Monday, June 03, 2013

Field Mobility News Weekly - Week of June 2, 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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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

Many government agencies are automating workflow using enterprise content management (ECM) software.  GovLoop provides an infographic breaking down the processes of ECM.  Read Original Content

Atlantic Limousine and Transportation of Atlanta, Georgia utilizes GPS for fleet tracking. Company management knows where the entire fleet is at all times and can reduce mileage and fuel consumption utilizing the GPS tracking technology.  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.

Mobelisk’s MoGo Chimera is a modular case for standard Android tablet devices that provides durability and enterprise features of expensive business-class tablets for a lot less money.  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
Geospatial solutions company GCS announced a new free webinar series focused on “developing solutions to the challenges of Geospatial Big Data by leveraging the fusion of location analytics, mobile platforms and cloud technologies”.  The first webinar will be held June 12.  Read Original Content

Caterpillar has unveiled the Cat B15 rugged Android smartphone, which is able to withstand both dust and water and enables users to interact with the screen even with wet hands.  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 video of the recent webinar, “Show off the Rugged: Next Gen Devices Modernize the Field” explains how rugged devices can reshape perceptions of field workers and contribute to the bottom line.  The 60-minute video is available on demand.  Read Original Content

Newly launched aims to bring geospatial data to the masses.  The company is built around World Wind, an open-source, spatial visualization platform developed by NASA. is currently in private beta and will offer the service in a "freemium" model - users can upload data for free as long as it is publicly available.  Read Original Content

A new Kickstarter project, Helios Bars, adds a long list of features to a standard bicycle including turn signals, GPS tracking, a visual speedometer and turn-by-turn navigation.  Read Original Content

A program developed in Palm Bay, Florida, unites SWAT teams with trauma surgeons by sending SWAT officers into the field with a mobile device and a webcam.  They can then connect with the trauma center enabling trauma surgeons to give assistance to the tactical team before the victim is taken to the trauma center for treatment.  Read Original Content

QR codes are being utilized by the International Gemological Institute to provide certification and related information about jewelry pieces.  The customer can use a smartphone and any barcode scanner app to access a webpage with information about the piece of jewelry from the IGI.  Read Original Content

Daimler plans to add QR code stickers to its Mercedes-Benz cars.  The barcodes will enable firefighters and paramedics to access critical information necessary to save car crash victims, directing smartphones to a webpage showing how to cut into each type of vehicle to free its passengers.  Read Original Content

Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort in Oregon launched a new system to utilize RFID technology to avoid delays in boarding ski lifts.  The lift gates are networked to the ticketing system and wirelessly capture skier information from the RFID tags without visual inspection or barcode scanning.  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.