Monday, July 08, 2013

Field Mobility News Weekly – Week of July 7, 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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The Analysis of the Global Barcode Printer Market research report covers the global barcode printer market including desktop, industrial and portable barcode printers.  The report analyzes key market drivers, restraints and challenges and also describes technology trends and provides a competitive analysis.  Read Original Content

Roanoke City in Virginia has launched a new and improved GIS website designed to be a “one-stop source of information across a wide range of city services and programs”.  Read Original Content

Esri recently created an online GIS mapping system to illustrate the extent of western wildfire burning to aid residents, firefighters, emergency response workers and officials.
GIS analysis can help predict where a potential fire will occur and also where an existing fire may spread.  Read Original Content

AnyPresence is a mobile development platform that reduces the time and cost of mobile-enabling enterprise business processes, products, and services. It offers organizations the ability to assemble and deploy backend servers, native iOS, native Android, and HTML5 mobile web apps without platform "lock-in". This newsletter is sponsored in part by AnyPresence.

New Jersey’s Winslow Township has implemented a new system utilizing a personalized barcode on the doorframe of a home or business.  Using an encrypted iPhone or Android app, police can gain access to a database storing contact and emergency information and can then contact home and business owners in case of an emergency.  Read Original Content

Robert Avsec provides advice and benchmark certifications he recommends for choosing rugged devices to be used for fire and EMS needs in this article featured in  Read Original Content
Headstone and monument retailer Sprung Memorial Group implemented a system utilizing RFID tags and readers to track the cemetery monuments it stores, engraves and ships to customers.  The new system has reduced the time required for inventory audits by 96 percent.  Read Original Content

Sam’s Club is adding 10,000 self-checkout lanes for shoppers to scan product barcodes and pay for their purchases, while rival warehouse club Costco is eliminating self-checkout.  In “Do-It-Yourself Checkout: Love It or Hate It, Barcode Scanning is in Your Future”, featured in Time, Martha C. White describes the benefits and drawbacks to self-checkout technology.  Read Original Content

Rugged laptops find applications in a variety of fields, including military and aerospace, navigation, law enforcement, firefighting, utilities, agriculture, construction, and many more.  “Rugged Laptops and its Applications”, featured in, details the many applications and benefits of rugged devices.  Read Original Content

British Airways will launch a new, digitized version of the luggage tag.  The new tags will automatically produce a barcode for each flight.  The passenger checks in, waves his/her smartphone over the tag, and the tag switches to the barcode corresponding to the passenger’s flight, sending flight details to the smartphone.  Read Original Content

In this video, featured in MIT Enterprise Forum Cambridge, Dr. Sanjay Sarma, co-founder of The Auto-ID Center at MIT, discusses how RFID will evolve as supply chains expand.  Read Original Content

Audi is adding a link to GPS and a front-facing camera for the headlights on its A8 sedans.  The new system relays the path of the road ahead and begins bending the light around the corner just before the driver turns the wheel.  Read Original Content

Hitachi has developed a new “stealth barcode” system, which utilizes 2D barcodes printed using an ink only visible under ultraviolet light and can be applied to just about any type of product and read at very high speeds.  Read Original Content

Multi-part barcode labels are designed to improve tracking, prevent theft and increase the chance of asset recovery.  The tags duplicate information to reduce errors and prevent vandals from removing them.  Read Original Content

The United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation will host a Denver Technical Workshop July 17-19 in Colorado. The workshop is aimed at engaging the geospatial intelligence community in the west with classified and unclassified training, keynote speakers, presentations and networking opportunities.  Read Original Content

Liberia is using a new barcode system to regulate the timber trade.  The system ensures only legal timber will enter the European Union from Liberia, a country that holds nearly two-thirds of West Africa’s rainforests.  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.