Monday, September 03, 2012

Field Mobility News Weekly – Week of September 2, 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.

Nikon has introduced a new camera, the S800c, which comes complete with an Android OS, GPS, and Wi-Fi.  Read Original Content

Law enforcement agencies, like the Allamakee County Sheriff’s Department in Iowa, are utilizing mobile computing and GPS technology to improve response times to emergencies, improve officer safety, reduce the time spent on paperwork, improve access to records and more.  Read Original Content

A software engineer in Los Angeles has developed an iPhone app and now a corresponding website that uses GPS technology and social media to aid in locating missing pets.  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.

According to a recent study from Scanbuy, there were over 16 million mobile barcode scans in the second quarter of 2012, with the majority of users in the 25-44 age range.  Read Original Content

Craig Aberle, Publisher of Bar Code Media Group, finds barcode scanners boring - so his firm has launched a contest for developers to create an eye-catching (and even ear-catching) barcode scanner. Read Original Content

Twenty-two companies, including Qualcomm, Sony, Nokia and Samsung, have banded together to form the In-Location Alliance.  The companies will collaborate to standardize indoor location services across the mobile industry.  Read Original Content

In a recent BYOD survey of IT technicians by OnForce, 50 percent of those responding indicate they have received 25 percent more requests for personal mobile device configuration and/or setup at businesses in the past six months than in the previous six months.  Read Original Content

Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade is incorporating an RFID technology solution to track its assets around the world.  Read Original Content

Panalpina is utilizing active RFID sensors to monitor temperature sensitive air cargo from pickup to delivery.  Read Original Content

QR codes must be used wisely to engage consumers and motivate them to act, or the technology will quickly fade as a mobile commerce tool.  Read Original Content

RFID technology is modernizing sports races, with tags attached to the athletes’ shoes utilized to time the races, determine false starts and split second wins.  Read Original Content

GPS technology can be very helpful to mobile device users, but security experts warn consumers to turn off the GPS function unless it’s necessary.  Read Original Content

QR codes are being used at museums and historical sites around the world to connect visitors to more information about a site or an exhibit.  Read Original Content

A new report from Pike Research reveals spending on GIS software, services and tools will increase steadily over the next five years, reaching a predicted $3.7 billion in 2017.  Read Original Content

With advances in rugged tablet technology, commercial off-the-shelf tablets are being used in ground penetrating radar systems.  Read Original Content

Neomedia has reached an agreement with Microsoft to provide the tech giant with the rights to license its 74 mobile barcode patents.  Read Original Content

In this article in Mobile Enterprise, Kelly Harris of Barcoding, Inc. provides five reasons why rugged devices are preferred over traditional consumer devices when looking at a mobile technology investment for the enterprise.  Read Original Content

TOA Technologies has unveiled ETAworkforce, a new suite of mobile workforce management apps designed to maximize and optimize field service.  Read Original Content

Mobile marketing firm Nellymoser examined 100 top magazines and found that more than 10 percent of ads contained some type of mobile barcode.  The number of mobile barcodes in magazines grew 61 percent in the second quarter of 2012.  Read Original Content

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