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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Eurotech announces new rugged high-performance edge computing system

Eurotech announces new rugged high-performance edge computing system

Eurotech has launched a high-performance edge computing system (HPEC) for the transport industry to enable the deployment of advanced AI-based analytics capabilities at the edge.

JLT Mobile Computers announces next generation version of its fully rugged slim and light 10-inch Android tablet

JLT Mobile Computers announces next generation version of its fully rugged slim and light 10-inch Android tablet

JLT Mobile Computers, developer of computers for demanding environments, has launched the Android 9 based next generation MT3010A tablet computer.

Empower warehouse operation and logistics tasks with Unitech’s new devices: the HT730 handheld terminal and WD200 wearable computer

Empower warehouse operation and logistics tasks with Unitech’s new devices: the HT730 handheld terminal and WD200 wearable computer

The Unitech HT730 Android 10 (upgradable to Android 12) is GMS certified, has a large keypad design with backlight,  features a 4” (400 nits) screen and integrates a powerful Qualcomm 720G AI engine with 4GB of DDR4 RAM.

What is Proof of Delivery (POD) Software and Why Might Your Business Need It?

What is Proof of Delivery (POD) Software and Why Might Your Business Need It?

By Ron Evan, freelance writer.

Proof of delivery (POD) software seems like an unnecessary luxury for most businesses, but the immediate implementation of this technology can save you a lot of money. To save you from the potential headaches that can come from customer complaints of missed deliveries or damaged products, install proof of delivery software for evidence that all of your products arrived intact.

Eurotech joins the O-RAN Alliance to accelerate the development and deployment of scalable 5G network applications at the edge

Eurotech joins the O-RAN Alliance to accelerate the development and deployment of scalable 5G network applications at the edge

Eurotech, provider of rugged embedded and edge computers and IoT components enabling end-to-end applications, has joined the O-RAN Alliance to enable a faster design, development and deployment of 5G network applications at the edge, leveraging its High Performance Edge Computing (HPEC) systems.

Global smartphone shipments to hit 1.53 billion units in 2021, still below 2019 levels

Global smartphone shipments to hit 1.53 billion units in 2021, still below 2019 levels

The COVID-19 pandemic caused the worst smartphone market contraction in history, as global demand plummeted in the first and second quarter of 2020. As a result, annual smartphone shipments dropped by 10% YoY to 1.38 billion units in 2020. Although this year is expected to witness a significant recovery of the entire market, shipments will remain below pre-COVID-19 levels.

Rethink how you run your warehouse and logistics with increased efficiency! Boost productivity and stay ahead with the cost efficient Unitech EA630 Line.

Rethink how you run your warehouse and logistics with increased efficiency! Boost productivity and stay ahead with the cost efficient Unitech EA630 Line.

The rise of e-commerce is a constant challenge for warehouses and logistics management across the supply chain. E-commerce coupled with online customer demands is leading to exponential growth in warehousing, transport, and logistics. It is a constant challenge for employees by the increase of (bulk) storage and the demand for fast delivery.

Getac’s next-generation K120 fully-rugged tablet combines advanced versatility with superior performance for optimal productivity in the field

Getac’s next-generation K120 fully-rugged tablet combines advanced versatility with superior performance for optimal productivity in the field

Getac has launched its next-generation K120 fully-rugged tablet, for mobile field professionals working in challenging industries including public safety, manufacturing, utilities, defence, transportation, natural resources and oil & gas.

Windows versus Android – the battle of the OS

Windows versus Android – the battle of the OS

By Danny Dierckx, European Channel & Solution Director, JLT Mobile Computers

Rugged computers generally come with one of two operating systems (OS) – Windows or Android. But it’s not a case of choosing one or the other for your operation. Each has their place in a warehouse. So, what do you use when?

Ergonomic Solutions and OtterBox collaborate to introduce the mCase Duo for the OtterBox uniVERSE range for smartphone and tablet mPOS integration

Ergonomic Solutions and OtterBox collaborate to introduce the mCase Duo for the OtterBox uniVERSE range for smartphone and tablet mPOS integration

Ergonomic Solutions, the designer, manufacturer and supplier of mounting & mobility solutions for point-of-sale technology, has formed a collaboration with OtterBox, a global provider of premium protective products for smartphones and tablets, to provide a versatile and cost-efficient solution to integrate mPOS solutions for retail and hospitality.

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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