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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Olive Communications announces international expansion to support its global Cloud-managed service platform

Olive Communications announces international expansion to support its global Cloud-managed service platform

High Wycombe based Olive Communications, the Cloud Telephony and Unified Communications provider, has announced global expansion plans with the opening of an Australian-based support capability.

‘One-size-fits-all’ doesn’t fit the mobile network of the future, experts insist

‘One-size-fits-all’ doesn’t fit the mobile network of the future, experts insist

The coming 5G revolution is an opportunity to move beyond the United Kingdom’s one-size-fits-all spectrum approach that has left many residents, rural areas, transport corridors, factories and businesses behind, claim experts in a new discussion paper published today.

Conker launches the SX5 business rugged Android barcode scanner

Conker launches the SX5 business rugged Android barcode scanner

Conker, a British producer of business rugged tablet, touch screen and mobile devices, has announced the availability of the Conker SX5 Android barcode scanner.

Memor 10 rugged mobile computer by Datalogic: Dare to be smart

Memor 10 rugged mobile computer by Datalogic: Dare to be smart

Datalogic, the automatic data capture and process automation solutions provider, has introduced the Memor 10 rugged mobile computer, one of the few rugged devices validated by the ‘Android Enterprise Recommended’ program from Google.

When smart is not smart enough: Why Handheld devices are superior to Smartphones

When smart is not smart enough: Why Handheld devices are superior to Smartphones

DENSO, part of the Toyota group and inventor of the QR Code, launched the first CCD scanner more than 30 years ago and since then has continuously evolved technologically. “Consumer smartphones are increasingly used in industries such as retail and logistics.

BigChange Mobile Tech transforms Utopia furniture deliveries

BigChange Mobile Tech transforms Utopia furniture deliveries

Utopia Furniture Group has rolled out a 5 in 1 cloud-based system from BigChange that combines mobile apps including electronic POD and vehicle tracking, with customer relationship management system (CRM).

Sometimes smart is not smart enough: Why Handhelds are superior to Smartphones

Sometimes smart is not smart enough: Why Handhelds are superior to Smartphones

Companies today increasingly need to incorporate new technologies into their business processes and supply chains. Only then can they assert their position and are thus able to grow.

New AREX400 family of laser markers by Datalogic: Mark the Difference!

New AREX400 family of laser markers by Datalogic: Mark the Difference!

Datalogic, the automatic data capture and process automation solutions provider, has introduced the new AREX400 family of laser markers based on fiber technology for industrial applications.

The vital role of Auto ID in digital transformation

The vital role of Auto ID in digital transformation

Kamran Farooq, sales manager – manufacturing, of Datalogic, the global automatic identification technology and process automation solutions provider, discusses the technologies driving digital transformation in manufacturing and logistics.

Janam expands relationship with Century Software

Janam expands relationship with Century Software

Janam Technologies LLC, provider of rugged mobile computers that scan barcodes and communicate wirelessly, has announced that its newest rugged mobile computers are technically certified to run Century Software’s TinyTERM Enterprise mobile application.

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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