Monday, May 28, 2012

Field Mobility and M2M News Weekly – Week of May 27, 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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The new Cyber Navi GPS system uses an augmented reality heads-up display attached to a vehicle’s sun visor and displays the map and directions right in front of the driver.  Read Original Content

 A barcode app that assists users in reading what is written in barcodes reached 1 million downloads in 2011.  The “Bar-Code” app, created by a self-employed developer, provides a method to use the scanned barcodes in other software.  Read Original Content

The rugged “Presto” tablet used by E La Carte allows diners to view and order from a digital menu, and pay using the in-built card reader and is now used in 600 restaurants in the U.S. and worldwide.  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/.

Nielsen has released figures illustrating how consumers use their smartphones when shopping – comparing prices, scanning barcodes and redeeming coupons.  Read Original Content


Major Software as a Service benefits to mobile workforce management include:  Fast deployment, improved reliability and paper reduction.  A whitepaper, “Mobile Workforce Management Gets SaaSy”, is now available from TOA Technologies.  Read Original Content

The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office in North Carolina has found that the iSynergy and iScan electronic content management solution saves time and money, allowing patrol officers with in-car computers to access important information immediately from the field.  Read Original Content

A new mobile GIS system developed by SuperGeo with the Department of Tourism of Providence University fosters the cultural and historical understanding of the Seediq Tribe and local tourism industry in Taiwan.  Read Original Content and Read More Original Content

A new pay-per-click advertising program from RFID Journal allows RFID solutions providers to inform users of the products they offer.  Read Original Content

For many situations, rugged devices may be the wisest and most cost-effective solution.  Rugged equipment and applications are explored in this article, “The What, When, and Why of Rugged Handhelds” in DC Velocity.  Read Original Content

Psion’s rugged handheld devices received a positive rating in Gartner’s report, “MarketScope for the Ruggedized Handheld-Computer Market (Global).”  Read Original Content

Norfolk Southern is using 1,200 rugged tablets to improve their in-transit visibility in a two-year deployment for 11 divisions, over the 2011 and 2012 calendar years.  Read Original Content

A survey of the top 100 magazines in the U.S. showed that 99 percent contained at least one 2D barcode in the first quarter of 2012, up from 78 percent in the first quarter of 2011.  Read Original Content

TOA Technologies’ ETAdirect 4.2 mobile workforce management platform has been certified for integration with SAP applications.  Read Original Content

Telit Wireless Solutions has published the 2012 edition of Telit2market, which provides insights into the latest M2M industry developments from around the world. Read Original Content

RMI Corporation and MobileDemand have partnered to offer RMI customers a rugged mini tablet PC that delivers power and reliability to ADVANTAGE Mobile Workers.  Read Original Content

Recent data from Scanbuy indicates that mobile barcode scanning through its ScanLife barcode app and third-party apps in the first quarter of 2012 reached 13 million, up 157 percent from a year ago.  Read Original Content

Graduate students at MIT are developing a new sensor using RFID technology that will detect tiny amounts of ethylene, the gas that promotes ripening in plants, allowing users to monitor freshness levels in fruits and vegetables.  Read Original Content

Rugged tablet PC provider MobileDemand has announced a partnership with RHx Systems to provide customers with an in-cab solution that will allow trucking companies to better control expenses by reducing operating costs while improving driver retention.  Read Original Content

The Naval Surface Warfare Center has developed an RFID-based cargo tracking solution for use on combat ships.  Read Original Content

ADR Software is using RFID technology to monitor labor at commercial construction sites in the U.S. via Workforce Monitoring Portals, which read RFID-enabled stickers on hard hats or ID badges.  Read Original Content

Whitepapers of Note

Ruggedized and Industrial Mobile Device Articles


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Kevin Benedict, Mobile Industry Analyst, Mobile Strategy 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.