Posted by Greg Berger
I actually just saw this headline this morning in another popular blog spot and the timing seemed appropriate. We are seeing a huge upswing in the need for organizations to track, monitor and manage personal and business-class devices. Unlike traditional AIDC devices, most business class devices are designed for Broadband first and Wi-Fi second, putting a lot more data on the cellular carrier networks.
I find it interesting that the article talks in terms of market saturation, but what I am also hearing here is the potential for network saturation. One of the things that Wavelink Engineering has spent significant time on is making sure that a multi-modal Mobile Device will choose the best medium for updates, and restricting large updates to only those connections that meet a configurable minimum adapter link speed.
The article also talks about the efficiency and cost-effective nature of text messaging. We thought about that too. We can reach out to a multi-modal device first using SMS messaging to ask it to perform an update without knowing whether Wi-Fi or Broadband is available. When the device receives the message requesting an update, it can automatically choose the best network to perform that update.
Anyway, I’m watching the growth of iPhone, Android and Blackberry closely, and I’ll be curious to see how it plays itself out in the AIDC market.
Posted by Brandon Hill
We recently posted about the looming enterprise mobility revolution in the healthcare industry and I came across this article which is further evidence. This article cites a recently released report published by Kalorama Information, a healthcare market research firm. Kalorama anticipates a 7% increase in handheld adoption for 2010 and that the total sales will top $8.8 billion for the market. Pretty staggering figures. This obviously begs the question, with the expected increase in mobile assets across the enterprise, what is the expected growth for management solutions that can effectively manage all the wireless inventory?
Posted by Brandon Hill
Happy Friday everyone!
I think everyone is aware that one of the more evolving marketplaces for our industry is healthcare. As evidence, InformationWeek published an article today that explains how the healthcare field is poised for a big shift towards mobility over the next 2-3 years.
It makes perfect sense, especially as data capture is becoming almost entirely digital and many ruggedized devices are being introduced to function as light-weight handheld computers (where mobility, flexibility and durability are key), so it would seem that the healthcare environment is perfect for such a movement.
But the interesting part is why did the industry take so long to begin the “mobility revolution” while others, such as retail and banking (as the article describes), embrace the concept years before?
Yesterday on Twitter, Manhattan Associates posted a link to an interesting article. It’s on the logistics required to host World Cup 2010. It’s a great read, and it got me thinking that a poll of our loyal readers was in order, since we’ve got readers from all over the globe. So, check out the article and then tell us who will take World Cup 2010!
The Social Media realm has been abuzz with news about the Datalogic Elf, so I decided to get my hands on one, because as I must admit, I also thought it looked pretty cool. Our engineers and QA folks are the ones who usually have the chance to handle and test our software on new hardware, but I figured I’d head over to their department and see if I could borrow one. The guys were more than willing to loan me one so I could snap a few pictures and give a few observations.
Here are a few of the more interesting features (to me):
– It looks like a ruggedized mobile phone
– It’s UI looks very similar to many new cell phones and the screen is larger than I expected (it uses the Windows Mobile 6.5 OS)
– Having used a Blackberry and iPhone, I easily picked up on how to navigate to different apps with the flick of a finger
– There are lights at the top of the device which show you the current keyboard function (this was especially convenient for me while using the keyboard and knowing which function I was in)
– It has a built-in camera (further adding to the ruggedized mobile phone feel)
– Dedicated “Talk” button for push-to-talk applications
Overall, it really is a pretty sleek device and I can see how it would be a very useful for someone working outside of the four walls; it’s relatively light, compact, and easy to carry around… kind of like a beefed up cell phone.
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