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Field Mobility News Weekly

Week of March 31, 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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Timex has added the IRONMAN Run Trainer 2.0 to its line of sports watches.  The GPS-enabled watch tracks pace, distance, heart rate and elapsed time and comes equipped with a high-resolution display and advanced interval training capabilities. Read Original Content

Laser Technology Inc. and GeoSpatial Experts have formed a partnership to integrate their mobile mapping technologies together via Bluetooth, resulting in a field data collection solution, which utilizes a smartphone or tablet in conjunction with a mapping laser. Read Original Content

AXON Energy Products has acquired the RFID technology and assets of Merrick Systems Inc. Read Original Content

ILS Technology provides ready-to-use cloud based platforms to implement and manage M2M (machine to machine) and embedded wireless devices that connect to SAP.  ILS Technology simplifies deployments and offers unparalleled security to protect company and customer data and to ensure regulatory compliance. This newsletter is sponsored in part by ILS Technology.

Sniper Action Photo is testing an automated photography system that utilizes RFID technology and motion detectors to snap photos of mountain bikers using the trails at Silver Star Mountain Resort in British Columbia.  The technology will be installed at Silver Star this summer as well as at several zipline parks. Read Original Content

Hong Kong Disneyland's new Mystic Point area will feature a trackless ride system that will be controlled by Wi-Fi and RFID sensors rather than tracks.  The high-tech system will use a unique frequency that cannot be interfered with by mobile devices or by the fire department's radio signals. Read Original Content

The New York City Fire Department will deploy DRS Technologies' ARMOR rugged mobile solution, enabling first responders at the scene to manage medical information and communicate with city hospitals via a secure mobile Wi-Fi connection. Read Original Content

BikeSpike of Chicago has developed a GPS tracker for bicycles featuring a built-in antenna, an on-board accelerometer and a connection to a GSM mobile phone network that allows users to keep tabs on their bike via a smartphone or computer. Read Original Content

As real estate is "all about location", GIS technology is a powerful tool for the industry, says the GIS program chair at American Sentinel University. Read Original Content

The Hong Kong Observatory has launched two new GIS-based online weather portals designed to provide citizens with more personalized and location-based weather information. Read Original Content

Mobile devices featuring long range scanning capability can scan at distances exceeding 30 feet.  Long range barcode scanning can be an effective way to reduce labor costs, improve safety and increase profitability in warehousing management operations. Read Original Content

A group of U.S. lawmakers have introduced the Geolocation Privacy and Surveillance Act, legislation that would require police to obtain a warrant to collect GPS location data from a person's cellphone, tablet, car or other electronic device. Read Original Content

The free Scout app for Apple's iPhone can be voice-controlled and includes traffic information, helps route users around potential roadblocks, and detects nearby amenities such as gas, food and entertainment. Read Original Content

A group of RFID industry members have formed the International RFID Institute geared to provide certification and education for RFID professionals and to increase the public understanding of RFID technology. Read Original Content

Garmin and Navigon have launched free updates for their iOS apps, adding features including voice directions through car speakers with a Bluetooth connection and integration with Wikipedia. Read Original Content

Apple has acquired indoor GPS startup WiFiSlam.  WiFiSlam specializes in technology enabling a smartphone to pinpoint its location in realtime up to 2.5 meters in accuracy. Read Original Content

A new motion-sensing wristband for hospitals from IntelligentM reads RFID tags on hand-washing and sanitizing stations and tells healthcare workers if they have washed and sanitized enough according to CDC standards. Read Original Content

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