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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Handheld announces major upgrade to Algiz 10X rugged tablet

Handheld announces major upgrade to Algiz 10X rugged tablet

Handheld Group, a leading manufacturer of rugged mobile computers, has announced a major upgrade to its Algiz 10X rugged computer.

Tlantic introduces new Mobile Retail Suite at RBTE 2015

Tlantic introduces new Mobile Retail Suite at RBTE 2015

Tlantic, a global developer of retail solutions, is launching the Tlantic Mobile Retail Suite at RBTE.

Varlink announces 10th Meet the Manufacturer event

Varlink announces 10th Meet the Manufacturer event

Varlink will be holding its 10th Meet the Manufacturer event on 25th February at Whittlebury Hall, Northamptonshire, allowing key manufacturers to engage with resellers and showcase their latest products.

Handheld Group strengthens product management

Handheld Group strengthens product management

The Handheld Group has strengthened its product management department with two new appointments: Johan Hed is the company's new Director Product Management and joins Handheld's management team, while Johan Sätterman is appointed Handheld's new Product Manager.

Xplore Technologies introduces xCapture Pro for Bobcat and XC6 rugged tablets

Xplore Technologies introduces xCapture Pro for Bobcat and XC6 rugged tablets

Xplore Technologies Corp., manufacturer of rugged tablets, has announced Xplore xCapture Pro camera software for its Bobcat and XC6 Windows-based tablet PCs.

Janam’s first mini rugged Android tablet

Janam’s first mini rugged Android tablet

York-based mobile computing and data capture specialist distributor, Varlink, has announced Janam's XT1, claimed to be the industry's lightest and most powerful Android-powered rugged mini-tablet.

Posiflex Launches Revolutionary Retail & Hospitality Tablet

Posiflex Launches Revolutionary Retail & Hospitality Tablet

Posiflex has announced the launch of a revolutionary new mPOS tablet, ideal for both retail and hospitality business. The MT-4008W is an 8" tablet that supports MSR attachment, and can be integrated with the choice of a detachable pistol grip or a hand strap depending on the application.

5 unexpected ways businesses can use smartphones to drive profit

5 unexpected ways businesses can use smartphones to drive profit

No matter the product, service or industry, mission or corporate philosophy, nearly every business is bottom line-driven.

Maxatec PDA keeps beer on tap for SPAsoft customers

Maxatec PDA keeps beer on tap for SPAsoft customers

Brewing industry solutions company SPAsoft has selected the Arbor Gladius 5 rugged handheld from Maxatec for mobilising its Brewery Management System (BMS).

Maxatec launches new Arbor 9.7" rugged tablet PC

Maxatec launches new Arbor 9.7" rugged tablet PC

The Arbor G0975 from Maxatec is a 9.7" slimline but rugged tablet PC utilising a quad-core Intel® processor for powerful performance.

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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