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Field Mobility News Weekly – Week of October 6, 2013

The Field Mobility News Weekly is an online newsletter made up of the most interesting news and articles related to field mobility that I run across each week.  I am specifically targeting information that reflects market data and trends.

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Some banks and retail shops have leveraged the GPS feature in smartphones to create “geospatial” apps, utilizing the location of the user to offer discounts and other incentives.  Read Original Content

Getac announced another major performance upgrade to its B300 rugged notebook computer.  The fifth generation B300 benefits from Intel’s i5 and i7 processors, with improved graphics performance and efficiency.  Read Original Content

NowSourcing has created a new infographic, “From Cloud to Thunderstorm,” illustrating how the cloud service industry is changing the workforce and the way we do business.  It’s predicted the cloud service market will grow to $131 billion this year, and by 2014 will reach $155 billion.  Read Original Content

ClickSoftware is an SAP mobility partner and the leading provider of automated workforce management and optimization solutions for every size of service business.  This newsletter is sponsored in part by ClickSoftware.

Global dairy products company Tnuva utilizes RFID technology to monitor the process of making cheese at two of its factories.  The company reports the technology has led to fewer errors and increased efficiency at both factories, and plant managers can now identify when any given product could be at risk of an error.  Read Original Content

An upcoming segment in the GCS Geospatial Big Data webinar series will focus on location analytics.  “Leveraging Location Analytics: Delivering Spatial Algorithms and Functions”, a free, one-hour webinar, will be broadcast at 3 pm ET on Thursday, October 24, 2013.  Read Original Content

The GEOINT 2013 Symposium, presented by the U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation and scheduled for October 13-16, has been postponed until spring 2014 due to the government shutdown.  Read Original Content

3-D scanning and printing technology has advanced to the point where it can reproduce some of the most beautiful classical paintings down to every last brush stroke.  Read Original Content

Two Technologies has introduced the N4, an ultra-rugged all-in-one Android device designed for mobility applications in harsh weather and demanding environments.  Read Original Content

Complete Inspection Systems launched HD Barcode, a 2D barcode for product authentication without the need for Internet or database look-ups.  Each HD Barcode includes a unique manufacturer identification code and only authorized users have the ability to scan and read encrypted data using either a smartphone or PC based application.  Read Original Content

Field Technologies, Intermec, and VDC Research are presenting a webinar – “More Than Rugged: How Today’s Mobile Devices are Redefining TCO and Transforming Field Service” – on October 17, 2013 at 11 am ET.  Read Original Content

This article, featured in Tom’s Guide, provides test results and information to answer “Do 3D Scanning Apps Really Work?”  Read Original Content

General contractor DPR Construction utilizes an RFID-based solution to manage building safety and access at the construction site for the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center at Mission Bay. The solution enables the firm to ensure that all individuals are safely evacuated during an emergency and to prevent site access by unauthorized personnel. Read Original Content

Digital Caddies, based in Phoenix, Arizona, has developed a golf cart-mounted, tablet-based GPS system that gives golfers distances to the green and a bird’s-eye view of the course.  Read Original Content

State government in India is considering the issue of affixing RFID tags for electronic toll collection and GPS systems on public as well as private transport vehicles.  Read Original Content

A new report from Reportstack predicts the GIS market in the U.S. will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 10.96 percent over the period 2012-2016.  The increasing demand from the government sector is cited as one of the key factors contributing to the market growth.  Read Original Content

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