Wavelink Blog

Author: Brandon Hill

Wavelink on the Road with Intermec!

We’re at the Intermec North American Sales Kickoff this week and wanted to get a quick snapshot up from last night. I also wanted to get a post up on something that happened a few weeks back. I’m sure many of you saw this headliner, simply due to the amount of publicity it generated. But, it does make you wonder about how much sensitive information is being carried around us in most everyday situations, such as the coffee shop, the grocery store, public transportation and so forth. Further, it proves the importance for organizations – whether they be University research centers, private firms, etc. – to manage and secure their mobile assets AND the data they house.

Check it out and post any thoughts you have!

Wavelink on the Road!

As many of you know from our Twitter and Facebook feeds, we’re attending NRF (booth 2059) this week and wanted to pass along a few pictures from the event. For those of you who are attending, stop by and say hello, or send along any pictures you have taken! Additionally, today we announced that the newest generation of Speakeasy will be available at the end of the month. You can read more about it here, and enjoy the pictures. We’ll snap more and post them to our Facebook page soon!

Jon Stiles from Honeywell (Left) and Jay Cichosz

The Wavelink Booth - NRF 2011

Wavelink Booth - NRF 2011


Mobile Health Apps on the Rise

Here is a good look at the rise in mobile health applications, and the potential factors still standing in the way of a quick industry-wide implementation.

We’ve known about, and discussed,  the expected jump in healthcare mobility and the road blocks to adopting enterprise level solutions within the industry. But the article does point out some good bits of information, including a staggering figure about the worldwide interest in mobile health (now commonly called mHealth) applications.

Check out the article and if you are in, or work with, the healthcare industry, join us at the 2011 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Show in February.


New Wavelink.com

Good afternoon! I just wanted to take a quick moment and mention that we’ve launched a new and improved Wavelink.com. I’m sure most of you have seen it by now, but I wanted to take a quick moment and highlight the new Find a Wavelink Partner feature.

The feature allows customers to find Partners based on specific criteria and/or location. We’re already seeing a lot of interest in “how can I add our company?” to the search results, so I wanted to take a quick moment and offer some brief instructions. Getting started is quick and easy. Simply log-in to the Partner Portal, and on the left you’ll see a Edit Your Partner Profile logo. Fill out your specific specialties, upload your logo, provide a sales contact  and you’re ready to go!

There’s going to be several more informative email announcements to our Partner community over the coming weeks and months on how to maximize this feature. While you’re uploading your Partner Profile, you can also make sure you are signed up for these email announcements by subscribing to the Wavelink Partner Connection. The registration button is just below the Partner Profile logo, on the left hand side of the page.

Happy Holidays everyone!

Hand-helds to Improve College Courses?

Today’s entry comes courtesy of one of our Sales Rep’s, and it definitely classifies itself in the “Oh, how the times have changed” bin. The article covers how universities are now leveraging the power and flexibility of wireless hand-held devices to improve collegiate courses. The idea is that by utilizing these wireless devices, a new door is opened for classroom interaction, participation and attendance:

“Though the technology is relatively new, preliminary studies at Harvard and Ohio State, among other institutions, suggest that engaging students in class through a device as familiar to them as a cellphone — there are even applications that convert iPads and BlackBerrys into class-ready clickers — increases their understanding of material that may otherwise be conveyed in traditional lectures.”

It really is an innovative way to use some of the benefits of wireless devices. Remembering back to your college days, would you have ever pictured such a thing? I certainly didn’t!

A Look at Managing Mobility and More…

We’re halfway through the week, and my goodness have the last few months been flying by! I was checking out some posts on Twitter and came across a good read from Network World about successful wireless initiatives. One of the aspects I found particularly interesting was the part about BlackBerries, and I’d be curious to hear if any of you have the same or different opinion.

One of the other items I was drawn to was the bit on security. It talks about security needs and what to do about lost and stolen devices. The reason I was so interested is because we recently joined in on a conversation on “Device Wiping” on the Enterprise Mobility Forum (which we’ve mention before), so I found the timing to be spot on. They also have a good discussion on why you need a mobile help desk.

Finally, in lieu of Veterans Day, Wavelink would like to extend a big thanks to all the Veterans out there!

RFID in Healthcare

Many of you are probably already aware of Zebra Tech’s blog, but for those of you who aren’t, you ought to stop by from time to time. Today, I saw a tweet from their feed and thought I’d share.

As we’ve mentioned before, the Healthcare industry is poised to see tremendous growth over the next several years. In this post by the folks at Zebra, they touch upon some of the reasons why. I’m not going to give you all the reasons they discuss because you should check it out for yourself, but here is a snippet from the post:

“Nursing homes and hospitals are starting to use RFID-enabled applications such as wander-prevention systems, as the prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease increases. And the pharmaceutical industry, which faces the same supply chain management challenges as any warehouse or distribution center, is relying on RFID solutions for accurate asset tracking.”

They also have a good post on “5 Challenges for Implementing RFID in Hospitals” that is worth a read. As of this post the link was incorrect, so just in case, you can view it here.

Tell us what you think. Do you see the same trend(s)? Are you in the Healthcare industry and have any light you can shed on the discussion?

Web Based Remote Control for Cars and Road Show Update

Greetings! A couple of items for today’s post. The first is an article that I came across at the end of last week which caught my attention. We’re big on the benefits of remotely diagnosing and remedying problems, hence our remote control product. So naturally, when I saw that Chevrolet will soon allow owners/drivers to remotely set/check on current settings and statuses of their Chevy Volt automobiles, I was intrigued. Give it a read and tell us what else is on the horizon for remote control type applications, and where you’d like to see them evolve?

Also, hopefully you’ve visited us at either the Chicago or this week’s Ft. Lauderdale Motorola Road Show! As you know, we have some secret giveaways for anyone who stops by and mentions any of our Social Media outlets. If you’re in Ft. Lauderdale, drop by today and say hi to Don Osburn and Jay Cichosz (seen in pictures below)!


Prizes at Motorola Road Shows – Come Visit Us

We’ve got another secret giveaway for anyone attending the Motorola Roadshows in Chicago (10/13 – 14) and/or the Ft. Lauderdale show (10/18 – 19)! The prizes are limited to the first 7 attendees who stop by and mention that they heard about the giveaway from either the Wavelink Blog, Twitter, or Facebook pages. Stop by and say hello, we always like to chat with our Partners and end-users… and now you even get a prize for doing so!

Also, last week we were in beautiful Key West, FL to host our global sales conference, which preceded our 2010 Customer Summit. Below are some pictures of the group and the local scenery. A special thank you to all the end-users and presenters who were able to attend the event. We hope you had a great time and came away with some valuable information.

See you in Chicago and Ft. Lauderdale!

New Avalanche Video & Announcing Remote Control 4.0

Good afternoon! As you may have seen, today we announced the release of Remote Control 4.0. Remote Control 4.0 for Avalanche features a new web-based interface with the ability to remotely connect to any device over the WLAN or WWAN from any standard web browser. This allows administrators to troubleshoot and remedy device and application problems and provide end-user support and training remotely. You can read more about the release here.

We’ve also released our newest Avalanche product video. The video covers the various benefits of Avalanche and has some great footage. I hope you take a few minutes and check it out and leave a comment! The video is available on our YouTube page, located here.