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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Barcoding, Inc. shares new research and resources for businesses migrating to Android mobile computing in 2020

Barcoding, Inc. shares new research and resources for businesses migrating to Android mobile computing in 2020

Barcoding, Inc. has released initial findings from its comprehensive research project that addresses Windows Mobile going end of life in 2020. Rugged device manufacturers have selected Android as the new operating system, requiring a tailored technological shift for all enterprises leveraging Windows Mobile devices for their automated data collection processes.

Chainway Releases High-performance Handheld Computer C66 and C61

Chainway Releases High-performance Handheld Computer C66 and C61

Chainway has announced the launch of the newly upgraded 5.5-inch large screen handheld computer C66 and the handheld computer C61 with keypad. Both devices deliver excellent system performance, and can be flexibly equipped with a range of optional data collection functions to fulfill applications in various industries such as retail, logistics and so forth.

Exertis offers corporate trade-in programme for mobile devices

Exertis offers corporate trade-in programme for mobile devices

Exertis, the distributor of technology products for the business, Pro AV, enterprise, mobile and retail markets, has announced a corporate trade-in programme that resellers can take advantage of for their customers’ smartphones, tablets and laptops.

2020 predictions for enterprise mobility

2020 predictions for enterprise mobility

Android Continues to Expand in the Enterprise while iOS falters. Android has steadily evolved into a platform of choice for many enterprises, with a wide array of choices in rugged and consumer-grade devices available from a variety of manufacturers.

Curve launches first purely mobile offering with Samsung Pay

Curve launches first purely mobile offering with Samsung Pay

Curve, the Over-The-Top banking platform that consolidates multiple cards and accounts into one smart card and an even smarter app, has launched its first purely mobile offering with Samsung Pay.

How do you ‘schuh’? Shoe retailer optimises processes with DENSO handhelds

How do you ‘schuh’? Shoe retailer optimises processes with DENSO handhelds

Footwear retailer schuh uses the BHT-1505BB handheld terminal from DENSO WAVE EUROPE. The branded shoe stockist was looking for a mobile data collection device to reduce the stock take time in their 132 stores in the UK and Ireland.

Handheld Group appoints Thomas Löfblad as new CEO

Handheld Group appoints Thomas Löfblad as new CEO

Handheld Group, the global manufacturer of rugged mobile computers, today announced the appointment of Thomas Löfblad as its new CEO. Löfblad will lead the efforts of Handheld Group’s continued global expansion. 2019 has been a record-breaking year for Handheld Group, with several high-profile contracts and an expanded product portfolio.

Datalogic at the forefront of Android Enterprise implementations with the release of OEMConfig application

Datalogic at the forefront of Android Enterprise implementations with the release of OEMConfig application

Datalogic has announced the first release of its OEMConfig application, one of the most important changes to Android management in recent years.

Datalogic launches new products for Industry 4.0: Matrix 300N 2MP, MXE-90 and S5N

Datalogic launches new products for Industry 4.0: Matrix 300N 2MP, MXE-90 and S5N

With new product lines of smart sensors, image-based scanners, vision technology and robot guidance, Datalogic is offering new solutions for digital automation. The new systems have been developed to support industry 4.0 concepts and are helping users to automatically control, process and track their operations along their production lines.

New Salesforce Research reveals that while brick-and-mortar stores remain relevant, digitally savvy Brits have an average of 2 shopping apps on their mobile devices

New Salesforce Research reveals that while brick-and-mortar  stores remain relevant, digitally savvy Brits have an  average of 2 shopping apps on their mobile devices

Salesforce, the CRM solutions provider, has released the third edition of its Connected Shoppers Report, which reveals that British and Irish shoppers are moving targets, jumping across physical and digital destinations as they browse, purchase and request service and support, with 4% of purchases occurring on emerging digital touchpoints that are completely separate from retailers’ and brands’ owned properties.

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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