Today in APIs: Property Solutions PaaS and the Connected Car

Greg Bates
Apr. 29 2013, 02:05PM EDT

Property Solutions Multifamily PaaS. Your Car as Smartphone. Plus: Facebook and the sudden API wakeup and Rambler takes Disrupt grand prize.

Property Solutions Launches Multifamily Industry's First PaaS

Property Solutions has launched the Multifamily industry's first PaaS. Built on their Entrata property management software, it is now open to app development.

As the press release notes, Entrata uses a single open database to handle a client's accounting, leasing, portals and payments,

"The open API and free integrations supported by the Entrata PaaS also make way for the first multifamily software App Store. Users can access vendor applications such as Apartment Guide and Purqz from within Entrata’s smart interface and robust single database. “Companies want the freedom to be able to choose their own technology. We respect that, and we’re working to make it easier for clients to do what they need and accomplish their goals,” said CEO Dave Bateman."

Entrata is currently in open beta, the company notes.

Your Car as Smartphone: The Death of  "Hang Up and Drive"?

Olaf Swantee, CEO at EE, reports via LinkedIn that the connected car might be the next big thing. Call it mobile2?

As he reports, the whole concept is getting well past the one-ringed-dingee, two-ringed-dingee phase of allowing you to make hands free calls and morphing into a range of very sophisticated applications:

"The applications for connected cars are almost limitless. Infotainment is the obvious one at the moment, allowing not only connectivity for the driver but wif-fi for passengers to connect personal mobile devices for movies, music, games, social media and work.

Access to real-time, location-based information while driving will also be of huge value, providing everything from warnings on road conditions, emergency or roadside assistance and the condition of car parts to personalised route planning, information on nearby parking spots or the best next place to fill up the tank.

Insurance firms are also seeing the opportunity, with the potential for new real-time charging models that better reward safer drivers.

The opportunity for remote maintenance and diagnostics is huge too. Cars will be safer and cheaper to run, and the ownership experience will be transformed through remote software updates and an always on connection to the garage of your choice, meaning they could even fix your car without you having to take it off the road."

The part where his article hit a speedbump for me was his assertion that these won't be options for luxury vehicles but standard on most vehicles. It sounds too good to be true. But he could be right. Why wouldn't insurance companies, for example, reward all drivers? My head says, this is for the rich. My heart hopes he is right.

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