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Field Mobility and M2M News Weekly – Week of April 8, 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 that I run across each week.  I am specifically targeting information that reflects market data and trends.

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M2M solutions and services are a way for telecommunications companies to offer value to their customers.  While much of the focus in M2M has traditionally been in industries such as energy, transportation, healthcare, and security, consumer products present a strong area of potential. Read Original Content

There is a high growth opportunity in India for M2M modules. According to a study conducted by 6Wresearch the M2M modules market in India will generate $93.38 million by 2016. Read Original Content

The Mesa Rugged Notepad from Juniper Systems has been selected as a tool for a community-based wildlife monitoring program, conducted by the Nunavut Wildlife Management Board, where native Inuit hunters are recording valuable wildlife population harvest data throughout the Canadian Arctic territory of Nunavut. Read Original Content

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The Army is actively working on the requirements for mobile electronic devices to be used to capture medical information to support deployed soldiers.  Plans are to demo a mobile medical app on the Joint Battle Command Platform mounted device later this year. Read Original Content

Rugged and mobile computing systems are essential for our military in the field.  Mobile Demand provides rugged tablet PCs to meet the needs for durable equipment. Read Original Content

According to IDC, 916 million “smart connected devices” were shipped in 2011, with revenue totaling $489 billion.  IDC predicts the number will jump to 1.1 billion for 2012, and 1.84 billion by 2016. Read Original Content

A survey by Gartner reveals that t53 percent of organizations will deliver some form of mobile analytics by the end of 2012. Read Original Content

Researchers at the University of New England in Australia are using tiny implantable RFID chips to study the moods of chickens.  Without the technology that provides RFID chips smaller than a grain of rice, this type of research would be challenging, if not impossible. Read Original Content

A new report from Pike research predicts that utility spending on GIS services, software, and tools will increase steadily over the next five years, reaching $3.7 billion in 2017.  “The adoption of smart grid technologies by electric utilities is driving renewed attention and increasing investment in GIS and related applications.” Read Original Content and Read More Original Content

In anticipation of the 2012 London Olympics, Google has launched real-time service alerts for Android devices for the London Underground to keep commuters notified of possible closures or delays. Read Original Content

IT decision makers should start thinking about using location-based business intelligence to process and analyze data, according to Google’s Sanjay Patel.  Adding geographical context can help organizations visualize their data, providing a better grasp of internal operations and customer behaviors. Read Original Content

GPS vs. Smartphone – An experiment was recently conducted at Skidmore College to determine if a smartphone works as well as a dedicated GPS unit. Read Original Content

Smartphones and tablet PCs are becoming mainstays for the battlefield, and have inspired military radio designers to add innovative features and functions to an array of communication and information delivery devices. Read Original Content

Scientific research has led to the development of a plastic that “bleeds” when scratched or torn and then heals itself.  This could lead to innovations such as smartphone and tablet screens that fix themselves when cracked. Read Original Content

A school in Brazil is tracking the attendance of students using school uniforms embedded with RFID chips that will alert parents and teachers if a student is not attending class. Read Original Content

DISH network and TOA Technologies have partnered to create a central cloud-based mobile platform which will allow DISH to consolidate its technical field service operations and align all field service activities in one system. Read Original Content

The top five barcode scanner apps for Android devices are described in this article from the U.K.’s Phones Review. Read Original Content

The U.S. Postal Service will initiate a 2012 Mobile Barcode campaign this summer to urge businesses to incorporate 2D mobile codes on their direct marketing fliers. 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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