Monday, November 18, 2013

Field Mobility News Weekly – Week of November 17, 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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Microsoft, Nokia and Apple have announced new products and development plans.  Rapid advances in mobile device and field service application technology have helped companies adopt mobile technology in the field.  Read Original Content

A cement manufacturer in Indonesia utilized mobile GIS software to complete field data collection to help management make informative decisions and policies with accurate information.  The software enables the company to capture and report surveyed data and update the database to effectively manage the company’s resources.  Read Original Content

Trimble has unveiled the newest release of its GeoExplorer data collection solution.  The Geo 7X includes an integrated laser rangefinder module, extended GNSS capabilities and improved hardware performance. 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.

CommandScope is an emergency pre-planning database with a simple dashboard that allows users to view key areas of a building in real time. The data can be viewed by building managers, and shared with police, fire and SWAT teams for use during an emergency.  Read Original Content

In part three of Joanna Pfahler’s Field Service Process Automation series, featured in Business 2 Community, she advises companies to “Automate Your Service Contracts for Optimized Yearly Profit: How Field Service Process Automation Can Keep Your Organization Alert (Part 3)”.  Read Original Content
According to a recent report from Infogroup Target Solutions, the number of retailers using mobile point-of-sale technology will triple over the next five years.  Read Original Content

Researchers in the Netherlands are working on a new GPS navigation system connected to a smartphone app that will tell drivers when to change lanes. The goal of the system is to put an end to traffic jams.  Read Original Content

U.S. Department of Homeland Security has embarked on a program to test the accuracy of various off-the-shelf facial recognition platforms.  This will help the Department better understand facial recognition and how it can be used by all levels of government and first responders.  Read Original Content

GPS sensors are a significant battery drain, and it is difficult to get a GPS signal in city locations where tall buildings, bridges and tunnels tend to block the signal.  Computer science student researchers have developed a program to reduce power consumption while increasing the device’s positioning accuracy.  Read Original Content

A leading North American retail chain has deployed RFID solutions in all (more than 1000) of its retail stores.  The objective is to improve the consumer's shopping experience through better inventory accuracy and merchandise availability.  Read Original Content

Cities investing in technology are seeing huge cost savings that are critical to operations and their ability to meet higher demand for services.  The Center for Digital Government has announced its winners in the 2013 Digital Cities Survey.  Read Original Content

While fleet and workforce management solutions can monitor day-to-day operations, these technologies are also playing a major role in mission-critical events such as damage assessment and cleanup.  Read Original Content

According to a new report from ScanLife, mobile barcode usage is seeing more activity worldwide, with 181 scans now taking place every minute.  The percentage of total scans from Android devices increased from 57 percent in the first quarter of 2013 to 64 percent in the third quarter.  Read Original Content

GS1 US administers the GS1 System of bar-code standards, provides education and support, and connects communities interested in supply chain standards through events and online forums.  Read Original Content

Recent Articles by Kevin Benedict

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Selling and Buying Enterprise Mobility
Mobile Strategies, Cloud Computing and the Role of Speed and Agility

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Whitepapers of Note

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How to Realize the Vision of Enterprise Mobility
A Smarter Way to Integrate and Mobilize Oracle JD Edwards Applications
Strategies for Cross-Platform Deployment of Enterprise Applications

Kevin Benedict, Head Analyst for Social, Mobile, Analytics and Cloud (SMAC) Cognizant
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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.