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 announces major upgrades to its NAUTIZ X2 all-in-one Android rugged computer

Handheld announces major upgrades to its NAUTIZ X2 all-in-one Android rugged computer

Handheld Group, manufacturer of rugged mobile computers, has announced major upgrades to its Nautiz X2 enterprise rugged handheld. A new processor and more memory plus an upgraded operating system transform the all-in-one Nautiz X2 into a faster and more powerful device than ever before. Even with these upgraded features, pricing remains unchanged.

Using data capture technology to optimise the customer experience

Using data capture technology to optimise the customer experience

According to a 2019 survey, 42% of consumers were deemed to be “frustrated” with their most recent shopping experience. Worryingly for retailers, nearly half of those said they would avoid doing future business with the retailer or brand.

Janam unveils new temperature sensing kiosk

Janam unveils new temperature sensing kiosk

Janam Technologies, the provider of rugged mobile computers and contactless access solutions, has unveiled the newest addition to its Guardian family of access management hardware solutions.

The future of free, portable energy: Wearable technology that powers your devices as you move

The future of free, portable energy: Wearable technology that powers your devices as you move

Small, flexible generators which convert movement into electricity could soon be the future of free and unlimited energy thanks to a breakthrough in energy harvesting technology.

Wearables: 5 Key conclusions from IDTechEx's latest research

Wearables: 5 Key conclusions from IDTechEx's latest research

IDTechEx has substantially updated and added to its entire wearable technology market research portfolio

IDTechEx: How is COVID-19 shaping the future mobility landscape?

IDTechEx: How is COVID-19 shaping the future mobility landscape?

During the COVID-19 outbreak, the automotive industry has been hit hard by shutdowns of factories and sales around the world. The pandemic has slowed down global car sales and is shifting consumer behaviours in travel. Over the long term, COVID-19 could have a lasting impact on the mobility landscape.

Zebra Study: 7 in 10 public safety agencies see need to speed up mobile technology adoption

Zebra Study: 7 in 10 public safety agencies see need to speed up mobile technology adoption

Zebra Technologies Corporation has released study findings that reveal public safety agencies globally will increasingly adopt mobile technologies to continuously improve workflows and community relations within the next five years.

The new Datalogic Memor 20 combines Enterprise PDA strength with the user friendliness of a Smartphone

The new Datalogic Memor 20 combines Enterprise PDA strength with the user friendliness of a Smartphone

With its new Memor 20, Datalogic comments that it is launching a PDA that empowers users in retail, field services, logistic environments and healthcare with a device that combines the best features of a smartphone with the highest standards of enterprise level devices.

Team communication App deployed free of charge to help NHS and wider care sector amid COVID-19

Team communication App deployed free of charge to help NHS and wider care sector amid COVID-19

With tens of thousands of retired medics asked to return to work and a quarter of a million volunteers needed to help the NHS through the coronavirus crisis, OurPeople has developed a free version of its popular team communication platform, specifically for the NHS and wider care sector.

Anyline offers police and emergency services free scanning technology to limit spread of coronavirus

Anyline offers police and emergency services free scanning technology to limit spread of coronavirus

Anyline, provider of smartphone-based scanning technology, will offer its solutions for free to emergency, security and logistics services to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

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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