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Field Mobility News Weekly – Week of September 23, 2012

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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GreenRoad and GPS Insight have partnered to offer GreenRoad Advanced Tracking, an advanced fleet tracking capability as part of a driver performance management service.  Read Original Content

According to the 2012-13 U.S. Mobile Resource Management Systems Market Study, the use of GPS based mobile resource management systems has grown more than 50 percent since 2009, with local fleet operations leading the growth.  Read Original Content

Nike has obtained a patent to put data-collecting sensors on golf clubs “to improve personalization” such as analysis of a golfer’s swing.  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.

Third year replacement rates for non-ruggedized enterprise handheld devices are 82.6 percent, compared to 18.2 percent for ruggedized devices.  This information and more is available in Intermec’s white paper, “New Roles, New Rules:  Are Your Smart PhonesTough Enough for Work?”  Read Original Content

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters wants to simplify its Keurig single-cup coffee machines, so has announced a new brewing system which uses RFID technology to identify the type of coffee being used and guide the user through the process.  Read Original Content


The University of Arkansas has opened its RFID Research Center which simulates every aspect of the supply chain, from manufacturing and a distribution center to layouts representing grocery, department and convenience stores.  Read Original Content

Hong Kong Union Hospital has installed an RFID system to enable its pediatric patients to have a better night's sleep and to gain more frequent temperature and vital-sign readings.  Read Original Content

To help in the fight against counterfeiting, scientists at the University of South Dakota and South Dakota School of Mines and Technology have developed an invisible QR code using nanoparticles and fluorescent ink.  Read Original Content

“High performance” barcodes are those with attributes such as correct symbology for the application, validated symbol, and correct location on the package.  Read Original Content

Apple dashed the hopes of many in the RFID industry when the new iPhone 5 was unveiled without NFC technology.  Read Original Content

China Mobile introduced its mobile wallet which utilizes RFID technology rather than NFC as the ultra-short range wireless connection to enable swipe payments with a handset.  Read Original Content

A recent survey by online market research and technology development firm uSamp reveals that more men than women make purchases via mobile (45 percent vs. 34 percent), and 91 percent of men scan barcodes as part of the purchase process, compared to 85 percent of women.  Read Original Content

RFID Journal will host RFID Journal LIVE! Brasil in Sao Paulo November 29 and 30, 2012.  The conference and exhibition will focus on how RFID technologies are being utilized across Brazil and around the world to reduce costs and improve the way companies do business. Read Original Content

A new project, "The Human Face of Big Data”, is based on the premise that the real-time visualization of data collected by satellites, sensors, RFID tags, and GPS-enabled cameras and smartphones around the world, enables humanity to sense, measure, understand and affect aspects of our existence in ways our ancestors could never have imagined.  Read Original Content

Carly Curran describes her list of the best iPhone apps for international travel in this article from the Barcode News.  Read Original Content

ClickSoftware is an SAP mobility partner and the leading provider of automated workforce management and optimization solutions for every size of service business.  This newsletter is sponsored in part by ClickSoftware.

The traditional uses of RFID for the identification of animals, people, and within the automotive sector are forecast to grow by $2.8 billion from 2012 to 2017. However, ABI Research’s new RFID Market Tracker found that modernizing RFID applications will grow twice as fast with annual revenues derived from these jumping by $4.5 billion in the same timeframe.  Read Original Content

With inspiration from the film The Wizard of Oz, a British designer has created “No Place Like Home GPS Shoes” which are programmed to guide the wearer back home regardless of where he/she is at in the world.  Read Original Content

Georgia’s Cobb County has developed new GIS mobile maps for obtaining parcel and zoning information using smartphones or tablets, enabling users to access county parcel and zoning data from their mobile devices.  Read Original Content


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Kevin Benedict, Head Analyst for SMAC (Social, MOBILE, Analytics and Cloud), Cognizant
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Full Disclosure: These are my personal opinions. No company is silly enough to claim them. I am a mobility 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.