Monday, January 31, 2011

Kevin’s Field Mobility News Weekly – Week of January 31, 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.


Now for the news:

The Army’s Medical Communications for Combat Casualty Care organization is getting ready for the day when mobile devices may be fielded to soldiers.  MC4 is preparing for the eventuality that remote, computerized training modules could be loaded on iPads, iPhones and Android-based devices.


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Mobility is one of the emerging technology trends identified by Gartner in its recent Top 10 strategic technologies for 2011.  Gartner predicts that the global market for enterprise mobility will exceed $168 billion 2012. Also a recent survey by CIO.com highlights that significant percentage of IT leaders are including towards mobile solutions.


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The City of Columbus, Ohio is utilizing Wireless Matrix Corporation’s FleetOutlook Silver service to help improve efficiency of field vehicles in its Department Public Utilities. The  City is implementing the FleetOutlook Silver service for GPS tracking, and deploying Wireless Matrix devices, providing integrated GPS and wireless data communications for the solution.


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Zurich has signed up Trimble to provide telematics for the insurer's new fleet risk management scheme Zurich Fleet Intelligence.  Trimble will offer its telematics devices to Zurich customers looking to cut fleet operating costs and reduce crashes.



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As global healthcare initiatives continue to push organizations towards automatic data capture, the Gryphon HC bar code readers offer additional value with new disinfectant-ready enclosures featuring silver ion-based antimicrobial additives. Coupled with industry leading sealing ratings, these special enclosures withstand daily cleaning with harsh disinfectant solutions, which helps reduce the spread of germs.


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A recently published white paper entitled, "Smart Grids for Europe: Benefits, Challenges, and Best Practices," demonstrates that the pervasive application of digital information and communication technologies can help the European Union achieve its 2020 goals of increased energy efficiency, lower carbon emissions, integration of renewables and greater energy security, all of which underpin Europe's 21st century sustainable economy and its global competitiveness.


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Today, lab tests can take several days to complete, but in a couple of years a handheld device called an acoustic wave biosensor might sample a droplet of your saliva to reveal within seconds whether your doctor’s hunch was correct.  Just three of these biosensors, developed by the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center and Sandia National Laboratories, currently exist, but the invention has been licensed for development, garnering enough buzz to have made R&D Magazine’s Top 100 list for 2010.

Syclo, a market leader in enterprise mobile software, and UK-based ServicePower Technologies, a leading 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.



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The healthcare industry is among the fastest growing handheld device markets, and was expected to increase by 7 percent to $8.8 billion last year, according to Kalorama Information.  A report from the Medical Group Management Association, based on a survey of 1,324 primary care and specialty practice members, found significant financial benefits to using an electronic health records system.


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iOS is taking another step into the medical world with the handyscope case/app combo, which effectively turns the iPhone into a dermoscope for checking potential spots of skin cancer.  The handyscope case slides onto an iPhone, lining the camera up with an LED-lit magnifier, allowing dermatologists to capture photos of patients’ moles, zoom in up to 20x and send the photos off for a second opinion.


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Experts are predicting revenue from the global medical device market will surge to $312 billion in 2011, according to Kalorama Information.  Key drivers for the surge in the global medical device market include demand for healthcare services in emerging nations, the need to reduce hospital stays and the aging work population.


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Technology’s role in the construction industry will likely accelerate in 2011 and beyond. This may include more widespread adoption of high-tech gadgets in the field—such as smartphones, tablets, and other handheld devices—as well as software and cloud-based solutions to automate tasks such as bidding/estimating and customer-relationship management.


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A local digital meter, the size of a cell phone, is now available as a very valuable tool in agroforestry.  The handheld device measures the moisture content of wood, an important consideration for those who harvest wood and fashion them into high value products, most often intended for upscale markets abroad. http://www.malaya.com.ph/jan28/agri1.html



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

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