Monday, April 23, 2012

Field Mobility and M2M News Weekly – Week of April 22, 2012

The Field Mobility and M2M 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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According to Analysis Mason, three trends for small and medium enterprises over the coming year are:  More mobile cloud applications, including mobile device management; M2M fleet management solutions; and increased reliance on indirect sales channels. Read Original Content

ABI Research predicts that shipments of cellular M2M modules produced in China will reach 13.6 million units by 2016, making up almost 40 percent of modules shipped in Asia. 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. http://www.syclo.com/.

Boeing is developing an Android-based secure and encrypted mobile phone, targeting the defense and intelligence sectors, as well as commercial markets.  The launch of the “Boeing Phone” is expected in late 2012. Read Original Content


Intel has unveiled the Studybook, a rugged tablet developed for use in schools around the world, including developing countries. Read Original Content and Read More Original Content

An upgraded smartphone app from Allrecipes.com uses barcode scanning of grocery store items to find recipes that use each item. Read Original Content

WebFirst has launched a new mobile health data collection system, PhiCollect, which can be used to collect GPS, audio, video, barcode, images and text data. Read Original Content

SAP has announced it will acquire enterprise mobile services firm Syclo, and has particular interest in Syclo apps for enterprise asset management, field services, inventory management and approvals/workflow. Read Original Content and Read More Original Content

A new RFID program from Bash Interactive allowed attendees at 2012's Mercedes Benz Auto Show to quickly tap an RFID tag on specific cars to instantly "like" the models on Facebook. The possibilities for RFID and social media integration are nearly limitless. Read Original Content

Telefonica and Turkish mobile operator Avea have formed a partnership to develop M2M business opportunities including development of services in fields such as transportation, smart cities, home automation, energy efficiency, mobile healthcare and industry. Read Original Content

Students at the University of Alabama Little Rock can now use a GPS system accessed via a free smartphone app to locate the next trolley to catch a ride. Read Original Content

Google has released a new version of its Google Goggles app for Android, which offers barcode recognition twice as quickly as the previous version. Read Original Content

The Smart Geospatial Solutions Conference will be held May 30-31, 2012 in Poland.  The conference topics will include Network Inventory, Design and Management in Utilities & Telecoms, Mobile Workforce Management, Smart Grid and Smart Metering, and Geospatial Data Processing. Read Original Content

The Dell Latitude XT3 is a rugged laptop that can be converted into a tablet by rotating its screen on a single central hinge. Read Original Content

Bell Helicopter is using an RFID system to track its parts and containers.  The use of RFID technology has brought Bell’s on-time delivery rate up to 99.81 percent. Read Original Content

Some of the ways to utilize rugged laptop devices include diving, aircraft, vehicles, and extreme climates. Read Original Content

An example of a creative and artistic 2D barcode, a round and colorful barcode has been developed based on the Microsoft Tag. Read Original Content

With over 80 percent of enterprise data having a location component, mobile business and location intelligence have become key components for organizations.  A Gartner’s survey indicates that 53 percent of organizations will deliver some form of mobile analytics by the end of 2012. Read Original Content

GIS technology has become a valuable resource for water management - the use of GIS smartphone applications even reduced the Missouri River flood disaster in 2011. Read Original Content

ClickSoftware has unveiled the ClickAppStore as a platform for enterprise mobility, providing apps for the mobile workforce, including a Mobile Worker Starter Package. Read Original Content and Read More Original Content

Runzheimer Mobile is a new application from Runzheimer International that provides mobile workers with route planning and data capture tools and gives back-end business administrators visibility of their field resource deployment. Read Original Content

Current GIS trends include the convergence of GIS and 3D imaging technology and a “stunning” increase in the use of mobile technology. Read Original Content

The market for RFID transponders, readers, software, and services grew by $900 million in 2011 and is predicted to generate $70.5 billion by the end of 2017. Read Original Content

Wasp Barcode Technologies has launched a new wireless mobile computer designed to increase productivity and efficiency in field service, retail, hospitality, and logistical environments. Read Original Content

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Kevin Benedict, Independent Mobile Industry Analyst, Consultant and SAP Mentor Alumnus
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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.