Monday, February 28, 2011

Field Mobility News Weekly - Week of February 28, 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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A hand-held scanner that can detect cancer at a patient’s bedside using just a speck of tissue has been created by scientists from Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-02-23/harvard-scientists-create-hand-held-device-to-detect-cancer-at-bedside.html

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The highly competitive handset-based mobile resource management market is expected to grow to $2.33 billion by 2016 inside North America.

http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/9a45fc/north_american_mobile_resource_management_mrm

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Thermo Fisher Scientific has launched a new version of its handheld TruScan analyser that not only increases the speed with which the device can identify chemicals, but also broadens the range of compounds it can handle.

http://www.securingpharma.com/40/articles/872.php

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TBS Enterprise Mobility has integrated its TaskMaster platform with Mint Enterprise, an integration that allows payment capability using PIN and debit card payments to be taken by workers in the field.

http://financial.tmcnet.com/news/2011/02/22/5329665.htm

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Sending and tracking packages is now more convenient for smartphone users in the Philippines.  FedEx has released new iPhone and BlackBerry applications and an enhanced mobile website to help customers track, get rates and transit times, schedule a pick-up and find FedEx locations on the go.

http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=654484&publicationSubCategoryId=73

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Trimble recently announced two Windows Mobile handheld computers designed for high accuracy data collection using global navigation satellite systems.

http://www.windowsfordevices.com/c/a/News/Trimble-GeoExplorer-6000/

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ClickSoftware Technologies Ltd., recently announced that Skanska UK’s Utilities Operating Unit, has selected its ServiceOptimization Suite.  Skanska will run ClickSoftware’s Mobile Enterprise Application on iPhone smartphones and iPad.

http://www.clicksoftware.com/4b6841e8-aaf7-4ff8-b3f8-5af354a035a2/news-press-releases-detail.htm

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The Bloomberg administration will be working with IBM to design a cloud-computing infrastructure that will centralize the IT functions of 50 city agencies at an 18,000 square foot facility in Brooklyn.  It is expected to generate $100 million in savings over five years.

http://nyconvergence.com/2011/02/ibm-creates-a-cloud-system-for-nyc-government.html

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German scientists have developed a new handheld scanner that they say can tell accurately in less than 30 seconds how healthy or unhealthy you are.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/science/Handheld-health-check-in-30-secs/articleshow/7519497.cms

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In light of rising gas costs, it is important for fleet management to try and keep fuel costs as low as possible.   Here are five ways fleet management can cut fuel costs.

http://www.fieldtechnologies.com/5-ways-fleet-management-can-cut-fuel-costs/

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Active RFID can provide construction organizations with a real time locating system, which uses an existing wireless network, and provides real time and historical location information for high value or 'niche' items that are frequently misplaced or hoarded.

http://www.constructech.com/news/articles/article.aspx?article_id=8760&SECTION=1

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GE Capital Fleet Services has announced that it will provide its telematics-based Mobile Resource Intelligence program to Ewing Irrigation Products, a leading provider of water management, irrigation and landscaping solutions.

http://www.thecarconnection.com/pressrelease/1055553_ge-capital-fleet-services-provides-telematics-solutions-for-ewing-irrigation-products

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In 2011 Hughes Telematics is expected to launch a mobile personal emergency response service aimed at seniors and their caregivers.  The product consists of a wearable device with one touch access to an emergency assistance call center.

http://www.fieldtechnologies.com/hughes-telematics-raises-5-million-adds-gps-tracking-for-seniors/

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The growing number of healthcare professionals utilizing mobile phone medical applications or "apps" in everyday business activities is contributing to rapid growth in this nascent market segment.

http://marketpublishers.com/lists/9345/news.html

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U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials have given the okay for a new app that allow results from MRI and similar scans to be shown on Apple iPhones and iPads.

http://business-video.tmcnet.com/news/2011/02/18/5322810.htm

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