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Field Mobility News Weekly – Week of January 20, 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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With a goal of becoming a prime contractor in national security, Vistronix has acquired Technology Associates International Corp., a maker of geospatial and data visualization software for U.S. military and civilian agencies.  Read Original Content

Following the success of RFID readers and cards at Florida’s Walt Disney World, Disney Parks will introduce RFID-enabled ID bracelets called “MagicBands” this spring that will take the place of tickets, hotel keys, cash and credit cards.  Read Original Content

In a move to promote geospatial standards and location-based applications, cloud application data specialist Cloudant has joined the international Open Geospatial Consortium.  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.

Mobile Cadastral GIS 3.1 for Android has been launched by Supergeo.  The field survey application is designed for mapping data query and measurement in Taiwan.  Read Original Content

PD&D Magazine associate editor Chris Fox feels RFID technology has the capability to revolutionize medical technology, robotics technology and much more, but also has the potential to “easily drive us into an Orwellian state”.  Read Original Content
Trimble’s ThingMagic Mercury6 RFID Reader will be part of the ng Connect Program’s Connected Service Vehicle, demonstrating a suite of cloud-based services to deliver office productivity to vehicle-based field workers.  Read Original Content

Deezer has developed an RFID-based total tracking concept for use at major festivals.  “Where was I last night” is being piloted at a festival in the Netherlands and the system is designed to know every single spot a user stood at a festival, what they were listening to and when, and can play it all back the next day plus share that information with festival organizers, labels, and others interested in tracking these details.  Read Original Content

Fanggle and AMH & RFID Solutions have formed a partnership to provide software and services to libraries to enhance library processes and improve services to patrons.  Read Original Content

A Norwegian trash collecting firm is using an RFID-based solution to track pickup routes, ensure accounts are paid before the bins are dumped, and know when a bin may contain the wrong sorts of items.  Read Original Content

Driven by regulatory requirements, emerging market adoption and increased use of mobile solutions, the global GIS and geospatial analysis software market continued growing through 2011 and 2012, and ARC is predicting market growth to continue through 2017.  Read Original Content

The goal of the GIS program at the National Center for Atmospheric Research is to promote and support the use of GIS as both an analytical and infrastructure tool in atmospheric research and to address broader issues of spatial data management, interoperability and geoinformatics within the geosciences.  Read Original Content

Gyroscope and motion sensor maker InvenSense are developing chips that will enable smartphones to guide users up and down escalators, through subway stations and up to specific cubicles within skyscrapers and other places GPS signals do not currently work well, if at all.  Read Original Content

California’s Attorney General and Department of Justice released a report recommending mobile application developers limit their data collection and retention and give users access to the data collected.  Read Original Content

Panasonic has unveiled two new rugged tablets developed for field workers:  The Toughpad FZ-G1, a 10 inch Windows 8 tablet; and the Toughpad B1, a 7 inch Android tablet.  Read Original Content

A survey of car owners conducted by J.P. Power and Associates reveals the level of satisfaction with factory-installed GPS systems is down 13 points from the prior year.  The survey was conducted in October and November of 2012.  Read Original Content

Garmin has unveiled a new series of Nuvi GPS navigators that feature Real Directions, a feature that provides more natural instructions based on recognizable landmarks and buildings.  Read Original Content

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Kevin Benedict is an opinionated Senior Analyst at Cognizant's Center for the Future of Work, SAP Mentor Alumnus, speaker, writer, and mobile and digital strategies expert. He is a popular keynote speaker, and in the past three years he has shared his insights into mobile and digital strategies with companies in 17 different countries. He has over 30 years of experience working with enterprise applications, and he is a veteran mobile industry executive. He wrote the Forward to SAP Press' bestselling book on enterprise mobility titled Mobilizing Your Enterprise with SAP, and he has written over 3,000 articles.

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