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Field Mobility News Weekly – Week of May 12, 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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Socket Mobile has developed a color collection of its small wireless barcode scanner for Apple’s iPad, iPhone and iPad touch.  The Socket Bluetooth Cordless Hand Scanner 7Ci will enable businesses to “enhance corporate branding in retail point-of-sale, field sales and service, and other customer-facing applications” and will be available in late May.  Read Original Content

Australia’s Central Highlands Water implemented a field mobility solution, which integrates field data with head office systems.  The solution increased staff engagement and communication and has produced a 30 percent improvement in reporting speed.  Read Original Content

A study by Oxera reveals geospatial services saved 1.1 billion hours of travel time per year globally and GPS systems aid faster emergency response.  An Indonesian taxi company found the installation of GPS in its vehicles reduces lag time and provides increased security.  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.

Some retailers are testing or deploying mobile technology enabling consumers to check the origin and sustainability of the goods in their stores.  Fashion house Burberry implemented an RFID service that enables customers equipped with smartphones to track the entire production process of an item of clothing.  Read Original Content

The Barcode News presents some of the most commonly asked questions related to printing barcode labels and provides the answers in “Buying Barcode Labels? What You Need to Know”.  Read Original Content
GIS helps construction companies collect, manage, and analyze geographic data.  With GIS technology, companies can process, manage, and act on relevant data in a timely manner and improve their overall efficiency.  Read Original Content

Avery Dennison Retail Branding and Information Solutions announced an expanded RFID portfolio, which creates high performance, cost efficient solutions for targeted product categories and improved durability, flexibility, speed, and graphic capabilities for all categories.  Read Original Content

Police departments in New Hampshire are testing an eTicket system designed to increase connectivity between police on the roads and the rest of the legal system.  With the eTicket system, officers will be able to type or scan information directly from driver’s licenses and print out traffic tickets in their vehicle.  Read Original Content

The University of Southampton in the U.K. has established an Open Source Geospatial Laboratory.  The laboratory is one of the members of a worldwide network developed under the International Cartographic Association’s memorandum of understanding with the Open Source Geospatial Foundation.  Read Original Content

The 2013 GIS in Local Government Benchmark Study, conducted by Esri Australia and the Surveying Spatial Sciences Institute, surveyed 150 representatives from Australian local government to explore how councils use GIS.  The results revealed respondents use GIS technology for multiple business purposes and 58 percent expect to release several location-based smartphone apps in the next two years.  Read Original Content

Magellan’s new GPS device, the SmartGPS, takes advantage of the Cloud and social media in an effort to co-exist with smartphones rather than compete with them.  Read Original Content

Enterprise mobility solution provider Barcoding Inc. acquired Miles Technologies, Inc. to increase its presence in the central region of the United States and expand its RFID capabilities.  Read Original Content

Four North American telecommunications companies - Alaska Communications, Cincinnati Bell, FairPoint Communications and Windstream Communications – will deploy field service management solutions from TOA Technologies to help manage their mobile employees.  Read Original Content

Critigen LLC, Social & Scientific Systems, Inc. and Esri have developed an informative free GIS Medicare application called Medicare Mapper.  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.