Monday, March 05, 2012

Field Mobility News Weekly - Week of March 5, 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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Geneq Inc. has released the SXPad, a full-featured, rugged handheld computer for GPS/GIS data collection that is built for mobile GIS users in applications ranging from Federal/State/Local government, water/electric/gas utilities, and transportation to mining, agriculture, and forestry. Read Original Content

Magic Software Enterprises Ltd., a global provider of mobile and cloud-enabled application and business integration platforms, announced its mobile offering has been successfully implemented by UK-based Cape to develop an integrated business solution that can run natively on any mobile device. Read Original Content

The BlackBerry PlayBook has joined Android and Apple tablets as mobile gateways to the enterprise thanks to the introduction of the PlayBook-compatible Webalo app. The Webalo app can run an unlimited number of secure, encrypted enterprise-to-mobile connections, allowing PlayBook users to access SAP, IBM, Oracle, Microsoft, in-house, and other applications directly from their tablet. 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.

University of Georgia researchers have developed a new method for determining where emergency vehicle stations should be located. The results of their work could improve ambulance response time for the 200 million Americans who dial 911 each year, according to the Federal Communications Commission. Read Original Content

NXP Semiconductors, the co-inventor of NFC technology, has created a smart washing machine that's NFC and RFID-enabled. The device recognizes what fabrics you put in it and then chooses a washing program to suit. It can read RFID-tagged buttons on each item in the washing pile, which tell the machine the exact fabric properties. Read Original Content

Google will soon release a pair of glasses that will stream information to the wearer’s eyeballs in real time. The glasses will be Android-based, and will include a small screen that will sit a few inches from someone’s eye. They will also have a 3G or 4G data connection and a number of sensors including motion and GPS. Read Original Content

Nexia Home Intelligences lets you control your house locks, lights, and security cameras and monitor it all remotely from your iPhone. Read Original Content

Two of the world’s top technologies are consistently pairing up in what many believe is the evolution of information. Software companies are integrating GIS technology and social media to map people’s tweets and other social media platforms with geospatial data. Read Original Content

The Harris RF-3590 is a heavy-duty Android tablet packed with military features to use in combat zones. It’s equipped with a 1024 x 600 multi-touch display, a powerful dual-core 1.5GHz CPU and two 8-megapixel front and rear-facing cameras. Soldiers can give commands and navigate the interface with their voice by activating the voice control feature. Read Original Content

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Geoforce Inc., a provider of GPS asset tracking solutions for the oil and gas industry, is offering free GPS trackers for oil and gas fleet managers wanting to increase mobile employee productivity, decrease fuel costs, manage event or time-based maintenance and increase safety and security. Read Original Content

The BIBA Institute, at the University of Bremen, working together with J.H. Tönnjes E.A.S.T. GmbH & Co. (a developer and manufacturer of license plates) and Kathrein Sachsen GmbH (an RFID reader and antenna supplier), has developed and tested new passive RFID license plates that outperform smart labels on windshields, as well as on-metal passive tags for vehicle identification. Read Original Content

The Dallas Zoo is using RFID technology to track the movement of elephants in its 11-acre "Giants of the Savanna" exhibit. Members of the small herd wear ankle bracelets outfitted with real-time locator system tags made by Convergence Systems Ltd. of Hong Kong. Read Original Content

Danish postal operator Post Danmarkis is employing an RFID system that tracks the movements of postal vehicles and the emptying of mailboxes throughout the entire country, via transponders that both transmit and receive data upon coming within read range of each other. Read Original Content

A recent survey by ALD Automotive has revealed that over one third (37%) of UK businesses with 500+ employees use telematics systems to track their fleet. Read Original Content

Kevin Benedict, Independent Mobile Industry Analyst, Consultant and 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.