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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Mobile hand-held scanner from Denso for bar codes and QR codes

Denso, the specialist for mobile data capture solutions, has launched two new mobile hand-held scanners for trade, logistics and industry onto the market.

Scanner reads from mobile phone display

With the QK11 scanner, Denso offers an application for todays increasingly mobile world. Mobile phones are taking on a growing number of tasks in addition to phone calls or sending photos.

Can you pinpoint a faulty pipe before your profits leak away?

Can you pinpoint a faulty pipe before your profits leak away?

As blue chip manufacturing companies seek new methods to streamline processes, reduce costs and increase ROI, more and more are beginning to realise the key lies in making real time, mission critical data available to their shop floor managers at the point-of-activity.

Sequoia offers customers Wyless mobile data network

Wyless plc, the Data Network Operator, has announced that it will partner with Sequoia Technology Ltd., a leading UK supplier of Wireless Technology, who will offer Wyless services as part of its portfolio.

HHPs Dolphins support Microsoft Windows Mobile 2003 software for pocket PC and GSM/GPRS

HHP has launched the Dolphin 9551 - a new, rugged mobile computer for long distance scanning applications with support for Microsoft Windows Mobile 2003 software for Pocket PCs.

LXE Announces New EPC-Compliant Handheld Capable of Reading Both Barcodes & RFID Tags

The innovative MX3-RFID is based on LXEs highly successful, and seasoned, Windows CE-based horizontal half-screen wireless computer, the MX3-CE.

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.

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