Monday, April 22, 2013

Field Mobility News Weekly – Week of April 21, 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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Love’s Travel Stops is nearing completion of an RFID-enabled payment system for its travel stop locations.  The system utilizes an RFID tag placed on a truck’s windshield, which is then detected by an antenna sending a signal to activate the fuel pump and payment transaction.  Read Original Content

Directions Magazine provides “Ten Things GIS Users Need to Know about GitHub” – the free Web-based hosting service for software development projects.  Read Original Content

AT&T has formed a partnership with Scanbuy to create AT&T Mobile Barcode Services to help businesses “execute, monitor, and report on smarter and richer mobile experiences for their customers”.  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.

Dale Kyle, CEO of Handheld US, believes rugged technology is getting smarter, more powerful and easier to use than ever before.  He states, “it’s safe to say that today’s rugged computers can comfortably take on all the challenges of both the field and the office”.  Read Original Content

A whitepaper from Honeywell lets readers “Discover all that GPS Capability in Industrial Mobile Computing Solutions can bring to Your Business”.  Read Original Content
The Taipei City Fire Department developed a GIS-based Incident Command System enabling the city’s Emergency Dispatch Center to manage and mobilize rescue operations and provides first responders with critical information needed to conduct rescue operations.  Read Original Content

Three taxi companies in The Philippines are taking advantage of a new GPS-enabled dispatching system to streamline operations, reduce response time and improve customer service.  Read Original Content

Juniper Systems has teamed up with IDBLUE to offer RFID options for its existing rugged handheld computers.  Read Original Content

A new study sponsored by IFS reveals 68 percent of companies currently involved with field service management report little to no mobile access to enterprise service and asset management data from mobile devices.  Read Original Content

The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum opened a new exhibit focused on navigation, from celestial navigation to today’s GPS capabilities and the exhibit also offers a glimpse into the future with robotic-driven cars.  Read Original Content

The GeoGathering Conference will be held August 21-22 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  The theme of this year’s conference targeting the oil and gas industry is “Developing a Data Strategy: Data collection and sharing”.  Read Original Content

Park authorities in Australia are utilizing GPS technology to identify trees for watering, thereby protecting urban trees during hot summers.  Read Original Content

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is developing a tiny “timing & inertial measurement unit” to augment GPS.  The goal of the technology is to help keep track of troops fighting in urban and indoor situations where GPS satellite tracking may not work.  Read Original Content

The mobile technology available to field service companies is evolving at a rapid pace and has changed dramatically over the past several years, giving end users access to a wider variety of operating system platforms, application delivery models, hardware variations, and communications technologies than ever before.  Read Original Content

The Barcode News provides details on how to obtain a product barcode.  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.