Built.io, a software tech company which offers mobile Backend-as-a-Service (mBaaS) and enterprise application development solutions, has launched new real-time capabilities for its Built.io Backend mBaaS platform. The addition enables the company to offer a scalable real-time platform optimised but not limited to mobile. Developers who use Built.io Backend are now able to utilise its real-time alongside mBaaS functions, which include geolocation, data analytics, content management and advanced enterprise security features.
Built.io Backend now supports real-time functions
According to the company, Backend is the first enterprise mBaaS which comes with real-time and support for backend services from mobile, web to IoT.
Nishant Patel, CTO, Built.io, says:
“In the past, developers had to choose between a mobile backend lacking realtime, or a dedicated realtime system without the capabilities required for serious mobile app development. Now, developers can leverage realtime communication right alongside essential mobile backend capabilities, such as built-in notifications, analytics, and content management – all with the premium security and reliability demanded by enterprises.”
In an interview with ProgrammableWeb.com Built.io COO Matthew Baier explained that the company has integrated Websockets to power mobile real-time and support changes in data to be communicated immediately across the solution. Hence it eliminates the need for manual polling. Being among the first to test the feature, logistics application TouchFreight Co-Founder Eric Nelson says:
“Realtime in Built.io Backend saved us many hours of learning sockets and debugging our Node.js stack. Built.io Backend allowed us to upgrade our application features to realtime with just a few lines of code.”
Matthew Baier adds:
“From fleet management a la TouchFreight, to live heatmaps indicating a gathering crowd, messaging clients using a ‘presence’ indicator, and data syncing – realtime use cases are endless and extremely powerful. Case in point, we use realtime on our own campus to connect our HV/AC infrastructure to an array of environmental sensors. By enabling a direct feedback loop via a realtime app, this deceptively simple use case ended up slashing our energy costs by 70%.”
Developers can now make use of real-time support for both existing or newly built apps through Built.io.