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Field Mobility News Weekly – Week of August 11, 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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Hawaii’s Department of Education will begin an overhaul of its public school transportation system, which will include a GPS system using a student’s ID number to track where a student boards and gets off a bus.  Read Original Content

Citing the fact that “RFID hardware is prohibitively expensive for most brands”; Jen Ohs of Brightline Interactive believes the future may be in facial recognition technology over RFID.  Read Original Content

The need to understand customer demographics and buying patterns is a key factor contributing to the growth of the GIS market in the retail industry, which is predicted to grow at a CAGR of 18.55 percent over the period 2012-2016.  Read Original Content

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According to a new report from Juniper Research, mobile ticketing transactions will jump to 16 billion by 2018, three times the expected volume for 2013.  Read Original Content

Coast to Coast Express utilizes a GPS tracking system for its fleet to manage and improve fuel economy.  Read Original Content
Researchers in Australia are utilizing GIS technology to create digital 3D reconstructions of the ocean floor, hoping to demonstrate technology that can be used to search for shipwrecks along the Australian coast over the coming years.  Read Original Content

Stating that “reliable RFID of tires with embedded technology has been shown it can improve tire tracking throughout the tire's life cycle,” Michelin would like to speed up the pace of deployment of RFID of tires.  The company is offering to license free of charge - with reciprocity - any of its patents relating to the adoption of industry standards.  Read Original Content

London’s Heathrow Airport is using barcode technology to track passengers through its terminals to reduce delays to aircraft caused by people arriving late for their flights.  Read Original Content

The RFID Journal’s Mark Roberti believes investment in RFID technology can automate data collection in the food and beverage industry.  RFID can be linked with GPS data to record products’ origins, helping to ensure food safety.  Read Original Content

The BarCode News gives detailed information to aid businesses with product barcodes in “How to Put Barcodes on Your Products”.  Read Original Content

Makati City in the Philippines has used GIS technology to develop its own Land Information System and has also produced a coordinates-based cadastral map.  Read Original Content

A team of engineering students at the University of California, San Diego, designed a small, two-wheeled prototype robot that eventually can enter a burning building and relay critical information about the scene to firefighters before they enter a structure.  Read Original Content

The global GIS market in the utility industry is forecast to grow at a CAGR of 10.37 percent over the period 2012-2016, due in part to the increasing need for knowledge infrastructure.  Read Original Content

RFID Journal’s “Ask the Experts Forum” provides instructions for testing RFID tags.  Read Original Content

Using a false civil GPS signal that was more local and stronger than the satellites that transmit civil GPS signals, researchers from The University of Texas at Austin took control of the sophisticated navigation system of an $80 million yacht in the Mediterranean, exposing a dangerous flaw.  Read Original Content

New West Technologies has developed a new tool for retailers using Android and iOS devices for mobile business management.  Point Inventory Count enables users to count, assign, analyze, post, report and update inventory in real-time from multiple devices.  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.