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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How do you ‘schuh’? Shoe retailer optimises processes with DENSO handhelds

How do you ‘schuh’? Shoe retailer optimises processes with DENSO handhelds

Footwear retailer schuh uses the BHT-1505BB handheld terminal from DENSO WAVE EUROPE. The branded shoe stockist was looking for a mobile data collection device to reduce the stock take time in their 132 stores in the UK and Ireland.

Handheld Group appoints Thomas Löfblad as new CEO

Handheld Group appoints Thomas Löfblad as new CEO

Handheld Group, the global manufacturer of rugged mobile computers, today announced the appointment of Thomas Löfblad as its new CEO. Löfblad will lead the efforts of Handheld Group’s continued global expansion. 2019 has been a record-breaking year for Handheld Group, with several high-profile contracts and an expanded product portfolio.

Datalogic at the forefront of Android Enterprise implementations with the release of OEMConfig application

Datalogic at the forefront of Android Enterprise implementations with the release of OEMConfig application

Datalogic has announced the first release of its OEMConfig application, one of the most important changes to Android management in recent years.

Datalogic launches new products for Industry 4.0: Matrix 300N 2MP, MXE-90 and S5N

Datalogic launches new products for Industry 4.0: Matrix 300N 2MP, MXE-90 and S5N

With new product lines of smart sensors, image-based scanners, vision technology and robot guidance, Datalogic is offering new solutions for digital automation. The new systems have been developed to support industry 4.0 concepts and are helping users to automatically control, process and track their operations along their production lines.

Huawei reveals Intelligent Campus Ecosystem Plan, collaborating with the industry to win a Trillion-Yuan market

Huawei reveals Intelligent Campus Ecosystem Plan,  collaborating with the industry to win a Trillion-Yuan market

During Huawei Connect 2019, Huawei introduced its Intelligent Campus Ecosystem Plan and the intelligent HiCampus solution jointly developed with partners for enterprise customers in China and beyond. The announcement came during an intelligent campus summit themed around "bringing digital to every campus for pervasive intelligence."

Zebra unveils next-generation 2D imagers for retail, healthcare, electronics manufacturing industries

Zebra unveils next-generation 2D imagers for retail, healthcare, electronics manufacturing industries

Zebra Technologies Corporation has introduced the new DS4600 series of 2D handheld imagers featuring models purpose-built for retail, healthcare and electronics manufacturing environments.

Extend your reading performance with the new Datalogic Near/Far Scanning capabilities for Auto-Range applications

Extend your reading performance with the new Datalogic Near/Far Scanning capabilities for Auto-Range applications

Datalogic, the automatic data capture and process automation solutions provider, has announced new Auto Range capabilities in two of its most popular industrial products – PowerScan 95X1 Auto Range Series and Falcon X4 Auto Range models.

Conker launches SX50 barcode scanner and drives productivity

Conker launches SX50 barcode scanner and drives productivity

Conker, a British producer of business rugged tablet, touch screen and mobile devices, has launched its SX50 barcode scanner.

Datalogic announces a high performance barcode reader made for industrial applications

Datalogic announces a high performance barcode reader made for industrial applications

With the launch of the new Matrix 300N 2MP, Datalogic offers users a new solution for demanding reading applications in automotive, electronics, intralogistics and packaging lines.

5G will drive effective adoption of emerging technologies, says GlobalData

5G will drive effective adoption of emerging technologies, says GlobalData

The intrinsic capacity of the fifth-generation cellular technology (5G) to connect the Internet’s end systems with enhanced data flows and faster response times will unlock the full potential of emerging technologies, according to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.

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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