Monday, August 22, 2011

Field Mobility News Weekly - Week of August 22, 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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Two German supermarket chains are using RFID tracking badges on employees to secure warehouses and storage areas from unauthorized access and to reduce theft.  Read Original Content

General Dynamics has recently introduced a new rugged handheld device that is designed for mobile professionals.  The device includes barcode-scanning capability, high-resolution camera and water resistant display screen.  Read Original Content

Construction companies are beginning to provide workers with RFID tracking tags in order to streamline the payment process and to hold workers accountable for their clocked hours.  Read Original Content

Since 1995, Syclo has enabled hundreds of companies in 37 countries and industries supercharge their businesses with mobility.  This newsletter is sponsored in part by Syclo.

With the help from a Canadian grant, lamb producers in Alberta are using an RFID flock management system to increase profits and efficiency.  Read Original Content

Gresso has released a new rugged phone called the Extreme X3 that claims to be water proof at a depth of one meter, shock resistant from a seven-meter drop and able to survive harsh temperatures.  Read Original Content

Wireless Matrix is providing fleet-tracking services to local law enforcement along the route of the annual motorcycle 9/11 Ride in remembrance of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The tracking service will allow local authorities to track the progress of motorists along the three-day ride and to divert traffic accordingly.  Read Original Content

B & W Pantex, a nuclear weapons assembly and disassembly company, is now using RFID technology to track the location of tools and chemicals throughout its Texas plant.  Read Original Content

A school board in Maryland recently approved a project to install a fleet tracking system for the school’s bus fleet to ensure safe driving and efficient practices.  Read Original Content

Motorola last week announced that it would soon offer a more rugged version of its Defy smartphone, the new version has been named Defy+.  The 3.7-inch Defy+ runs a 1-GHz processor and Android 2.3 Gingerbread.  The device is water resistant, dust proof, and scratch-proof.   Read Original Content

New GPS tracking systems are becoming more popular among public transportation divisions including websites that allow passengers to track the progress of inbound trains, busses and ferries through their smartphones.  Read Original Content

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Upcoming Events

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Whitepapers of Note

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Recorded Webinars of Note

3 Critical Considerations for Embracing Mobile CRM
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The Real-Time Mobile Enterprise:  The Benefits of Rapid, Easy Access
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Kevin Benedict, Independent Mobile and M2M Industry Analyst, SAP Mentor Volunteer
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Full Disclosure: I am an independent mobility analyst, consultant and blogger. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.