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Field Mobility News Weekly – Week of September 16, 2012

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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Students and faculty from Delta State University in Mississippi utilized GIS technology to create search and rescue maps to assist the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency as Hurricane Isaac reached the Gulf Coast.  Read Original Content

Panasonic’s rugged Toughbook 19 convertible tablet PC has been upgraded and will now feature the Intel Core i5-3320M vPro processor.  Read Original Content

Vertical Solutions, Inc. has launched HTML5-based mobile versions of its customer relationship management and field service software solutions.  Read Original Content

Since 1995, Syclo has enabled hundreds of companies in 37 countries and industries supercharge their businesses with mobility.  This newsletter is sponsored in part by Syclo.

The city of Indianapolis is using GPS technology with private field service crews taking inventory of streets and street signs, utilizing special vans equipped with cameras, sensors and laser guided radar.  Read Original Content

South African firm Harmonic Group is working with a private hospital to utilize RFID technology to track and secure newborn babies.  Read Original Content

MIT researchers have developed an ethylene-detecting sensor with an RFID chip that communicates with a handheld device to detect and display ethylene levels and reduce food waste in the supply chain.  Read Original Content


The City of Honolulu is undergoing a project which integrates GIS technology with 3D apps to help visualize and map development and planning proposals.  Read Original Content

The ThingMagic division of Trimble has created a new infographic titled “The Future of RFID:  Think Big, Yet Simple,” illustrating the benefits of RFID technology in industries such as healthcare, retail, construction and transportation.  Read Original Content

Unitech has created a white paper, “Automated Data Collection Made Easy”, describing how an automated barcode data collection system can be an easy to use solution.  Read Original Content

Field Technologies magazine provides “5 Reasons to go Rugged” in this article.  Read Original Content

Montreal’s public transportation system will undergo an upgrade with a new system to be launched in 2014 that will monitor the location of buses using GPS and will relay information to users via the Web and smart devices.  Read Original Content

The world’s largest cruise ship, Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas, uses RFID technology, facial recognition and handheld wireless devices for emergency responses, food safety, point-of-sale transactions and passenger service.  Read Original Content

A mountain rescue expert in the U.K. warns hikers that GPS mobile phones should only be used for urban walking, and those planning hikes in the hills should be equipped with a map and compass.  Read Original Content

Spain’s Costa del Sol has launched a campaign for smartphone users, enabling them to scan QR codes throughout the region to receive additional information about each site/venue.  Read Original Content

Finland’s Neste Oil has launched an RFID-based vehicle identification system at truck fueling stations throughout the country.  Read Original Content

ILS Technology provides ready-to-use cloud based platforms to implement and manage M2M (machine to machine) and embedded wireless devices that connect to SAP.  ILS Technology simplifies deployments and offers unparalleled security to protect company and customer data and to ensure regulatory compliance. This newsletter is sponsored in part by ILS Technology.

VDC Research Group predicts the handheld barcode scanner market in North and South America will grow at a compound annual growth rate of more than 9 percent to nearly $650 million by 2016.  Read Original Content

Organizations are discovering they must revise their thinking about building and deploying mobile applications to enable a positive user experience for employees and increase adoption of BYOD.  Read Original Content

Reports from China suggest Huawei is planning to jump into the M2M market in Europe, which may spell trouble for vendors including Cinterion, Sierra Wireless and Telit.  Read Original Content

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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.

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