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Field Mobility News Weekly – Week of September 29, 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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According to ABI Research, the market for portable GPS-enabled devices is forecast to grow from 33.3 million units in 2012 to 36.79 million in 2018.  Read Original Content

Avery Dennison RFID and Xtreme RFID have teamed up to develop the RFID-based Xtreme Metal Tag, which can be used in a variety of applications including solid waste & recycling, material handling and asset tracking.  Read Original Content

Leedo Cabinetry, based in Houston, Texas, launched a program to provide real-time field project updates using tablet devices, resulting in a decrease in the time it takes to receive unit measurements, status updates and replacements from days to hours.  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.  To learn more about SMAC and Cognizant please visit  This newsletter is sponsored in part by Cognizant.

The Bexar County BiblioTech in Texas is a completely digital library, and offers 600 e-reader and tablet devices for checkout to readers without an electronic reading device of their own.  Read Original Content

Honeywell has completed its acquisition of Intermec, which will be integrated with Honeywell Scanning & Mobility, within the company's Automation and Control Solutions business.  Read Original Content
Socket Mobile has begun shipping the Socket Bluetooth Cordless Hand Scanner Series 8, a small, thin commercial-grade barcode scanner that can be attached to Apple’s iPhone, iPod Touch or other mobile devices to provide a one-handed scanning solution.  Read Original Content

Mary Brittain-White, of Retriever Communications, believes mobility of a company’s field staff means putting in systems where there is a major customer touch point or capability delivery.  She shares her insight into “Why Good Companies Make Bad Mobile Decisions”, in this article featured in Wired.  Read Original Content

Two exchange students at MIT developed a wearable ring that serves as a subway fare card using embedded RFID technology.  The user swipes the ring at a subway turnstile and can refill it either online or at a vending machine.  Read Original Content

The Freight Transport Association in the U.K. has launched a new app to enable van drivers to complete vehicle inspection checks on a smartphone or tablet, reducing the inefficiencies of a paper-based system.  Read Original Content

California’s San Diego County partnered with the University of California, San Diego, and Verizon to provide health officials a less invasive way to monitor the treatment of
Tuberculosis patients using smartphone mobile video technology.  Read Original Content

The Barcode News provides instructions on “How to Add a QR Code to Your Gmail Signature”.  Read Original Content

India’s TVS Motor Co. installed an RFID solution at its headquarters and factory.  The system monitors the locations of guests as they move throughout the 250-acre compound, preventing security breaches.  Read Original Content

A consulting firm is working with Napa County in California to track traffic behavior by collecting license plate images and anonymous records of cell phone GPS location data.  Read Original Content

The fingerprint scanning in Apple’s new iPhone models could start a trend for device makers to adopt the authentication method as a successor to passwords.  According to Apple, information about the fingerprint is stored on the device and not uploaded to company networks.  Read Original Content

A team of academic researchers conducted a study that found the use of RFID technology can improve environmental sustainability, by providing more accurate and timely information to an organization's green supply chain management practices.  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.