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Category: Wireless Infrastructure Management

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.


Wavelink Gets the Call at Cisco Architectural Trends 2011

On a personal note, it was a bit of a shock to go from a sunny Caribbean vacation to 16 degrees and 10 inches of snow in Minnesota. But that being said, I was excited nonetheless, to learn that we had been invited to participate in the 2011 Cisco Architectural Trends Event in Minneapolis right before Thanksgiving.

A lot of large organizations have been asking their Cisco Sales teams to learn more about how they can manage their Cisco 7921 and 7925 wireless phones with Avalanche. We conducted a training WebEx with a team of Cisco System Engineers last month, and the next thing we knew, we were packing our bags and heading to Minnesota to meet their customers.

It was a one day event with a full schedule of informative breakout sessions that were well attended by over 150 local and regional Cisco customers. We made some great new contacts and are looking forward to the opportunity to solve their Wireless Management challenges.

Stay tuned for more information on Avalanche and Cisco phones in the coming weeks, and in the meantime, here are a few photos I snapped while at the event.

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?

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?