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 launches the new Skorpio X5, the most advanced key-based mobile computer

Datalogic launches the new Skorpio X5, the most advanced key-based mobile computer

Datalogic has launched Skorpio X5, described by the company as a new ultra-fast, high-performing key-based mobile computer featuring the largest multi-touch display in the Portable Data Terminal (PDT) market.

Kiwi Facilities Boosts Productivity with BigChange Mobile Workforce Tech

Kiwi Facilities Boosts Productivity with BigChange Mobile Workforce Tech

Facilities maintenance company Kiwi FM has increased productivity by 20 percent since it introduced mobile workforce management technology from BigChange.

Manufacturing & Logistics IT December Reference Annual 2020

Manufacturing & Logistics IT December Reference Annual 2020

Welcome to the December 2020 edition of Manufacturing & Logistics IT. In this edition we feature a Special Technology Report looking in depth at the latest developments in the world of Printing & Labelling technology.

Also included is our 2020 Special Report round-up, featuring reports on Transportation Management and AIDC/Mobile Computing.

Fully antibacterial phone – every external surface of the Cat® S42 rugged smartphone has advanced antimicrobial product protection applied

Fully antibacterial phone – every external surface of the Cat® S42 rugged smartphone has advanced antimicrobial product protection applied

Bullitt Group, the global licensee for Cat phones, has announced that the Cat S42 has been enhanced by advanced antimicrobial product protection, claimed by the company to make it the first anti-bacterial phone. Every exterior component of the product has been treated with Biomaster antimicrobial technology and tested to ISO 22196.

Janam introduces state-of-the-art rugged gun

Janam introduces state-of-the-art rugged gun

Janam Technologies, provider of rugged mobile computers and contactless access solutions, has unveiled the newest addition to its XG series of gun-shaped, rugged mobile computers.

Data and the changing business and operational landscape

Data and the changing business and operational landscape

Special Technology report on Automatic Identification & Data Capture and Mobile Computing.

Manufacturing & Logistics IT spoke with leading analysts and vendors about the current state of play within the Automatic Identification & Data Capture and Mobile Computing technology space,what potential benefits technology can afford the user in light of the current pandemic, and what might be some of the key developments and enhancements....

Handheld Group expands and moves to new dynamic global headquarters

Handheld Group expands and moves to new dynamic global headquarters

Handheld Group, the global manufacturer of rugged mobile computers, has moved of its headquarters in Sweden to accommodate current and future growth.

Samsung announces the Galaxy Tab Active3 – built for the modern workforce

Samsung announces the Galaxy Tab Active3 – built for the modern workforce

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. has launched the new Galaxy Tab Active3, a rugged tablet based on the popular Tab Active2 design to meet the rigor of today’s mobile workforce with a sleek, compact design for portability.

Cambrionix launches ModIT to take pain out of managing multiple mobile devices simultaneously

Cambrionix launches ModIT to take pain out of managing multiple mobile devices simultaneously

UK-based Cambrionix has developed a smarter way for organisations to manage multiple shared mobile devices, which are critical to everyday operations. ModITis a compact, customisable, modular, charging hardware solution for easy workplace access to shared smartphones.

Panasonic TOUGHBOOK partners with ProGlove to offer seamless rugged wireless barcode scanning

Panasonic TOUGHBOOK partners with ProGlove to offer seamless rugged wireless barcode scanning

Panasonic has announced a partnership with ProGlove, the ergonomic wearable technology provider for industry, to further enhance its solutions for the supply chain.

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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