Friday, January 21, 2011

Kevin’s Field Mobility News Weekly – Week of January 17, 2011

Kevin’s Field Mobility News Weekly is an online newsletter made up of the most interesting news and articles related to field mobility that I run across each week. I am specifically targeting information that reflects market data and trends.

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IMPORTANT! In the upcoming webinar, Implementing SAP Enterprise Mobility in Fortune 500 Companies-Ten Lessons Learned (January 25 and 27), Smartsoft Mobile will share the top ten lessons learned from implementing SAP enterprise mobility solutions in Fortune 500 Companies. If you are a systems integrator or an end user, you will value from learning what works and what doesn't work in deploying mobility solutions. This webinar will also include an overview of the enterprise mobility industry in 2011 by SAP Mentor Kevin Benedict.

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A unique battery-operated, submersible device for automatic meter reading is now being used in the UK. The device simply clips on to the existing water meter in seconds and requires no modifications or costly re-engineering of the water meter.

http://news.thomasnet.com/companystory/Novel-Clip-on-Submersible-Device-Enables-Low-Cost-Automatic-Meter-Reading-841180

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The Nevada Highway Patrol, a division of the Nevada Department of Public Safety, has chosen Janam's XM66 for use by all officers in the Patrol's thirty-seven statewide duty locations.

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/nevada-highway-patrol-selects-janam-114119564.html

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Jason Urso, CTO at Honeywell Process Solutions has identified four interrelated themes of innovation over the past few years. First, is mobility of devices and sensors. Second, is wireless technology as an enabler. Third, is the challenge for operators and personnel to convert data to useful knowledge. The fourth is the integration of various control layers—closing the gaps from distributed control systems to advanced control to safety to fire and gas systems.

http://www.automationworld.com/feature-8142

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Tulsa based eLynx Technologies announced today it has signed a deal with Patara Oil & Gas. Patara, based out of Houston, TX, recently acquired 96 wells and three gas processing facilities in Utah and Colorado.

http://www.prweb.com/releases/2011/01/prweb4961154.htm

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According to a recent Mobile Applications Survey by MicroStrategy, organizations are gaining awareness of how mobility can improve productivity, customer service, sales, field service automation and other critical needs. However, business intelligence applications present the most appeal among the tech decision makers surveyed.

http://www.cioinsight.com/c/a/Business-Intelligence/Business-Intelligence-Driving-the-Demand-for-Greater-Mobility-690293/

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Motion Computing has unveiled a rugged tablet that's designed to withstand harsh conditions. It is among a growing number of rugged PC tablets aimed at business users who tend to have a more rough and tumble workday, including those in fields such as medical, construction and retail.

http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/215818/tablets_getting_tough_for_rugged_conditions.html

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Syclo, an SAP co-innovation partner and market leader in enterprise mobile software, and UK-based ServicePower Technologies, a provider of outsourcing and field management solutions, have agreed to a partnership which will integrate Syclo's next generation version of SMART Schedule with ServicePower's sophisticated scheduling technology.

http://sap-news.tmcnet.com/news/2011/01/13/5244563.htm

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Many of Psion Teklogix’s ruggedized mobile devices have been certified by SAP for mobile device integration with SAP NetWeaver® Mobile 7.1.

http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20110112005313/en/Rugged-Psion-Teklogix-Handheld-Devices-Achieve-SAP-Certified

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Intermec has launched an ultra rugged mobile computer series, comprising four distinct products designed for the following markets: field service, transportation and logistics, direct store delivery/route accounting, parcel delivery in courier, express and postal operations, manufacturing and warehousing.

http://www.manufacturingtalk.com/news/imt/imt153.html

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General Dynamics Itronix has expanded its purpose built product lines with new rugged, wearable computers for tactical and commercial users.

http://www.itwire.com/press-release/44297-general-dynamics-itronix-rugged-wearable-computer-for-military-federalcivil-and-commercial-field-service-personnel

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L-Tron Corporation has teamed with Motorola Solutions to present a data collection device built for reliability and durability within the harshest surroundings. Weather factors become irrelevant due to the device's outstanding endurance of extreme temperatures, rain and dust.

http://news.thomasnet.com/fullstory/Ruggedized-Bar-Code-Scanner-withstands-extreme-conditions-590116

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GAO RFID Asset Tracking has launched a high frequency rugged handheld RFID reader/writer. It is a handheld mobile computer designed for any number of vertical markets including asset tracking and inventory management, event attendance or personnel access control, fleet maintenance, in the warehouse or on the hospital floor.

http://pr-usa.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=584927&Itemid=30

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Rugged Notebooks recently announced its MedTab ruggedized tablet PC for healthcare professionals, including hospital and clinical staff as well as emergency medical services personnel. The MedTab's fully ruggedized features include drop/shock/spill protection tested to meet U.S. military 810F and 810G standards.

http://www.datacollectiononline.com/article.mvc/Rugged-Notebooks-Announces-Ruggedized-Tablet-0001

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Decision Point Systems has delivered proof of delivery functionality to SureXpress drivers. SureXpress is an Oklahoma City based regional courier and freight company specializing in overnight, same day and two day delivery, operating throughout the state of Oklahoma. This software enables businesses to maintain shipping points closer to their customer base.

http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/97804/20110105/decision-point-systems-inc-dnpi-ob-delivers-mobile-proof-of-delivery-computing-system-to-surexpress.htm#

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Kevin Benedict, SAP Mentor, SAP Top Contributor, mobile industry analyst and experienced mobile industry executive, offers both one and two day onsite workshops designed to educate and inform executives and management teams on enterprise mobility and mobile strategies for businesses. This workshop is designed to provide a complete overview of enterprise mobility and what it means to the business. The workshop is customized based upon the needs of participants. For more details visit http://mobileenterprisestrategies.blogspot.com/p/workshops.html.

Recent Articles by Kevin Benedict

Special Report: The Mobile Devices that Mobile Experts Use
Mobile Expert Interview Series: Sybase's Eric Lai
Announcing Field Mobility News Weekly
SAP, Pacific Gas and Electric and ClickSoftware
Data Overload in a Mobile and M2M World
Mobile Expert Interview Series: Syclo's Jon Schmidt
Implementing SAP Enterprise Mobility in Fortune 500 Companies

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Also available are

Kevin’s M2M News Monthly
Kevin’s Mobility News Weekly
Kevin’s Mobile Money News Weekly
Kevin’s Mobile Retailing News Weekly

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Kevin Benedict, SAP Mentor, Mobile and M2M Industry Analyst
Phone +1 208-991-4410
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Full Disclosure: I am an independent mobility consultant, mobility analyst, writer and Web 2.0 marketing professional. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.