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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Compact Datalogic Gryphon scanners installed at the point of sale improve checkout productivity and customer experience

Compact Datalogic Gryphon scanners installed at the point of sale improve checkout productivity and customer experience

Datalogic, the automatic data capture and industrial automation solutions provider, has announced that UK supermarket chain Waitrose & Partners has rolled out a new customer facing scanning solution to all its stores, empowering customers to scan codes from their smartphone screen at the checkout, without handing over their phone.

Hermes UK delivers the goods with smartphone barcode scanning technology from Scandit

Hermes UK delivers the goods with smartphone barcode scanning technology  from Scandit

One of the UK’s largest parcel delivery firms, Hermes UK, has taken a major step towards achieving its digital transformation goal by implementing mobile barcode scanning and augmented reality (AR) technology from Scandit, the mobile computer vision experts.

Smart glove for more efficiency – DENSO WAVE EUROPE introduces robust SF1 wearable to the market

Smart glove for more efficiency – DENSO WAVE EUROPE introduces robust SF1 wearable to the market

The new SF1 Wearable is a combination of a scanner and a glove mount that can be worn comfortably on the wrist. Users can work with both hands, thus increasing work safety. The scanner is extremely robust and does not only increase safety, but also improves efficiency, especially in a logistics and warehouse management system.

Award winning logistics company invests in latest Android RF handheld from TouchStar Technologies

Award winning logistics company invests in latest Android RF handheld from TouchStar Technologies

UK-based manufacturer of rugged mobile computers, TouchStar Technologies, has announced that Expect Distribution, the award-winning logistics provider, has recently selected TouchStar’s TS8200 handheld to support the planned growth within its warehouse operations.

Innserve rolls out Panasonic TOUGHBOOK rugged tablets to its drinks dispense system technicians

Innserve rolls out Panasonic TOUGHBOOK rugged tablets to its drinks dispense system technicians

Innserve, specialists in the supply, installation and maintenance of beer and soft drinks dispense systems, is rolling out Panasonic TOUGHBOOK L1 Android tablets to its 400 technicians across the UK.

DENSO WAVE EUROPE at the RetailEXPO in London

DENSO WAVE EUROPE at the RetailEXPO in London

For the first time, RetailEXPO in London is bringing together three leading events for the retail sector: Retail Business Technology Expo (RBTE), Retail Design Expo (RDE), and Retail Design Signage Expo (RDSE).

Juniper Systems releases two new rugged handheld computers

Juniper Systems releases two new rugged handheld computers

Juniper Systems Limited has released two new rugged handheld computers, each the third generation in their respective product lines.

ProGlove to unveil time-saving, ergonomic IoT wearable at ProMat 2019

ProGlove to unveil time-saving, ergonomic IoT wearable at ProMat 2019

Smart, wearable device sales are projected to double worldwide by 2022, according to industry analyst CCS Insight. While many might think of wearables as something for the consumer, one German startup is showing the tremendous potential of wearables to increase efficiency, safety and ease in the workplace on a larger scale. It is now expanding its presence in North America.

A climate-compatible alternative for tomorrow's mobility

A climate-compatible alternative for tomorrow's mobility

AIT is exploring a sufficiency-based mobility vision: What would be the economic, societal and environmental effects of a mobility budget?

Plobal joins Shopify Plus Technology Partner Program to help ecommerce merchants grow mobile revenue

Plobal joins Shopify Plus Technology Partner Program to help ecommerce merchants grow mobile revenue

As mobile becomes the default shopping device, Plobal gets on board the Shopify Plus Technology Partner Program to help high-volume merchants increase mobile revenues by engaging their most loyal customers

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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