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ScientiaMobile Announces WURFL.js, a Free Service for Web Developers

Front-end Web developers can now leverage server-side mobile intelligence without relying on server-side programming

Today, ScientiaMobile, the company behind the popular WURFL Device Description Repository has announced WURFL.js, a globally available device detection application that allows websites to improve the user experience for mobile devices. Developers will just need to add a reference to the http://wurfljs.com/wurfl.js script in their pages, and a Javascript object representing a device make, model and form factor will be made available to them.

<script type='text/javascript' src="http://wurfljs.com/wurfl.js"></script>

The format of the returned object is as follows:

var WURFL = {
 "complete_device_name":"Nokia Lumia 920",
 "is_mobile":true,
 "form_factor":"Smartphone"
 };

The information contained in this object can be used to perform several different kinds of optimizations for tablet, smartphone and regular desktop users, operations that were previously only possible through server-side optimization.

WURFL.js is offered free of charge to anyone who runs publicly available websites and does not require a fee to access their services or content. No registration is required to webmasters who intend to use the service to enhance their websites.

“WURFL products have been increasingly directed at an enterprise audience since ScientiaMobile started in 2011. Yet we never forgot the community of developers out there who rely on simple and effective solutions to solve their everyday problems. I am proud that ScientiaMobile is today releasing a tool that, as a regular web developer, I would simply have loved. Just paste the script,” said Luca Passani, CTO at ScientiaMobile.

“I have been involved with mobile Web development tools and techniques for many years. WURFL.js leverages that experience. The beauty of WURFL.js lies in the amount of expressive power of the solution,together with how simple it is to deploy and utilize for web developers coming from different backgrounds and skills,” said Jon Arne Saeteraas, VP of Innovation at ScientiaMobile and one of the solution’s architects.

“There are a lot of scripts out there that attempt to parse the user agent string to determine what kind of device is being used. With the power of WURFL’s device database behind it, WURFL.js immediately stands out as the best option of them all,” said Tim Kadlec, an industry-expert and an authority in the field of Responsive Web Design and Web performance.

“I played around with an early beta version of the service and it works. WURFL.js can even recognise my iPhone 4S specifically. I use the tool to decide which visitors to my Responsive Web Design website should see some cool, but heavy to download, background pictures, and which visitors should access a lighter version that still loads fast on a mobile phones. I love it,” said Filip Sufitchi, a US-based web developer.

WURFL.js documentation and demo are available at http://www.wurfljs.com. About ScientiaMobile provides the industry’s most accurate and flexible device detection solution, helping customers deliver great web experiences and manage the increasingly fragmented mobile device ecosystem. ScientiaMobile sells WURFL, a constantly-updated repository that catalogues thousands of devices and their capabilities and provides access to them via range of API languages. The WURFL framework enables many organizations, including Fortune 500 companies, to effectively design and analyze web experiences for an evergrowing range of smartphones, tablets, smart TVs and game consoles.

Jon Arne Saeteraas Appointed VP of Innovation at ScientiaMobile

Mobile-Web Industry Expert Joins the Company Behind WURFL, the Popular Device Detection Framework

ScientiaMobile Inc, the company behind WURFL, the Wireless Universal Resource FiLe, has appointed mobile-web expert Jon Arne Saeteraas as VP of Innovation. Jon Arne will be responsible for the design of new tools offered to mobile web developers worldwide, both free and commercial. Prior to this, Jon Arne Sæteraas was the Head of the Products and Innovation team at Mobiletech AS and recently launched WhateverWeb.com.

ScientiaMobile offers device detection solutions to the web developer community and provides state of the art, accurate device capability lookup in formats and implementations familiar to the majority of web developers. Jon Arne will be responsible for Device Detection products that do not require expertise with server-side programming techniques, as is normally the case with traditional DDR (Device Description Repository) solutions.

“Jon Arne comes from Mobiletech. He has been an active member and long-time contributor in making the web mobile. His multi-year experience in the creation and deployment of frameworks for the mobile web in general, and WhateverWeb in particular, will be extremely valuable for ScientiaMobile” – says Steve Kamerman, ScientiaMobile’s COO.

“Device-agnostic web development techniques, such as Responsive Web Design and Progressive Enhancement represent well-established approaches to supporting the ‘Mobile Context’ in 2014. Yet, there is plenty of space for improvement when developers can count on solid device detection. Supporting those developers is part of ScientiaMobile’s charter and Jon Arne’s role will be instrumental to that end.” says Luca Passani, ScientiaMobile’s CTO.

“This is the first step in making WURFL available and usable in new ways. Jon Arne is a very welcome addition to our team” says Krishna Guda, CEO of ScientiaMobile.

ScientiaMobile provides the industry’s most accurate and flexible device detection solution, helping customers deliver great web experiences and manage the increasingly fragmented mobile device ecosystem. ScientiaMobile sells WURFL, a constantly-updated repository that catalogues thousands of devices and their capabilities and provides access to them via range of API languages. The WURFL framework enables many organizations, including Fortune 500 companies, to effectively design and analyze web experiences for an ever-growing range of smartphones, tablets, smart TVs and game consoles.

ScientiaMobile Releases Version 1.5.1 of its WURFL API for Mobile Device Detection

Improved device, operating system, and browser identification available across all WURFL products

Today, ScientiaMobile has released version 1.5.1 of its WURFL API.  This new release further improves matching and recognition accuracy of new devices, operating systems, and browsers while refining many of the new functionalities found in the recent WURFL 1.5 API.

Major improvements found in version 1.5.1 include better detection of new iOS and Microsoft devices.

“We are excited by the improvements that version 1.5 brought in terms of new virtual capabilities, capability filtering, and reduced memory footprint.  With this new API version, we are continuing to enhance our detection logic to improve accuracy and performance,” said Steve Kamerman, COO of ScientiaMobile.

Version 1.5.1 is immediately available across all WURFL products at the ScientiaMobile website. WURFL Cloud and WURFL InSight customers will automatically benefit from version 1.5.1 – no downloads necessary.

ScientiaMobile provides the industry’s most accurate and flexible device detection solution, helping customers deliver great web experiences and manage the increasingly fragmented mobile device ecosystem. ScientiaMobile sells WURFL, a constantly-updated repository that catalogues thousands of devices and their capabilities and provides access to them via range of API languages. The WURFL framework enables many organizations, including Fortune 500 companies, to effectively design and analyze web experiences for an ever-growing range of smartphones, tablets, smart TVs and game consoles.

ScientiaMobile Presents Emerging Methods in Cross-Platform Mobile Development for Government Markets at MoDevGov on Feburary 26th

COO Steve Kamerman explains the benefits of device detection when developing a multi-device, mobile user experience for government organizations

ScientiaMobile’s COO Steve Kamerman will present “Sustainable Solutions For Function And Content Parity Across Devices” at MoDevGov, an event dedicated to designing mobile-centric services for the government market. Government agencies face challenges in accessibility, design, security and big data management. Kamerman will discuss cutting-edge techniques that can help governmental organizations improve their mobile web development initiatives, including using device detection solutions to enhance the user experience.

MoDevGov - Feb26th, 2014

ScientiaMobile offers a number of device detection solutions that governments can use in mobile web optimization and analytics. The WURFL OnSite and WURFL InFuze products can help government agencies with high-volume web traffic:

  • Detect over 9,000 different device types and quickly determine over 500 device characteristics and capabilities
  • Improve responsiveness, rendering, navigation, and usability of web services
  • Enable real-time device targeting by device type

Likewise, WURFL InSight provides analytic services that can integrate with an agency’s existing business-intelligence tools. With up-to-date WURFL InSight tables, analysts can determine many device-related dimensions of their web traffic. These analytics can help target mobile initiatives, thereby saving money and improving the experience of users visiting an agency’s web site.
ModevGov happens February 26, 2014 at The Artisphere in Rosslyn, VA. Register today at  http://gov.gomodev.com.

 

ScientiaMobile provides the industry’s most accurate and flexible device detection solution, helping customers deliver great web experiences and manage the increasingly fragmented mobile device ecosystem. ScientiaMobile sells WURFL, a constantly-updated repository that catalogues thousands of devices and their capabilities and provides access to them via range of API languages. The WURFL framework enables many organizations, including Fortune 500 companies, to effectively design and analyze web experiences for an ever-growing range of smartphones, tablets, smart TVs and game consoles.

ScientiaMobile to Exhibit WURFL Device Detection Solutions at Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona

ScientiaMobile will exhibit its WURFL device detection solutions at Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona, Hall 5, Stand 5G77 on February 24-27. Meet with the ScientiaMobile team and discuss how device detection can improve your services.

MWC 2014 ScientiaMobile Boot

MWC 2014 ScientiaMobile Boot

Mobile operators, mobile web developers, mobile advertisers, content delivery networks and mobile infrastructure providers are all grappling with the problems and opportunities posed by the thousands of mobile device types that consumers are using. WURFL device detection can identify devices and all of their relevant capabilities in real time. These can be applied in several use cases:

  • Mobile Web & Network Optimization: Add device type and capabilities in real time to other dimensions of customer experience (network location and performance, services used, user identity). Help to control, improve and optimize the mobile experience.
  • Advertising & Marketing: Leverage device knowledge to better target ads and increase usage and revenue.
  • Analytics: Feed intelligence about devices into analytical tools that organizations use to segment and target their content and services.

ScientiaMobile provides several WURFL device detection solutions to address these mobile needs. Customers can leverage the high performance of the C++ API to integrate device knowledge into a number of real-time systems. Additionally, our new WURFL InSight is a service that supplies up-to-date tables about devices and their capabilities. This enables analysis with off-the-shelf analytical and BI tools. Using WURFL InSight’s data is so simple that business group analysts are able to run mobile analytics with limited involvement from their IT departments.

“Mobile World Congress is the most important worldwide meeting for the mobile industry. We are excited to showcase our newest innovations in WURFL device detection at Mobile World Congress,” says ScientiaMobile CEO Krishna Guda.

For more information and to set up a meeting at Mobile World Congress 2014, please contact us at MWC2014(at)scientiamobile(dot)com.

ScientiaMobile provides the industry’s most accurate and flexible device detection solution, helping customers deliver great web experiences and manage the increasingly fragmented mobile device ecosystem. ScientiaMobile sells WURFL, a constantly-updated repository that catalogues thousands of devices and their capabilities and provides access to them via range of API languages.The WURFL framework enables many organizations, including Fortune 500 companies, to effectively design and analyze web experiences for an ever-growing range of smartphones, tablets, smart TVs and game consoles.
Released on January 20, 2014 (permalink)

ScientiaMobile releases WURFL InSight device detection for mobile device analytics

December 04, 2013

ScientiaMobile today releases a new product, WURFL InSight, that addresses the need for device detection across the fast-growing field of analytics. With this data service, analysts can use WURFL tables to accurately identify mobile devices visiting their web sites or services. They can then extract those devices’ properties (features, and capabilities) from the weekly-updated WURFL tables and merge them with their own data marts. The WURFL InSight data service provides easy-to-install tables that will work off-the-shelf with analytics tools, while requiring limited support from the eternally-busy IT staff.

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ScientiaMobile Launches WURFL API 1.5 for Mobile Device Detection

ScientiaMobile Launches WURFL API 1.5 for Mobile Device Detection

Popular WURFL Device Description Repository (DDR) Now available with New Improved API

Reston, VA (PRWEB) October 04, 2013

ScientiaMobile, Inc., a US company offering the popular WURFL Device Detection framework, announces the availability of its WURFL API version 1.5. WURFL is a key tool for companies that optimize their content and services for mobile devices, tablets, Smart TVs and other Internet-connected devices. In addition, analytics, reporting and online advertising benefit from addressing the mobile dimension in their respective fields. API 1.5 introduces important new features and enhancements over previous versions of the API, both in terms of memory footprint and added functionalities. Read More…

ScientiaMobile Announces New Responsive Website with Server-Side Optimization

ScientiaMobile Announces New Responsive Website with Server-Side Optimization

New ScientiaMobile website offers an example of responsive web design + WURFL-based server-side optimization

Reston, VA (PRWEB) March 22, 2013

ScientiaMobile, Inc., a US company offering the popular WURFL framework for the detection of mobile devices, has today announced its new company website. The new redesigned site offers a new organization of the company offering, new naming for ScientiaMobile’s portfolio of products for mobile device detection, as well as several new resources for users of WURFL. In addition to this, the new website also represent an example of how WURFL can be used to enhance a company’s website to support a great UX from a variety of browsers and Internet-enabled devices thanks to the combined use of Responsive Web Design (RWD) and Server-Side optimization based on WURFL. The new website is available at http://www.scientiamobile.com . Read More…

Meet ScientiaMobile’s executive team at CTIA

CTIA 2013 is happening May 21-23 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV. Meet with ScientiaMobile’s team and discus how we can solve your device detection problems.

The telecommunications industry requires real-time analytics tools in order to address a number of pressing issues.

- Customer Service: Identify and confirm the device a user is actually using. Quickly identify whether the device is capable of the task the subscriber is attempting.

- Network Optimization: Add device type and capabilities to other dimensions of customer experience (network location and performance, services used, user identity). Help to control, improve and optimize network performance.

- Marketing: Leverage device knowledge to identify what devices and capabilities increase usage and revenue. Read More…

ScientiaMobile Provides MobFox with High-Performance Network Integration via WURFL InFuze For Apache

ScientiaMobile Provides Leading Mobile Ad Network with High-Performance Network Integration

MobFox to Integrate WURFL InFuze for Apache Device Detection Solution into their Ad Network Solution.

Reston, Virginia
May 2, 2013


With the projected growth of the mobile advertising market, we favored a more deeply integrated solution with our web server that delivered even greater performance. We were thrilled to find ScientiaMobile’s WURFL InFuze helped us achieve these goals.

Leading mobile ad network MobFox announced today it has installed ScientiaMobile’s high-performance device detection solution, WURFL InFuze for Apache. With this solution, MobFox has adopted a new architecture that boosts its responsiveness to ad requests, scales its infrastructure more efficiently, and increases its capability to target advertisements to the latest smartphones and tablets.

MobFox’s CEO, Julian Zehetmayr, commented: “The mobile advertising market is increasing dramatically as smartphones and tablets are becoming the most popular way to view web content. In the past, we used ScientiaMobile’s WURFL OnSite API. But with the projected growth, we favored a solution that was more deeply integrated with our web server and delivered even greater performance. We were thrilled to find ScientiaMobile’s WURFL InFuze helped us achieve these goals.”

ScientiaMobile’s products are built on its industry-leading Device Description Repository (DDR), known for its accuracy and timely updates. WURFL InFuze products rely on a fast C++ API to enrich the application context with WURFL device capabilities. It injects device capabilities directly into HTTP request headers or presents them as Environment Variables, so any application can leverage the information without the latency that comes when querying a DDR through higher-level languages.

Steve Kamerman, COO of ScientiaMobile, said: “For MobFox, we drastically reduced the number of WURFL installations and boosted performance at the same time. The WURFL InFuze for Apache module is a great fit for the high-volume, low-latency environment of mobile advertising.”

MobFox leverages device detection in two phases. First, device detection enables MobFox to accurately assess and serve advertising content that is dimensioned correctly for requests coming from publishers for smartphones and tablets. Second, MobFox leverages the WURFL device data to gauge campaign effectiveness by device. Through data warehousing of campaign results, MobFox adjusts mid-campaign to further improve campaign performance.

“We are happy with ScientiaMobile’s new solution,” stated MobFox’s Zehetmayr. “We look forward to leveraging ScientiaMobile’s new capabilities as we bring more innovation to mobile advertising.”

About MobFox

Founded by young entrepreneur Julian Zehetmayr in Vienna, Austria in 2010, MobFox has grown to become one of the world’s largest mobile advertising networks for Android and iOS.

Currently serving over 20 billion monthly ad impressions to over 15,000 publishers, MobFox’s rapid success can be attributed to innovative tools developed and tailored for clients needs on both sides of our network. The combination of leading ad formats, precise targeting, high caliber tracking and precision optimization ensures superb results for both publishers and advertisers

About ScientiaMobile

ScientiaMobile provides the industry’s most accurate and flexible device detection solution, helping customers deliver great web experiences and manage the increasingly fragmented mobile device ecosystem. ScientiaMobile sells WURFL, a constantly-updated repository that catalogues thousands of devices and their capabilities and provides access to them via range of API languages. The WURFL framework enables many organizations, including Fortune 500 companies, to effectively design and analyze web experiences for an ever-growing range of smartphones, tablets, smart TVs and game consoles.

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