Monday, May 14, 2012

Field Mobility and M2M News Weekly – Week of May 13, 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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B&B Electronics Manufacturing Company has launched an 802.11 b/g WiFi access point to provide M2M equipment with wireless networking capabilities.  B&B is a developer of rugged wireless and M2M solutions for harsh environments. Read Original Content

The proliferation of M2M devices is one of three technology trends converging to take building automation to the next level. Read Original Content

Novatel Wireless and NexTraq have signed an agreement for Novatel to provide its MT 3000 device for NexTraq’s GPS fleet tracking solution. Read Original Content

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Several technological advances are showing that RFID is living up to the hype.  The integration of ePaper with RFID tags, thin film technology/printed electronics and thin film technology/nanotechnology will all have a significant effect on the future of RFID. Read Original Content

Walt Disney World in Florida is testing a new FastPass system with RFID technology and iPad devices. Read Original Content


Benchmark Electronics has developed a reference design, the Grizzly Tablet, for key markets such as medical and industrial control equipment, including aerospace and defense. Read Original Content

With three out of five small businesses planning to increase their investments in mobile marketing in 2012, AT&T is extending its Mobile Barcode Services to small business customers. Read Original Content

Using Windows-based Motion Tablet rugged devices, British Columbia’s United Flower Growers has experienced a 90 percent improvement in accuracy. Read Original Content

The ASPCA is using GIS technology in a partnership with Esri to help save homeless animals across the country. Read Original Content

GPS navigation systems are aiding farmers across the country, allowing them to use less fertilizer, save money and even helping protect the environment. Read Original Content

The U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command is replacing the traditional pen and paper method with tablet devices for data collection in the field. Read Original Content

An example of how companies across the world are continuing to focus on connectivity strategies is the new partnership between Scandinavian GPS tracking and vehicle management solution provider Tripple Track and Novatel Wireless. Read Original Content

TechNavio has released its report, Global RFID Market 2011–2015, with analysts predicting the global RFID market will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 19.4 percent during the period 2011–2015. Read Original Content

To alleviate concerns about the safety of scanning barcodes, a growing number of apps have been developed to help boost the security of the use of mobile barcodes. Read Original Content

Major league baseball team The Washington Nationals is replacing paper tickets with high-frequency RFID cards, enabling fans to make purchases and earn points and rewards as well as enjoy a speedier entrance into the ballpark. Read Original Content

Aberdeen Consulting reports that companies who automate their field service improve their service level agreement compliance by 22.1 percent and their first time fix rates by 23 percent. Read Original Content

A study by Pyramid Research forecasts the volume of mobile connections for M2M use could increase from 72 million in 2011 to 282 million over the next five years.  The study also predicts that nearly 9 percent of net additions to the mobile phone base will concern the use of M2M communication devices by 2016. Read Original Content

Novatel Wireless has announced a new CDMA2000 1X telemetry solution for remote asset, monitoring and control aimed at industrial automation, vending machines, oil & gas pipelines and energy and smart grid applications. Read Original Content

Retriever Communications has launched RADE3, a mobile field force automation solution, allowing businesses to create and deploy applications to iOS, Android and Windows Mobile directly from the development platform regardless of the type of device. Read Original Content

GPS technology used on commercial ships could be used to improve warnings for potentially deadly tsunamis, according to a study conducted by the University of Hawaii. Read Original Content

Barcode technology has been introduced in Niagara Falls State Park, allowing visitors to use a smartphone to scan a barcode affixed to a post to obtain an interactive map, an overview of attractions and services within the park. Read Original Content

Amtrak will soon be supplying its conductors with iPhones to process tickets using barcode scanners, report broken equipment, and send alerts to the engineer. Read Original Content

AT&T is introducing a new wireless service that will allow homeowners to remotely set alarms, turn on/off lights and shut off water using their mobile devices. Read Original Content

RACO Wireless is expanding its M2M connectivity and SIM management support for PassTime to help reduce defaults on automobile loans. 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.