The MobiCloud consortium, a Europe-based group focused on stimulating the development of new mobile services in the cloud, announced the initial release of a new software development toolkit that enables developers to create cross-platform and context-aware mobile workforce applications in the cloud.

The toolkit contains a number of predefined application templates to launch implementations of use cases in transportation, construction and field service enterprise mobility projects, according to MobiCloud. The platform includes a mobile Web SDK for creating HTML5 application components, native SDKs for creating cross-platform containers, and Java and REST SDKs for integration enhancements with back-end systems.

The MobiCloud SDK has already enabled a Swedish rail operator to quickly implement an enterprise app store, with a series of applications deployed, including one that provides resource visibility and the ability to find the nearest colleagues; and another that allows train drivers to document technical problems.

"The SDK saved me writing at least 5,000 lines of code and about 16 days of work compared to my previous mobile assignments, with the re-usable templates allowing me to focus on the use case—delivering a better service to the customer," Christophe Bram, a developer at consortium member Appear, said in a statement.

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