Smart phones and tablets have dramatically changed the way companies conduct business. Enterprises are deploying mobile devices for a variety of use cases such as content acquisition, remote data collection, review and approval, and distribution. Any number of mobile scenarios may be in use among industries such as news & information collection, sports coverage, defense & intelligence, mapping for GIS, healthcare, web 2.0, and many others.
A common challenge among all these industries: moving remote data sets over wireless networks of varying speeds, conditions, and quality. Transmitting big data over wireless IP networks is unreliable or impossible using conventional TCP-based approaches like HTTP or FTP. Worse, using TCP, transfers perform unpredictably, slowing or failing at the worst possible moment: during periods of peak usage or when information is needed most—under deadline and in support of time-sensitive or mission-critical business.
Mobile solutions built on Aspera Mobile eliminate this problem, vastly improving the speed, predictability, and control of mobile uploading, downloading, and distribution of files of any size over any IP network, including today's pervasive mobile data and broadband wireless networks, regardless of network conditions and distance. The comprehensive Aspera mobile platform provides mobile apps, device-based adaptive rate control, centralized management, ease of use, and extensibility for device and workflow integration.
Aspera Mobile apps offer easy to use native user interfaces in a variety of form factors, and can be deployed as-is or customized through an extensible platform SDK to integrate with mobile device operating systems and workflows. All mobile users and transfers are centrally tracked and managed through Aspera Console, a rich reporting and management system.
Easy to Use Native Mobile Apps
Aspera mobile apps are intuitive and easy-to-use, following the familiar workflow and interaction design of the native devices while taking specific advantages of each device’s characteristics like screen sizes and user interface differences. The apps are fully integrated with the common media-related apps and functions on the devices such as the Photo Gallery - downloaded picture and video content can be copied to the library in a single click, and photos and videos can be sent directly from the library.
Capturing High-quality content
Mobile devices are now equipped with high-resolution video and image capture capabilities that rival high-end digital cameras. With Aspera Mobile, the high-resolution images and video can be captured with confidence knowing they can be uploaded at high speed with predicable delivery times.
At the heart of Aspera Mobile is Aspera’s patented, high-speed, location-agnostic transport, fasp-AIR™, purpose-built for wireless deployments enabling full utilization of bandwidth, adaptive rate control, complete security, and predictable performance under the most extreme network conditions.
10x Performance Gains
Aspera transfers are up to 10x faster than TCP over 4G for upload and download, and also faster over 3G.
Centralized control and reporting
All transfers can be managed centrally by an administrator, tracked, monitored, and controlled using the Web-based Aspera Console.
Adaptive Rate Control
In scenarios where multiple users need to share an upload/download link, Aspera transfers automatically adjust transmission speeds to use a fair proportion of the available bandwidth, without slowing down transfer rates during periods of extreme latency and moderate packet losses. The adaptive rate reacts to the smallest physical link on the path, ensuring full use of the available bandwidth without overdriving the network (and causing degraded performance for all applications or users.)
In scenarios where users or uploads/downloads are of the highest priority, individual transfer sessions, or user accounts, can be configured to use a high priority policy, which will stabilize transfer speeds with higher proportional use of the available bandwidth. Bandwidth consumption is adaptive; priority is maintained over other network traffic as available bandwidth changes.
By contrast, in scenarios where transfers are lowest priority, a low priority policy ensures that transfers automatically reduce speed to fully honor all other network traffic. If another user (with or without an Aspera client) is uploading a file, an upload set to low priority ensures that Aspera transfers will use the least amount of available bandwidth during periods of high concurrent usage; as bandwidth becomes available, Aspera fasp-AIR will increase speeds to fully utilize available bandwidth.
Developers that wish to embed high-speed file transfer into their own apps can leverage the Aspera Mobile SDK. Available through the Aspera Developer Network, the SDK offers a queue-based API for initiating, managing and monitoring high-speed fasp™ transfers between devices and the Aspera Connect Server or the Aspera faspex™ Server.
Remote content gathering
Achieve the fastest possible newsgathering from field reporters to the newsroom using Aspera mobile technology to stay ahead of breaking news. With Aspera mobile apps running on Apple iPhone and iPads, or Google Android devices, field reporters can send HD video, high-resolution images and audio files to the news desk at high speed, ensuring news material is available instantly, as the events unfold.
Workflow Review and Approval
Production cycles often depend on a highly collaborative process involving a global workflow across geographically distributed teams. When content review occurs far from where the content is created, companies need a platform that can deliver the content quickly and efficiently, to any device, regardless of the distance, file sizes, or network conditions. Aspera mobile can support and accelerate the most demanding and complex workflows, by allowing content creators and content reviewers to exchange files, review critical content, and collaborate on projects at global distances.
Companies that manage a mobile content eco-system must rely on high performance, high availability delivery platforms to manage the content distribution. With Aspera Mobile, they can focus on creating compelling content rather than focusing on technologies to cope with delivery methods over unreliable, unpredictable, high-latency networks. The combination of Aspera Transfer Servers and Aspera Mobile ensures a highly efficient and predictable content delivery pipeline to mobile devices that can scale with growth in subscribers and traffic, and centrally managed and administered through a single Web interface with Aspera Console.
“The fact that reporters couldn’t upload content from certain mobile phones was a significant hole in the system, especially with the increasing importance of citizen journalism. Using Aspera’s software to enable this was an absolute no brainer for us. Aspera’s transfer software, which we’ve used for the past three years, is extremely reliable and they were the perfect partner with which to take new provision to the next level.” Jukka Vehkaoja at MTV Finland