Monday, May 07, 2012

Field Mobility and M2M News Weekly – Week of May 6, 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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GPS technology provides a method for keeping track of seniors that may wander off – GPS shoes are able to track where the wearer goes and if he or she leaves a safe zone. Read Original Content

The global field service management market is predicted to reach $375.8 million by 2015, and the increasing need to drive workforce productivity is a key factor contributing to the market growth. Read Original Content

The U.S. Army Geospatial Center recently released a new smartphone app for data survey and analysis.  The HyDRA app uses Google Maps and Google Earth and was developed to provide the Dept. of Defense logistics and geospatial intelligence-related water communities with information on water resources data collection, visualization and dissemination in a mobile, enterprise-enabled environment. 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.

FieldAware has released a free white paper titled “The Advantages of True Mobility in Field Service Organizations”.  The report provides information and data showing that mobile field service automation can increase worker productivity by an average of 27 percent and increase overall profitability by an average of 17 percent. Read Original Content

Huawei and Simple Solutions have entered into an agreement which will allow Simple Solutions to sell and support Huawei embedded cellular modules into the M2M market in certain countries in the European Union. Read Original Content

PayNearMe has launched a fully mobile cash payment system. Using barcode technology, a consumer can order goods online via smartphone or PC, and then pay via their smartphone at a participating retailer such as 7-Eleven using a payment screen and barcode scanning. Read Original Content

IntelliTrack has launched an Android based mobile business inventory solution designed to collect data using handheld computers and smartphones with integrated scanners. Read Original Content

SAP, in collaboration with the Economist Intelligence Unit, has launched a new M2M resource center featuring research and opinion from SAP, the EIU and other partners exploring successful M2M business models and scenarios. Read Original Content and Read More Original Content

ILS Technology provides ready-to-use cloud based platforms to implement and manage M2M (machine to machine) and embedded wireless devices that connect to SAP.  ILS Technology simplifies deployments and offers unparalleled security to protect company and customer data and to ensure regulatory compliance. This newsletter is sponsored in part by ILS Technology

Broadcom has developed a smartphone chip that can use data being recorded by a smartphone’s accelerometer, gyroscope, compass or altimeter and incorporate that information into indoor positioning applications. Read Original Content

A new Android app, Fooducate, uses the smartphone’s camera as a barcode scanner to display a product’s ingredients and even allows users to find alternatives if desired.  The app is already available for iOS. Read Original Content

M2M market forecasts vary, but they all predict a large growth potential.  One analyst firm forecasts revenue of $948 billion by 2020, including hardware and connectivity, nearly eight times the 2010 revenue of $121 billion. Read Original Content

GPS apps for the iPhone are reviewed and the top five are described in this article from the Byte newsletter. Read Original Content

Blackboard has added augmented reality to the Blackboard Mobile Central platform used by educational institutions.  The company has also launched Explorer for iPhone, a free app that leverages the same interface to allow iPhone users to experience augmented reality to explore the world around them. Read Original Content

RFID technology is helping residents of a Texas city go green.  New recycle bins in the city of Hurst have an RFID chip embedded to record the weight.  Weights are added together to calculate the recycled tonnage for the entire city. Read Original Content

The Wyoming EMS fleet is equipped with rugged tablet computers that allow reports to be filed electronically while in the field.  The tablets can stand the wear and tear of constant use and be completely submerged in a bleach solution after each use to remove any bodily fluids. Read Original Content

Current Analysis has released a new report:  "M2M Service Providers: How They Stack Up in 2012."  For a graph of their rankings of M2M service providers, click here. Read Original Content

The Panasonic Bizpad rugged corporate tablets will soon feature Mocana’s VeloDAR encryption platform for information security. Read Original Content

GPS Intelligence has launched the CDMA PRO GPS vehicle tracker, which will provide fleet managers a solution for fleet tracking and mobile workforce management. Read Original Content

Sixty-six percent of retail respondents to a recent survey conducted by Motorola Solutions are interested in mobile point-of-sale solutions as a core strategy for improving customer service, and 42 percent are either piloting or starting trials within the next 36 months. 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.