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.


LXE adds Windows Mobile 6.1 to the MX8

LXE Inc. has announced that the MX8 rugged handheld computer will include the Windows Mobile 6.1 operating system.

Intermec advanced rugged 3G mobile computers launched

Intermec advanced rugged 3G mobile computers launched

Intermec has introduced the CN50 and CN4 advanced, rugged 3G Wireless WAN (WWAN) mobile computers for field mobility applications.

Motorola enables the mobile enterprise

Motorola enables the mobile enterprise

Motorola has announced the forthcoming availability of its Total Enterprise Access and Mobility Voice-over-Wireless Local Area Networks and entry-level TEAM Express solutions across Europe.

Survey Reveals Workaholics now working 2-6 hours a week in bed

Survey uncovers a staggering number of obsessed workers are taking their laptops to bed, much to their partners annoyance

New rugged tablet computer from Trimble

Varlink is delighted to introduce the Trimble YumaTM rugged tablet computer.

New handheld computer Hydrus Luna features true Xenon Flash System

New handheld computer Hydrus Luna features true Xenon Flash System

Two Technologies introduces the Hydrus Luna, an ultra-rugged and powerful handheld computer designed for long-term daily operation in the harshest working conditions.

Kaisers Tengelmann rolls out Nordic ID mobile computers throughout its branch network

Kaisers Tengelmann rolls out Nordic ID mobile computers throughout its branch network

Nordic ID PL3000 offers WLAN Roaming, remote maintenance and one-hand operation

Businesses Look to Voice to Gain Advantage in the Downturn

Improvements in order performance yields 35% efficiency gains for some of the UK's biggest retailers and supply chain businesses

Datalogic Mobile and Wincor Nixdorf strengthen strategic partnership in delivering mobile solutions to retail

According to the agreement, Wincor Nixdorf will integrate Datalogic Mobile products in its solutions offer to its customers and prospects all around the world.

Eagle Eye Solutions and ViVOtech to provide retailers with NFC mobile voucher service

Eagle Eye Solutions and ViVOtech to provide retailers with NFC mobile voucher service

Silicon Valley-based ViVOtech and Eagle Eye Solutions have agreed to integrate their respective systems to provide a consolidated mobile vouchering solution for retailers.

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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