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Field Mobility News Weekly – Week of May 26, 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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To help increase productivity and efficiency in the dairy industry, GEA Farm Technologies developed an RFID solution to help farms manage their herds.  Read Original Content

CNET’s Antuan Goodwin provides details on “Eight Features that a 5-star GPS Navigator Should Have”.  Read Original Content

The new HD-VOICE Bluetooth device from SuperTooth can be set to announce callers and provide GPS directions in 12 different languages.  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.

Nestlé Nespresso is trying out a new RFID-based system to simplify the purchase process for customers using the Expedited Self Payment kiosk.  Read Original Content

A case study from Xplore Technologies illustrates how a solution utilizing rugged tablets and RFID technology helped a manufacturing facility for Carrier Corporation save $400,000 per year.  Read Original Content
Kaya Ismail reviews SurveyToGo for Android in this article featured in Tapscape.  The app is a “fantastic data collection and survey application” enabling users to create, conduct & manage electronic mobile surveys from their Android device.  Read Original Content

Bill Hardgrave, current dean of the business school at Auburn University, believes RFID is still a “disruptive technology” if used as more than a bar code replacement.  Read Original Content

Startup Adaia and BMW are collaborating to develop a rugged Android smartphone with satellite capabilities.  The Blackcomb device is designed for outdoorsmen and adventurers and is planned for release in 2014.  Read Original Content

Panasonic System Communications’ Tom O’Connor believes tablets have barely scratched the surface of potential uses as a productivity tool for facility management.  Read Original Content

GIS program chair at American Sentinel University Stephen McElroy states GIS is a technology with a powerful set of tools that many companies are using to get a better grasp on their data.  He provides advice on “Getting Your Business Ready for GIS” in this article featured in Data Informed.  Read Original Content

Buycott, a new free barcode scanning app for iOS and Android is designed to let users know if, by purchasing a product, they are supporting a company whose practices they disagree with.  Read Original Content

Google announced three new location service APIs for Android that are meant to optimize the way location is used in apps.  The new features are:  Fused Location provider, Geofencing and Activity recognition.  Read Original Content

The BarCode News provides “Five Ways RFID Can Benefit Asset Tracking in a Healthcare Setting”.  Read Original Content

The Australian Collaborative Land Evaluation Program teamed up with Esri Australia to create an online portal for national soil data management.  A publicly accessible interactive mapping website was created utilizing GIS technology.  Read Original Content

Making greater use of electronic tools can cut the lag time between fieldwork and data provision while still maintaining quality standards.  “The Value of Electronic Data Capture” is featured in TransportXtra.  Read Original Content

A German team of scientists believe GPS satellite-based positioning could offer detailed information within minutes of an earthquake, providing faster and more accurate early warning systems for tsunamis.  Read Original Content

IBM is helping the City of Dublin use Big Data to identify and solve the root causes of traffic congestion in its public transport network throughout the city.  Integrating data from a citywide network of sensors with geospatial data will enable city officials to better monitor and manage traffic in real time.  Read Original Content

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