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Field Mobility News Weekly – Week of June 1, 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 Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan has proposed the attachment of radio-frequency identification tags to all fur imports.  Up to 80 percent of Russian fur imports are undeclared or under-declared. It is too early to say how much the RFID tagging program would cost.  Read Original Content

The Kegspertise container tracking system, believed to be the very first of its kind, is more than 99 percent accurate and provides game-changing actionable data.  The company announced Carlsberg UK has been seeing many genuine current and future benefits from the Kegspertise RFID keg and cask management solution.  Read Original Content

The marketing team at Meadowhall shopping center in England, has developed a mobile app that uses geolocation technology. When users download the app, real-time shopping deals from retailers in the mall will be sent directly to their mobile device. This is made possible through Bluetooth Low Energy iBeacon technology.  Read Original Content

The True Cost of Mobility - Companies are under tremendous pressure to develop and deploy mobile apps for their business systems, yet the traditional approach to mobile app development typically costs $250K+ and takes 6+ months for a single app. Today IT professionals are exploring platforms that radically reduce costs and time-to-market for their mobile initiatives, especially around complex applications such as SAP, Oracle, or custom applications. Download the whitepaper -

Digital Element announced Admedo has deployed its NetAcuity Edge® hyperlocal geolocation technology to increase advertising relevancy. Adding location as a targeting criterion to the platform’s capability provides more relevant advertising to specific geographies, increasing media spend efficiencies and ROI.  Read Original Content

Campus police at the University of Maryland are testing a new technology that allows them to instantly communicate with multiple users via audio, video and text messages as well as geolocation functions over any device or platform.  Read Original Content
MobileDemand has launched the first in a series of new rugged tablets to be brought to market this year.  The xTablet T1400 rugged tablet is a thin and light device capable of running standard enterprise Windows (8.1 and 7) applications while withstanding harsh operating environments the company said.  Read Original Content

The new Fusion 7 rugged Android tablet extends the Glacier Computer rugged product line of industrial PCs, tablets, and portable hand-held devices.  The Fusion 7 uses the Android OS.  It's said to be compact, light, and feature-rich.  Read Original Content

QuickLogic has developed a block for its Customer Specific Standard Products, which enables smartphones to transmit barcodes to any laser scanner. Since laser scanners cannot read barcodes from a typical smartphone display, Mobeam’s technology employs the smartphone’s Infrared LED to “pulse” the bar code to the laser reader.  Read Original Content

Scandit, developer of the leading software-based barcode scanning and data capture platform has launched the new, fourth version of its Barcode Scanner SDK.  This includes full-screen scanning, further improvements to its unique blurry scanning functionality and optimized support for all Android devices including Google Glass.  Read Original Content

John Lewis is set to trial Internet of Things technology through its innovative JLab initiative.  The department store chain is joining forces with five start-ups to explore ways to capitalize on a range of technological developments, from wireless sound systems for smart homes to an online 3D room planning solution.  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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