Vote for Wavelink Enterprise Mobility Solutions

We are proud to say that we’ve been nominated for a number of awards at this years Mobile Star Awards, presented by Mobile Village. This years nominations include our Avalanche mobile device and infrastructure management solution, as well as Speakeasy, our voice-enabled application software. It’s pretty much just a matter of registering, and then voting! Stop by today and tell them why you chose Wavelink!

Retail Asia 2011 Recap – What Can Voice do for Retail?

Retail Asia 2011 is in the rear view mirror after a successful show in Hong Kong. By now, it should be evident to all that retail and technology are intertwined very tightly, and that successful retailers need to stay in tune with the latest thinking to optimize and insure their profits.

Wavelink spotlighted Speakeasy with a live system collecting data and responding and directing workers in Mandarin Chinese. Speakeasy supports a wide range of global languages, even with regional accents or variations. Retailers are quick to understand the benefits of Speakeasy in several of the key retail functions, especially the lack of need for user specific training, speech processing functions local on the device, and the ease of integration and use. They agreed it would improve floor staff productivity and flexibility audibly guiding workers through their tasks looking at mobile device displays only when necessary.

This show also  included a lot of different electronic shopper hardware and software, it was highlighted by a number of intelligent video display panels. The panels actually watch the viewers and react by changing programming based on how many people are watching, whether they are moving closer or farther away, which direction, the viewers sex, and I even saw one where the panel evaluates the mood of the shopper. I’m told none of the data is saved due to privacy concerns, but using it on the spot allows the store to change its look and interaction with shoppers to buy what they came for, and keep ’em coming back for more. Mobile technology was well represented by several key global and local software and hardware providers and distributors. Most of the high tech hardware companies were present as were the ERP and WMS system providers in some fashion.

As I said earlier, retailers recognize the advantages provided by good, new technology and move quickly to capitalize on the benefits. They are now quickly learning the good things Wavelink Speakeasy, on top of Terminal Emulation and Wavelink Industrial Browser, can do to improve their operations and profits. Thanks for checking in!

From Hong Kong, 再见 (Zàijiàn) or goodbye!


Oracle OpenWorld (With Videos) – Add Voice to Oracle WMS Transactions

Greetings! We’ve been on the road for the past few weeks, including our annual trip to Oracle OpenWorld. This year we were demonstrating Speakeasy, and how you can quickly and easily add voice to Oracle WMS transactions. In addition to adding voice to other common transactions, such as those currently utilizing Wavelink Terminal Emulation and SAP, enterprises using Oracle as their preferred WMS solution can now voice enable tasks. We had a chance to film a few short demo’s, which are below, as well as some photos from the show.

Check them out and tell us what you think! If you were also at Oracle, tell us what you found interesting at this years show!


How Seriously Are Your Employees Taking Smartphone Security?

A team member from our Seattle office shared this link about a recent study that might raise some eyebrows for any company utilizing smartphones. The first paragraph summarizes nicely;

Nearly 40 percent of smartphone users say they’re worried about security, including harmful apps, malicious emails and having their locations tracked and activities monitored. But 82 percent of them are not using security apps for their cellphones.

Let that sink in for a minute. Think about what corporate information is available on those phones. How many of your employee’s are using their smartphones to access work tasks, such as email? What would happen if that information ever got into the hands of someone it’s not supposed to?

It’s just another example of what IT professionals are dealing with these days, amidst the proliferation of mobile devices in the enterprise. Further, if you’re interested in the subject of smartphone management, check out our upcoming webinar that should prove pretty insightful on smartphone management, monitoring and securing.



100th Post! WLAN Revenues Up Almost 30%

Welcome to our 100th post here on the Wavelink Blog. We’ve been increasing page views every week since we started this blog, almost two years ago. Thanks for your continued interest in our topics and news here!

Today’s post looks at the rise in revenue in the WLAN market during 2010. Companies like Cisco, Meru, Aruba, HP, etc. saw excellent growth in 2010, and as the article states, is largely due to the rise in smartphones and tablets. Here’s a look at some of the numbers;

IDC analysts [Sept. 1] said that in the second quarter, WLAN revenue grew 29.7 percent over the same period in 2010, jumping to $1.52 billion, with the enterprise WLAN segment growing 43.4 percent to almost $725 million in that interval.

That’s great news and highlights that while focus has shifted to wireless wide-area networks, wireless LAN infrastructure is still very much alive in the mobile enterprise. Coupled with the growth that’s expected to continue with smartphones and tablets in the wireless ecosystem, WLAN vendors seem prime for good revenue.

Ford, Bring-Your-Own-Device, and Consumerization of IT

We’ve been hearing a lot of talk about bring-your-own-device strategies (BYOD) and the ongoing process of consumerization of IT, but I found a good write-up/interview with Ford’s senior network engineer about the company’s plan to introduce more than 70,000 individual and corporate-liable devices. This is the second part of the interview, but you can access both from the link. It’s got a lot of really compelling information on the inherent issues of BYOD and IT consumerization. Check it out and share your thoughts with us in the comments, or on our Facebook or Twitter pages.

Lowering the Total Cost of Ownership with MDM – White Paper

Mobile Device Management White Paper via Intermec

Greetings everyone!

I wanted to share a link for a white paper on lowering the total cost of ownership with a mobile device management solution. The white paper was done with one of our device manufacture partners, Intermec.

The link is via Field Technologies Online, which is dedicated to enterprise mobility management topics both inside and out of the four walls. To download the white paper, you only need to answer a couple questions, of which, none are personal identifiers. Hope you enjoy it!





Ok, by now we’ve all seen the news of Google’s acquisition of Motorola, and by now there have probably been several write-ups, blurbs, and  so forth. The deal certainly made for an interesting Monday morning, but as others have pointed out, one of the more interesting aspects of the deal is the patents Google gains with the purchase. As Silicon Valley Mercury News reported,

The deal also gives Google access to more than 17,000 patents held by Motorola, a pioneering cellphone maker that became an early partner using Google’s Android mobile operating system in 2008. Analysts said those patents could help Google stave off a barrage of claims levied by rivals battling the company’s Android mobile operating system.

[Google CEO Larry Page] acknowledged this strategy, saying in a blog post: “Our acquisition of Motorola will increase competition by strengthening Google’s patent portfolio, which will enable us to better protect Android from anticompetitive threats from Microsoft, Apple and other companies.”


On the enterprise mobility front, Motorola Mobility’s sister, Motorola Solutions, will remain a separate company. It will be interesting to see what Google does with the Mobility side once the acquisition is complete and how/if it changes the competitive landscape of the ever-growing smartphone/tablet world.

iPhone vs that old thing?

A humorous and short post today. I’m sure that many of us remember the days before iPhones, Androids, BlackBerry, etc. and Gizmodo has a pretty great contest between “John’s old phone” and an iPhone 4. Who do you think wins?

Have a great close to the week!

Mobile Security and Can the iPad be Conquered?

Quick post today on a couple of items. First, in case you missed the VDC Webinar on mobile security in today’s enterprise, you can view it in our Webinar archives for free. The other item to point out is for any of you out there who prefer Android to Apple phones/tablets/etc. Gizmodo has a great comparison of the available tablet computers, specifically as it relates to their displays. I think their conclusion may be a surprise to many of you.