Monday, June 17, 2013

Field Mobility News Weekly – Week of June 16, 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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Waste disposal company Republic Services combines GIS and other public data in an advanced auditing service to give cities and counties a more accurate count of the number of units the company serves for them.  Read Original Content

RFID technology is enabling amputees to program their prosthetic hands – swiping a wristband reader installed in the prosthesis with an RFID chip programmed to open the hand, for example.  Read Original Content

Getac and mobile device management firm SOTI have formed a partnership that will provide Getac customers an MDM solution for the Z710 rugged Android tablet device.  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.

GPS World is presenting a free webinar, “Nightmare on GIS Street: GNSS Accuracy, Datums and Geospatial Data”, to be held June 20 at 10 a.m. PDT.  The webinar takes a look at “the challenge of dealing with horizontal datums in your GIS”.  Read Original Content

Samsung announced the Galaxy S 4 Active, a smartphone designed for rugged situations.  The new device features a heavier and thicker case which keeps dust out and enables the smartphone to be submerged underwater more than three feet for up to a half hour.  Read Original Content
IBM is using a modified version of the Roomba vacuum-cleaning robot to plot temperature and humidity patterns in its data centers and, with the aid of RFID tags, to automatically keep track of equipment.  Read Original Content

Xplore Technologies is introducing the iX104C5-M2 rugged tablet computer for military and government applications.  The device has an integrated common access card reader to improve information security for military personnel, has an Intel Core i7 processor and is Windows 8 compatible.  Read Original Content

ThinkGeo released a new version of the Map Suite line of GIS software components for .NET developers.  Version 7.0 includes enhancements to geometric functions resulting in increased processing speeds, accuracy, and reliability.  Free trial downloads are available at  Read Original Content

Researchers at the U.K.’s University of Derby have begun a number of RFID-based projects focusing on identifying business opportunities for the use of RFID.  Read Original Content

Airbus has developed a prototype “smart” bag that comes with a companion iPhone app and a “Find My Bag” function to locate lost luggage.  An RFID chip inside the bag enables it to work with automated airport and airline baggage-handling systems which can “pair” smart chipped bag tags with a passenger’s itinerary and frequent flyer number.  Read Original Content

GPS technology aided by the use of drones for aerial photography may take much of the time-consuming effort out of replanting forests.  A new tree planting concept utilizing GPS could bring a 50 percent increase in efficiency within ten years.  Read Original Content

Google has acquired the navigation and traffic app Waze.  The free mobile app solicits input from users to improve directions and display traffic and road-hazard details.  Read Original Content

Armored transportation and security services provider Dunbar Armored implemented a rugged handheld mobile barcoding solution, which reduced time from each stop on the route.  Information is automatically uploaded at the end of each driver’s shift, simplifying backend operations.  Read Original Content

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan on the global passive RFID market reveals the market earned revenues of more than $2.98 billion in 2012 and is forecast to reach $11.58 billion in 2018.  Read Original Content

The Department of Homeland Security's Geospatial Management Office has selected BAE Systems to provide geospatial imagery and analysis for real-time intelligence products.  The data collected will be used to produce real-time intelligence products to support a variety of DHS missions, including emergency management of natural and manmade disasters.  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.