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LBS is a complicated technology. Take a look at the ins and outs, from locating a wireless user, to the importance of overlaying this information with local street and landmark data, to the actual point where a person's location shows up on a computer screen with directions.
E-mail is logged and monitored by most companies, but with instant messaging on the rise, who is taking responsibility? Over the last few years, I have helped companies and school districts improve productivity, reduce liability, and preserve network resources with tools to manage and ...
Modern users expect to be able to use their mobile wherever they are, but it's not always that easy to roam. Over the past two years, major CDMA carriers in North America and Asia have rolled out packet data services based on the CDMA2000 1xRTT standard.
Two of the largest law-enforcement agencies in the country are pioneering innovative mobility solutions to increase productivity and revenue. Many more applications are on the horizon. Last year, the City of New York lost millions of dollars in uncollected parking violations because o...
Mixing creative collaboration with technical ingenuity, the World's Smallest Film Festival is finding innovative ways to encourage the development of mobile content.
A switch is normally a hard thing, on or off, but today's switches are increasingly taking a soft approach. Wireless penetration, already strong with more than 1.2 billion subscribers, is expected to increase 61% to 1.7 billion subscribers by 2006, according to Motorola research.
CRM is only as useful as the information gathered, and where better to gather it than at the point of contact? The goals of CRM, for most organizations, have been threefold:
Industry players Wavecom and Intel have successfully entered the cellphone market with solutions-based, all-in-one chipset modules. These modules are waltzing OEMs over the line into the world of cellular phones.
This final quarter of 2003 brought us many wonderful things in the world of wireless, best of all, in the U.S., common short codes (CSCs). CSCs bring the U.S. a common addressing system.
The gold rush for mobile content is far from over. Ten percent of Europe's SMS traffic now comes from value-added services and content such as ringtones, quizzes, and mobile chat.
Last October I had the privilege of conducting an interview alongside Howard Rheingold, the renowned technology commentator and author of Smart Mobs: The Next Social Revolution, for a national public radio show entitled 'Cities and the Wireless Revolution.'
With investment budgets under intense pressure, the focus is firmly on productivity improvements to gain rapid return on investment (ROI). In addition, competitive pressures are making customer service and customer retention priorities.
The mobile enterprise application development market is continuously evolving. A short time ago, developers were focused on building wireless Internet applications using technologies such as WAP.
One of the aims of 3G mobile communications systems is to provide enhanced multimedia services, like video streaming and MMS, to the user. The global economic slowdown has forced most of the mobile wireless carriers to delay deployment of costly 3G-network infrastructure, and optimize ...
Now that Graffiti has been replaced on Palm devices, users are exploring a wide range of textentry methods. What's the best solution for you?
A school in California has used an innovative wireless solution to ease parents' minds when their children are off on class trips. Christ Lutheran School, in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, is part of a Southern California institution that has been in existence for more than 75 years.
RFID is a simple, low-cost solution that allows tracking from factory to warehouse to store shelf, and even to the consumer's credit card. In addition to replacing traditional barcode technology, the uses of RFID tags are nearly endless.
3, the UK's 3G leader, has recently introduced a new member to the 3G-handset family ­ the Motorola A920. It's depicted as combining a videophone, games machine, MP3 player, and PDA-style organizer into one unit.
This article explains why the British government is interested in wireless technology and why this represents an opportunity for technology executives, investors, and entrepreneurs to innovate at the intersection of mobile, broadband, and Internet technologies.
A few weeks back, SYS-CON's group publisher, Jeremy Geelan, and I chatted about how mobile applications had the potential to influence our lives, but also about how many ideas never go anywhere ­ no value.
IM (instant messaging) for the enterprise is being touted as something new. Don't you believe it. I recall using ICQ Corporate at an ISP in Cleveland in 1998.
Phones are getting more complicated, but using them should remain as simple as ever ­ not an easy combination.
An important trend in the wireless sector that has for the most part gone unnoticed has been the emergence of a new class of mobile devices that can support multiple wireless air interfaces.
The good news is mobile data has gotten a foot in the door at the majority of the largest enterprises in the U.S. The challenge is to convert what are often initial and departmental assignments into large-scale, company-wide deployments.
Wireless operators around the globe are learning that success can bring its own problems. As operators develop and deploy an increasing number of wireless data applications, they are finding that developing and managing this growing number of applications is more complex than they ...
Microwave radio networks have enabled organizations to extend their IP networks far beyond their local environments, achieving a rapid ROI in the process.
Creating a wireless application that works on as many devices as possible is not difficult, it's useless! If you invest a huge amount of resources today, chances are that a new device will ship tomorrow and you'll need to tweak your application again...unless you use WURFL and its ...
Every day I am literally amazed at the evidence of progress presented to me between all involved in the mobile data value chain. The estimated gap between the U.S. with its segmented interoperability and the holy union of GSM-based Euro operators was about two years behind in terms...
With today's rapid developments in wireless terminal capabilities and increasing pressure to market data-based services, there's a huge market growing for wireless applications that reside on the handset. QUALCOMM's Binary Runtime Environment for Wireless (BREW) platform is an exciting...
Operators who take SMS seriously will stand a much greater chance at succeeding with next-generation data services. The global market for SMS-based services has undergone a significant expansion during the past year.
This article will show you how to develop your very first Series 60 application using CodeWarrior, and get it running on a mobile phone.
As much as a parent might be beguiled by the acronyms that teenagers use when texting to each other, MNOs definitely are not. Handsets nowadays are building on SMS 'speak' by integrating the truncated phrases into their phones so messages can be sent by pressing a single key on their h...
In a sea of seemingly incompatible MMS strategies, divergent mobile operator schemes, and innumerable advertising campaigns aimed at would-be U.S. camera phone users, Philippe Kahn navigates enviably.
The ability to carry five or more volumes of reference information around in their pocket, and interfaces that are easier to use than flipping pages in a book, will make PDAs a norm for medical workers everywhere.
In this concluding part of a three-part series on the space shuttle, WBT's David Geer looks at spread spectrum technology and its role in keeping encrypted data secure.
What work is now being done in a mobile setting that can and should be mobile-enabled? Can it be simplified or made better through mobilization? Who are the stakeholders impacted by this change - customers, staff, finance?
Wireless text messaging (or SMS) is a juggernaut in almost every GSM mobile operator network on the planet. Here's a look at some of the reasons why it hasn't yet caught on in the U.S.
Will machine-to-machine communications be the Internet technology trend of the 2010s? Does what we see of M2M today constitute the first signs of a technological development that may turn out to be as revolutionary as the PC era and the Internet at the end of the 20th century? Will the...
Entrepreneurial interest in wireless was strong at this year's TiEcon conference in Santa Clara, CA. After all, there's more money under management at VC firms now than at any time in history. It's just not being handed out as freely to seed and first-round investments.
The development of electronic commerce has led to an ongoing search for so-called killer applications. In today's environment of electronic commerce there have been some clear winners, such as electronic auctions, but the killer application for mobile networks (especially 3G) has yet t...


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