Monday, February 14, 2011

Kevin’s Field Mobility News Weekly – Week of February 14, 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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The City of Sacramento recently spent over $100,000 on a GPS fleet management system. Many tax payers questioned if the new fleet tracking system was a luxury or a necessity? Turns out, that using the fleet management system, the City identified ways to cut fuel costs by over $60,000 in just one month.

http://www.fieldtechnologies.com/city-of-sacramento-cuts-60000-per-month-in-gas-costs-with-gps-fleet-management-system/

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Last week, Lehigh announced a deal with StarPath Technologies for a system that will allow students to track the locations of university buses on their phones or computers.

http://media.www.thebrownandwhite.com/media/storage/paper1233/news/2011/02/11/News/New-Gps.Tracking.On.Buses.Benefits.Students-3975741.shtml

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced last week that it has given 510(k) clearance to a new mobile radiology application developed by Cleveland-based MIM Software. The software, called Mobile MIM, allows physicians to view medical images on Apple's iPhone and iPad mobile devices.

http://www.informationweek.com/news/healthcare/mobile-wireless/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=229214570&cid=InformationWeek-Twitter

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Handheld devices such as personal digital assistants and the iPod Touch show promise in emergency teleconsultation for detecting basic orthopedic injuries and intracranial hemorrhage, according to a recent study in the American Journal of Radiology.

http://www.rsna.org/Publications/rsnanews/May-2010/handheld_feature.cfm

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Dick Corporation, one of the world’s largest construction companies, is using handheld database applications to help track the parts and materials that go into a power plant or office building. Are those inventory records accurate? Are all workers accounted for? Handheld database applications help construction firms keep track of what's really happening out in the yard.

http://www.syware.com/company/case_study/smb_pocket_sized_tools_solve_large_const.php

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Walgreens new app allows users to renew prescriptions by taking a photo of the barcode on a pill bottle using a smartphone, or by just keying in the prescription code.

http://www.textually.org/picturephoning/archives/2011/02/027768.htm

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Mobile enterprise application provider Syclo has been honored with the 2010 North American Customer Value Enhancement of the Year Award in Mobile Resource Management by Frost & Sullivan, a global leader in business market research and consulting.

http://www.benzinga.com/press-releases/11/02/p842459/syclo-receives-frost-sullivans-2010-north-american-customer-value-enhan

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International Telematics Corp. and Advantage PressurePro have announced their partnership and subsequent integrated TPMS/telematics solution to fleet markets worldwide. The integrated systems allow users to receive tire pressure alerts both in-cab through ITC’s ibright user interface and remotely to an office or smart phone.

http://www.fleetequipmentmag.com/Products/84191/pressurepro_international_telematics_form_integrated_fleet_solution.aspx

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A new app by Canvas allows snow removal businesses to better track vehicles and sign new contracts.

http://www.gocanvas.com/content/blog/post/mobile-apps-to-deal-with-the-snow-snow-plow-snow-removal-apps-added-to-canv

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Qualcomm has acquired the holding company of GPSNet Technologies, which operates Sylectus, a provider of fleet management software for smaller transportation companies. Qualcomm will continue to operate the business in the USA and Canada under the name Sylectus.

http://www.cellular-news.com/story/47864.php

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NASA has for months been conducting tests to see if smartphones can survive by literally sending them to the edge of space. NASA last week conducted the most recent of these tests, sending an Android phone up nearly 100,000 feet on a balloon. Last August, it was a Google Nexus One phone on a rocket.

http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2011/02/11/cell-phones-space-smartphone-nasa/

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The Washington State Department of Transportation has teamed up with an Irish company to test out a way to pair drivers up with people looking for rides using smartphones. Avego is the company and its GO520 Real-Time Ridesharing app is taking sign-ups already.

http://www.kirotv.com/news/26653607/detail.html

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Transportation researchers are test driving ideas to improve vehicle safety, looking at car-mounted Wi-Fi systems that could let cars and trucks talk to each other to prevent collisions before they happen.

http://www.miller-mccune.com/culture-society/truly-smart-cars-may-start-chatting-with-each-other-27739/

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New wireless connectivity to transfer field data between machines, handheld computers and the farm office is the latest innovation from Trimble – touted as its Connected Farm info management solution.

http://precisionpays.com/2010/04/trimble-touts-wireless-data-management-as-connected-farm/

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Sierra Wireless has announced a multipurpose wireless gateway that defines next generation intelligent M2M networking.

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/sierra-wireless-inaugurates-high-performance-intelligent-gateway-that-excels-in-both-mobile-and-fixed-applications-115885254.html

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MSI Data, a national leader in providing workforce automation, mobile and business solutions has acquired Service Pro, a field service and repair center software solution.

http://www.pr.com/press-release/297802

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