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Field Mobility News Weekly – Week of February 3, 2013

The Field Mobility News Weekly is an online newsletter made up of the most interesting news and articles related to field mobility that I run across each week.  I am specifically targeting information that reflects market data and trends.

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DAP Technologies unveiled its first rugged Android tablet and handheld device.  The M9705 tablet and M4305 handheld are designed for industries such as warehouse and logistics, supply chain, field service, transportation, retail and medical.  Read Original Content

Alion Science and Technology will provide geospatial enterprise services for the U.S. Defense Technical Information Weapon Systems Technology Information Analysis Center.  Read Original Content

The Ghana Export Promotion Authority has developed a GIS system to create a database for documentation of all exports to verify history and location.  Read Original Content

ILS Technology provides ready-to-use cloud based platforms to implement and manage M2M (machine to machine) and embedded wireless devices that connect to SAP.  ILS Technology simplifies deployments and offers unparalleled security to protect company and customer data and to ensure regulatory compliance. This newsletter is sponsored in part by ILS Technology.

AECOM Technical Services has been contracted by the U.S. Navy to provide services including geospatial and GPS information and services for the Naval Facilities Engineering Command.  Read Original Content

A new device developed at the University of Amsterdam is helping keep bicyclists’ eyes on the road.  The “vibrobelt” works with a rider’s smartphone GPS - once the destination has been chosen, the belt vibrates to indicate left and right turn directions.  Read Original Content
The port facility in Callao, Peru is the first worldwide to install RFID technology as a safety measure for container equipment.  The system will send automatic alerts to heavy equipment operators if pedestrians or other personnel are close to the machinery and at risk.  Read Original Content

Esri and PCI Geomatics, through the Esri Natural Resources Imagery Grant Program, have selected 24 organizations to develop and apply innovative methods for using GIS to analyze imagery for land-use management.  Read Original Content

With smartphone navigation app usage up to 47 percent in 2012, PC Magazine provides a list of the best GPS navigation apps for iPhone they have tested.  Read Original Content

BYTE’s Chris Spera presents his list of top GPS apps for iPhone for 2013.  Read Original Content

Rand McNally’s new Foris 850 handheld GPS device comes equipped with millions of miles of street and trail maps.  Read Original Content

A new free report from the National Research Council, “Future U.S. Work Force for Geospatial Intelligence”, examines the availability of workers in the field of geospatial intelligence and is available at http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=18265.  Read Original Content

URISA’s 51st annual conference for GIS professionals, GIS-Pro 2013, will be held September 16-19, 2013, in Providence, Rhode Island.  Read Original Content

Motorola Solutions is developing a Windows 8 rugged tablet intended for use by police and factory workers.  The device is planned for launch sometime from the second half of 2013 to early 2014.  Read Original Content

A manufacturer of electric vehicles in Taiwan is utilizing RFID technology to encourage the use of electric scooters instead of gas-powered models.  KentFa Advanced Technology has installed battery exchange stations using RFID technology to enable scooter operators to exchange depleted batteries for fully charged ones.  Read Original Content

Roger Bryant writes in ForestGeek that Panasonic’s rugged Android and Windows 8 tablets may be a good fit for foresters and other natural resource professionals, but field personnel also need full featured GIS, GPS and other data collection apps for their rugged devices.  Read Original Content

The BarCode News has launched the Free QR Code Generator to enable users to create multiple types of codes and experiment with the technology.  Read Original Content

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Full Disclosure: These are my personal opinions. No company is silly enough to claim them. I am a mobility and SMAC analyst, consultant and writer. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.

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Kevin Benedict is the Senior Analyst for Digital Transformation at Cognizant, a writer, speaker and SAP Mentor Alumnus. Follow him on Twitter @krbenedict. He is a popular speaker around the world on the topic of digital transformation and enterprise mobility. He maintains a busy schedule researching, writing and speaking at events in North America, Asia and Europe. He has over 25 years of experience working in the enterprise IT solutions industry.

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