Farmers Growing Comfortable with Mobile Computing

More U.S. farmers and ranchers are using smart phones or other mobile computing devices to increase efficiency and generate higher profits. -USA Today

Farmers Growing Comfortable with Mobile Computing

Farmers Growing Comfortable with Mobile Computing

Although mobile computing has penetrated many industries, including oil/gas, health, mining and engineering, the agricultural industry has been slower to adopt the use of smartphones and tablet computers for the everyday maintenance of equipment, crops and animals. However, mobile agriculture (also known as mAgriculture) has spread as farmers and ranch owners realize the time and money saved through mobile devices. [Read more…]

About DeAnna Davidson

DeAnna Davidson is a proven technologist and business leader who is passionate about the power of mobile computing to revolutionize a business or industry, and dedicated to helping organizations use mobile, wireless, and web technologies to their advantage.

Mobile Devices Improving Public Safety at Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia

Mobile data collection and mobile workforce management solutions are ensuring public safety at the Olympic Games, stadium-based sports events, concerts or other events attracting large crowds.

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The Olympic Games and similar large-scale sporting events are targets for terrorists or other groups seeking to gain publicity and attract the world’s attention to a particular cause. To combat security threats, various cities, teams and schools spend up to $2 billion per year on sports security, according to a 2011 ESPN magazine article “Industry of Fear” by ESPN senior writer Peter Keating. [Read more…]

About DeAnna Davidson

DeAnna Davidson is a proven technologist and business leader who is passionate about the power of mobile computing to revolutionize a business or industry, and dedicated to helping organizations use mobile, wireless, and web technologies to their advantage.

Mobile Data Collection And Wastewater Treatment

From the monitoring of wastewater spills to the supporting of green practices in wastewater treatment,  innovations in wireless mobile data collection technologies keep the water flowing.

wastewater treatment monitoringEasy access to clean, potable water is crucial to the basic infrastructure of communities, but chronic water shortages are common in many countries worldwide. According to a 2013 UN University article by Stephen Leahy, “Dwindling Water Supplies Make Every Drop Count,” water demand exceeds supply in regions with more than 40 percent of the world’s population, and that figure may rise to 60 percent in the next decade. [Read more…]

About DeAnna Davidson

DeAnna Davidson is a proven technologist and business leader who is passionate about the power of mobile computing to revolutionize a business or industry, and dedicated to helping organizations use mobile, wireless, and web technologies to their advantage.

Mobile Data Collection In the Mining Industry

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The United States has the world’s largest coal reserves for the mining industry. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mobile data collection on wireless devices in the field is expected to increase efficiencies and lower costs in the mining industry.

To thrive in the global marketplace, mining companies remain in constant production around the clock. When a mining corporation experiences an operational shutdown at a site, for instance, it may lose millions of dollars per day[Read more…]

About DeAnna Davidson

DeAnna Davidson is a proven technologist and business leader who is passionate about the power of mobile computing to revolutionize a business or industry, and dedicated to helping organizations use mobile, wireless, and web technologies to their advantage.

Seven Tips For More Efficient Mobile Data Collection Surveys

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Smartphones and tablet computers simplify the process of data collection in the field and can significantly improve data accuracy and business efficiency. With the use of mobile devices in the workplace continuing to increase – a Citrix report estimates that 89% of organizations will offer mobile workstyles by 2020 – it appears that the use of smartphones and tablet computers for data collection surveys will become more and more prevalent. 

For maximum efficiency, however, it is essential for an organization to create a useful and well-designed survey that captures the essential data vital to making well-informed business decisions. Here are seven considerations that should be taken into account when your employees create a survey on a mobile device platform: [Read more…]

About DeAnna Davidson

DeAnna Davidson is a proven technologist and business leader who is passionate about the power of mobile computing to revolutionize a business or industry, and dedicated to helping organizations use mobile, wireless, and web technologies to their advantage.

HIPAA Compliance Implications for Mobile Health Information Technology

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A rising trend in current healthcare is mhealth (also known as mobile health, telemedicine or ehealth). Healthcare providers using smartphones and tablet computers collect patient information and send it to physicians or other medical specialists in different locations. Mobile health information technology allows these healthcare providers to more easily and quickly diagnose and monitor the health problems of patients in remote locations. This specialized medical market is currently valued at $1.4 billion and is expected to reach $1.5 trillion by 2019. [Read more…]

About DeAnna Davidson

DeAnna Davidson is a proven technologist and business leader who is passionate about the power of mobile computing to revolutionize a business or industry, and dedicated to helping organizations use mobile, wireless, and web technologies to their advantage.

Mobile Computing Technology Benefits Small Businesses

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In a recent article by Winmark Business Solutions, “Survey shows small businesses using mobile technology, but want it more relevant,” a survey conducted by Harris Interactive and funded by Bank of the West provided some interesting insights into the world of mobile computing as it is used by small businesses. Harris Interactive polled a number of small businesses and found that 94% of small businesses said that marketing was the best way to use mobile technology, followed by mobile payments at 82% and customer relationship databases at 63%. [Read more…]

About DeAnna Davidson

DeAnna Davidson is a proven technologist and business leader who is passionate about the power of mobile computing to revolutionize a business or industry, and dedicated to helping organizations use mobile, wireless, and web technologies to their advantage.

Mobile Technology’s Impact In Developing Countries

Developing CountriesThe use of mobile technology continues to rise in many countries, but its ability to be adopted in poorer countries is impeded due to economic problems. According to the U.N.-based Broadband Commission For Digital Development’s State of Broadband Report 2013, mobile broadband is growing faster than any technology in human history, but over 90% of people in the world’s 49 least developed countries remain disconnected from the Internet.

But mobile technology is unquestionably a boon to developing countries through its ability to provide information and to make personal lives and businesses function more efficiently through two-way communication. [Read more…]

About DeAnna Davidson

DeAnna Davidson is a proven technologist and business leader who is passionate about the power of mobile computing to revolutionize a business or industry, and dedicated to helping organizations use mobile, wireless, and web technologies to their advantage.

Mobile Computing: Data Collection Tools for Oceanographic Surveys

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Comprehensive data collection surveys are a vital part of oceanographic science, in order to enable humanity better comprehend the world’s oceans and their impact on the human population, aquatic plants and marine life.

Surveys are commonly conducted on a variety of topics such as marine organisms, seawater, the effects of pollutants, the ocean floor and the geological processes that shape it, tides, currents, beach erosion and the interaction of the ocean with the atmosphere. [Read more…]

About DeAnna Davidson

DeAnna Davidson is a proven technologist and business leader who is passionate about the power of mobile computing to revolutionize a business or industry, and dedicated to helping organizations use mobile, wireless, and web technologies to their advantage.

Mobile Computing and Supply Chain, Inventory Management

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The supply chain from manufacturers to end users requires regular management to ensure that it functions as smoothly as possible. In the typical supply chain business model, a vendor produces a product, the product travels to a warehouse through a transporter and it stays in the warehouse for a predetermined time. The product then leaves the warehouse to travel to a retail business and is purchased by an end user. [Read more…]

About DeAnna Davidson

DeAnna Davidson is a proven technologist and business leader who is passionate about the power of mobile computing to revolutionize a business or industry, and dedicated to helping organizations use mobile, wireless, and web technologies to their advantage.