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Field Mobility News Weekly – Week of December 9, 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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Magellan has developed a GPS car kit that adds a more powerful antenna, speaker and charging for Apple’s iPhone and iPod Touch.  Read Original Content

GolfLogix is a smartphone application that transforms your phone into a GPS device and more.  Developed for multiple devices, including iPhone, BlackBerry and Android, the app enables golfers to sync rounds of golf with the GolfLogix.com website and access their statistics.  Read Original Content

It is necessary to test barcodes to avoid problems and potentially huge liability.  John Nachtrieb of Barcode-Test describes how to test a barcode in this article featured in The Barcode News.  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.

Westcoast and Wasp Barcode Technologies have formed a partnership to offer inventory control, assets tracking, time and attendance, barcode scanners, and POS solutions to help small businesses improve profitability.  Read Original Content

ScanLife reports 270,000 scans on “Black Friday” 2012, over 50 percent more than the daily average, and 75 percent of the codes scanned were QR codes rather than UPC codes.  Read Original Content


Taiwan’s ADLINK Technology has unveiled the IMX-2000 rugged handheld computer for logistics management, transportation and factory automation.  The Android device features integrated Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GSM, GPS, and AGPS.   Read Original Content

New analysis of the European RFID retail market from Frost & Sullivan reveals the market earned revenues of 289.6 million in 2011 and predicts revenues will reach 3,206 million in 2017.  Read Original Content

Mark Forrest of Trimble discusses how investment in today's field service management technology can help streamline business processes to lead to long-term efficiency, profitability and customer retention. Read Original Content

GPS technology is enabling wildlife experts to track grizzly bears and study their migration patterns and behaviors, bringing their understanding of interactions with other species on the landscape to a whole new level.  Read Original Content

The city of University Heights in Ohio will deploy a GPS clock synchronization system for the police department, which will provide time synchronization to all timing devices connected to the police department public safety system.  Read Original Content

According to a recent study from ABI Research, tablets and cameras are forecast to be the next major markets for location-based services.  Applications on tablets are predicted to mirror smartphones, “with focus on local search, social, enterprise, navigation and ambient intelligence”.  Read Original Content

Korea’s Hanmi IT has developed a robotic RFID-based reading system that uses a motorized reader which travels along a rail to automatically locate and count products within a warehouse or retail store, taking the place of a worker equipped with a handheld RFID reader.  Read Original Content

Italy’s University of Parma is conducting a pilot project to assess the value of RFID-based data in reducing the incidence of perishable product shrinkage due to expiration, using RFID tags from the point of manufacture to the trash compactors utilized at stores after products are put out on the sales floor.  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.

GIS technology is becoming a more integral part of technology solutions in New Zealand.  According to Eagle Technology CEO Gary Langford, about 80 percent of all information has a geographic context and “people are waking up to location analytics”.  Read Original Content

BAE Systems’ Navigation via Signals of Opportunity uses a wide range of common signals - TV, Wi-Fi, radio and cell phone - in addition to GPS satellite signals, to triangulate the location of a person or vehicle.  Read Original Content

Suunto has launched a firmware update to its Ambit outdoor watch which uses a web interface to enable athletes to build free GPS sports apps based on criteria including distance, speed and heart rate.  Read Original Content

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