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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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.

Tablet use to rapidly grow in European Retail and Hospitality, predicts latest research

Tablet use to rapidly grow in European Retail and Hospitality, predicts latest research

Tablet use in the European Retail and Hospitality industries is set to grow rapidly according to the latest research from industry technology analyst IDC. Key drivers for adoption are the need for improved efficiencies and customer service.

Varlink introduces Janam’s XG3 extended range rugged mobile computer

Varlink introduces Janam’s XG3 extended range rugged mobile computer

York-based mobile computing and data capture specialist distributor, Varlink, has announced the launch of Janam's XG3-ER, a rugged gun-shaped mobile computer that delivers superior barcode read range and accuracy into tough operating environments.

Wearables must pave the way for faster payments – say shoppers

Wearables must pave the way for faster payments – say shoppers

Almost two thirds of shoppers say the biggest impact wearable technology will have on the in-store customer experience will be speeding up checkouts, a survey for Vista Retail Support has found.

Unitech Europe introduces the new TB120 tablet with integrated numeric keypad and programmable hot keys

Unitech Europe introduces the new TB120 tablet with integrated numeric keypad and programmable hot keys

The new Unitech TB120 7" Android tablet is claimed to bring a new level of productivity and functionality to the enterprise. The TB120 is said to offer a number of unique features for greater flexibility and durability.

Box Technologies enhances instore customer engagement with Cielo tablets and Cielo mOve docking station

Box Technologies enhances instore customer engagement with Cielo tablets and Cielo mOve docking station

Box Technologies reports that it is transforming the in-store customer experience with the launch of its Cielo mobile tablets and Cielo mOve docking system.

New C-Frame universal enclosure for MPoS and static-based tablet applications

New C-Frame universal enclosure for MPoS and static-based tablet applications

Ergonomic Solutions adds finesse and colour to an vibrant MPoS market growing by almost 70% a year.

Mobile connectivity costing retailers £1.2bn new research reveals

Mobile connectivity costing retailers £1.2bn new research reveals

UK retailers could be missing out on as much as £1.2 billion through abandoned mobile purchases, according to new research from e-commerce partner, Webloyalty.

Handheld announces strategic Enterprise Mobility Management Alliance with SOTI

Handheld announces strategic Enterprise Mobility Management Alliance with SOTI

Handheld Group, the manufacturer of rugged mobile computers, and SOTI, provider of Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM), have announced a strategic alliance extending SOTI MobiControl's deep management capabilities to Handheld's rugged mobile devices.

Socket Mobile releases updated SDK with support for Apple iOS 9

Socket Mobile releases updated SDK with support for Apple iOS 9

Socket Mobile, Inc., the provider data capture and delivery solutions for enhanced productivity, has released the latest version of its Cordless Hand Scanner Software Developer Kit (SDK), SocketScan version 10.2.

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.