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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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.

Tech Data works with Microsoft to drive uptake of Enterprise Mobility Suite

Tech Data works with Microsoft to drive uptake of Enterprise Mobility Suite

Tech Data is working with Microsoft to encourage uptake of the vendor's Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS), which provides a comprehensive set of cloud-based mobile device management tools, and drive partner engagement on the solution through the Microsoft Cloud Solutions Provider (CSP) programme.

Barcoding, Inc. deploys 2,500 new handheld devices for United Rentals

Barcoding, Inc. deploys 2,500 new handheld devices for United Rentals

Barcoding, Inc., has announced the successful deployment of 2,500 new handheld devices across North America for United Rentals, the equipment rental company.

JLT to showcase next generation rugged computers for demanding supply chain applications at MODEX 2016

JLT to showcase next generation rugged computers for demanding supply chain applications at MODEX 2016

JLT Mobile Computers, developer and manufacturer of reliable computers for demanding environments, will be presenting its latest products for the logistics and supply chain sector at MODEX 2016, Booth 2525.

Maxatec partners with CipherLab for the UK Market

Maxatec partners with CipherLab for the UK Market

Rugged mobile enterprise products distributor Maxa Technologies Limited, (Maxatec) has signed a new distribution agreement with CipherLab Co. Ltd. of Taiwan, an AIDC solutions vendor with over 27 years in the scanning and mobile computing arenas.

Handheld launches its first ultra-rugged Android tablet — the Algiz RT7

Handheld launches its first ultra-rugged Android tablet — the Algiz RT7

Handheld Group has announced the launch of its new Android tablet, the Algiz RT7. The Algiz RT7 is a powerful, lightweight and ergonomic 7-inch tablet designed for reliable performance in demanding environments.

Quadriga collaborates with TUI Nordics to create wearable technology, the TUI Smartband

Quadriga collaborates with TUI Nordics to create wearable technology, the TUI Smartband

Quadriga, the international provider of Internet and entertainment managed services for the hospitality industry have been working alongside the TUI Group, the multinational tourism company, to create wearable technology dedicated to creating a seamless holiday experience.

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.