Monday, March 04, 2013

Field Mobility News Weekly – Week of March 3, 2013

The Field Mobility 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 Taiwan Transportation Decision Support System utilizes GIS technology and integrates multiple databases and map data to perform map display and analysis functions, enabling better policy and decision making when developing the transportation system.  Read Original Content

The Ilocos region in the Philippines has opened a regional GIS center to support the region’s mapping activities and to help manage geo-databases.  Read Original Content

Property preservation, maintenance and inspection firm Mortgage Contracting Services, LLC has developed MCS Mobility, an HTML5-based mobile photo management tool to supplement its suite of tools to integrate multiple mobile field services applications for various devices and systems.  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 is sponsored in part by ILS Technology.

GIS technology is utilized by many of the world’s leading law enforcement agencies, including the New York and Los Angeles Police Departments, to solve and prevent violent crimes.  The Northern Territory in Australia has invited a specialist with GIS firm Esri to advise its police and emergency services personnel on ways to use technology to reduce its violent crime rate.  Read Original Content
The newly formed GPS Innovation Alliance was formed to protect, promote and enhance GPS technology.  The group plans to be proactive in identifying and addressing issues of interest to the broad GPS manufacturer and user communities.  Read Original Content

Shock resistance, strength of materials, fully sealed cases and keyboards, and heat-resistant technologies are features that enable rugged laptops and devices to operate for years in harsh environments.  Read Original Content

RFID technology can be used to reliably track the location of art to prevent theft or loss, helping to manage art collections around the world.  In a recent test conducted with Metalcraft RFID tags, 237 paintings inside a storage room were inventoried in less than two minutes.  Read Original Content

Heniff Transportation Systems utilizes rugged tablet devices to meet safety standards, better serve its customers and keep costs down.  Read Original Content

The city of Los Angeles has launched a mobile app to enable users to find location-specific news and information, report problems, access social media feeds and make payments to the city.  Read Original Content

A sheriff’s department in Texas is utilizing GPS technology to enable its dispatchers to locate deputies closest to calls and monitor its deputies out on calls.  The system also reveals how fast a unit is going and how long it’s been on a call.  Read Original Content

Fujitsu has developed a prototype of a walking cane equipped with Bluetooth, GPS, WiFi and a cellular radio.  The GPS provides directions and tracks movement and an LED display shows which way to go with arrow animations.  The cane is also equipped with sensors to monitor temperature, humidity and heart rate.  Read Original Content

Consultancy firm Columbus has launched Data Collection Studio 2013, a software solution that integrates with a company’s business system and gives remote access on mobile devices to many standard business system capabilities, such as inbound and outbound logistics and warehouse management.  Read Original Content

Mindshare Technologies has adopted the use of QR code technology to help obtain customer feedback.  The QR codes can be printed on sales receipts, product packaging and advertising materials and customers can access customer feedback forms by scanning the QR codes with smartphones or mobile devices.  Read Original Content

Red Bend Software and Samsung have teamed up to conduct enterprise trials of a dual purpose version of the Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone for use in BYOD programs.
The device will run two separate Android operating systems – one for personal use and one for business use to keep work separate from personal business and to keep personal data private.  Read Original Content

Fujitsu has introduced an enterprise rugged tablet device, the Stylistic M702, which is dustproof and can be submerged in 1.5m of water for 30 minutes. The tablet also includes security features including an integrated fingerprint sensor, full-disk encryption and remote device tracking and recovery help.  Read Original Content

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Full Disclosure: These are my personal opinions. No company is silly enough to claim them. I am a mobility and SMAC analyst, consultant and writer. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.