Monday, April 08, 2013

Field Mobility News Weekly – Week of April 7, 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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Utilizing a mobile field service software system to manage tasks can enable businesses to deliver detailed information to field workers as well as understand the work done in the field.  Read Original Content

Researchers from Duke University will use rugged tablet devices to study altitude sickness on a 10-day trek up Mount Everest.  Read Original Content

The Federal Land Asset Inventory Reform (FLAIR) Act, introduced in February, will utilize GIS technology to help capture information about federal land assets.  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.

In the article “Bar Code Quiet Zones Illustrated and Explained” featured in the Barcode News, Auto ID Solutions’ Dennis Hensch details and illustrates barcode “quiet zones”.  Read Original Content

With the future goal to have tires provide vital real-time information to the motorcycle rider, Dunlop Motorsport has announced the trial of RFID technology embedded into the tires of the MotoGP motorcycle racing event.  Read Original Content
InfoMotion Sports Technologies has developed a basketball equipped with wireless sensors designed to measure an athlete's skills in real time.  Read Original Content

A new device is under development by Italian researchers to utilize hologram technology to create 3D images that would allow firefighters to see through smoke and flames during a rescue.  Read Original Content

A city in India is using GIS technology on street lamps to save energy.  The lamps will be equipped with GIS tags to get exact locations of each lamp and monitor maintenance details.  Read Original Content

The Pole Star indoor GPS navigation service, currently in use in malls across Europe and at Charles de Gaulle airport, is now available for Android devices.  Read Original Content

According to research from VDC, the rugged mobile device market shrunk slightly in 2012.  The rugged laptop market, however, continued to grow.  Read Original Content

The U.S. defense geospatial market has grown as new tools and technologies have been developed.  A new report, “Analysis of the U.S. Defense Geospatial Market” takes an in-depth look at the market from 2011 to 2017.  Read Original Content

Rocky Mountain Tracking developed an infographic to illustrate the benefits of GPS tracking.  Read Original Content

The Esri Forestry GIS Conference will be held May 14-16 in Redlands, California.  Richard Guldin of the U.S. Forest Service will present a keynote address explaining the role of GIS technology in tracking the health, productivity, and diversity of the nation's forests.  Read Original Content

California has launched a gateway to the state’s geospatial information.  The California GeoPortal is a Web-based, interactive catalog of geographic information that provides government, businesses and citizens with direct access to the state’s geographic data.  Read Original Content

Joining the growing list of uses for QR codes are “Smart PJ’s” – pajamas created by an Idaho man featuring QR codes that when captured by a smartphone or tablet lead to reading a book, singing a lullaby, or providing interesting facts about different animals.  Read Original Content

Workforce mobility is a growing theme across almost all industries. Manufacturing and construction are fields where workforce mobility is being widely adopted which leads to positive business results, as revealed by the results of surveys conducted by Sage Software.  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.