Monday, July 29, 2013

Field Mobility News Weekly – Week of July 28, 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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Some companies in the barcode industry are using a method called “pay-per-click” to attract prospective customers to their websites.  The BarCode News explores this method in “The Cost of Pay Per Click (PPC) in the Bar Code World”.  Read Original Content

Merrick & Company’s GeoSpatial Solutions group has purchased an unmanned aerial system to support surveying and mapping data collection projects in Mexico and Latin America.  Read Original Content

Four hospitals in Denmark are testing an RFID solution to determine if it can improve efficiency in surgical tool management and reduce the incidence of lost instruments at health-care facilities.  Read Original Content

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Trimble Field Service Management’s Omar-Pierre Soubra discusses upcoming technology trends in field service including self-driving cars, augmented reality glasses and 3D printing in this article featured in Fleet News.  Read Original Content

International relief charity Direct Relief has developed the use of GIS and spatial analysis in public reporting, delivering aid and identifying areas where people are in most need.  This has increased the charity’s efficiency is building better relations with donors.  Read Original Content
Infrastructure software solution provider Bentley Systems launched Bentley Map Mobile, enabling users to view and act upon Bentley Map geospatial information through mobile devices.  The company also launched the Field Supervisor app for iPad devices.   Read Original Content

Gadget website T3 provides a list and descriptions of “The Best Handheld GPS Devices 2013”.  Read Original Content

Researchers are designing robots for use in agriculture by integrating advanced sensors, powerful computing, electronics, computer vision, robotic hardware and algorithms, as well as networking and high precision GPS localization technologies.  Read Original Content

The Calgary Herald shares its take on “Four Rugged Gadgets for Summer,” including the Sony Xperia Z Android smartphone and the Olympus Tough TG-820 IHS camera.  Read Original Content

Mobile 4G LTE provider Oceus Networks recently demonstrated that balloon-powered technology can be used to provide broadband coverage and communications services to first responders within 72 hours of an emergency or natural disaster.  Read Original Content

MIT Media Lab researchers are making it possible to use “graffiti QR codes” the same way as those that are computer generated.  Graffiti QR codes would allow a hand drawn barcode to be converted into a scannable and readable image that smartphone users could turn into a much broader amount of content.  Read Original Content

Directions Magazine provides a summary of topics discussed at the Esri Education GIS Conference 2013.  Read Original Content

Researchers have found that GPS signals can be utilized to measure and map the wind speeds of hurricanes.  Read Original Content

Mobile devices equipped with long-range barcode scanning capability are able to scan at distances exceeding 30 feet.   Long range barcode scanning can be an effective way to reduce labor costs, improve safety and increase profitability in warehousing management operations.  Read Original Content

A geographic information system is one of the most important tools for utilities.  Next-generation GIS tools for field teams improve network performance and the bottom line without the cost of adding more IT resources.  Read Original Content

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