Monday, April 04, 2011

Field Mobility News Weekly - Week of April 4, 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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The Austin Police Department is now using handheld devices to scan fingerprints and instantly connect to police databases and reveal true identities.

http://www.kvue.com/news/APD-fingerprint-scanner-proving-sucessful-database-expanding-118802024.html

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Rugged mobile handhelds and notebooks increase efficiency and competitiveness.
Consumers are having a heyday enjoying the benefits of mobile computing through a host of handheld devices such as netbooks, slates and smartphones.

http://technology.inquirer.net/infotech/infotech/view/20110403-329212/Rugged-mobile-PCs-for-business-use

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As mobile penetration rates level off, the wireless industry is setting its sights on vertical markets such as M2M and mobile healthcare products for the next wave of growth.

http://www.fiercewireless.com/special-reports/ctia-2011-preview-what-expect-show/m2m-wireless-healthcare-tap-ctia-2011-preview

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DAILY RFID has released the palm-sized portable RFID scanner DL710 for transportation, especially in airports.  This PDA-based portable RFID scanner enables passengers and drivers to check-in and identify themselves by simply waving their contact less RFID embedded card.

http://www.measurementdevices.com/index.php?name=News&file=article&sid=2370

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Florida’s State Senate is considering legislation that would require RFID license plates on all Florida vehicles.

http://www.abc-7.com/Global/story.asp?S=14368365

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The U.K. Olympics will apply RFID technology to athletes in upcoming Olympic events.  RFID chips will be inserted underneath the skin of athletes in an attempt to improve overall efficiency of their experience.

http://www.finextra.com/community/fullblog.aspx?blogid=5157

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Hellmuth & Johnson, a law firm based in Minnesota, has chosen to use RFID technology to organize, track and locate the law firm's legal files.  As a paralegal, my wife said this would have been very useful.

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/hellmuth--johnson-selects-filetrail-rfid-to-track-the-firms-legal-files-118983339.html

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Prospects for the global RFID market look upbeat, as rapid advancements in technology have spiked adoption across different verticals.  RFID tags accounted for more than 50 percent of the world's RFID revenues in 2009, with figures reaching between $1.5 and $2.5 Billion.

http://www.sunherald.com/2011/03/30/2983905/research-and-markets-2011-global.html

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DAILY RFID revealed a new ultra-high frequency RFID tag designed specifically to endure under harsh environments such as those present in laundry tracking.

http://www.rfidnews.org/2011/03/28/daily-expands-line-of-rfid-solutions-for-laundry-tracking

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A telematics-based GPS fleet management system can increase the profitability and productivity of any company with mobile employees, vehicles or other mobile assets.  A growing number of fleets are turning to GPS tracking systems as the most cost-effective tool to curb excessive idling and other fuel-inefficient driver behaviors.

http://www.fieldtechnologies.com/increase-productivity-and-cut-costs-with-new-fleet-management-technology/

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After implementing fleet management technology, Salt Lake International Airport was able to reduce it’s workload by 90 percent.

http://mobileenterprise.edgl.com/news/Fleet-Management-Solution-Cuts-Staff-s-Workload-by-90-71681?googleid=71681

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Fleet management technology is now being applied to the agricultural industry to increase productivity and efficiently.

http://www.farmersguardian.com/home/machinery/machinery-news/remote-monitoring-aims-to-improve-efficiency/37620.article

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