Monday, July 22, 2013

Field Mobility News Weekly – Week of July 21, 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 Malaysian government will utilize RFID technology for vehicle registration to curb incidences of car theft and other criminal activities involving vehicles.  The smart registration number plate system will automatically identify vehicles and verify they are properly registered.  Read Original Content

This article, featured in Yahoo! Small Business Advisor describes and provides links for “The Best Android Field Services Management Mobile Apps”.  Read Original Content

PinPoint GPS promises increased usability and functionality with the launch of its new website.  Read Original Content

AnyPresence is a mobile development platform that reduces the time and cost of mobile-enabling enterprise business processes, products, and services. It offers organizations the ability to assemble and deploy backend servers, native iOS, native Android, and HTML5 mobile web apps without platform "lock-in". This newsletter is sponsored in part by AnyPresence.

Credit card processor Square launched its physical point-of-sale system at Apple retail stores.  The Square Stand transforms a user’s iPad into a credit card terminal and POS system that works with Square’s Register app and external devices such as cash drawers, barcode scanners, receipt printers and the payment card reader.  Read Original Content

The BarCode News offers a free barcode directory featuring a database of approximately 1,800 companies providing products and services related to the barcode and point-of-sale industries.  Read Original Content
RFID Journal editor Mark Roberti believes that although there will be steady growth in RFID deployments in the coming years, the lack of standards for the use of RFID will hold back mass adoption in some industries.  Read Original Content

Garmin has developed a GPS “heads-up display”, which uses a dash-mounted projector to display turn-by-turn directions, either on a transparent film on the windshield or on an attached reflector lens. The heads-up display, or HUD, will be available this summer.  Read Original Content

ServiceMax and Field Service are sponsoring a webinar, “Will BYOD Bring Field Service to Life?” on July 25 at 1:00 pm ET.  Read Original Content

SAP has formed a partnership with Esri to integrate its ArcGIS platform with the Hana database, BusinessObjects analytics and the SAP Mobile platform.  SAP’s David Jonker states, “With mobile-to-mobile activity growing and companies collecting sensor information and considering the Internet of things, location information will be critical”.  Read Original Content

An industry and government consortium, the Network Centric Operations Industry Consortium, has begun testing a cloud infrastructure that will demonstrate how a coalition of organizations can share geospatial information as they respond to natural disasters around the world.  Read Original Content

Farsens has unveiled a battery-free RFID sensor tag that can communicate a unique ID and the associated temperature data without the need of battery supply on the sensor tags.  Read Original Content

Stanley Healthcare released a new version of its Hugs Infant Protection System, a tracking solution enabling hospitals to locate tags on babies and identify when the tags leave an authorized area.  The new version utilizes a hospital’s Wi-Fi network.  Read Original Content

Xplore Technologies launched the RangerX rugged Android tablet, featuring a 10-hour battery life, large storage capacity and a rugged outdoor viewable display.  Read Original Content

Because “there is ample evidence that using barcode scanners…cuts down the error rate”, pharmacists in Australia may soon be required to use barcode scanners when dispensing medications.  Read Original Content

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has introduced a new, interactive map that displays information that predicts a hurricane’s path along with GIS data on energy infrastructure, allowing those in the energy industry to keep an extra close watch on natural disasters as they unfold.  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.