Monday, July 15, 2013

Field Mobility News Weekly – Week of July 14, 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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With its Toughbook range of products, Panasonic expects to capture 50 percent of the global rugged tablet market by 2015.  Read Original Content

Mobile Aspects has developed the “iRIScope cabinet” for healthcare.  The iRIScope uses RFID technology to prevent the spread of infection through flexible endoscopes, and tracks and timestamps the equipment’s movements.  Read Original Content

Motion Computing has enhanced its CL910 Tablet PC for the mobile workforce to simplify work for those in retail and field service.  The enhancements include a reduction in weight, a brighter screen and a 180 degree viewing angle.  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.

A new app from Digit-Eyes will help the visually impaired identify products by scanning a barcode, looking up the contents and reading the information out loud to the user.  Read Original Content

The service department of an Audi dealership in Florida is utilizing RFID technology to reduce repair order time by about six minutes.  The dealership equips every new vehicle with RFID tags, embedded with an antenna and a microchip, which send service information to employees’ computers, tablets and smartphones.  Read Original Content
A new mobile app for public safety may help emergency response coordinators stay up-to-date on their volunteer teams and improve coordination with other public safety groups. The CERTify app enables community emergency response team coordinators to send messages and assignments during emergencies.  Read Original Content

Citing the increasing demand for GIS in the construction of roads and railroads as a key growth factor, analysts at TechNavio predict the global GIS market in the transportation industry to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 12.64 over the period 2012-2016.  Read Original Content

Retirement Systems of Alabama is finding that embracing BYOD is helping improve data security.  To enhance security on personal devices, the company implemented a security tool allowing IT staff to pinpoint the location of any device on the system that is reported lost or stolen.  Read Original Content

Australia’s Woolworths grocery stores are implementing a QR code program to enable customers to access details regarding the local growers who supply the stores with the fruit and vegetables they buy.  Read Original Content

The National Information Sharing Consortium and Esri have formed a partnership to improve the sharing of geospatial data among federal, state and local government agencies during natural disasters or emergencies.  Read Original Content

Giving the country an alternative to GPS, India successfully launched its first dedicated navigation satellite.  The next satellite in the series is scheduled for launch in early 2014.  Read Original Content

Global electronics company Siemens is utilizing RFID technology to add value to their products and improve the experience for customers.  Using a handheld reader, a customer can detect a given part’s ID and serial numbers, as well as record maintenance information to the part’s RFID label.  Read Original Content

Black Cat Fireworks used “Cat Scan” kiosks to show off their products to customers for the 4th of July.  The customer scanned the product using the kiosk’s barcode reader and was shown a video of that firework product exploding in action.  Read Original Content

In this article featured in Smart Van, Courtney Buchanan describes how field mobility is helping out firefighters on the front lines.  Read Original Content

Google’s new free “Field Trip” app for Android and iPhone utilizes GPS to notify users when they near an interesting attraction.  Read Original Content

Bill Marchel explains how to “Calculate Acreage Using a Handheld GPS” in this article featured in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.  Read Original Content

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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.