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 SH15 Blackline and SH21 Blackline series: Tough Industrial Computers

Datalogic SH15 Blackline and SH21 Blackline series: Tough Industrial Computers

Datalogic, the automatic data capture and process automation solutions provider, has launched the next generation of industrial computers, featuring the SH15 Blackline and SH21 Blackline series.

TouchStar Technologies announces recent warehouse hardware upgrade at The Fragrance Shop

TouchStar Technologies announces recent warehouse hardware upgrade at The Fragrance Shop

TouchStar Technologies has announced the recent warehouse hardware upgrade at UK independent fragrance retailer The Fragrance Shop.

Securitas improves global efficiency and customer service with Zebra Technologies

Securitas improves global efficiency and customer service with Zebra Technologies

Zebra Technologies Corporation has announced that Securitas has deployed TC75 touch mobile computers to assist all security guards during every step of its patrol rounds.

Toshiba announces Windows 10-based Assisted Reality smart glasses for enterprise audience

Toshiba announces Windows 10-based Assisted Reality smart glasses for enterprise audience

Toshiba has announced dynaEdge DE-100, a new high-performance Windows 10-based mobile edge computing device, alongside the companion Assisted Reality AR100 Viewer smart glasses.

Handhelds and their advantages: UPB implements DENSO's BHT-1600

Handhelds and their advantages: UPB implements DENSO's BHT-1600

As one of the largest industrial groups in the Baltic States, UPB is active in precast steel and curtain wall business areas. UPB offers full cycle services including planning and production as well as delivery and construction.

Teneo unveils SaaS Optimisation as a Service for Remote and Mobile Workforces

Teneo unveils SaaS Optimisation as a Service for Remote and Mobile Workforces

Teneo has launched a SaaS Optimisation as a Service offering, designed to enhance the delivery of data to and the performance of customers' SaaS applications for their end users, regardless of their work location.

Passenger shopping experience enhanced with Datalogic's Joya Touch

Passenger shopping experience enhanced with Datalogic's Joya Touch

One of the largest passenger and cargo shipping companies in the Baltic Sea region, Tallink operates the fast ferry Star, connecting Helsinki (Finland) to Tallinn (Estonia).

M3 Mobile launches M3 SM15 mobile computer

M3 Mobile launches M3 SM15 mobile computer

M3 Mobile has unveiled its SM15 mobile computer, which is aimed at Transportation and Logistics, field service and warehouse environments. SM15 is ideal for mobile intensive applications that improve work efficiency, ensure more fast and accurate delivery, heighten customer service with real-time scheduling.

CPU security flaws: DENSO devices are secure

CPU security flaws: DENSO devices are secure

Security researchers recently uncovered the massive processor flaws called Meltdown and Spectre.

Renovotec launches Android rugged rental scheme

Renovotec launches Android rugged rental scheme

Renovotec, the UK independent rugged hardware, software and services provider for warehousing and distribution, manufacturing and retail companies, is launching a rental scheme that supports a move to Android.

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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