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By Rich Handley

Kony Helps KMC Controls Launch Mobile App With IoT Technology
Kony, Inc., an enterprise mobility company, has announced that it has helped KMC Controls develop the KMC Connect Lite mobile application, which speeds the pre-commissioning process of the company's KMC Conquest controllers by simplifying field configuration and installation. The KMC Connect Lite app is the first in a series of mobile applications and Internet of Things solutions that KMC Controls plans to develop using Kony's cloud-based platform, according to the company.

"For over 50 years, our goal at KMC Controls has been to help customers minimize energy use, maximize building efficiency, and ensure the comfort and safety of their occupants," said Richard Newberry, KMC Controls' chief executive officer, in a prepared statement. "To continue our leadership in manufacturing, we're building an ecosystem optimized to deliver IoT solutions that deliver genius buildings and facilities. We chose Kony to be part of this ecosystem because of their world-class expertise and market-leading platform. With Kony, we can develop mobile applications that can revolutionize building automation."

According to Kony, KMC Controls selected its platform because of its open architecture, which enables users to develop apps for both iOS and Android with a single code base. With Kony's MobileFabric solution, KMC Controls can develop back-end micro-services for the KMC Commander system, apply analytics, incorporate features and functions suggested by customers, and integrate them with its mobile app. What's more, using data enabled by the Kony Platform and saved on the Kony Cloud, KMC Controls can gain insight into how and where its mobile application is being utilized, which functions are proving most popular and how much time is being spent on each screen.

KMC Controls first collaborated with Kony to offer the KMC Connect Lite mobile app. Using Near Field Communication (NFC), the KMC Connect Lite app enables field service technicians to configure, customize and commission controller devices without powering the controller or opening the box. With the mobile app, a field installer places a mobile device on the controller box and can write the controller settings via NFC.

"KMC Controls is focused on providing innovative and intuitive solutions, and our mobile app saves an enormous amount of time, improves margins and helps our customers gain competitive advantage," Newberry said in the prepared statement. "What used to take customers four days to configure and install a system is now down to just a few hours." KMC Controls plans to leverage the platform to develop future mobile applications and IoT solutions.

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