Monday, September 09, 2013

Field Mobility News Weekly – Week of September 8, 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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The Ontario Ministry of Transportation in Canada utilizes laser and radar wildlife alert systems to reduce the number of vehicle collisions with wildlife.  Similar systems are being tested in the United States.  Read Original Content

The Community Coffee Company of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, deployed a mobile field solution using rugged handheld devices, which resulted in efficiency improvements in the field.  The company is also seeing a more efficient asset-tracking process for its brewing equipment along with on-the-spot availability of the service history of the equipment, which helps the technicians to immediately assist the customers.  Read Original Content

Market research firm Millward Brown is taking its data collection and tracking expertise mobile.  The company is partnering with clients in Africa, the Middle-East and the Asia Pacific region to exploit the benefits of speed and data accuracy that mobile data collection brings.  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 use of RFID is becoming more and more prevalent in manufacturing industries.  OATSystems’ Chris Forgione explores “Five Enterprise Trends Driving RFID Adoption in Manufacturing” in this article featured in Manufacturing Business Technology.  Read Original Content

Aircraft owners and operators must regularly check to ensure that all tires are properly inflated.  Some airlines and private jet operators have been employing an RFID-based solution to automate the process.  Read Original Content
Canada’s Flowfinity Wireless unveiled an enterprise mobility solution for streamlining oil and gas operations in the field. The enterprise mobile app platform enables oil and gas companies to use smartphones and tablet devices to improve the efficiency and accuracy of mission-critical activities.  Read Original Content

Alan France of Olympus Automation shares “How 3D Scanning can Help Improve Maintenance” in this article featured in FoodBev.com.  Read Original Content

Rugged mobile computer manufacturer Handheld Group launched a new version of its Algiz7 rugged tablet device.  Improvements include increased speed, better storage capacity, improved security and quicker communication capabilities.  Read Original Content

Communications vendor Mutualink is planning to utilize Google Glass to provide real-time, hands-free information to public safety officials.  The initial purchase of Mutualink equipment will be installed at the Integrated Command and Control Center in Rio de Janeiro so that security, fire and emergency supervisors and dispatchers can easily share information.  Read Original Content

ams AG has launched new sensor-enabled RFID tags for medical, automotive safety and other applications where temperature, physiological or environmental data is required.  The devices include an on-board temperature sensor, an interface to an external sensor, and can operate in passive mode.  Read Original Content

Microsoft is following Google’s lead and has added optical character recognition to images stored on its SkyDrive cloud storage service.  The tool will automatically run on Windows Phone users’ camera roll photos so they can see the extracted test whenever viewing photos on SkyDrive.com.  Read Original Content

Florida’s Miami-Dade County is utilizing technology, mobile apps and analytics to prevent crime, detect water leaks and improve light rail service.  Read Original Content

i2e Consulting has revamped its free SOS My Location GPS tracker app with a new look and new “Where am I” and “In Case of Emergency” features.  Read Original Content

Idaho State University is using GIS technology to map areas burned by wildfires to help the Bureau of Land Management rehabilitate those areas.  Using satellite imagery and a GIS mapping tool created by the university’s GIS Training and Research Center and NASA's Applied Sciences Program, fire managers quickly have pertinent information at their fingertips on their computers.  Read Original Content

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