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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New line of Honeywell rugged, mobile computers empowers workers to better support growing e-commerce demands

New line of Honeywell rugged, mobile computers empowers workers to better support growing e-commerce demands

Honeywell has announced its latest family of rugged enterprise mobile devices designed for workers that pick, pack, sort and deliver e-commerce orders to keep the retail supply chain moving smoothly from factory to consumer.

inurface brings tech to new Sports Direct flagship store

inurface brings tech to new Sports Direct flagship store

Sports Direct’s new concept store on Oxford Street is claimed to represent a new age in bricks and mortar retail. The space has been transformed into an experiential hub for customers with technology never seen before within this setting.

Desigual teams up with MishiPay to test the mobile self-checkout shopping experience in physical stores

Desigual teams up with MishiPay to test the mobile self-checkout shopping experience in physical stores

Desigual, the fashion retailer, is deploying MishiPay in stores in Barcelona and Madrid. MishiPay is a mobile self- technology for shopping in physical shops and transferring the immediacy of the online experience to the real world. The technology enables shoppers to scan the barcode of products and pay via their mobile phone, eliminating the need to visit a checkout.

The impact of mobile apps on brands and online shoppers

The impact of mobile apps on brands and online shoppers

Going shopping should be a relaxing and enjoyable experience for the customer. But as people have swapped the brick and mortar stores for mobile apps instead, how much does this impact business and the overall shopping experience?

Eurotech joins the O-RAN Alliance to accelerate the development and deployment of scalable 5G network applications at the edge

Eurotech joins the O-RAN Alliance to accelerate the development and deployment of scalable 5G network applications at the edge

Eurotech, provider of rugged embedded and edge computers and IoT components enabling end-to-end applications, has joined the O-RAN Alliance to enable a faster design, development and deployment of 5G network applications at the edge, leveraging its High Performance Edge Computing (HPEC) systems.

The digital training gap: Just 14% of retail’s frontline workforce receive training on their mobile devices

The digital training gap:  Just 14% of retail’s frontline workforce receive training on their mobile devices

As non-essential retail reopens, retail staff are facing a digital training gap, with store associates reporting a lack of digital training formats and infrequent learning opportunities, the latest report from digital workplace innovator, YOOBIC, warns.

Manufacturing & Logistics IT December Reference Annual 2020

Manufacturing & Logistics IT December Reference Annual 2020

Welcome to the December 2020 edition of Manufacturing & Logistics IT. In this edition we feature a Special Technology Report looking in depth at the latest developments in the world of Printing & Labelling technology.

Also included is our 2020 Special Report round-up, featuring reports on Transportation Management and AIDC/Mobile Computing.

Fully antibacterial phone – every external surface of the Cat® S42 rugged smartphone has advanced antimicrobial product protection applied

Fully antibacterial phone – every external surface of the Cat® S42 rugged smartphone has advanced antimicrobial product protection applied

Bullitt Group, the global licensee for Cat phones, has announced that the Cat S42 has been enhanced by advanced antimicrobial product protection, claimed by the company to make it the first anti-bacterial phone. Every exterior component of the product has been treated with Biomaster antimicrobial technology and tested to ISO 22196.

Data and the changing business and operational landscape

Data and the changing business and operational landscape

Special Technology report on Automatic Identification & Data Capture and Mobile Computing.

Manufacturing & Logistics IT spoke with leading analysts and vendors about the current state of play within the Automatic Identification & Data Capture and Mobile Computing technology space, what potential benefits technology can afford the user in light of the current pandemic, and what might be some of the key developments and enhancements.....

Samsung announces the Galaxy Tab Active3 – built for the modern workforce

Samsung announces the Galaxy Tab Active3 – built for the modern workforce

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. has launched the new Galaxy Tab Active3, a rugged tablet based on the popular Tab Active2 design to meet the rigor of today’s mobile workforce with a sleek, compact design for portability.

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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