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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Motorola Solutions offers customers more options for WLAN

Motorola Solutions offers customers more options for WLAN

Motorola Solutions Inc. is giving customers more options for wireless local area networks (WLAN) that are cost effective and easy to deploy.

Maxatec launches new rugged 5-inch touchscreen PDAs

Maxatec launches new rugged 5-inch touchscreen PDAs

Maxatec continues pushing the envelope of rugged mobile computing with the cutting edge Bluebird Pidion BM180 – the first large screen enterprise class PDA / Terminal available in the UK.

Are you using an iPad as a business tool for mPOS, Merchandising or Stock Management?

Are you using an iPad as a business tool for mPOS, Merchandising or Stock Management?

By Anna Meens, EMEA Distribution and Business Development Manager, Socket Mobile.

Overwhelmingly the most popular solution demonstrated by Socket Mobile at RBTE earlier this month was the 8Ci slimline Apple certified Bluetooth barcode scanner neatly attached to the back of an iPad mini providing quick, reliable and accurate barcode scanning powered by an impressive two-day battery life.

Myra Long appointed Handheld Group’s new program manager

Myra Long appointed Handheld Group’s new program manager

The Handheld Group, the global manufacturer of rugged mobile computers and smartphones, has appointed Myra Long as program manager.

Motorola Solutions introduces new Workabout Pro 4 mobile computer

Motorola Solutions introduces new Workabout Pro 4 mobile computer

Motorola Solutions, Inc. has introduced the Workabout Pro 4 rugged mobile computer, one of the industry's most modular products – enabling businesses to customise the device to meet their mobile workers' specific needs.

Rugged handheld computer with powerful RFID is BlueStar’s newest offering

Rugged handheld computer with powerful RFID is BlueStar’s newest offering

BlueStar, the distributor of ADC, Mobility, Point-of-Sale, RFID, Digital Signage, and Security technology solutions, will now offer Trimble's Juno T41 R, a handheld computer that features integrated ultra-high frequency RFID in a rugged, powerful and compact form.

TouchStar partners with Amethyst

TouchStar partners with Amethyst

TouchStar Technologies Ltd, specialists in the design, supply and support of rugged mobile devices today announced their partnership with Bristol based Amethyst Systems Ltd, leading suppliers of IT products and services to the Logistics and Distribution markets.

Handheld Group bolsters global sales force

Handheld Group bolsters global sales force

Handheld Group, a fast-growing supplier of rugged PDAs, smartphones and mobile computers, has added three managers to its global sales team, focusing on markets in North Germany, the United States and Scandinavia.

Varlink enhances e-commerce capabilities

Varlink enhances e-commerce capabilities

Varlink – the York-based specialist IT distributor of mobile computing brands including Zebra Technologies, Honeywell, Casio and Brother – is helping to meet the growing demand for online reseller services.

Elo Touch Solutions showcases true-flat touchscreens for gaming and amusement sectors

Elo Touch Solutions showcases true-flat touchscreens for gaming and amusement sectors

Elo Touch Solutions (Elo), the provider of touchscreen technology, will be showcasing a portfolio of touchscreen platforms for the global gaming industry in partnership with Suzo-Happ during ICE Totally Gaming in London, February 4-6.

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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