet, bending an antenna to catch a game or see a score on a grainy old TV, technology has opened up the floodgates of diversion. Stream the game on your laptop or your tablet. Compulsively check your smartphone for scores. Now that the Apple Watch is here, it’s another road to distraction.
Or, is it a fork in the road? Can the Apple Watch be more enterprise tool than terror? With brand new apps like CheckPoint, all signs point to the former.
CheckPoint is about accountability and helping employees stay on task. Instead of guessing whether your security guard checked every entrance, CheckPoint can tell you exactly what doors were checked and ensure that the job is getting done.
For an example of how CheckPoint will work, let’s stick with our security guard. By placing Bluetooth beacons at every outside door of an office building, CheckPoint allows guards to ‘check in’ in real time at each door as they’re doing their rounds, ensuring they’re locked. When a guard approaches a checkpoint, the Watch prompts them to ‘check in’. That action records the check in time, location, and employee and reports them to a dashboard display, accessible by managers.
The use cases of an app like this are nearly limitless. There are numerous situations where the ground that needs to be covered in the course of a job is tough to manage. Think about custodial staff in an airport. CheckPoint lets you breath easy – no bathroom was neglected. It can help nurses log what they’ve checked with each patient. It can be used in grocery stores or retail, to help store managers hit each store section they need to monitor. Allowing employees to check in during an emergency situation also proves to be a valuable solution all provided by the CheckPoint platform.
CheckPoint is not publicly available in the App Store, but is a customizable OneFire platform, aimed at helping enterprise customers ease their minds and keep their team accountable.
As the Apple Watch enters your workplace, don’t see it as an invader. As apps like CheckPoint prove, the Apple Watch can work hard too.
Check out another business focused app from OneFire. ‘FollowUp’ is the seamless way to stay on top of your day.
Somehow, in a world where there’s a calendar and note-taking app on every laptop, smartphone and tablet, sticky notes have survived. They’re tacked onto your monitor. They’re plastered on your desk. Maybe one is stuck on your back, on accident.
Is there is a better way? Of course. There’s been multiple ‘better ways’ released over the past few years. But with each release of a calendar app or a notification app or a digital assistant of some kind (sorry, Siri), we can’t get it quite right. It’s too intrusive. It’s too impractical. Its voice becomes grating (again, we’re really sorry, Siri). OneFire may have just cracked the code with ‘FollowUp’.
FollowUp is a new Apple Watch app that cuts out everything irritating about its predecessors and leaves its users with a clean, seamless way to – fittingly enough – follow up effectively with what they need to.
What makes FollowUp different? Users give FollowUp access to their calendar and contacts. From there, FollowUp takes over.
Imagine you’re in a meeting. It’d be weird to dictate a note out loud. It’d be impolite to type out a calendar reminder or full note while someone’s talking. The FollowUp app, pulls up the meeting you’re in and with a tap of your watch, you can identify contacts or items that you want to follow up with. Select your preferences, and FollowUp can send those reminders to you through e-mail, push notifications, or more.
While FollowUp does allow for dictation of longer notes, its genius lies in its subtlety. With one or two taps of your watch, you can manage your contacts and projects mid-meeting, without missing a beat.
This is the kind of the app that is going to cause widespread cases of co-workers leering over shoulders to try to figure out how anyone can stay on top of everything, all of the time. The secret’s simple: you just need to FollowUp.
Coming soon to the app store!
How can the Apple Watch transform your business? OneFire has just released ‘CheckPoint’: a platform that keeps employees accountable and managers informed.
The April Issue of InterBusiness Issues (IBI) magazine is packed full of Technology topics like driverless cars, cybersecurity and cloud computing. OneFire's CEO, Jake Hamann, had the opportunity to sit down with the team from IBI for a Q&A session all about innovation and how OneFire and Startup Peoria fit into this space.