Monday, September 16, 2013

Field Mobility News Weekly – Week of September 15, 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.

Also read Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly
Also read Mobile Commerce News Weekly
Also read Mobile Health News Weekly
Also read Mobility News Weekly

A recent report from MarketsandMarkets predicts the hospital asset management market, which includes RFID technology, will be worth $6.7 billion by 2017.  Read Original Content

The Durham Public School District in North Carolina has implemented a new GPS tracking system on school buses that will improve operating efficiency and help school officials and parents keep up with the daily trip to and from school.  Read Original Content

Liquid Motors has unveiled a mobile app to enable auto dealers and inspection companies to perform vehicle data collection, update pricing, capture vehicle photos and input vehicle condition data.  LiquidConnect runs on any Jelly Bean Android mobile device.  Read Original Content

While social, mobile, analytics and cloud technologies add a new dimension to your model, to fully maximize their value consider the sum is greater than its parts. The formula for the Future of Work is called SMAC - social, mobile, analytics and cloud on one integrated stack, where each function enables another to maximize their effect.  This newsletter is sponsored in part by Cognizant.

The city of Columbia, Missouri has adopted a free smartphone app with GPS tracking technology for its public transit system.  DoubleMap uses real-time GPS tracking to allow users to locate where city buses are on their route and receive an estimated time of arrival, decreasing customer wait time at bus stops.  Read Original Content

Ohio’s first open source geospatial laboratory will be housed at Kent State University. The lab will support computational social science research and educational excellence through the development, implementation, and application of open source geo-computation and geo-visualization.  Read Original Content
Victory Group, a waste collection firm in Great Britain, implemented a GPS vehicle tracking system, which resulted in a smoother running process of its fleet and its day-to-day jobs.  Read Original Content

Supergeo Technologies is releasing a new version of its mobile GIS software for improved accuracy and currency of GIS data.  SuperPad 3.1a is designed for mobile GIS and outdoor mapping with Windows Mobile devices.  Read Original Content

A McDonald’s restaurant in Singapore piloted the NFC-based “Happy Table” for two months this summer.  The system enabled customers' cell phones to become cars on a racetrack that was displayed on the phone's screen via NFC tag reads.  Read Original Content

American Reliance has made major upgrades to its line of fully rugged tablets. The company claims the new ROCKY DR10 8.4" and ROCKY DK10 12.1" tablets are faster, brighter, and tougher.  Read Original Content

RF Code, which specializes in RFID application in the data center, has reported it passed the two million mark in asset tracking tags sold worldwide, illustrating RFID technology’s growth.  Read Original Content

Government Technology interviewed a number of law enforcement officials scheduled to speak at the Police Innovation Conference September 16-17.  The officials described their thoughts on what’s new and important in law enforcement technology, including the use of tablet devices in the field, 3D printing and on-body cameras.  Read Original Content

Tim Pugh, director of electric service response at Florida utility JEA, states that, “Our challenge is finding the right balance of access to mobile technology with field employees who are skillful enough to use it to help customers”.  Read Original Content

RFID technology is being utilized in the healthcare industry to make identifying and finding recalled drugs faster than ever before.  North Carolina’s CaroMont Regional Medical Center has almost completely eliminated the manual process of tracking down recalled drugs thanks to its RFID system.  Read Original Content

Panasonic has unveiled its 20-inch, Windows-based Toughpad 4K rugged tablet.  The device is aimed at engineers, architects, and designers, as well as sales, marketing, and media professionals, and is expected to be available by November.  Read Original Content

Garmin has unveiled a new device aimed specifically at the motorcycle rider called the zumo 390LM.  The 390LM is able to transmit voice guided navigation directions to headsets or Bluetooth helmets including speaking out street names and navigation commands.  Read Original Content

Recent Articles by Kevin Benedict

Mobile Expert Video Series: Kevin in Copenhagen
How Do You Fund Innovation for Mobile and Digital Transformation?
What Do All these SMAC Developments Mean?
Mobile Marketing History and Infograph
Growth of Cloud-Based Mobile Platforms
Mobile Technologies, Delights and Family Life
3 Million Page Views and The Latest Numbers on Enterprise Mobility Trends

Whitepapers of Note

Don't Get SMACked - How Social, Mobile, Analytics and Cloud are Reshaping the Enterprise
Making BYOD Work for Your Organization

Kevin Benedict, Head Analyst for Social, Mobile, Analytics and Cloud (SMAC) Cognizant
View Linkedin Profile
Learn about mobile strategies at
Follow me on Twitter @krbenedict
Join the Linkedin Group Strategic Enterprise Mobility
***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.