Mobile Computing, Mobile Devices, Enterprise Mobility

Mobile computing involves interaction between the user and a small, portable computer device that can be used on site or in the field. The main aspects that comprise a mobile computer are: hardware, software, operating system and communication/wireless service provision. Modern mobile computers also often feature a raft of features; including camera, barcode scanner, phone and Internet access. This coming together of what have historically been features available on separate devices, is often referred to as Convergence.

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The rise of Scan and Go technology and how it works

The rise of Scan and Go technology and how it works

By Julian Wallis, Sales Director in the Payments Group at Rambus.

BlackBerry QNX selected by Yanfeng Visteon for digital instrument cluster project

BlackBerry QNX selected by Yanfeng Visteon for digital instrument cluster project

BlackBerry Limited has announced that Yanfeng Visteon, a global Tier 1 automotive supplier, has selected the company's safety-certified QNX Platform for Instrument Clusters 1.0 software for a digital instrument cluster project with a major Chinese OEM. Terms of the deal are confidential.

TouchStar Technologies PLC introduces the new TS3200 tablet mobile computer

TouchStar Technologies PLC introduces the new TS3200 tablet mobile computer

TouchStar Technologies PLC, specialist in the design, supply and support of rugged mobile computers, has announced the release of the TS3200 tablet mobile computer.

Drawing on over thirty years of experience of manufacturing mobile technology, TouchStar has built the TS3200 around three core principles: durability, safety and ease of use. Designed to be rugged from the inside-out, each of the TS3200's components are housed in an ultra-shock-absorbent rubber matrix.

Why DENSO’s handheld terminals and scanners are ideal assets for companies

Why DENSO’s handheld terminals and scanners are ideal assets for companies

Over the past decades, the use and importance of information technology in companies has changed fundamentally. Thus, information technologies are no longer used purely on an operational level; however, the strategic and widespread use of IT is now common in many companies.

Datalogic announces new mobile computer for healthcare

Datalogic announces new mobile computer for healthcare

Datalogic, a global leader in automatic data capture and industrial automation markets, has launched the Memor X3 HC mobile computer.

HPE Aruba gives small businesses simplified, business-class Wi-Fi with the ease of a mobile app

HPE Aruba gives small businesses simplified, business-class Wi-Fi with the ease of a mobile app

Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, has announced a new Wi-Fi solution designed to give small businesses secure and reliable business-grade Wi-Fi with easy to set-up APs and an intuitive mobile app.

Increased requirements in retail – DENSO scores with innovative scanners and handheld terminals

Increased requirements in retail – DENSO scores with innovative scanners and handheld terminals

Customers have high expectations of retail businesses nowadays. In order to make shopping in a retail store an experience, retail companies must have full control not only at the point of sale (POS), but also in the warehouse for the inventory processes.....

Frontline Consultancy launch new BYOD security solution to support GDPR requirements

Frontline Consultancy launch new BYOD security solution to support GDPR requirements

Every year over 500,000 personal mobile devices are stolen in the UK, many of which contain access to sensitive business data, which could be a breach of new GDPR regulations due in 2018.

Panasonic reveals rugged devices to support fire fighting teams

Panasonic reveals rugged devices to support fire fighting teams

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service is transforming life for firefighters on the frontline by equipping them with Panasonic rugged Toughpad tablets to access vital information during an emergency.

New Yorker Electronics releases new rugged panel mount LED assemblies

New Yorker Electronics releases new rugged panel mount LED assemblies

New Yorker Electronics has introduced the new 14mm Mount CL Series Panel LED for industrial and outdoor applications.

Mobile computing

 

Today with the proliferation of a new generation of mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets and PDAs, the emphasis is increasingly shifting to mobile and multi-device user experience, mobile social computing, next generation mobile solutions, mobile cloud services and infrastructure. Information that is readily available on a personal device anywhere, anytime has been the driving vision of mobile computing for the past two decades.

 

Mobile computing has three aspects: mobile communication, mobile hardware, and mobile software. The first aspect addresses communication issues in ad-hoc and infrastructure networks as well as communication properties, protocols, data formats and concrete technologies. The second aspect is on the hardware, e.g., mobile devices or device components. The third aspect deals with the characteristics and requirements of mobile applications.

 

Rugged Mobile devices and PDAs are used in field service and workforce management applications. They are particularly useful for field service engineers recording work in the field, communicating information back to an office environment -sending and receiving invoices, ordering parts. They are commonly used in parcel delivery with couriers using these devices to scan barcodes and record signatures as proof of delivery.

 

Innovations in wireless technology, energy-efficient portable hardware and adaptive software, has enabled a massive growth in the use of these devises for businesses across the enterprise or for personal and social use. These devices are now so versatile that employees are using smartphones for business applications (BYOD –Bring Your Own Device)

 

This phrase has become widely adopted to refer to employees who bring their own computing devices – such as smartphones, laptops and PDAs – to the workplace for use and connectivity on the corporate network.

 

BYOD Security - Employees using personal smartphones and mobile devices at work, pose a security risk. Many corporations that allow employees to use their own mobile devices at work implement a BYOD security policy that clearly outlines the company's position and governance policy to ensure network security is not compromised by employees using their own devices at work.

 

Email and Web access is a reality that is experienced by millions of users worldwide through their smartphones and tablets. Hot spot access points for Wi-Fi connection are becoming more prevalent and widespread, even in London`s underground network.

 

Cloud computing is evolving as a new paradigm of computing in which dynamically scalable and often virtualized resources are provided as a service over the Internet. The confluence of hardware virtualization, cloud and mobile computing drives the new era of mobile cloud computing. Platforms such as android, iOS, Windows 7 erodes the power of computing platforms like Microsoft Windows and Apple Mac OS and is creating cross platform app centric environment in which end-users and in particular the consumer marketplace will drive developments in business computing. There are endless possibilities that can be brought about with the mobile cloud in the near future.