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Field Mobility News Weekly

Week of April 14, 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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India's government is rolling out RFID-based electronic toll collection across the country to make the toll collection process easier for motorists.  The rollout is expected to be completed by 2014. Read Original Content

The Cleveland Museum of Art is utilizing RFID technology with Gallery One's Collection Wall, an interactive multi-touch screen enabling visitors to interact with the wall using RFID tags on iPad stations. Read Original Content

A new RV-specific GPS device from Magellan allows users to enter the length, width, height and weight of their recreational vehicle to receive safe and appropriate routes and comes equipped with an RV travel guide and campground directory. 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.

Pelican Corp and 3M have teamed up to develop a way to locate the path of underground plastic pipes and conduits using caution tape embedded with RFID and wireless technology. Read Original Content

Russia's Future Store is developing item-level RFID technology for supermarkets.  A pilot program is currently underway and the joint venture hopes to have its solution deployed by a commercial supermarket later this year. Read Original Content

Rugged tablet PC provider MobileDemand has published an informational eBook titled "The Need for Rugged Tablet PCs in Logistics and Transportation".  The new free eBook joins MobileDemand's other titles:  "Rugged Tablet Computers and the Military"; "Public Sector and the Need for Ruggedized Tablet PCs"; "Rugged Tablet PCs Indispensable for Utilities Industry" and "Ruggedized Tablets Empower Field Service Industry". Read Original Content

Thayer County, Nebraska is going mobile - offering mobile access to GIS and assessment data to anyone using a mobile device with an available Internet connection. Read Original Content

GPS fleet tracking software provider GPS Insight has upgraded its dashboard and browser-based mapping to Google Maps, giving users new functionality and faster load times. Read Original Content

GIS mapping is a method used by scientists, nonprofit organizations and volunteers to gauge the scope of and fight ocean pollution caused by plastic debris. Read Original Content

A barcode tracking system used by Macy's shoe department enables the store to control inventory and pricing, manage vendors, and improve customer service as instant inventory updates let salespeople know what's in stock. Read Original Content


The Richardson Police Department in Texas has deployed an RFID-enabled asset tracking solution, resulting in an estimated savings of $9000 per police car annually in labor costs and improved inefficiencies.  The Department has reduced approximately 30 minutes from the time it takes to verify all equipment within a squad car at the start and end of a shift. Read Original Content

Thailand will be the first overseas client to use China's version of GPS, the Beidou navigation system. Read Original Content

AgNition's agriculture field scouting app for iPad, ScoutDoc, has been upgraded with GPS mapping tools and Google Maps. Read Original Content

To celebrate the fortieth birthday of the barcode (IBM's UPC code design), Design Week provides a selection of creative and inventive barcodes from the past four decades. Read Original Content

A recent California superior court ruling has banned the use of any of the functions available on a wireless phone by drivers, including directions and other GPS features, if it requires the driver to pick up the device. Read Original Content

Kentucky-based Okolona Pest Control deployed a mobile field service solution and increased technician productivity by approximately 25 percent. Read Original Content

Barcode.com has developed a free online directory of barcode companies and services, with a database of over 1600 companies in 50 countries.  They also offer a weekly, daily or quarterly newsletter free for industry members and barcode enthusiasts. Read Original Content

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