IBM and Apple today announced the first batch of their collaborative IBM MobileSmarts for iOS mobile applications and supporting cloud services.
The first apps include Plan Flight, a fuel management app for the transportation industry; Advise & Grow, a financial transaction/analysis app for small businesses; and Expert Tech, a telecommunications customer service app leveraging FaceTime.
The companies are also rolling out solutions that use proximity technology for order fulfillment and turn iPhones in “crime prevention assets” by sending to law enforcement real-time location data and video feeds.
“What we’re delivering aims directly at the new quest of business—smart technologies that unlock new value at the intersection of big data and individual engagement,” Bridget van Kralingen, senior vice president of IBM Global Business Services, said in a statement.
Apple’s and IBM’s agreement also supplies business customers with services like AppleCare for the Enterprise, mobile management and device leasing options.
Clients who’ve already announced support for the new iOS apps include Citi, Air Canada, Sprint and Banorte.
The companies first announced the partnership in July and promised to leverage IBM’s big data analytics and Apple UI-friendly platforms and devices.