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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Datalogic announces the Rhino II Vehicle Mount Computer

Datalogic announces the Rhino II Vehicle Mount Computer

Datalogic, the automatic data capture and industrial automation solutions provider, has introduced the Rhino II Vehicle Mount Computer (VMC) designed to survive the rugged use found in warehouse, factories and distribution environments.

Why DENSO’s handheld terminals and scanners are ideal assets for companies

Why DENSO’s handheld terminals and scanners are ideal assets for companies

Over the past decades, the use and importance of information technology in companies has changed fundamentally. Thus, information technologies are no longer used purely on an operational level; however, the strategic and widespread use of IT is now common in many companies.

How festivals are engaging audiences through mobile

How festivals are engaging audiences through mobile

By Paul Swaddle, Chairman and Co-founder of Pocket App

Festival season is officially in full swing. From Glastonbury to Wireless and from Love Box to T in the Park, the UK plays host to some of the greatest musical spectacles in the world over the summer months.

Verifone collaborates with Sage to offer simple, integrated payment and cloud accounting solutions for small businesses in Europe

Verifone collaborates with Sage to offer simple, integrated payment and cloud accounting solutions for small businesses in Europe

To help merchants of all sizes adapt to transforming and fast-moving business environments and changing consumer behavior, Verifone and Sage have announced that they will work together to offer integrated point-of-sale (POS) and business accounting solutions on Verifone Carbon 8.

MTB-3097 – 9.7” tablet PC for fleet management

MTB-3097 – 9.7” tablet PC for fleet management

Midas Touch's MTB-3097, a 9.7" windows tablet PC – with the power of an Intel Bay Trail 2930N or Intel Core i5/i7 processor – is designed specifically for fleet management.

Mobilising and managing supply chains on the go

Mobilising and managing supply chains on the go

By Paul Swaddle, Co-Founder, Pocket App.

All types of transportation services, whether trucking, public transport, aircraft, charter & shuttle bus services, railroads or shipping, and the warehouses that support them, are drowning in paperwork.

Doro launches the 8020X: a durable smartphone built for the lone worker

Doro launches the 8020X: a durable smartphone built for the lone worker

Doro, the senior mobile phone technology provider, is launching the Doro 8020X smartphone, a device designed to keep lone workers safe and secure during their professional lives.

RuggON announces the VX-601, the rugged In-vehicle terminal

RuggON announces the VX-601, the rugged In-vehicle terminal

RuggON Corporation has launched a new rugged in-vehicle terminal, the VX-601, which provides superb visibility from a large, bright, sunlight-readable touchscreen display; great durability; seamless connectivity and communications; as well as smart power management.

Xplore launches new XSLATE D10 rugged tablet PC

Xplore launches new XSLATE D10 rugged tablet PC

Xplore Technologies' flagship Android rugged tablet, the XSLATE D10 with 10.1 inch screen, is now available with the upgraded Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow operating system.

UK man appointed Europe, Middle East, Asia-Pacific business head by Xplore

UK man appointed Europe, Middle East, Asia-Pacific business head by Xplore

Xplore Technologies, the rugged tablet PC maker, has appointed Leeds, UK-born Steve Priestley Vice President of International Sales.

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.

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