Sunday, June 02, 2013

Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly – Week of June 2, 2013

Welcome to Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly, an online newsletter that consists of the most interesting news and articles related to enterprise mobility in Asia.  Asia is predicted to be the fastest area of growth for enterprise mobility between now and 2016.

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Providing a look at what the China market holds for m-commerce in 2012 and beyond, the video “China M-commerce Market Research 2012” from Advangent is now available on Vimeo.  Read Original Content

Hospitals in Japan and China are testing a smartphone-sized handheld RFID reader designed to reduce medication errors and potentially save lives.  The reader is used with an RFID patient wristband.  Read Original Content

Pakistan will become the fifth Asian country to use Beidou, China’s satellite navigation system.  China, Brunei, Thailand and Laos already utilize the system, consisting of 16 operational satellites.  Read Original Content

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China Mobile is beginning large-scale trials of 4G services as its Shanghai branch will invite 5,000 users to test the latest 4G products including mobile phones and data cards based on TD-LTE technology.  Read Original Content

Approximately seven million South Koreans, 14 percent of the population, are currently using LTE smartphones.  This number is predicted to jump to around 30 percent within a few months.  Read Original Content
A recent IDC study reveals nearly 60 percent of commercial smartphones in China are sold via telecom operators. IDC’s survey on corporate users also shows that telecom operators are the preferred partners for enterprises in deployment of their mobile applications.  Read Original Content

Hong Kong-based mobile solutions firm MPayMe and First Data Corporation have formed a strategic alliance to offer mobile payment solutions in key markets in the Asia Pacific region.  Read Original Content

Thailand’s Chiang Mai University and Saraphi Hospital have developed a mobile app designed to survey, collect and digitize health data of residents.  Read Original Content

The Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government released a report titled “Future-Proofing Local Government: National Workforce Strategy 2013–2020”.   One of the eight strategies described in the report is “Improving Productivity and Leveraging Technology”, outlining the “enormous potential” for mobile technologies such as field workforce management systems to improve the efficiency of council operations.  Read Original Content

To capitalize on Indonesia’s fast-growing population of mobile and Web users, SK Planet and PT XL Axiata are teaming up to offer mobile and online services in the country.  Read Original Content

According to research from consultancy firm TNS, 60 percent of New Zealanders own a smartphone, compared to 33 percent at this time last year, and tablet ownership has risen to 19 percent, compared to seven percent last year.  Read Original Content

Mobile communications and technology company Optus will roll out 4G coverage to 70 percent of Australians living in metropolitan areas by the middle of next year, along with a limited trial of a new technology used by China Mobile.  Read Original Content

Malaysian Web hosting provider Exabytes is offering a complete website zero cost startup package for local small and medium business.  Read Original Content

A startup mobile technology business, Mogeo, developed a free mobile app called CamperMate, which maps local amenities in New Zealand.  The app utilizes the GPS function of smartphones to highlight nearby facilities such as campsites, rubbish bins, public toilets, free Wi-Fi and supermarkets.  Read Original Content

Ford is planning to launch its mobile connectivity system SYNC in India within the next few weeks, enabling drivers to connect cell phones using the hands-free technology.  Read Original Content

The Square mobile payments system launched its first service operating outside the U.S. in Japan.  Read Original Content

“Mobile in East Asia: Why Japan, Korea and Singapore Lead the World in Mobile Monetization”, featured in Business Insider Australia, explores key trends and data and examine how these markets “may be harbingers of trends in the global mobile market”.  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.