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Are Mobile Devices Replacing Desktops and Laptops?


Each year, we are introduced to yet another range of mobile devices—one that is more hi-tech and mesmerising than its predecessors. We have gotten to the point where the latest model of tablet or smartphone enables users to take care of nearly every at-home or at-work task imaginable, without the need for any other devices such as laptops and desktops.

This however, only recently became the case. For example, as recently as 2011, we still had to go to the hassle of connecting our smartphones with a laptop dock in order to get, what in hindsight, can only be described as a limited, clunky smartphone-based experience via our computer. In concept, this was a good idea, but also one that was ahead of its time. Smartphones back then were not yet powerful enough to handle all of a user’s computing needs, but it didn’t take long for things to turn around.

What came over the course of the next few years was improved battery life, increased networking speeds, better processing power and bigger screens—all of which contributed to a growing deviation from the traditional desktop experience. It was beginning to become apparent that the future of computing lies in hand held devices.

In an announcement made last week by industry-leading chipmaker ARM, it was predicted that with its new Mali-T880 GPU and Cortex-A72 (processor), smartphones would have the ability to take care of all tasks for which a computer is currently required. ARM, who are based in Cambridge, England, have confidently projected that this will be a reality as soon as next year. Given the speed at which things are currently moving in the industry, and the fact that many people are already working desktop-free, it’s hard not to take their prediction seriously.

Smartphone capability has continued to grow over the past few years while simultaneously, the PC industry has experienced a downward spiral. For many people, notebooks have been replaced by tablets and now what we are seeing is tablets being replaced by large smartphones (phablets). Furthermore, everyday wearable appliances like watches and sunglasses are becoming “smart”—another nail in the coffin for larger, desk-based devices.

According to James Bruce, mobile strategiest at ARM, “The PC has very much become a secondary computer device.”

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Rugged Tablets Help Police

The City of Brenham, TX, Police Department needed a reliable and fast way for employees to communicate in real-time, regardless of location. Their existing solution involved using mobile data terminals and laptops, which were cumbersome and reduced officer’s vision when driving.

After searching for a solution to their problem, they discovered Motion Computing, who was able to offer a tablet-based solution. While consumer tablets were not rugged or secure enough, Motion was able to create a secure environment for the department’s existing Microsoft platform with their tablets, which are rugged enough to withstand even the hottest of Texas summers.

By using Motion Computing’s mobile technology and rugged tablet PCs, The City of Brenham Police Department was able to achieve significant cost savings and increased productivity levels among first responders.

Watch the video case study below to see the Motion Computing solution in action:

Rugged Computing Solutions: The Latest from Motorola

Motorola Solutions recently announced a new line of rugged enterprise mobile computing solutions that help warehouse and distribution workers better automate and streamline their processes.

Motorola’s VC70N0 is an ultra-rugged lift truck-mounted mobile computer that allows real-time data access and collection across a wide range of environments—from the warehouse to the freezer. Its compact design offers a large display with keyboard options and helps to improve inventory visibility.

This rugged, hands-free, multi-modal wearable mobile computer is ideal for voice-directed applications and offers real-time access to inventory and supply chain information. The WT41N0 offers a flexible mobile computing platform that supports both text and voice and can be used across a variety of different industries.

Both the VC70NO and WT41N0 offer a long lifecycle and interoperability that aid in business-critical warehouse investments. In addition, both devices support RhoElements, Motorola’s HTML5-based application. Learn more.

Air21 Phillippines Uses Intermec CN3 for Real-Time Updating

Air21 Phillippines, a freight and cargo forwarding service, was looking for a solution that would allow for real-time updating. The Intermec CN3, which combines the features and capabilities of a mobile phone, barcode scanner and data collector in one, was deployed across their entire domestic operations courier fleet, allowing for real-time data capture of critical information. Now, Air21’s customers can receive secure, accurate and timely information.

Watch how the Intermec CN3 was able to change the way Air21 opperates for the better:

For more information in Intermec and their products, learn more here.

New Regulation Requires On-board Computing for Truckers

The U.S. Transportation Department recently announced a proposal that would require on-board electronic devices to monitor whether truck and bus operators are meeting limits on driving time, ultimately eliminating paperwork and increasing both safety and efficiency.

While some fear the cost of on-board electronic devices will be high, proponents insist that the savings in paperwork would be well worth it. By using electronic equipment over paper logbooks to records hours of service, drivers can work more efficiently, thus saving time and money… just think about the cost of the paper alone!

Con-way Inc., the second-largest U.S trucking company by revenue, has already started installing on-board computers that track hours driven. Randal Mullet, the company’s vice president of government relations and public affairs, believed it was important to start implementing the computers before the regulation was enforced because the savings in paperwork made it cost effective. While some trucking companies are frustrated by the new proposal, forward-thinking companies such as Con-way have already begun to see positive results.

In addition to Con-way, companies that make the electronic devices, such as XATA Corp., will also see positive results from the proposal. XATA and other manufacturers of on-board computers have seen an increase in business that is expected to continue as more trucking companies adopt the regulations.

If you are interested in meeting the regulations of the proposal, or simply want a more efficient way of tracking employee time and routes, learn more about on-board mobile computing and what XATA can do for you.

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