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Field Mobility and M2M News Weekly

Week of March 19, 2012

The Field Mobility and M2M News Weekly is an online newsletter made up of the most interesting news and articles related to field mobility and machine to machine communications that I run across each week.  I am specifically targeting information that reflects market data and trends.

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Rugged phones have been popping up on the mobile market for a little while now and Caterpillar has announced a new Android powered smartphone for the rough and tough customer, the CAT B10.  Read Original Content

Our lives are filled with connected gadgets, but there's more out there. Everyday household appliances are now connected to the Internet. Check out these fridges, thermostats, and scales that all go online to allow you more convenient control and save you energy and money. Read Original Content

The global RFID market is expected to reach $19.3 billion during 2011 – 2014, according to a new market research report from ReportLinker. Emerging RFID applications under different verticals will also outpace other automatic identification technologies, such as bar code. Read Original Content

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Two Spanish retailers are tracking the popularity of selected items within their stores, using technology that detects which products are lifted off shelves, and how often. The stores are utilizing an RFID-based system provided by Spanish automatic-identification solutions company Cité Trade Tech. Read Original Content

The integration of the smartphone into consumer vehicles will become all but standard on new models, finds a new report by Juniper Research, which forecasts that 92 million vehicles will feature technology to integrate the smartphone into the head-unit by 2016. Read Original Content


The rugged tablet market has been exploding in recent months, putting out ever tougher, ever faster and ever more economical ruggedized devices to help companies meet the high-speed, high-tech business intelligence needs of the era. Read Original Content



Local soccer clubs in Nuremburg, Germany are testing an RFID-based system provided by the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits, an applied research organization, that follows the movements of players and balls in order to provide automated score-keeping during games, as well as training beforehand. Read Original Content

The cities of Cincinnati and Grand Rapids, Michigan have implemented an RFID-based recycling system from the duo of UPM RFID and Cascade Engineering. The two municipalities are using RFID technology to optimize waste management processes and to motivate citizen behavioral change with incentive-based recycling programs and pay-as-you-throw pricing. Read Original Content

Group Mobile and Emergency Response Maps announced a partnership that will provide a turnkey mapping and mobile response solutions to first responders. The relationship will combine ERM’s RUNBOOK software with rugged laptops and tablet computers supplied by Group Mobile. Read Original Content

The Marines are evaluating the Nexus One, an Android smartphone made by Taiwan’s HTC. The technology will allow Marines to check their e-mail messages, view maps and complete a variety of other data-oriented tasks. Read Original Content

The early months of 2012 have already proved deadly for tornadoes and severe weather. M2M technology is providing a direct link for these alerts to some homes. 2GIG Technologies provides home-control technology, and during recent severe weather events, more than 14,000 customers received real-time severe weather alerts through their connected-home systems. Read Original Content

The growing role of M2M technology in the wireless industry was clearly on display during the recent Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, Spain. The GSMA doubled the space allotted to its "Connected House" initiative this year compared with last year. Read Original Content

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Kevin Benedict, Independent Mobile Industry Analyst, Consultant and SAP Mentor Volunteer
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Full Disclosure: I am an independent mobility analyst, consultant and blogger. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.

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Kevin Benedict is the Senior Analyst for Digital Transformation at Cognizant, a writer, speaker and SAP Mentor Alumnus. Follow him on Twitter @krbenedict. He is a popular speaker around the world on the topic of digital transformation and enterprise mobility. He maintains a busy schedule researching, writing and speaking at events in North America, Asia and Europe. He has over 25 years of experience working in the enterprise IT solutions industry.