Monday, February 07, 2011

Kevin’s Field Mobility News Weekly – Week of February 7, 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.


Construction productivity tools are going mobile, and the combination of advancing cellphone technology and a flurry of activity by app developers has led to an array of easy to adopt solutions for residential builders.


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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first diagnostic radiology app for use in viewing medical images to make diagnoses using Apple's iPad and iPhone, a title that won the Apple Design Award for "Best iPhone Healthcare & Fitness Application" in 2008.


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Providing solutions for fleet sustainability efforts, the “green” telematics market is expected to expand nine fold by 2015.  Most valuable to fleets is the wireless communication of fuel consumption and emissions data.


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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has reversed course on one of the first radiology apps ever pulled from the Apple Store.  Now, U.S. radiologists who can't make it to a workstation but need to review medical images can make a diagnosis off their iPhone or iPad.

http://www.dotmed.com/news/story/15295/

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Since 2001, Seattle based Zonar Systems has been revolutionizing the transportation industry with Electronic Fleet Management solutions which uses inspection and GPS data to track and analyze passenger bus and truck activity nationwide.


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Known for its speed and efficiency, UPS recently announced changes that will improve both.  By the end of 2010, the company plans to operate more than 22,000 delivery trucks at 144 locations (including two in Canada) equipped with telematics technology.


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Archaeologists have been adding web and mobile technologies to their toolkit for a while now.  But now an Australian archaeologist has found almost 2,000 new sites in Saudia Arabia using a program that takes less than a minute to download:  Google Earth.


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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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An independent study of three latest generation handheld satellite phones has validated Inmarsat’s claims for IsatPhone Pro and concluded that it out performs the Iridium 9555 and Thuraya XT in a number of critical areas.


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Utility companies and industrial power firms are expected to nearly triple the current $12.8 billion smart grid market to $34.2 billion by investing in distribution hardware, management software and information technology.


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The western Indian state of Bihar has become possibly the country's first state to use a mobile phone technology that supports all the Google operations for distant monitoring of the qualitative as well as quantitative progress of ongoing road projects in the state.


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Lloyd's Construction in Eagan, Minnesota, might not seem as if it needs flashy smartphone software.  The $9 million a year demolition and carting company has been run by the same family for the past 24 years.


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In a world of Prada cell phones, cunning iPhones and glitzy Nokias, a new device has caught some attention, because it is completely unlike any of the other phones. JCB, the company that traditionally brought us Diggers and industrial vehicles has decided to design and release a phone.


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Smart grid metering firm Itron has announced that it will bolster its existing smart grid analytics architecture with software from SAP.


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Cisco subsidiary, Extension, submitted its HealthAlert for Nurses offering to the FDA for product clearance.  HealthAlert relays critical alerts to a nurse’s Cisco IP handset, or preferred smartphone device.


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Physio-Control Inc, the subsidiary of medical devices giant Medtronic Inc. has added a special app on the company’s latest version of its portable defibrillator and diagnostic tool used by paramedics across the U.S. and in Europe.


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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

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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.