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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Worldwide premier for the new NAUTIZ X5 rugged PDA from Handheld

Worldwide premier for the new NAUTIZ X5 rugged PDA from Handheld

The full-featured PDA comes with an array of advanced features such as integrated 3 mega-pixel camera, integrated barcode scanner, WLAN, Bluetooth, 3G cellular capabilities, and GPS

Datalogic Mobile ties up deal at TieRack

Datalogic Mobile ties up deal at TieRack

TieRack decided it was time to purchase handheld computers so that store staff could do a blind count of all stock held in the store.

Sandpiper helps Geographers A-Z Maps reduce customer claims by 83% with new mobile warehouse solution.

Sandpiper helps Geographers A-Z Maps reduce customer claims by 83% with new mobile warehouse solution.

All of the retailers regional orders are now consolidated and sent direct to A-Z head office for single dispatch back to the head office for onward distribution.

Intermec introduces PB2 and PB3 wearable mobile receipt printers

Intermec introduces PB2 and PB3 wearable mobile receipt printers

Intermec has launched its PB2 and PB3 commercial mobile receipt printers which provide low-cost, wearable receipt printing solutions for DSD/route accounting, retail queue busting and field service applications.

GS1 UK backs industry initiative to standardise mobile scanning.

GS1 UK backs industry initiative to standardise mobile scanning.

GS1 UK has announced its participation in a worldwide industry initiative, GS1 Mobile Com, which will enable consumers to access product information via their mobile phones.

Unitech PA968 rugged mobile computer review

There are solution providers that continue to push the development envelope in highly innovative ways. We take a close look at Unitech and it's new high-tech rugged mobile computer - the PA968.

Opticon launches H-15 pocket-sized mobile computer

Opticon launches H-15 pocket-sized mobile computer

Built to IP-54 specification and with a drop resistance of 1.5 metres onto concrete, the H-15 can be used in a vast number of applications, from in store to in warehouse and even outside.

RIM to launch BlackBerry Application Storefront and BlackBerry Application Centre

Research In Motion has announced two major distribution initiatives for BlackBerry smartphone applications at the BlackBerry Developer Conference.

Datalogic JET PDA with Global positioning technology

Datalogic JET PDA with Global positioning technology

Datalogic Mobiles JET PDA has now been enhanced with the integrated Global Positioning System (GPS) technology, making it a Full Optional Solution.

Visioneer launches the new Xerox Travel Scanner 100

Visioneer launches the new Xerox Travel Scanner 100

New colour mobile scanner allows users to manage documents from anywhere.

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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