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Field Mobility News Weekly – Week of February 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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As iPads and other tablets are used more frequently in schools, RFID technology is playing a part with tagging systems designed to automate the process of issuing tablets to students and ensuring they are returned and stored securely at the end of each school day.  Read Original Content

Researchers at the Argonne National Laboratory, with support from the Department of Energy, have developed and tested an RFID tracking and monitoring system to aid in the management of nuclear waste.  Read Original Content

Farmers are utilizing technology to keep their land secure, with smartphone apps used to monitor surveillance cameras and GPS trackers to monitor the location of hay and supplies.  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.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has teamed up with GE Global Research to develop an automated system for sorting, cleaning, sterilizing and transporting surgical tools at VA hospitals.  The system will utilize RFID technology to ensure the tools are in the proper place during the process and to create a record of processes completed.  Read Original Content

AMREL has launched a new rugged tablet designed to meet the needs of military and enterprise applications.  The ROCKY DT6 is rugged, light and portable, and is built for massive data input.  Read Original Content

NeoMedia CEO Laura Marriott believes QR codes are the future of mobile commerce and NFC and QR codes can coexist.  Marriott also discusses the slower than anticipated adoption of mobile barcodes in this article featured in FierceMobileContent.  Read Original Content
The results of a recent survey conducted by Ovum reveal 68 percent of the 11,000 people surveyed would use a do-not-track feature to block data collection when using a search engine.  According to an Ovum analyst, the survey results may indicate trouble for online business models that rely on data collection.  Read Original Content

British firm Cambridge Consultants has developed an RFID parcel sensor to show consumers what happens to their parcel in transit and provides the option of a graph to illustrate if the package has been dropped or mistreated.  Read Original Content

The Barcode News provides details and comparisons of “The Top 5 Barcode Printers Under $500”.  Read Original Content

GIS technology and social media were tools used to assist relief efforts during and after Hurricane Sandy.  GIS mapping technology plays a crucial role in helping identify areas affected by disasters.  Esri’s Russ Johnson discusses how GIS technology affects disaster relief and how it may evolve in the future in this article featured in Government Technology.  Read Original Content

According to reports from Bloomberg, Apple has a team of designers working on a wristwatch-like device that would run on the iOS mobile operating system and perform functions similar to a smartphone.  Read Original Content

Tropical Beach Resorts is utilizing QR codes to promote one of its resorts in Florida.  The QR code sends viewers to a video showing off the resort and provides a description for additional information.  Read Original Content

A group of GPS advocates has formed an organization “dedicated to furthering GPS innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship”.  The GPS Innovation Alliance members represent industries including manufacturing, aviation, agriculture, construction, transportation, first responders and surveying.  Read Original Content

Field Technologies provides an infographic illustrating how to “Empower Your Field Workers to be Super Heroes”.  Click here for a full size version of the infographic. 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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