Monday, March 25, 2013

Field Mobility News Weekly – Week of March 24, 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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Lux Research predicts China’s RFID card market will nearly double in value and more than double in units in 2017.  The RFID card/tag market was 894 million units with revenue of $454 million in 2012.  Read Original Content

The Automatic Smart Driving Assistant combines a module that plugs into a car’s data port and a smartphone app to monitor the vehicle’s performance and the owner’s driving habits.  Read Original Content

MAPPS, the national association for private sector geospatial firms, will host the "Geospatial & Engineering International Conference - Entering and Expanding Global Business Opportunities" November 13 and 14 in Alexandria, Virginia.  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.

Getac’s new PS336 handheld offers critical features for field personnel including RFID, long-range Bluetooth, 1D laser barcode reader, and a 3-in-1 card reader.  Read Original Content

GIS software and systems providers Esri and GeoDecisions work together to enable insurance organizations to track events such as inclement weather and other natural disasters so they can better serve their clients when needed after an event.  Read Original Content

A new mobile scanning device from IDScan can instantly verify age and identity, saving time and money in many different industries.  Read Original Content
Field Service 2013 will be held April 22-25 in Indian Wells, California.  The event is focused on field service strategies including mobility, workforce management, technical support and knowledge management. The agenda is available here:   Read Original Content

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has created a visor card specifically for truck and bus drivers on how to choose the right GPS navigation system intended for them. The visor card gives tips for safe use of navigation systems, and can be downloaded free-of-charge.  Read Original Content

The Drents Museum in the Netherlands has implemented an RFID system to keep track of its visitors and enable them to interact with kiosks in different rooms, receiving detailed information about the exhibits and artifacts.  Read Original Content

Verizon is rolling out its new fleet management solution, Networkfleet, which provides monitoring and management capabilities to help companies increase productivity and improve customer service.  Read Original Content

There are many advantages for businesses to buy rugged tablet PCs.  They may be more expensive to purchase, but are cost-effective in the long run as they can increase the performance of the mobile workers, reduce the chances of failures and errors, increase productivity and lower failure rates.  Read Original Content

Samsung’s new Galaxy S4 uses light-based technology from Mobeam to interact with point-of-sale systems that use traditional barcode scanners.  Read Original Content

To smooth the Taipei city streets for vehicles, the Taiwanese government is replacing metal manhole covers with cement slabs buried beneath the surface.  The cement versions are embedded with an RFID tag, so they can be located by field workers using handheld readers.  Read Original Content

Supergeo’s SuperSurv 3.1 is a mobile GIS app for Android devices, enabling field surveyors to collect spatial data accurately and conveniently.  Read Original Content

John Nachtrieb of Barcode-Test discusses issues to consider when placing or designing a bar code on a package in this article featured in the Barcode News.  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.