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Field Mobility News Weekly - Week of February 23, 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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Researchers at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid in Spain have developed a prototype using a new system, which improves the ability of a GPS to determine a vehicle's position as compared to that of conventional GPS devices by up to 90 percent. Read Original Content

The Kokomo School District in Indiana plans to install a GPS tracker system and Wi-Fi on all of its buses.  The GPS system will enable officials to tell parents exactly where their child’s bus is at any given time and the Wi-Fi service will allow students to use their devices for homework and communication.  Read Original Content

GE and Google have formed an agreement to integrate Google Maps data into GE’s Smallworld electrical, telecommunications and gas applications.  GE will add the Android platform and integrate Google Maps for field operations.  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.

TomTom has unveiled a new portable GPS device for motorcyclists.  The TomTom Rider enables riders to choose the type of route they want or create and upload personalized routes directly to the device.  Read Original Content

The PGA is utilizing rugged handheld devices to automate scoring and to scan event tickets, lowering overall costs and improving efficiency.  Read Original Content
RFID technology has been used successfully by manufacturers for asset tracking, and it can also be utilized within the production environment to automate processes to control and monitor operations.  Read Original Content

Businesses must consider the total cost of ownership when determining whether to purchase commercial grade or rugged devices.  Rugged tablet computers are specifically designed and constructed for heavy-duty use and harsh environments.  Read Original Content

Chris Cox, VP of mobile solutions at First Data, describes the “Pros and Cons of 2D Barcode or QR Code Mobile Wallets”.  The pros include simplicity and ease of implementation and the cons include security issues and inconsistency.  Read Original Content

Port Logistics Group and TAGSYS RFID have formed a partnership and will focus on RFID applications for shippers with high value apparel and consumer goods.  Read Original Content

Wedding and gift registries have become much simpler with the use of barcode scanners and smartphones.  Read Original Content

The naval memorial in Southsea in England is utilizing QR codes to provide visitors with smartphones more information and stories about the site.  Read Original Content

Skycore has enhanced its codeREADr app to now scan and validate PDF-417 and Aztec 2D codes in addition to QR codes supported by Apple’s Passbook app.  Read Original Content

The city of Frostproof in Florida is using GPS technology in an upgrade of its fire hydrants.  All hydrants in the city will be mapped with GPS coordinates to make them easier to locate.  Read Original Content

To help combat bicycle theft on campus, North Carolina State University is using GPS tracking technology to alert campus police when a bicycle is moved beyond set boundaries and provide directions to the stolen bike via smartphone or computer.  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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