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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Datalogic’s Joya Touch – enhancing the customer’s shopping experience

Datalogic’s Joya Touch – enhancing the customer’s shopping experience

At Datalogic's Retail Festival held in Venice, Italy last month, Ed Holden, editor of Retail Technology Review, spoke with Francesco Montanari, the company's vice president and general manager mobile computing, about the recently launched Joya Touch multi-purpose device and Datalogic's close relationship with retail customers and channel partners.

Zebra introduces sleek, smart mobile computers for enterprise durability

Zebra introduces sleek, smart mobile computers for enterprise durability

Zebra Technologies Corporation has announced the next evolution in enterprise mobile computing: the TC5 Series touch mobile computers.

Smartphones and wearables market poised for growth with next-generation sensors key enabler of innovation

Smartphones and wearables market poised for growth with next-generation sensors key enabler of innovation

Next-generation sensors are poised to influence the smartphone and wearables market. Though increased intelligence, ease of integration, real-time integration, and miniaturisation features may drive opportunities, data privacy and security remain key factors hindering widespread adoption.

TouchStar's TS8000 handheld to enhance data capture operations for leading luxury vinyl flooring specialist.

TouchStar's TS8000 handheld to enhance data capture operations for leading luxury vinyl flooring specialist.

Robust and reliable, the TS8000 is well suited to rugged warehouse environments and is set to roll out across the picking operation within Karndean Designflooring’s Evesham based warehouse operation.

Unitech Europe introduces the MS338 handheld 2D scanner at real competitive price with USB-cable, hand-free stand and 5-year warranty included

Unitech Europe introduces the MS338 handheld 2D scanner at real competitive price with USB-cable, hand-free stand and 5-year warranty included

Designed to meet nowadays requirements within the growing, competitive 2D imager market, we are pleased to introduce our affordable MS338 handheld scanner.

Datalogic awards Retail Manager Solutions with ISV partner status

Datalogic awards Retail Manager Solutions with ISV partner status

Datalogic has announced that RMS has been awarded ISV status in its Partner Advantage Programme.

Handheld launches new version of the ALGIZ 10X ultra-rugged tablet

Handheld launches new version of the ALGIZ 10X ultra-rugged tablet

Handheld Group, manufacturer of rugged mobile computers and tablets, has announced a major upgrade to its popular Algiz 10X ultra-rugged tablet computer with new and improved screen technology and improved GPS/GLONASS functionality.

Panasonic continues to grow the European Rugged Notebook and Tablet market

Panasonic continues to grow the European Rugged Notebook and Tablet market

Panasonic continued to grow the European rugged notebook and tablet market in 2015, according to market analysts VDC Research.

Xplore 'only OEM to exclusively design and deliver rugged tablets for 20 years'

Xplore 'only OEM to exclusively design and deliver rugged tablets for 20 years'

Xplore Technologies Corp. has started its 20 year anniversary celebration. Since 1996, Xplore Technologies claims to have exclusively engineered and delivered the most complete line of purpose-built rugged tablet technologies on earth.

TouchStar provides the key for growth for logistics provider NNR.

TouchStar provides the key for growth for logistics provider NNR.

NNR Global Logistics is a member of the Nishitetsu Group. Acknowledged as a provider of high quality products since its foundation in 1948, their continued organic growth has seen it evolve into a $4 billion global organisation with over 18,000 employees worldwide.

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.