Monday, March 11, 2013

Field Mobility News Weekly – Week of March 10, 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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ALK Technologies has announced its CoPilot GPS navigation apps for smartphones and tablets will be available for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8.  The apps were designed as an alternative to in-vehicle systems and provide advanced turn-by-turn guidance features, comprehensive trip planning and automotive-grade street maps stored on-board the device for offline use.  Read Original Content

As part of its smart fleet plan to improve efficiency and reliability in the container truck sector, the Port of Vancouver in British Columbia will expand its GPS pilot program, increasing the number of trucks in the fleet equipped with GPS from 300 to 1000.  Read Original Content

MasterCard has unveiled MasterPass, adding new functionality to its PayPass Wallet services.  Users will now be able to use their mobile device to scan a product barcode in a retail store and make the purchase on the spot using the store’s app.  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.

Barcode wristbands can help improve patient safety, boost quality of care, and achieve industry mandates.  The BarCode News provides “Best Practices for Bar Code Wristband Formatting”.  Read Original Content

The Malaysian government will utilize a new GIS app to improve government property valuation.  The new application uses remote sensing and GIS technology, combining geographic information from satellite remote sensing data and enabling the development of a comprehensive database evaluation system.  Read Original Content
Trimble has introduced an all-in-one device for mobile communications and surveying data collection.  The rugged handheld device is designed to run survey workflows while also functioning as a smartphone.  Read Original Content

Mobeam and ams AG have formed a partnership to “accelerate the ability of smartphones to transmit barcoded content that can be read by all point-of-sale laser scanners”.  Read Original Content

A professor at Wichita State University in Kansas is promoting the Internet of Everything, believing it can help governments improve quality of life for residents. One of the projects in development is to use moisture sensors to create a smart sprinkler system.  Read Original Content

Spatial Energy has unveiled a free geospatial mobile app for Apple’s iPad.  The TapSpatial mobile app was designed for oil and gas professionals, enabling users to access a global imagery base map, import other spatial data content, and mash up layers into custom maps they can take into the field for offline use.  Read Original Content

GPS tracking can save companies up to 20 percent in transportation costs.  In addition to transportation and delivery businesses, landscaping companies, plumbers and cleaning services use GPS tracking to determine optimal delivery routes and make it easy for employees to report mileage.  This article in Resource Nation provides information to help businesses determine “GPS Tracking Software: Should You Go With Passive or Real-Time?”  Read Original Content

Researchers at North Dakota State University have developed a method for embedding ultrathin passive RFID chips on paper that could be produced at a lower cost than traditional RFID tags.  Read Original Content

The Park City Mountain Resort in Utah has installed new RFID technology to expedite access to ski lifts.  Skiers are given a badge embedded with an RFID tag.  When the skier approaches a gate, the RFID badge automatically causes the gate to open, permitting entry to the ski lift.  Read Original Content

American Sentinel University is offering a free webinar for technology professionals to learn how one company is making sewer and water infrastructure improvements sustainable with GIS.  “Optimized Asset Management and Infrastructure Sustainability with GIS” will be held Tuesday, March 12.  Read Original Content

The U.S. military has ordered an additional 200 rugged tablet computers from Xplore Technologies for use by frontline troops and aboard fixed-wing aircraft.  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.