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Announcing XOMNI 4.0

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In-Focus: Security, Integration and Deployment

Today is such a big day for us at XOMNI. We are proud to announce verison 4.0 of our cloud platform and a huge overhaul of our API authentication architecture.  This innovation makes our powerful feature set for rich application development even more approachable for customers who want to integrate their on-premise infrastructure. In addition, XOMNI 4.0 drastically improves how we handle device access licenses and overall device management and authentication.

Supporting a new way of distributing in-store applications

In the past, device access licenses were issued and distributed centrally through our Management API set. This worked very well for customers who want to use their current application distribution models and infrastructure.  With XOMNI 4.0 we introduce new APIs to enhance this model while adding support for public application stores like AppStore, Google Play and Microsoft MarketPlace. Applications distributed through private application stores will be able to provision their own licenses on-the-fly.

Introducing Federated Authentication

XOMNI 4.0  replaces basic authentication with a multi-level oAuth implementation to help authenticate Public, Private and Management API sets. Multi-level oAuth continues to support the simple and easy to use API access our customers love while enabling federated PII data access through 3th party identity providers. We are confident developers will enjoy the flexible yet simple approach we took handling various levels of sensitive data.

Start today!

In order to migrate your application to XOMNI 4.0 feel free to take a look at the API changes on our developer portal. http://dev.xomni.com/v4-0/releases We are sure you will find the process straight forward. Be sure to let us know what you think on twitter and facebook. We are already working on the next version and would love to hear your feedback!

Doing our part with an hour of code.

You may have heard of HourOfCode movement with the motto “An Hour of Code for every student”. We wanted to take our part in the initiative and volunteered as trainers a while ago. The movement had another wave of events during 7-13 December and I had the chance to be the host of 9-10 years old geniuses.

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I did speak in many universities and international conferences, but never witnessed this type of fresh, rapid enlightening in any sense. You need to see the sparking eyes of a nine years old when he discovers a nested for loop on his own. That moment is priceless. If you did not have chance to host a “HourOfCode” session yet, or simply was not aware of the movement, feel free to go to their web site and join the volunteers. Influencing lives at such an early age is invaluable.

XOMNI V3.1 is out!

Just a couple of months ago we launched our V3 Platform. It’s been a huge global launch where our services were highlighted on a couple Microsoft product launches as well. Today, I’m excited to announce that our v3.1 release is out the door, and it’s as shiny as V3.

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  • 3th Party Data Access : This has been one of the most popular requests so far. Retailers moving their data to XOMNI Cloud want to be able to share and syndicate that data with other cloud partners and vendors. In today’s world, with the majority of services moving into a SAAS model, companies are pushing their data to multiple locations and trying hard to keep their data sets in sync. With the XOMNI implementation of API Management you decide how, when and with whom you share your data. The good news is, this is all free. During our Preview lunch of API Management, all API Management consumption for our v3.1 customers will be free of charge.
  • MyStyleGenie Partnership : MyStyleGenie is our first service partner leveraging the V3.1 API Management feature. With V3.1 we are providing out-of-the-box support for MyStyleGenie integration where you can enjoy two way data flow between XOMNI and MyStyleGenie services. Real-time shopping support and basket optimization engine are just some of the services offered by MyStyleGenie. Feel free to take a look at their web site for more info.
  • Cloud Storage for Stores : Besides the concept of providing a cloud storage area for applications running on specific devices (Device Storage) with V3.1, we are introducing the concept of Store Storage. Under this configuration, multiple devices within a store environment can store arbitrary data.
  • TypeScript SDK : While keeping our .NET SDK open source and up to date we heard your feedback and happy to announce our TypeScript SDK initiative. With the release of V3.1 we are covering our Management API set both for TypeScript and JavaScript consumption. Feel free to grab our Bower packages including the JavaScript and DTS files. If you would like to have a direct access to the TypeScript codes it is all on Github, open source.

Feel free to take a look at our release notes for more information about what’s new and what’s changed, and don’t forget to visit our developer portal for deep dive API documentation.

Deep Dive into Inventory Support

With the release of XOMNI V3 one of our highlighted features is the Inventory Support. Now we have a sample application showcasing the implementation of an inventory use case open sourced on our Github repository including a detailed step-by-step how-to documentation.

You may have noticed our series of technical videos on youtube. Above is the latest one taking you through the implementation of an in-store inventory functionality with our APIs.

When you go through the materials you will see that we kept our “highest flexibility” promise and designed our APIs in a way you can implement more then in-store inventory. Essentially we designed a flexible store contextual data repository per item/product within the catalog which you can use to enable any type of in-store data related functionality you envision.

Let us know your feedback and keep shooting your sample source code requests to our end on twitter and on facebook.

Our Channel Partners Shined at NRF 2015

As you may have noticed throughout the heavy activity on our twitter and facebook feeds last week we were in New York City helping our channel partners shine at National Retail Foundation Expo 2015. It’s our third year at NRF and we are very happy sharing the stage with our channel partners showcasing amazing retail experiences powered by our APIs.

During NRF 2015 GameStop took stage during the conference keynote showing their vision for the next version of the retail experience in GameStop stores. Meanwhile our channel partner Confiz was presenting the GameStop solution in Microsoft booth. Take a look at the videos below to see how Confiz leveraged Omni-Discovery and Omni-Play building the next retail experience for GameStop.



On the other end of the expo area there was a magical mirror able to provide highly customized suggestions based on a variety of secret metrics. Our channel partner thebigspace built the smartest fitting room ever. Below you can find Will Amos from thebigspace demoing their retail experience built on top of our APIs.


We are looking forward to share more during 2015. With the upcoming release of our V3 APIs 2015 will be an exciting year for retail. Stay tuned!

P.S. If you are a developer keep your eyes on our developer portal!

Daron Yöndem
Chief Technology Officer

Glasses Free Eye Tracking in Retail

If you are a follower of our blog you know we are a huge fan of enhancing user experience in omni-channel assisted selling scenarios. We craft our APIs around cutting edge experiences to help our agency partners and retailers enable new type of interactions. If you did not have the chance to watch yet I strongly suggest not to miss our demos from NRF 2014 where we showcase a glasses free 3D In-Store experience and the Omni-Play, Omni-Discovery features we are very proud about.

So you might ask “what’s the next step forward?” and the answer might be “Eye Tracking.” Today with the help of EyeTribe Eye Tracking device it is possible to track eyeball movement without the need of special glasses. The device can be easily incorporated in an in-store experience and our XOMNI APIs will give you all you need to enable eye tracking in retail.


Glasses Free Eye Tracking in Retail

Eye tracking is one step ahead of multi-touch and/or gesture recognition. It can help you track subconscious behavior without letting any additional hardware requirement or glasses. We think this is just a small step forward getting to reach a perfect in-store experience. With the help of our APIs the eye tracking metadata can be used within a wide range of concepts including campaign analytics, loyalty engagement and much more. We are looking forward to share more in upcoming blog posts about the future of retail where our APIs enable amazing experiences in your stores!
Hope you enjoyed our video.