Monday, November 04, 2013

Field Mobility News Weekly – Week of November 3, 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 United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation has expanded its partnership with DigitalGlobe, corresponding with the launch of The DigitalGlobe Foundation October 11. The USGIF sponsors and promotes geospatial educational programs, and has accredited geospatial intelligence programs at eight colleges and universities, and The DigitalGlobe Foundation will make grants to these academic institutions.  Read Original Content

The recent webinar from Xamarin and Scandit, “Enterprise-Grade Barcode Scanning with Scandit,” is available to view as a recording and the slides are also available on  Read Original Content

In the first of a four-part series about field service automation featured in Business 2 Community, Joanna Pfahler discusses “Mobile Events Manager: How Field Service Process Automation Can Keep Your Organization Alert”.  Read Original Content

ClickSoftware is an SAP mobility partner and the leading provider of automated workforce management and optimization solutions for every size of service business.  This newsletter is sponsored in part by ClickSoftware.

In part two of the series, the automated visual scheduler is explored.  Read Original Content

A pilot project will soon be underway in Mumbai, India, which will utilize 3D scanning and ultrasonic pulse technologies to detect where structural flaws exist in some of the city’s old and run-down structures.  Read Original Content
At-Scene launched a new mobile law enforcement solution for fast and secure field data collection using mobile devices.  The iCrime Fighter Enterprise solution enables officers in the field to quickly capture important field notes, evidence, images, videos and audio statements at the scene.  Read Original Content

To celebrate 2013’s International GIS Day on November 20, GIS People is organizing Australia’s largest geospatial display in Brisbane.  The free event will showcase the innovative and stunning uses of GIS technology in Queensland.  Read Original Content

Designer Seokmin Kang has developed a barcode scanner that fits over the user’s finger like a thimble, in an effort to reduce grocery store check-out times.  The scanner simplifies keeping track of the user’s shopping total by displaying prices on the back of the device.  Read Original Content

Five government CIO’s weigh in on smart watch technology in this article featured in Government Technology.  Read Original Content

A luxury hotel in the Lake Geneva area of Switzerland is utilizing RFID technology to treat all of its guests like VIPs, using RFID chips embedded in key fobs carried by guests to transmit their names to hotel employees for a more personal experience.  Read Original Content

Two Technologies has unveiled a new rugged waterproof handheld computing device.  The N4 is available to resellers or customers branded with their own company logo, keypad graphics and case color.  Read Original Content

System ID will host the 2013 Barcode Technology Summit in Grapevine, Texas on November 11.  The event is geared toward companies in the manufacturing, warehouse, logistics, supply chain, retail and transportation industries. Read Original Content

Garmin introduced a new rugged smart watch “inspired by the requirements of law enforcement and police special operations”.  The tactix features an altimeter, barometer, 3-axis compass, and extensive tracking capabilities for precise navigation in the field.  Read Original Content

Rumors are circulating that the Samsung Galaxy S5 will feature retina eye scanning technology to combat the fingerprint scanner included in the Apple iPhone 5S and the HTC One max.  Read Original Content

The Esri Ocean GIS Forum will be held November 5-7 in Redlands, California.  The event will give attendees a chance to see ways people are using GIS for ocean resource planning, science, and conservation.  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.