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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HAND HELD PRODUCTS SIGNS MAJOR CONTRACT WITH LA POSTE SUBSIDIARY

Hand Held Products, the worldwide leader in image-based data collection solutions, has signed a $10 million pan-European agreement with DPD, a subsidiary of La Poste and part of the Geopost group. This involves hardware and software for an automated delivery scan system.

HAND HELD PRODUCTS SUPPORTS MICROSOFT'S RETAIL SOFTWARE PLATFORM

Hand Held Products, the worldwide leader in image-based data collection solutions, has announced that its barcode scanners, imagers and transaction terminals will support Windows Embedded for Point of Service (PoS) - Microsoft's retail software platform.

Winterhalter Looks To PartsArena Mobile To Boost Service Levels

PartsArena allows service engineers to quickly identify and order parts in the field through the use of hand-held computers and smart phones.

Manufacturing & Logistics IT launches video news service

Manufacturing & Logistics IT launches video news service

"Tech TV" is the latest innovation from Interactive Business Communications Ltd, the publisher of Manufacturing and Logistics IT and IT Reseller. This exciting development will deliver video interviews, product launches, tutorials, and seminars, among other compelling features direct to your desktop from our studio and on location.

Intermec Files Patent Infringement Claims Against Symbol

Symbol infringes key wireless access, terminal and software patents, Intermec says.

Make your orders always enHand with Casio

enHand is the essential tool for field sales personnel, developed specifically to enhance control of inventory, minimise shrinkage and remove the necessity to manually re-process orders back at base.

Making Service Count

Chris Wright, Managing Director of Skillweb, explains how retailers and third party logistics companies must work together to solve the problems associated with achieving customer satisfaction and competitive cost-effective service levels.

Top 10 Things to Look for in an RFID Enabled Handheld Computer

Top 10 Things to Look for in an RFID Enabled Handheld Computer

Ready or not, RFID is coming. So how do you get ready for it? First, know your options. Selecting the right RFID enabled handheld computer isn't rocket science - it's just a matter of doing your homework.

9-10 March -- FREE seminar - RFID in the Supply Chain

Free 1/2 Day End-to-End RFID Supply Chain Seminar Wednesday 9th March & Thursday 10th March 2005 Silverstone Circuit, Northamptonshire.

Belgravium Launches New Web Tablet

Belgravium Launches New Web Tablet

Belgravium is proud to introduce its ruggedised web tablet, the Vienna 3000 Series, a portable wireless Windows CE-based appliance combining data capture and communication technology.

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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