Monday, September 02, 2013

Field Mobility News Weekly – Week of September 1, 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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Free barcode scanning and catalog app Consumr (formerly Consmr) has a new update, version 2.1, with added features including viewing the average price of a product and one million more product ratings from retailers.  Read Original Content

The BarCode News brings comments from the barcode industry concerning Microsoft’s planned exit from its Tag Service in 2015.  One article, “Microsoft Exits TAG - Good or Bad for the barcode industry?” explores what the move means for the industry as a whole.  Another article, “Microsoft Exits Tag - Part 3” features input from a number of industry professionals.

A developer has created a Google Glass app that lets the wearer scan and price compare products via barcode.  Read Original Content

Three Princeton University students developed an iPad app for firefighters in the field.  The FireStop app draws information from a database and displays data including building layouts, fire hydrant locations and hazardous materials warnings in an easy-to-read format.  Read Original Content

Norwegian ferry service Fjord Line has implemented a system utilizing RFID technology for their cabin locks, enabling passengers to board and disembark using contactless RFID cards.  Read Original Content

Artist Anthony Antonellis had an RFID chip embedded under his skin to become a “walking art gallery”.  The chip can be scanned by smartphones to display tiny works of art.  Read Original Content
The Digital Advertising Alliance has announced new guidance to assure its Self-Regulatory Principles are honored in mobile environments.  The new guidance advises advertisers, agencies, media, and technology companies how to provide consumers the ability to see and exercise control over the use of cross-app, personal directory, and precise location data in mobile apps.  Read Original Content

RFID technology addresses many problems in the healthcare industry, including the challenges of locating hospital equipment, improving patient flow, managing inventory and tracking devices used during an operation.  A downfall, however, is the technology's inability to locate an asset precisely.  Read Original Content

The BarCode News asks “Can Enterprises use Smartphones for Auto-ID and Data Collection?” and goes to codeREADr CEO Richard Eicher Jr. for his thoughts.  Read Original Content

Mobile data collection software firm AboutTime Technologies teamed up with Reeves Business Solutions to present informational seminars on the benefits and best practices of collecting mobile field data and integrating it with accounting and payroll solutions to help construction businesses gain advantage in their industry.  Read Original Content

Researchers in Hawaii are utilizing GPS and an Android app to accurately measure populations of Hawaiian delicacy opihi.  Read Original Content

The Richardson, Texas police department has implemented an RFID system for equipment check-ins and check-outs during shift changes, saving the department 7.5 to 12 hours of labor per day.  Read Original Content

Pixelnetica’s free PDF scanning app for iPhone, called SharpScan, receives a favorable review from Tucker Cummings in tapscape.  Read Original Content

To avoid the controversy over data collection, retailers are trying a new tactic to collect consumer data.  Mobile fashion app Swirl allows shoppers to opt-in to data collection in exchange for a shopping discount.  Read Original Content

Software industry professional James Buckley explores “What the Consumerization of GIS Means for Business Intelligence” in this article featured in Business 2 Community.  Read Original Content

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