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Field Mobility and M2M News Weekly – Week of August 12, 2012

The Field Mobility and M2M 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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TomTom Business Solutions has announced a new program, the Software Alliance Program, which will enable fleets to integrate vehicle and driver management capabilities.  Read Original Content

Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores is utilizing RFID technology for cardless fueling at their travel stops.  The rollout is expected to be complete by the end of September 2012.  Read Original Content

Global Industry Analysts, Inc. predicts the global market for RFID technology in healthcare and pharmaceutical markets will reach $1.7 billion by 2018.  Read Original Content

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UPS has incorporated a “wearable” scanning system for employees to speed up the loading of packages into vehicles through the use of a hands-free imager and wireless terminal.  Read Original Content

According to a research study from Frost & Sullivan, the RFID technology market in the Asia Pacific region is the fastest growing in the world, with the Americas accounting for the majority of RFID revenues.  Read Original Content


Fleet management solutions provider Cadec Global Inc. has implemented Verizon Wireless’ M2M Management Center to deploy and manage devices for its fleet customers with devices on the Verizon wireless network.  Read Original Content

Singapore’s infrastructure for mobile payments using NFC technology will be rolled out through NFC-enabled mobile phones by the end of August with three types of payment modes.  Read Original Content

The USDA is deploying iPads as part of a new field survey and data collection system.  Due to the iPad’s shorter learning curve, the deployment is scheduled for completion in December of 2012, two years ahead of schedule.  Read Original Content

Belon.gs has developed a lost-and-found system using unique Web addresses and barcode stickers for users to apply to their possessions.  Read Original Content

Thai Airways is jumping on the electronic boarding pass bandwagon with mobile 2D barcode boarding passes, accessible on smartphones and mobile devices enabled for multimedia messaging service.  Read Original Content

Researchers in Finland have formed IndoorAtlas, offering a positioning system for indoor locations.  A smartphone app is available and the company will soon release a developer’s toolbox including floor plans, a map creator and an app creator.  Read Original Content

The BarCode News staff tested and now report on several iPhone apps that allow business travelers and business people on a break from the daily grind to check in to the office from their iPhones.  Read Original Content

Field Technologies Online presents an article by Tom Bullotta of Acumen Solutions, “10 Steps to Successfully Creating a Mobile App for Field Services”.  Read Original Content

A new research project aims to help drivers select the best routes, detect obstacles before they see them and cut emissions through energy-efficient driving.  The Safe Intelligent Mobility – Test Field Germany project has cars networked with each other and their infrastructure, transmitting information on traffic conditions, provides drivers with the best route, and alerts drivers to hazards.  Read Original Content

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is using RFID-scanning kiosks at the international crossing in El Paso, Texas to pass border crossing pedestrians carrying approved documents with an RFID tag, such as U.S. passports and other RFID equipped documents.  Read Original Content

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A new report from Strategy Analytics predicts cellular M2M connections will grow from 277 million in 2012 to 2.5 billion by 2020. Read Original Content

Warehouse operations can be streamlined with the use of rugged tablet PCs which enable users to read emerging 2D bar codes that contain much more data than traditional 1D laser-scan codes.  Read Original Content

Apple has won a patent for an on-the-go shopping app that is described as “an NFC-capable barcode-reading shopping assistant”.  Read Original Content

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Kevin Benedict, Mobile Industry Analyst, Mobile Strategy Consultant and SAP Mentor Alumnus
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Full Disclosure: I am an independent mobility analyst, consultant and blogger. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.

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Kevin Benedict is an opinionated futurist, Principal Analyst at the Center for Digital Intelligence™, C4DIGI.com, emerging technologies analyst, and digital transformation and business strategy consultant. In the past 8 years he has taught workshops for large enterprises and government agencies in 18 different countries, and is a keynote speaker at conferences worldwide. He spent nearly 5 years working as a Senior Analyst at Cognizant (CTSH), and 2 years serving in Cognizant's Center for the Future of Work where he wrote many reports, hundreds of articles, interviewed technology experts, and produced videos on the future of digital technologies and their impact on industries. He has written articles published in The Guardian, wrote the Forward to SAP Press' book titled "Mobilizing Your Enterprise with SAP", published over 3,000 articles and was featured as thought leader and digital strategist in the Department of Defense's IQT intelligence journal. Kevin lectures and leads workshops, teaches and consults with companies and government agencies around the world to help develop digital transformation and business strategies. Visit his website at C4DIGI.com.