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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M3 Sky rugged handheld devices from Maxatec raise the bar for lifting equipment safety system

M3 Sky rugged handheld devices from Maxatec raise the bar for lifting equipment safety system

Maxatec's distributor expertise in cutting-edge PDA hardware and reseller CoreRFID's innovative inspection management system combined to provide a world-class safety inspection system for a materials handling and lifting equipment company.

Honeywell maximises worker efficiency with mobile computer offering superior versatility and performance

Honeywell maximises worker efficiency with mobile computer offering superior versatility and performance

Targeting the frontline worker who requires an easy-to-use device with unparalleled performance, Honeywell, has unveiled the Dolphin CT50 mobile computer, the latest in a series of advanced mobile workforce solutions.

80 per cent of software policies overlook mobile apps

80 per cent of software policies overlook mobile apps

Some 80% of software policies fail to include mobile applications despite the fact that 67% of organisations are using apps for business purposes, according to new research from Snow Software, the leading developer of Software Asset Management (SAM) solutions for both end user organisations and service providers.

Xplore unveils XSLATE B10 fully rugged tablet

Xplore unveils XSLATE B10 fully rugged tablet

Xplore Technologies Corp., manufacturer of a broad range of high-quality rugged tablet computers, has launched the XSLATE B10. With a set of eight ports, four sealed from behind, and an IP65 rating, the 10.1" B10 comes standard with the Intel Core i5 CPU and is upgradeable to i7 vPro to provide top speeds to process data.

Getac to showcase complete rugged computing capability at DSEI

Getac to showcase complete rugged computing capability at DSEI

Getac, the global designer and manufacturer of rugged mobile computers, will showcase its complete range of fully rugged mobile computer solutions and partnership capabilities for the Defence sector at DSEI.

Mobility in the enterprise: a true enterprise disruptor

Mobility in the enterprise: a true enterprise disruptor

As more and more enterprises embrace mobile platforms and the applications that this revolution in computing is spawning, the route to success is littered with failure.

Handheld's Nautiz X8 ultra-rugged field computer gets new customisable add-ons

Handheld's Nautiz X8 ultra-rugged field computer gets new customisable add-ons

Handheld Group, the manufacturer of rugged mobile computers, has announced new expansion pack features for its Nautiz X8 rugged PDA.

Is BYOD the beginning of the end for subsidised mobile phones?

Is BYOD the beginning of the end for subsidised mobile phones?

Carriers and virtual carriers in most regions have experienced steady erosion in ARPU since 2010 according to analysts Strategy Analytics. Despite a collective US$700 billion investment in infrastructure over the past ten years, revenue growth has been almost flat since 2007.

Getac helps Royal Signals RFC train for success with new kit

Getac helps Royal Signals RFC train for success with new kit

Getac, the global designer and manufacturer of rugged mobile devices, is providing vital sponsorship for some of the toughest individuals in the world – members of the British Army's Signallers rugby team.

Handheld Algiz 7 rugged tablet HF and LF RFID option

Handheld Algiz 7 rugged tablet HF and LF RFID option

The Algiz 7 rugged Tablet PC from Handheld now has HF and LF RFID Options : 125 kHz / 134.2 kHz / 13.56 MHz This rugged tablet PC is small, light and fast, with multiple connectivity options and a wide range of functionality.

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.