Monday, April 29, 2013

Field Mobility News Weekly – Week of April 28, 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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Panasonic India launched four new rugged devices developed for the enterprise market – two rugged tablets and two rugged handheld devices.  Read Original Content

Supergeo kicked off its SuperGIS Application Excellence Award 2013 contest, inviting its resellers to share the most outstanding practical and innovative mobile or desktop GIS solution.  Read Original Content

Vision Objects’ Fernando Rynne highlights “3 Results Your Field Service Organization Gets with Digital Writing for Tablets” in this article featured in TabTimes.  Read Original Content

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Delta Air Lines is utilizing custom RFID tags to streamline the audit process for safety equipment, improving inspection time from 10 man hours to less than three minutes.  Read Original Content

Silicon Valley Power in Santa Clara, California has combined Wi-Fi and smart meter technologies to provide a free outdoor Wi-Fi network to the community and to also transmit smart meter data back to the utility.  Read Original Content
TomTom launched an innovative new line of GPS sports watches with at-a-glance performance information for runners, cyclists and swimmers.  Read Original Content

GPS fleet and asset tracking firm NexTraq has integrated its fleet tracking solution with TOA Technologies’ ETAdirect solution, resulting in a mobile workforce management system that provides fleet tracking, optimized scheduling and dispatching capabilities.  Read Original Content

The Youth Development Research Institute of Malaysia launched a GIS portal with interactive maps to help organizations plan and implement youth development programs more efficiently.  Read Original Content

Nissan Europe is utilizing an RFID solution to connect visitors at car shows and other events to social media, enabling them to post photos and messages about Nissan's products.  Read Original Content

India is developing its own GPS system, the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System, with plans to launch the first of seven satellites in June.  Read Original Content

With the cost of RFID tags and needed hardware going down, more companies may decide to utilize the technology.  According to RFID supplier Truecount Corporation, the price of tags has dropped 40 percent in the past year and a half and hardware is down more than 30 percent over the past two years.  Read Original Content

Dow Corning Corporation has discovered the benefits of using GIS to accurately identify and map physical assets.  The company says the GPS-based approach provides an alternative to outdated paper map systems and also opens up the possibility for additional uses throughout the organization.  Read Original Content

A new smartphone app streamlines the retail checkout process, reducing checkout time by as much as 30 percent.  Swift Shopper enables the customer to scan each item’s barcode and the cashier then scans each item from the customer’s smartphone.  Read Original Content

A cement company in India experienced a five percent savings in operations cost following the implementation of RFID and GPS based logistics management solutions.  Read Original Content

Miami Children’s Hospital launched a free app for Apple’s iPhone that uses Wi-Fi triangulation to help patients and families navigate around the medical center.  The Fit4KidsCare app even detects vertical distances for users riding in elevators.  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.