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Field Mobility News Weekly – Week of August 18, 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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Development Gateway’s Dustin Homer discusses how, by utilizing GIS, project managers can quickly demystify complex problems and assist the decisions that aid development organizations make every day in this article featured in FutureGov.  Read Original Content

Effective January 26, 2014, the U.S. Postal Service will require its “Full-Service Intelligent Mail” barcode for businesses to qualify for discounted rates on bulk mailing.  Read Original Content

Rugged identification product manufacturer Holland 1916 created a video to illustrate the durability of RFID tag solutions.  The video is featured in this article in the BarCode News.  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.

Tile has developed small GPS enabled tags that can be attached to a user’s belongings.  The tags are synced to work with the associated iOS app to help track down lost items.  Read Original Content

The strategic investment segment of the U.S. intelligence community, In-Q-Tel, has invested in OpenGeo, a geospatial data startup.  OpenGeo’s open-source software enables users to store, analyze and create maps from location data collected.  Read Original Content
The Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority of Austin, Texas will roll out a fleet of high-tech buses in 2014.  The buses will utilize GPS technology that communicates with the city’s traffic signal management system so when a bus approaches a green light, the light will remain green for an additional seven seconds for the bus to pass through.  Read Original Content

According to a new report from ScanLife, mobile barcode scanning is on the rise.  The report reveals users scan over three times per month on average, a 22 percent increase from a year ago.  Read Original Content

IMS Research predicts wearable computing device sales will jump from 14 million sold in 2011 to 170 million in 2016. features a two-part series featuring details on the types of wearable devices, possible uses for the devices in the enterprise, and challenges the devices bring.  Read Original Content

GIS technology is helping to determine where in Australia medical services are required to address and treat mental health issues.  Read Original Content

A GPS-based automatic lighting system has been installed in the parcel compartment of a train in India to prevent short-circuits and accidental fires.  The system switches the lights off automatically on the basis of the train’s speed.  Read Original Content

The new Colorbit barcode offers new potential uses that conventional bar codes can't match.  For example, a picture can be taken of a group of Colorbit barcodes and the reader will decipher all of them.  Read Original Content

A newly launched smartphone app in New Zealand enables users to scan a product's barcode and immediately receive nutrition information and advice on healthier options.  Read Original Content

The SOL is a solar-powered rugged laptop developed by WeWi Telecommunications of Canada.  The laptop runs eight to ten hours on a charge and takes approximately two hours to recharge in sunlight.  Read Original Content

Google’s recently launched Nexus 7 tablet is encountering issues with its GPS features.  The tablet reportedly loses GPS connectivity and fails to lock in again after initially working for a few minutes.  Read Original Content

In this article, Brian Albright of Field Technologies magazine explores the question “Is the iPhone Tough Enough for Field Service?”  Read Original Content

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