Monday, March 14, 2011
Field Mobility News Weekly - Week of March 14, 2011
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An Indiana man has developed a smartphone application that may make the war effort safer and more efficient. Capt. Jonathan Springer created Tactical NAV last year with the help of his wife to provide soldiers with more precise logistics for delivering mortar strikes and artillery fire.
The total market for finished barcode scanners (dedicated handheld and fixed position devices) reached an estimated $1.4 billion in 2010, with revenues of $1.5 billion projected for 2011, according to new research.
Trimble introduced the Trimble TSC3 handheld controller for construction, a powerful and rugged addition to the portfolio of controllers for heavy and highway contractors.
Telemetry has been used to remotely monitor equipment such as combine harvesters for some time, mainly for diagnostic and troubleshooting purposes. Manufacturers are now looking to adopt such systems on tractors for enhanced fleet management and better security.
An upgraded logistics information management software system, developed by Lockheed Martin for the UK Ministry of Defence, will provide the UK Armed Forces with significant improvements in the management of its tanks, trucks and all other ground equipment.
BrainScope, a medical neurotechnology company with an impressive list of venture capital backers, has plans to introduce its Ahead EU-100, a device that can assess head injuries, in the United Kingdom.
Recent reports indicate that handheld device sales for healthcare use reached $8.2 billion globally in 2009 and are expected to increase to seven percent for the next five years as physicians and hospitals purchase new IT systems.
Scientists from the Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts General Hospital have developed a handheld device that can detect gastric cancers in one hour with 96 percent accuracy.
The State of Georgia has obtained a $1.2 million grant to buy 120 scanners for police to scan fingerprints while on patrol.
The Army is six to eight months away from presenting the results of pilot projects on the potential applications for warfighters of smartphones. Lt. Gen. Michael Vane says the limited tests they planned for operational uses advanced more quickly than they expected.
The US Army has released a new blogging application for the iPhone, along with a companion mobile web app, to publicly promote the military lives of the roughly one million soldiers currently in the U.S. Army.
Cambridge Consultants has a new through wall radar that is compact and inconspicuous. The Prism 200c can fit in a backpack and detect people on opposite sides of walls.
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