Monday, October 07, 2013

Field Mobility News Weekly - Week of October 6, 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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Field service organizations face the challenge of how to tame the flow of the massive amounts of data collected, from sources including GPS and vehicle-tracking systems, telematics, fleet management and workforce management, and put it to good use. This article, featured in Business 2 Community, explores “Taking Control of Your Field Service Data.”  Read Original Content

A team of U.K. army reserve engineers utilized GPS technology to locate the site of a World War II airplane brought down by enemy fire in England in 1940.  The group also used laser scanners to capture all of the detail of the site as it was being excavated.  Read Original Content

The Washington State Department of Transportation is testing hybrid RFID technology that enables commuters to make bridge or high-occupancy toll lane payments via their mobile phone.  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 http://www.cognizant.com/futureofwork/smac.  This newsletter is sponsored in part by Cognizant.

According to a report from Markets and Markets, the global retail automation market is predicted to reach up to $973.67 billion by 2018, at a compound annual growth rate of 13.09 percent from 2013 to 2018.  Read Original Content

New connected technologies, such as GIS, GPS, and RFID, are providing the construction industry more data than in the past and allowing companies to collect large and complex data sets that provide new value.  Read Original Content
Rugged notepad devices were loaned by Juniper Systems to officials in Colorado to be used for disaster management and damage assessment after the recent flooding.  Read Original Content

GEO Business 2014, a new geospatial event incorporating an international trade exhibition, conference, and a hands-on workshop and demonstration program, will be held in London May 28-29, 2014.  Read Original Content

Records storage and information management firm Recall has been granted a patent for its data protection services asset management process powered by RFID.  Read Original Content

Major league baseball plans to utilize Apple’s iOS 7 location technology, iBeacon, which uses a low-energy variant of Bluetooth wireless technology to pick up data from sensors.  A 2014 update to MLB's At the Ballpark app will use the iBeacon feature to guide sports fans as they pass by low-power Bluetooth transmitters in the stadium.  Read Original Content

Compass4Colorado is a collaborative effort to make high-tech GIS and mapping capabilities available at little or no cost to organizations involved in the recovery activities related to the devastating Colorado floods.  Read Original Content

The Verigenics division of NewAge Industries has developed an RFID tracking system that withstands gamma irradiation.  The system tracks and identifies objects and devices used in the medical and pharmaceutical industries that require gamma irradiation for sterilization purposes.  Read Original Content

Hemisphere GNSS has unveiled a new series of rugged mobile handheld devices designed to work in harsh outdoor environments.  The rugged devices offer application software options designed to support survey, GIS, and mapping professionals.  Read Original Content

The Ask the Experts Forum from the RFID Journal recently posted an article answering the question “How Do RFID-based Toll-Collection Systems Work?”  Read Original Content

According to a new report from VDC Research, there is an accelerating transition away from traditional laser-based barcode scanners toward camera-based solutions “that can do much more than just simply read a barcode”.  Read Original Content

DAP Technologies and Omni-ID collaborated to produce a new series of rugged mobile tablets that incorporate both active and passive RFID reader capabilities.  Read Original Content

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Strategies for Cross-Platform Deployment of Enterprise Applications

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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.