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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Device management support for better ROI

Device management support for better ROI

Lars Houbak, general manager of Spirent Mobilethink, explains why management support in devices is fundamental for the mobile industry to successfully roll out VoLTE services and for carriers to start getting a full return on investments

Varlink introduces Janam’s XG3 extended range rugged mobile computer

Varlink introduces Janam’s XG3 extended range rugged mobile computer

York-based mobile computing and data capture specialist distributor, Varlink, has announced the launch of Janam's XG3-ER, a rugged gun-shaped mobile computer that delivers superior barcode read range and accuracy into tough operating environments.

Handheld's Nautiz eTicket Pro II now available with Android

Handheld's Nautiz eTicket Pro II now available with Android

Handheld Group, the manufacturer of rugged mobile computers, has announced that its Nautiz eTicket Pro II is available with the Android 4.2 operating system. The Nautiz eTicket Pro II is a rugged mobile ticket validation and fare collection device for the public transportation industry.

BEC and ecom instruments partner to bring data capture solutions into hazardous areas

BEC and ecom instruments partner to bring data capture solutions into hazardous areas

BEC (Systems Integration) Ltd, a leading provider of data capture and voice solutions for supply chain logistics and manufacturing, has formed a partnership with ecom instruments, a leading manufacturer of portable mobile computing hardware designed to be used in hazardous areas.

E-commerce trends driving distribution centres’ need for new mobile technology

E-commerce trends driving distribution centres’ need for new mobile technology

The growth of e-commerce increases consumer choice and flexibility, but it also challenges distribution centres to keep pace with consumers' higher expectations for faster and more accurate delivery.

Unitech Europe introduces the new TB120 tablet with integrated numeric keypad and programmable hot keys

Unitech Europe introduces the new TB120 tablet with integrated numeric keypad and programmable hot keys

The new Unitech TB120 7" Android tablet is claimed to bring a new level of productivity and functionality to the enterprise. The TB120 is said to offer a number of unique features for greater flexibility and durability.

Nautiz X8 assists conservation efforts – making the leap to digital data collection

Nautiz X8 assists conservation efforts – making the leap to digital data collection

Many customers transition to our devices after having used pen and paper in the field. Making the leap to digital data collection is one of the quickest ways to gain efficiencies, reduce data entry errors and speed the process of using the collected data.

JLT Introduces virtually unbreakable touch screen and boosts performance of its JLT1214 logistics computer

JLT Introduces virtually unbreakable touch screen and boosts performance of its JLT1214 logistics computer

JLT Mobile Computers, Swedish developer and manufacturer of rugged computers for demanding environments, has announced the JLT1214P, a new logistics computer which features revolutionary Rugged Projective Capacitive Touch (PCT) display technology and additional computing power compared to previous product generations.

Handheld announces strategic Enterprise Mobility Management Alliance with SOTI

Handheld announces strategic Enterprise Mobility Management Alliance with SOTI

Handheld Group, the manufacturer of rugged mobile computers, and SOTI, provider of Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM), have announced a strategic alliance extending SOTI MobiControl's deep management capabilities to Handheld's rugged mobile devices.

Socket Mobile releases updated SDK with support for Apple iOS 9

Socket Mobile releases updated SDK with support for Apple iOS 9

Socket Mobile, Inc., the provider data capture and delivery solutions for enhanced productivity, has released the latest version of its Cordless Hand Scanner Software Developer Kit (SDK), SocketScan version 10.2.

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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