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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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.

All JLT Mobile Computers compatible with new Windows 10 operating system

All JLT Mobile Computers compatible with new Windows 10 operating system

JLT Mobile Computers, Swedish developer and manufacturer of rugged computers for demanding environments, has announced that all JLT rugged computers have been tested to be compatible with Microsoft Windows 10.

15 per cent of Millennial smartphone owners have never used their mobile to shop

15 per cent of Millennial smartphone owners have never used their mobile to shop

Despite being seen as the mobile-savvy generation, 15 per cent of Britain's 18-34 year-olds who own a smartphone admit to having never used their smartphones for anything shopping related on a given list, according to YouGov online research commissioned by ecommerce agency Ampersand. This includes researching, buying or saving products, looking up stock levels or location and opening hours of stores nearby.

Getac Z710 tablet expands pan-European airport security for ICTS

Getac Z710 tablet expands pan-European airport security for ICTS

Aviation security provider ICTS Europe has expanded its use of the Getac Z710 rugged tablet across European airports, with the devices now responsible for collecting and processing the data for 12,000 passengers every day.

Renovotec awarded platinum status with Datalogic ADC

Renovotec awarded platinum status with Datalogic ADC

Datalogic has announced that Renovotec, the UK provider of rugged hardware, has joined its Partner Advantage Program and been awarded Platinum Partner status.

Made4Net and TouchStar sign strategic agreement

Made4Net and TouchStar sign strategic agreement

Made4Net, provider of supply chain execution software, has established a marketing partnership with TouchStar Technologies Ltd, a manufacturer of rugged mobile communications devices.

Datalogic launches the Loyalty League Programme for EMEA resellers

Datalogic launches the Loyalty League Programme for EMEA resellers

Datalogic, the Automatic Data Capture and Industrial Automation solutions provider, and producer of barcode readers, mobile computers, sensors, vision systems and laser marking equipment, has announced the launch of the Loyalty League Programme, for all EMEA resellers.

Smart product strategies will deliver game-changing innovation, cost efficiency and enriched customer experiences

Smart product strategies will deliver game-changing innovation, cost efficiency and enriched customer experiences

A new study written by Cognizant and featuring data from The Economist Intelligence Unit reveals both the expectations and the uncertainties enterprises are experiencing around the rapid rise of smart products.

Xirrus solves Wi-Fi access challenges for BYOD and IoT with EasyPass

Xirrus solves Wi-Fi access challenges for BYOD and IoT with EasyPass

Xirrus, provider of high-performance wireless networks, has announced immediate availability of EasyPass, a suite of services that manage mobile device connections to Wi-Fi networks in the simplest way with minimal IT involvement.

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.