Enterprise employees want mobile access to the universe, and Beacon technology helps with that by offering a minimally intrusive way to add or boost connectivity inside buildings via small battery-powered Bluetooth devices. So it makes sense that Kinvey is adding Beacon support to its Mobile Backend as a Service (yes, the awful MBaaS term resurfaces). The goal is to enable developers already building mobile enterprise apps to incorporate Beacon support without having to write a ton of Beacon discovery and management code by hand.
CEO Sravish Sridhar, CEO of Boston-based Kinvey, said demand for mobile applications in healthcare, logistics and field service verticals motivated the decision to provide Beacon client-side libraries.
Sridhar claimed Kinvey is the first MBaaS provider to offer these libraries — the news was announced at Gluecon 2014 in New York — but you can bet the others are working on it. It looks as if FeedHenry, for example, is working on iBeacon support .
Other Kinvey competitors include AnyPresence and Appcelerator, but there’s been consolidation in this market. In February, PayPal bought Stackmob and incorporated that team into its overall mobile payments organization; Facebook bought Parse last year. Meanwhile, Amazon. Google and Microsoft are also building out more of their own mobile capabilities.