Monday, June 04, 2012

Field Mobility and M2M News Weekly – Week of June 3, 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 tourism department in Gujarat, India is planning a 24x7 call center, a mobile app and GIS mapping of the tourist destinations of the state to help the tourists get information about destinations, facilities and hotels.  Read Original Content

M2M communications are predicted to be among the four major areas driving new growth, according to a survey by Frost & Sullivan of four hundred players in the information and communications technology industry.  Read Original Content

Transcore has launched a mobile app to manage real-time traffic situations.  The TransSuite advanced traffic management system mobile app is designed for use on Apple’s iPad, but can also be used on the iPhone and iPod touch.  Read Original Content

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DLI has announced the launch of the DLI 9000 Rugged Mobile Tablet, which includes a 5-in-1 mobile payment module option.  Read Original Content

Daimler has launched a new speed control system on their long-haul trucks that utilizes GPS data to automatically choose the right gear for going up or down a hill.  Combined with the “EcoRoll” function, which lets the truck coast in neutral when safe to do so, the system provides a three percent improvement in fuel economy.  Read Original Content

Navman Wireless has partnered with TransitPro Logistics to provide an integrated fleet tracking and Medicaid billing solution for school transportation.  Read Original Content

RFID technology has come to the aid of pet owners, automating feeding by combining an ID tag on the animal’s collar and the door control on the feeder.  RFID tags attached to a dog or a cat’s collar also work with electronic mechanisms in pet doors to let the pet in and even to show the location of multiple pets.  Read Original Content

WaveMark and the University of Massachusetts have collaborated to create a specialized RFID tag to improve hospital storage efficiency, enabling more products to fit into existing WaveMark RFID smart cabinets in hospitals.  Read Original Content

Sprint, Metrum Technologies and Tollgrade Communications are working together to provide M2M solutions for Metrum’s smart meters and Tollgrade’s sensors.  Read Original Content

RFID technology can be beneficial at festivals and events, with a microchip inserted in a wristband allowing the wearer to use it as a ticket, pay for food or merchandise, be identified in an emergency and interact with an event using their mobile device.  Read Original Content

Cinterion has launched the world’s first M2M time clock which keeps track of hourly employees without the need for a paper time card.  Read Original Content

Shipments of cellular M2M devices increased 35.3 percent in 2011 to a record level of 50.8 million units, and M2M cellular connections are expected to reach 359.3 million in 2016, according to a recent report from Berg Insight.  Read Original Content

A barcode scanning and user product review mobile app from Consmr received over 100,000 downloads in its first two weeks.  Read Original Content

A school district in Texas is planning to embed RFID microchips in student identification cards to monitor attendance and location of students while at school.  The plan, however, has also raised some concerns about privacy.  Read Original Content

The operator with the highest number of M2M connections worldwide in the first quarter of 2012 was AT&T with 13.3 million, followed by Vodafone with 7.8 million.  Read Original Content

The American Legion in Oxford, Iowa has initiated a project to use GPS technology to keep track of the locations of the graves of military veterans.  Read Original Content

GPS tracking and fleet management system provider EasyTracGPS has launched the ComTrac Covert Pro GPS tracking device intended to improve surveillance results for investigators.  Read 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 in sponsored in part by ILS Technology.

RFID Canada has introduced a new high-power RFID module for e-payment, e-ticket & e-mobility applications.  Read Original Content

The country of Mozambique is preparing to finally introduce a barcode system for consumer and industrial goods in late 2012.  Read Original Content

Telenor Connexion has announced a new mobile app, the M2M Dashboard, for instant management of connected devices.  Read Original Content

Coca-Cola is partnering with ScanLife for a project in Spain that will allow users to scan QR codes on Coca-Cola product packages to send them content such as the Union of European Football Associations’ EURO 2012 videos and Coca-Cola's online community.  Read Original Content

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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.