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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MCL v4 to tackle channel Android struggle

MCL v4 to tackle channel Android struggle

New MCL v4 mobile development solution offers support for Android devices as well as improved technical capabilities

Motorola Solutions’ TC55 – The Enterprise Device with Smartphone Usability

Motorola Solutions’ TC55 – The Enterprise Device with Smartphone Usability

Retail Technology Review spoke with Steve Northcott, Senior Marketing Manager EMEA at Motorola Solutions, about how Motorola’s TC55 meets the requirements of the modern field professional. With the attractive appearance and user-friendliness of a consumer-grade smartphone, coupled with the functional flexibility and ruggedness needed for day-to-day business use, the TC55 provides a major sales opportunity within the market.

MobileWorxs introduces the new xTablet Flex 10 rugged tablet

MobileWorxs introduces the new xTablet Flex 10 rugged tablet

xTablet Flex 10 has been designed for those users on a budget who are looking for a Windows 8.1 10″ tablet that needs to be more rugged than consumer grade but without the steep cost premium of traditional rugged devices.

Datalogic expands its presentation scanner portfolio with the Cobalto CO5300 scanner

Datalogic expands its presentation scanner portfolio with the Cobalto CO5300 scanner

Stylish design, great ergonomics, and high performance scanning at your fingertips

Datalogic, a global leader in Automatic Data Capture and Industrial Automation markets, and world-class producer of bar code readers, mobile computers, sensors, vision systems and laser marking equipment, has announced the addition of the Cobalto CO5300 omnidirectional high performance laser scanner to their portfolio of presentation scanners.

Varlink introduces the Captuvo SL62 Enterprise Sled for Apple iPad Mini to its Honeywell range

Varlink introduces the Captuvo SL62 Enterprise Sled for Apple iPad Mini to its Honeywell range

Varlink now offers the new Honeywell Captuvo SL62 Enterprise Sled for Apple iPad Mini. Varlink says of the device:

Motion launches the CL920 tablet – 'the ideal rugged platform for modern mobility'

Motion launches the CL920 tablet – 'the ideal rugged platform for modern mobility'

Motion Computing has released the next generation of its CL-series mobile technology. The Motion CL920 Rugged Tablet Platform includes a 69% faster Windows-based 10.1" rugged tablet PC along with a line of purpose-built accessories for field service, manufacturing and retail.

Tame the warehouse with the new ultra-rugged M3 Mobile UL10 from Maxatec

Tame the warehouse with the new ultra-rugged M3 Mobile UL10 from Maxatec

Maxatec has extended its range of ergonomic rugged M3 Mobile products with the newly released M3 Mobile UL10 - a class-leading, ultra-rugged, powerful handheld computer running Windows CE, which leaves the competition standing in price/performance stakes.

Handheld’s NAUTIZ X4 rugged computer now also with Android

Handheld’s NAUTIZ X4 rugged computer now also with Android

Handheld Group, manufacturer of rugged mobile computers, has announced an upgrade of the Nautiz X4 rugged handheld, which was launched earlier this year.

Introducing the new H-27, the first Android device from Opticon available from Varlink

Introducing the new H-27, the first Android device from Opticon available from Varlink

Varlink has announced the launch of the H-27, the first Android device from Opticon, adding a new dimension to its already successful H-series family of mobile computers.

Crittercism launches transaction management solution to fuel mobile enterprise

Crittercism launches transaction management solution to fuel mobile enterprise

Crittercism, the mobile App Performance Management (mAPM) solutions provider, has unveiled what it describes as the industry's first transaction management solution optimised for mobile and connected apps.

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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