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 independent retailers can integrate touchscreens without breaking the bank

How independent retailers can integrate touchscreens without breaking the bank

By Craig Witsoe, CEO at Elo.

The life of an independent retailer is not an easy one. Competition from big box retailers continues to increase, setting up David and Goliath showdowns across the country.

Push-to-talk solution supplier GroupTalk launches new version of its group voice communications service

Push-to-talk solution supplier GroupTalk launches new version of its group voice communications service

Swedish group voice communications services specialist GroupTalk has announced the launch of a new version of its cloud-based push-to-talk (PTT) technology over the mobile network; New features include an updated panic alarm with positioning, and a new integrated queuing functionality in the PC Dispatch activated from Android as well as iPhone users.

Retail mobile apps could save 900,000 jobs over next 10 years

Retail mobile apps could save 900,000 jobs over next 10 years

Investing in mobile apps will bring customers back into retail stores, and help avoid the estimated loss of 900,000 jobs and thousands of stores in the next decade – according to UK mobile app developer, Apadmi.

Getac takes 'marginal gains' approach with the new RX10 field service rugged tablet

Getac takes 'marginal gains' approach with the new RX10 field service rugged tablet

A field-service-targeted rugged tablet, developed using the principle of 'marginal gains – an approach adopted by Britain's all-conquering Olympic cycling team - has been launched by rugged technology designer and manufacturer Getac.

SOTI warns retailers must put mobile technology at the heart of their customer service strategy or risk losing out

SOTI warns retailers must put mobile technology at the heart of their customer service strategy or risk losing out

The presence of mobile technology in brick-and-mortar retail outlets is having a direct impact on customer experience. SOTI is today warning retailers they must ensure they place mobile at the very heart of their strategy.

Lolly and Linx launch MPoS tablet for small retailers

Lolly and Linx launch MPoS tablet for small retailers

At this year's RBTE retail and hospitality technology specialist, Lolly, and its partner, Linx, is launching a queue-busting mobile EPoS (MPoS) solution based on the Linx Windows-based ruggedised tablet.

Maxatec launches new Arbor 5" rugged Android handheld panel PC

Maxatec launches new Arbor 5" rugged Android handheld panel PC

The Arbor IOT-500 from Maxatec is an HMI panel engineered to provide a high level of flexibility and reliability to support automation and system optimisation requirements.

Renovotec upgrades rugged hardware for Europe's largest bonded warehouse

Renovotec upgrades rugged hardware for Europe's largest bonded warehouse

Renovotec has replaced the entire complement of rugged hardware in Accolade Wines' 650,000 square feet, 85,000-pallet capacity operation with 55 Honeywell Thor VM1 truck-mounted and 30 Honeywell Tecton handheld mobile computers.

Scottish SMEs to get IoT Boost at new tech challenge

Scottish SMEs to get IoT Boost at new tech challenge

A Tamagotchi-style monitoring device for plants, hard hats with embedded GPS positioning and smartphones that recommend tailored training and rehabilitation programmes for athletes are just some of the ideas being pitched at the first IoTBoost UK event in Scotland.

Global infrastructure company EPS Group chooses Cooper Software

Global infrastructure company EPS Group chooses Cooper Software

Cooper Software has been selected by global water and wastewater infrastructure support services company, EPS Group, to implement the company's ACQUIRE data capture solution to simplify and streamline the inventory management process at EPS.

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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