Monday, June 24, 2013

Field Mobility News Weekly – Week of June 23, 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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Audi is testing a new RFID car technology in Germany.  The adapted cars communicate wirelessly with car parking facilities, automatically raising the barrier and deducting the parking fee from the car’s account.  Read Original Content

Vehnet and RF Code have formed a partnership to enable their combined technology to deliver an Active RFID solution for the logistics and industrial marketplace.  Read Original Content

Getac’s Z710 rugged tablet has received the Explosive Atmosphere Zone II/22 certification for use in hazardous and explosive environments.  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.

Many retailers are utilizing mobile technology, including barcode scanning and GPS features, to make life easier for consumers.  Digiday’s Giselle Abramovich presents five retailers with mobile initiatives that make the in-store shopping experience better.  Read Original Content

The Barcode News provides “3 Tips for Optimizing Mobile Bar Code Campaigns.”  Read Original Content

When planning a mobile deployment, a fundamental decision for businesses is whether to build or buy the mobile applications the workforce will use in the field.  Mobile Enterprise and Astea present a whitepaper, “Mobile Applications: Build vs. Buy”, that addresses the issues surrounding this decision.  Read Original Content
Field service is a process spanning marketing to sales to service. “4 Reasons to Integrate an Automated Quoting System into your Field Service Business Strategy” is featured in MSI Data’s blog.  Read Original Content

The current special issue of Technology and Innovation - Proceedings of the National Academy of Inventors, is devoted to public health research using GIS to help provide beneficial data.  Researchers report on their use of GIS as a research tool and on its challenges.  Read Original Content

The Daimler Trucks North America assembly facility in Mexico is utilizing an RFID system to direct yard-truck drivers to the location where trailers are located and then delivered, saving time the staff previously spent driving around reading and manually recording serial numbers.  Read Original Content

Some businesses are using “vanity” barcodes – a combination of barcode and graphic design – as a clever marketing tool to help their brand or product stand out.  Read Original Content

“Extreme Tech: 10 Hot Rugged Tech Devices To Go Off The Grid,” featured on, lists and describes some of the newest tablets, laptops and mobile devices designed to be as durable as they are technologically advanced.  Read Original Content

ALK Technologies announced its free CoPilot GPS navigation app is now available for Windows Phone 8 Smartphones.  The app is already available for iOS and Android devices.  Read Original Content

RFID Journal’s “RFID in High Tech” conference and exhibition will be held October 2-3 in San Francisco.  The event will focus on the use of RFID technology within the high-tech value chain.  Read Original Content

Officers running national neglected tropical diseases control programs in Africa will be trained to use the latest mapping tools, including GIS, GPS and smartphones to create maps and collect data to help with practical control of diseases on the continent.  Read Original Content

DHL’s Martin Wegner provides a unique insight into “two of the most influential devices on the market,” RFID technology and 3D printing, in this article featured in  Read Original Content

Recent Articles by Kevin Benedict

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Whitepapers of Note

The A to Z of Mobile Workforce Scheduling Optimization
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mHealth Trends & Strategies 2013
Staying Awake with Workforce Management
Two Roads to Mobile Workforce Management: Choosing Between On-Premises and Cloud Delivery

Kevin Benedict, Head Analyst for Social, Mobile, Analytics and Cloud (SMAC) Cognizant
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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.