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Field Mobility News Weekly – Week of May 19, 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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Talk radio host Kim Komando advises how to turn an old smartphone into a GPS device with a GPS app that stores maps offline as the old phone will no longer have a data connection.  Read Original Content

According to a TechCrunch report, the Google Glass headset will soon be able to display directions and text messages within the device so owners will no longer need a smartphone to “interpret”.  Read Original Content

The COM.Geo 2013 Workshop will be held July 22-24, 2013 in San Jose, California.  The workshop is, “a professional development opportunity for researchers, decision-makers, developers, and application users to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, experiences and concerns in the field of computing for geospatial”.  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.

The GIS Consortium in Franklin County, Alabama is promoting a service to help residents feel safer in case of a severe weather outbreak in the area.  Residents with storm shelters or basements are urged to register the shelter with the county’s GIS by providing GPS coordinates, which will be entered into a database and used by first responders in an emergency situation.  Read Original Content

A rocket mission funded by NASA will help better understand and predict the electrical storms in Earth’s upper atmosphere, which can interfere with satellite communication and global positioning signals.  Read Original Content
A new iPhone app from CashierLive simplifies taking inventory in a store with scanning and inventory tracking features.  Read Original Content

GIS and digital mapping technology has grown into a common piece of the IT infrastructure, with the biggest growth area in mainstream business applications like managing the mobile workforce.  Read Original Content

CYBRA introduced a new line of lockable RFID tags.  The Lock & EnCode devices will add security for high-value items and will provide a tamper-evident seal.  Read Original Content

A team of researchers at Canada’s Queen’s University is developing the “MorePhone”, a smartphone capable of folding and contorting when receiving a phone call, text message, email or social media post.  A video showing the MorePhone at work is available here (  Read Original Content

A cafe in Sarasota, Florida utilizes a mobile POS system enabling guests to order, modify and pay for dining selections with a unique iPad mobile POS app called MenuPad.  Read Original Content

GCN provides details regarding eight tests used to determine if a computing device is “rugged” according to the U.S. Military Standard.  Read Original Content

To ensure materials are delivered as needed and on time, oil and gas company BP is employing a combined solution utilizing RFID and GPS technologies to track every component it ships from warehouses to South Korea, as part of a project to build a new offshore oil platform for use in the North Sea.  Read Original Content

According to a new report from ABI Research, about 30 billion devices are expected to be wirelessly connected to the Internet of Everything in 2020, compared to the current 10 billion in the market.  Read Original Content

The Earl is a solar-powered rugged tablet in development with a U.S. launch expected for August 2013.  The Earl uses a flexible E-Ink display to guarantee low-power consumption, is water/dust/shock/mud-proof and will run a version of Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean).  Read Original Content

To help readers keep up with barcode news and education, the Barcode News provides a list of five blogs with a partial or total focus on barcodes and automatic identification.  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.