Mobile Computers

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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Lillehammer Sikkerhet of Norway chooses Swedish push-to-talk solution supplier GroupTalk for radio communications

Lillehammer Sikkerhet of Norway chooses Swedish push-to-talk solution supplier GroupTalk for radio communications

A scalable communications solution specifically developed for the security industry, without any restrictions in terms of coverage, channels or number of users will provide Norwegian security company Lillehammer Sikkerhet with a more cost effective solution for push-to-talk (PTT) communications and panic alarm.

Retail mobile apps could save 900,000 jobs over next 10 years

Retail mobile apps could save 900,000 jobs over next 10 years

Investing in mobile apps will bring customers back into retail stores, and help avoid the estimated loss of 900,000 jobs and thousands of stores in the next decade – according to UK mobile app developer, Apadmi.

Mobility is at the heart of customer experience

Mobility is at the heart of customer experience

By Nassar Hussain, Managing Director for Europe and South Africa at SOTI.

Over the last decade we've seen a significant increase in mobile technology and it is now becoming the heart of customer experience; forcing retailers to figure out how the digital and physical relationships can work together.

SOTI warns retailers must put mobile technology at the heart of their customer service strategy or risk losing out

SOTI warns retailers must put mobile technology at the heart of their customer service strategy or risk losing out

The presence of mobile technology in brick-and-mortar retail outlets is having a direct impact on customer experience. SOTI is today warning retailers they must ensure they place mobile at the very heart of their strategy.

House of Fraser takes control of price management with Datalogic

House of Fraser takes control of price management with Datalogic

Datalogic has announced that premium UK department store, House of Fraser, is using Skorpio X3 mobile computers to improve price management processes.

TSYS and Handpoint to offer mobile EMV

TSYS and Handpoint to offer mobile EMV

TSYS, the global payments solutions provider, has certified the mobile EMV solution brought to the US by Handpoint, the point of sale solutions provider.

Ergonomic Solutions to showcase technology mounting solutions that brings in-store unified commerce to life on stand 518 at RBTE 2016

Ergonomic Solutions to showcase technology mounting solutions that brings in-store unified commerce to life on stand 518 at RBTE 2016

Ergonomic Solutions (ergonomic-solutions.net), the designer and supplier of technology mounting, mobility and security solutions, has announced its product line up for the forthcoming RBTE Expo at Olympia, London taking place from 9-10th March 2016.

Scottish SMEs to get IoT Boost at new tech challenge

Scottish SMEs to get IoT Boost at new tech challenge

A Tamagotchi-style monitoring device for plants, hard hats with embedded GPS positioning and smartphones that recommend tailored training and rehabilitation programmes for athletes are just some of the ideas being pitched at the first IoTBoost UK event in Scotland.

Mitel accelerates development in mobile enterprise with mobile and cloud innovations

Mitel accelerates development in mobile enterprise with mobile and cloud innovations

Mitel has announced a disruptive series of new solutions that accelerates its development in the mobile enterprise market.

Zebra Technologies' new mobile computer 'revolutionises warehousing operations, saving an hour per worker per shift'

Zebra Technologies' new mobile computer 'revolutionises warehousing operations, saving an hour per worker per shift'

Zebra Technologies Corporation, provider of solutions and services that provide real-time visibility into organisations' assets, people and transactions, has introduced the TC8000 enterprise mobile computer.

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.