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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RTR reviews the new Honeywell Dolphin 9900 mobile computer

Rugged, ergonomic and feature-rich, the Dolphin 9900 is a single comprehensive mobile solution.

Paperclip Cards speed up with the Opticon's H16 Mobile Computer

Paperclip Cards speed up with the Opticon's H16 Mobile Computer

The advantage for Paperclip, using the H16 is that they moved from an off-line application to a 50% on-line application.

FCUK get a performance boost

FCUK get a performance boost

French Connection cuts distribution centre errors and saves 50% of critical task time in its stores

A new handheld terminal by Nordic ID

A new handheld terminal by Nordic ID

New hand-held data terminal combines data collection and voice communication in a compact format

Mobile and remote working: is it secure?

The move towards remote and mobile working seems to be an unstoppable trend.

Tesco store managers reclaim 78 hours with Symbol MC50

Tesco store managers reclaim 78 hours with Symbol MC50

The MC50 has transformed the working style of Tescos store managers.

Metrologic Releases SP5700 OptimusPDA Worldwide

Metrologic Releases SP5700 OptimusPDA Worldwide

Company's First Microsoft Windows Based Mobile Computer.

Formula: the new pocket-sized mobile computer by Datalogic Mobile

Formula: the new pocket-sized mobile computer by Datalogic Mobile

This new device is claimed to be the perfect choice for entry-level applications in retail environments, such as inventory, shelf replenishment and price management.

Unitech adds EGPRS to its successful PA600

Unitech adds EGPRS to its successful PA600

Unitech expands its existing PA600 series with an EGPRS solution.

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.