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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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.

UK businesses say enterprise app failures lead to reputation damage

UK businesses say enterprise app failures lead to reputation damage

Data management company NetApp's research has found that almost a quarter (23 per cent) of UK businesses jeopardise their reputation by not supporting business-critical applications with Flash.

Social ad spend up nearly 50% fuelled by mobile and dynamic product ads, with video growing in importance

Social ad spend up nearly 50% fuelled by mobile and dynamic product ads, with video growing in importance

Spend on social advertising has increased by 47% year-on-year (YoY) in the second quarter of 2016, with social ads attracting a 21% higher cost-per-click (CPC) as they become more specialised and valuable, according to the latest quarterly global data from Kenshoo, a global leader in agile marketing.

Public sector organisations need to give BYOD appropriate consideration

Public sector organisations need to give BYOD appropriate consideration

A recent survey conducted by Annodata, provider of communications, managed print and IT services, reveals that a number of organisations within the public sector still need to give 'Bring Your Own Device' (BYOD) initiatives proper consideration. Only then can security risks be avoided and the benefits of BYOD fully achieved.

ByBox unveils new technology: Stockonnect

ByBox unveils new technology: Stockonnect

International technology company, ByBox, is expanding its technology offering with the launch of its latest development, Stockonnect, a solution that combines a smartphone app and Bluetooth enabled App Box to simplify the delivery of parts to problem sites.

Xplore grows UK market presence

Xplore grows UK market presence

Xplore Technologies Corp., the rugged tablet manufacturer and ultra-rugged tablet PC provider, is to grow its UK market presence following the acquisition of Motion Computing's rugged product lines.

Ergonomic Solutions provides a quick turnaround for technology integration as Munich Airport opens new satellite terminal

Ergonomic Solutions provides a quick turnaround for technology integration as Munich Airport opens new satellite terminal

The opening of a new terminal or satellite at any airport is a huge undertaking. Currently, the final touches are being put to a new facility at Munich Airport. Once opened, the new satellite will increase capacity for Lufthansa and its' Star Alliance partners at Terminal 2 of Germany's second largest airport which handled almost 9 million passengers in the first three months of 2016, alone.

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.