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Category: Mobile Device Management

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)!

 

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.

New PCI Requirements Announced

Quick post today. Things are abuzz after we moved offices. Now that I’ve finally unpacked, I can share a good read with you that I came across this morning on PCI and the newest compliance standards, which are set to take effect tomorrow.

It’s a pretty comprehensive rundown and touches on some good information. Have a look and tell us what you think. Were you aware that these changes were set to take effect?

And since I mentioned we moved offices, I figured I’d send along a couple of photos of the new place!

Welcome to the new office!

The view of the Rocky Mountains

Worry-Free Mobile Device Management and a New Video

Today we announced our new offering of Avalanche Managed Services. I won’t go into too much detail, but we now provide a fully functioning mobile device management solution to organizations that may not have the resources available to proactively monitor and manage the wireless ecosystem on a 24×7 basis. We’ve leveraged Avalanche, and have created a solution that gives subscribers peace of mind knowing their enterprise is securely and efficiently being managed, without them ever needing to lift a finger. In essence, we do all the work. We’re also hosting a live, free Webinar to introduce the new offering on Thursday.

To continue to the Managed Services topic, VDC recently had an interesting write-up on Managed Services in the mobility space, specifically looking at Intel and McAfee. The write-up has some pretty astounding figures in terms of grown within the space. Check it out and tell us what you think.

Finally, I found a new Avalanche video produced by our friends at Datalogic Mobile via their Facebook page this morning. Stop by and see what a nice good they did!

New Avalanche Video

Quick post to let you know that we’ve released the first, of what will be many, Avalanche “Features Spotlight” videos. The idea is that we take one feature of the product and highlight it in two minutes or so. Hopefully, this provides a quick way to learn more about the product for end-users and partners alike. Stay tuned for a look at scan-to-configure and Remote Control in the coming weeks.

Check it out and tell us what you think!

Expected Enterprise Mobile Data Revenue from ABI Research

I stumbled upon a press release from last week about ABI Research’s expected enterprise mobile data revenue growth over the next four years. The release highlights that revenues should top $27 billion by 2014 and has some interesting nuggets of information. Below is a preview of some of the findings, and you can read the entire release and more get more information here.

From ABI Research:

“But mobile data services revenue share by sector will vary on a region-by-region basis.

  • The transportation and warehousing sector in North America has a smaller share of mobile data services revenue than more dominant verticals of government and healthcare. However it will experience the highest growth at 23% as this sector expands use of data services to improve operations efficiencies;
  • Construction in the Middle East has slowed from its breakneck pace but it still an important sector maintaining 12% of mobile data service revenues through 2014;
  • Mobile data revenues from the manufacturing sector in Asia-Pacific will grow at a CAGR of 15% to increase its share of mobile data services revenues to 26% by 2014. This region continues to be the dominant location for worldwide production of goods.”

How do you feel about this analysis?

More on the new “Mobility” of Devices

One of the better blogs/forums for mobility news is the Enterprise Mobility Forum. Much of the time the topics are focused on consumer side discussions, but I always find the topics relative, well-developed, and insightful. I recently came across this article which discusses the new Motorola ES400 and what it means to the enterprise mobility landscape.

The idea is that there is a growing demand for devices that, as the author describes, “marry the best features of a smartphone such as a sleek form factors and an intuitive UI with the durability of a rugged device.” We’ve blogged about this in various extents before (here and here) and I couldn’t agree more… while the need for traditional ruggedized computers will always remain, there is huge potential to extend the benefits of ruggedized computers to new markets and industries. I’m sure over the next few years we’ll see more and more devices like the Motorola ES400, and I’m interested to see what the future holds as the mobile device industry evolves.

Anyway, tell us what you think and check out the links above!

30% Growth In Rugged Computer Market?

This article from InformationWeek should make all of our device manufacturer friends out there happy. David Krebs, one of the most respected voices in the industry, with VDC Research is projecting solid growth in ruggedized handheld computers across the globe, and especially in Europe.

One of the items in the piece of particular interest is the expected increase in “beyond the fence” devices. As Mr. Krebs points out, “The real growth driver for rugged handheld devices continues to be with the ‘beyond the fence’ field mobile workers, which is the least-penetrated market segment and is only now beginning to see the benefits of making certain processes mobile.”

I know our readers cover a broad base of industries, so what do you think about Mr. Krebs thoughts on “beyond the fence” mobility?