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 MC9500 rugged mobile computer

Motorola MC9500 rugged mobile computer

Motorola, Inc. has launched the MC9500 - a premium industrial-class handheld device to further increase productivity, streamline operations and reduce total cost of ownership.

RTR reviews Datalogics next-generation Memor mobile computer

Modern retailers need to optimize a raft of different processes; everything from inventory level control, shelf replenishment and price verification.

Poundstretcher selects Aldata

Poundstretcher selects Aldata

for PDA-based voice-directed warehousing

Jaeger selects the Casio IT-600 terminal

Jaeger selects the Casio IT-600 terminal

The Casio IT-600 was chosen for its large 3.7 VGA colour screen, stylish looks, optional trigger grip and camera.

Smartphone capability tracker

Smartphone capability tracker

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BAA select the Casio IT-600 for UK airport consumer surveys

BAA select the Casio IT-600 for UK airport consumer surveys

We are now in the holiday season! If you are travelling through one of BAA's UK airports, you may be asked some questions about customer satisfaction.

Leclerc Lecasud reaps major benefits with Aldata G.O.L.D. Vocal solution

Leclerc Lecasud reaps major benefits with Aldata G.O.L.D. Vocal solution

While selecting a PDA voice solution and not a voice-dedicated solution, E. Leclerc has positioned itself as an early adopter and has passed a very strong message to the retail and supply chain market.

honeywell introduces sleek ultra-lightweight mobile computer

honeywell introduces sleek ultra-lightweight mobile computer

Dolphin 6100 Purpose-Built for In-Premise Applications

Upgraded Casio DT-X30

Upgraded Casio DT-X30

Casio have announced that their DT-X30 hand-held terminal rating has been upgraded to IP67.

Datalogic Mobile launches Online Return Materials Authorisation service programme tool

Datalogic Mobile launches Online Return Materials Authorisation service programme tool

Datalogic Mobile has launched the Online RMA a new service programme tool where users can save time, reduce errors, control process and protect assets.

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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