Monday, February 27, 2012

Field Mobility News Weekly – Week of February 27, 2012

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 University College London is preforming data collection using an icon-based interface that could intuitively be used by pigmy tribes in Africa affected by logging and poaching in their forest home. The hand-held device can be used to geotag trees, and then fed back to logging companies and policyholders to try and save crucial areas of forest. Read Original Content

Odawa Casino Resort upgraded its GIMS Uniform System inventory software with UHF-RFID technology to automate the inventory tracking and control of thousands of uniforms worn by team members at the property. Read Original Content

The global market for mobile location technologies reached $22.5 billion in 2010 and is expected to reach $36.3 billion in 2016, increasing at a compound annual growth rate of 7.6 percent between 2011 and 2016. Read Original Content

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Intermec, Inc. announced the SG20 family of handheld scanners featuring fast 2D imaging technology for omnidirectional scanning. Designed to speed up the bar code scanning process in retail, healthcare and general countertop scanning applications, the SG20 scanner minimizes the time and effort required to read a bar code by providing more than 50 times the motion tolerance of competitive scanners. Read Original Content

XtremeSignPost, Inc. launched their consumer-based advertising system that encompasses a mobile, interactive, art and music sharing network.  In this process, RFID-enabled cell phones such as Samsung's Galaxy Nexus S running on Google's Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich are used to recall and share transmedia art experiences from personalized RFID-tagged items. Read Original Content

American Apparel will begin tagging all of its clothing with an RFID sensor, the RFID Journal reports. The sensors will track items from the time they are shipped from American Apparel’s factory in downtown L.A. to when a customer purchases the item from one of its 280 stores, helping the chain to keep better track of inventory and disappearances. Read Original Content

Harris Corporation has introduced the Harris Ruggedized Tablet, a secure, portable device that delivers a "smartphone-like" experience to military personnel and first responders who require secure real-time information at their fingertips to execute their missions. Read Original Content

A team in Dubai has developed the concept of an IPURSE, a mobile platform that keeps track of tiny RFID tags you stick to or insert into your personal possessions, mobile phone, camera, laptop, keys other gadgets and even mundane objects such as notebooks and cosmetics. Read Original Content

At least one congressman and an entire state legislature want to put an end to the federal government's drive toward embedding spy chips in the driver's licenses of every American. Read Original Content

SkyRFID Inc. has announced the availability of their new Multi Site Web Based Weapons Management Solution. This new solution uses RFID cards to access the facility and RFID tags to track weapons, parts and tactical gear. Read Original Content

A new study by Donlen Corp., of fleet managers surveyed who are considering a telematics solution, 46 percent said the ROI was unknown. A similar result (40 percent) was seen among fleet managers already using telematics solutions. Read Original Content

Police can stay a step ahead of criminals with the world’s first handheld public safety LTE device as it delivers “street read” data. Motorola Solutions' LEX 700 Mission Critical Handheld delivers a compact, rugged form factor with intuitive user interface and access to multimedia public safety applications. Read Original Content

Psion has announced a new version of its Neo light and rugged handheld computer that integrates UHF RFID technology. Psion has a wide range of RFID-enabled mobile data collection devices that allow users to quickly and effective identify tags. Read Original Content

AT&T and Samsung are now offering the Samsung Rugby Smart. The device is dustproof, temperature-resistant, and able to sit in one meter of water for up to 30 minutes, much like the Defy+ and the recently-launched Pantech Element tablet. Read Original Content

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