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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CODEGATE TEAMS UP WITH HHP

HHP, the worlds leading provider of image-based data collection systems, has appointed Codegate Limited as its latest Solutions Partner. Codegates key markets include transport and logistics, warehouse management and workforce mobilisation.

Intermec CK1 Handheld Computer

Offers Powerful and Affordable Batch Data Collection.

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Rough and tough environment in Iceland fish processing plant requires Xplore 's iX104 Rugged Tablet PC to mobilize information.

VoCognition's WES2 voice warehouse system receives SAP integration certification

VoiceConnect integrates VoCognitions real-time, voice-enabled warehousing solution, the Warehousing Execution System (WES2), with the SAP R/3 software solution.

Xplore receives orders for 400 iX104 Tablet PCs from its distributor in Finland

Distributor has been awarded contracts and begun delivery of Xplore's iX104 Tablet PCs and active X-dock vehicle docking stations to major logistics companies.

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Coca-Cola Enterprises to Roll out Ruggedized Handheld Computers from Symbol Technologies to 28,000 Mobile Workers

Symbol Technologies, Inc. have announced that Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc. is purchasing Symbol's next-generation handheld computer, the Symbol MC9000, as part of a comprehensive enterprise mobility solution for its North American and European mobile workforce.

Extech introduces new portable thermal printer: the S3750THS

Hybrid design from two successful printers, offers additional options including WiFi

Formula Color, the New Professional Mobile Computer from Datalogic with Colour Display and Green Spot

Datalogic presents the new Formula Color mobile computer with colour display and an intuitive user interface for Wi-Fi data collection in retail environments.

Capgemini selects Appear Networks technology as a key component of its mobility broadband solution offering

Capgemini and Appear Networks join forces to provide complete Wi-Fi enterprise solutions.

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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