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Field Mobility News Weekly – Week of May 18, 2014

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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The telematics technology will be standard in new cars within a decade, experts predicted at a British Insurance Brokers Association seminar. Motorists who object to being tracked will have to opt out, said Tom Ellis of gocompare – but they may then have to pay more for their insurance or be refused it by some companies. Read Original Content

According to GT Nexus, retail companies need to use radio frequency identification, because RFID is the only technology that can ensure in-store inventory accuracy is 95 percent or better. Currently, most stores operate at roughly 65 percent inventory accuracy.  Read Original Content

Telenav has announced the availability of its new Scout for Developers program, featuring a new Scout Maps and Navigation SDK. It is the first commercial-grade navigation for mobile app developers worldwide based on the crowd-sourced OpenStreetMap. Read Original Content

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Havoc, a startup, has launched a high-frequency RFID solution with ruggedized hardware for tracking inventory, inspections and maintenance on fall-protection and other safety equipment, as well as additional assets used on construction sites.  Read Original Content

Weeks after Lenovo bought Motorola Mobility’s assets from Google for $2.91 billion, Zebra Technologies is paying $3.45 billion for Motorola’s Enterprise business in an all-cash deal. The transaction is expected to be complete by the end of 2014. Read Original Content
Coriel Electronics, a U.K.-based provider of embedded electronics, has developed a solution that employs passive ultrahigh-frequency RFID tags and sensors to capture and transmit data regarding railcars, such as their location, and to indicate their identity in a system used for condition monitoring.  Read Original Content

Personalized instant alerts triggered by virtual boundaries are the new weapon being investigated by retailers to gain a competitive edge. GIS technology giant Esri Australia will enable retailers to place an invisible perimeter around a storefront, triggering push notifications to customers’ phones when they cross the boundary.  Read Original Content

Pitney Bowes Inc. announced the launch of the Spectrum Spatial platform, a platform built on MapInfo technology that delivers advanced location intelligence to enable businesses to centrally manage and deliver location data. Companies can apply this technology across departments and applications to address diverse business challenges.  Read Original Content

Disney World is adding RFID to their theme park locations worldwide.  Under the new program, microchips that use radio frequency identification will be installed in guest wristbands, or MagicBands.  Guests can use the bands for park tickets, Disney hotel room keys, charge cards, fast passes for rides, and more.  Read Original Content

A new system called Blind Guider, is hoping to make use of RFID-embedded street tiles to help people navigate the city streets. Each of the yellow intersection markers would contain information about specific street names, and local directions, which a sensor-enabled cane would transmit to a bluetooth earpiece.  Read Original Content

AT&T researchers have developed a "smart luggage" tracker that would help travelers find their bags.  The tracking device, which fits inside or is attached to luggage, pinpoints the location of a bag in real time. Users could track the movement of their luggage through software on a mobile device.  Read Original Content

Avante International, an RFID technology provider, is marketing a new art-management system, known as AssetGuardian, for use by art dealers, owners and insurance companies.  Read Original Content

Health Beacons’ RFID Breast Localization System™ is a wireless, marker-based approach to localizing lesions for surgery. The RFID tag is implanted at the site of the tumor days or weeks prior to surgery. The handheld RFID reader, called the TagFinder™, is then used to locate the tag and the tumor for surgical removal.  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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