Monday, March 28, 2011

Field Mobility News Weekly - Week of March 28, 2011

The 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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As companies continue to make businesses more fuel-efficient, European and North American markets for fleet telematics could jump to $700 million in 2015 from $80 million in 2008.

http://sdbj.com/news/2011/mar/21/rising-fuel-prices-pump-fleet-management-businesse/

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A Norwegian organization that manages nationwide pallet leasing for retailers and manufacturers, is trying out RFID technology in a pilot project to see how effective the tags are for tracking plastic pallets.

http://www.rfidworld.ca/pilot-project-rfid-pallet-tracking-for-food-industry/301

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Stockholm is becoming an m-health hotspot as smartphones and mobile applications are poised to play a greater role in healthcare as doctors and patients embrace the mobile Internet to treat chronic illnesses and improve quality of life.

http://www.swedishwire.com/business/9098-stockholm-a-frontrunner-in-m-health

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The RFID market is expected to grow around 17 percent during 2011-2013.  The reason for this phenomenal growth is that various applications across different verticals have emerged around this technology.

http://www.sbwire.com/press-releases/sbwire-81506.htm

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MobileHealthNews believes that the iPad has won the healthcare tablet war.

http://mobihealthnews.com/10537/albert-ipad-has-already-won-healthcare-tablet-war/

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Research reveals that the global retail RFID market is expected to grow after an increase in retailer usage of tracking technology to monitor merchandise.

http://www.marketwire.com/press-release/Growing-RFID-Sales-Attributed-to-an-Increase-in-RFID-Tagging-1414733.htm

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A prototype, hand-held battle command system has been ordered from General Dynamics in Arizona for use by dismounted U.S. soldiers and U.S. Marines.  The prototype system, a GD300 body-worn computer, will give dismounted troops the ability to securely communicate, share information and collaborate while on the move.

http://www.upi.com/Business_News/Security-Industry/2011/03/21/Army-orders-battle-command-system/UPI-77341300705380/

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Using a handheld molecular imaging device in combination with magnetic nanoparticles and a smartphone, a team of investigators from the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School has developed a fast, portable and potentially inexpensive method of detecting cancer from human biopsy samples.

http://www.nanowerk.com/news/newsid=20712.php

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After implementing GPS and vehicle diagnostic technology on several fleet vehicles, a California city improved fuel economy by 10 percent, reduced idling time, and improved productivity and routing for customer service.

http://www.government-fleet.com/Channel/GPS-Telematics/Article/Story/2011/01/Ventura-Uses-Telematics-GPS-to-Improve-Fleet-Efficiency.aspx

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DAP Technologies has introduced its rugged M9000 tablet with breakthrough communications options including Wireless USB and integrated ZigBee wireless technology, which are among the first applications of these technologies on tablet computers.

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/dap-technologies-unveils-new-rugged-mobile-tablet-with-exclusive-advanced-communications-options-118426294.html

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The value of combining cloud computing and rugged computers is becoming more noticeable with cloud computing usage growing 88 percent in the next few years.

http://www.ruggedtabletpc.com/blog/bid/55626/Going-Rugged-in-the-Cloud-Enhancing-the-Efficiency-of-Rugged-Tablet-PCs

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Medical imaging specialist Barco has introduced an upgraded version of its ProScribe mobile point-of-care tablet PC.  Featuring 60 percent more processing power and 100 percent more internal memory.

http://www.datacollectiononline.com/article.mvc/Barco-Upgrades-Mobile-Point-Of-Care-Tablet-0001

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Law enforcement and intelligence forensics teams can now easily access and collect digital evidence through Dell’s new Mobile Digital Forensics solution.  Mobile Digital Forensics solution streamlines the process of collecting evidence from digital devices at crime scenes, allowing for prompt analysis of actionable, time sensitive information

http://www.iewy.com/21152-law-enforcement-intelligence-teams-save-time-and-reduce-costs-with-dell’s-new-mobile-digital-forensics-solution-3.html

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