London bins track mobile devices

Mobile Device Management for Small Business

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Examine how your MDM plan terms will be viewed legally wherever your company does business, from state to state in the U.S. and in other nations, to be sure that you abide by all applicable laws. Explain to employees which applications will be approved and permissible on employee devices. Don’t be surprised if there is some disgruntlement from some employees when the new MDM strategy is implemented. Make sure to educate, train and, if possible, offer some benefit with the new approach. Remember that your MDM plan will never be finished, but will need to constantly evolve as new devices and technologies are introduced. – Todd R. Weiss “Enterprises must plan now for the mobile devices of the future that they don’t even know of yet,” says Kevin Benedict, principal analyst at Netcentric Strategies LLC in Boise, Idaho. “So you build an infrastructure that says it doesn’t care what devices are on the end of it and you have a framework that you just plug into.” Getting there isn’t easy, however. One approach that can make implementing a mobile workforce easier — or at least consistent — is through mobile device management (MDM) strategies that can help enterprises address all related mobile issues in a top-to-bottom approach.
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BDTI develops consumer-focused user experience rating for mobile devices

(Source: RENEW ORB/CNN) LONDON (RENEW ORB/CNN) – Some recycling bins in a section of London have been working overtime, and not with just helping the city’s financial district “go green.” These bins have a little secret. Trash bins have been busy tracking and collecting data off people’s smartphones. A small number of the 200 new recycling bins dotted around London’s financial district were doing more than taking trash, more than showing video ads. If you were in London doing some sightseeing or to work, and you walked by one of the bins, chances are it was collecting data off your mobile device. When people got wind that a company called Orb was collecting the unique signal coming from some smartphones and other mobile devices, the company insisted it was a limited trial and that it has now stopped. When the trial was launched in June, Renew Orb boasted it was collecting enough information to identify the manufacturer of each device. It thought potential advertisers would want to know the market share of devices people used in the financial center, and few people had heard about what they were doing. “It’s an invasion of privacy that most of the public are absolutely, totally unaware of,” one London woman said. Renew Orb said it would not contravene any data protection principles, and would only introduce the technology that could connect advertisers to each mobile device after public consultation. Renew Orb admits that current UK privacy laws may actually forbid it from rolling out this technology, which mean these bins could be worth nothing more than what’s put in them. Copyright 2013 RENEW ORB via CNN.
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Mobile device management: Getting started

John Iatonna

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London bins were tracking and collecting data off of smartphones. (Source: RENEW ORB/CNN)

The widely diversified portfolio definitely gives Lenovo an edge over its major PC competitors, says Bajarin, especially in the enterprise space, where having a full range of mobile devices and PCs can help secure juicy corporate contracts. After Lenovo, the next biggest PC vendor is Hewlett-Packard, a company that keeps talking about getting back into the smartphone game and increasing its push into tablets. But short of the dirt-cheap Slate 7 and a single high-end Windows tablet, HP remains solidly a notebook and desktop company. As you look further down the PC top five, Dell hasnt done much to excite buyers with its attempts at tablets and smartphones. The Taiwan-based titans Acer and Asus both produce smartphones, but are better known for their Android tablets. Both companies are top five tablet vendors worldwide and shipped a combined 3.5 million tablets last quarter, according to IDC. The rise of anytime-anywhere computing Where things start to get really interesting, however, is when you look at the top 5 smartphone vendors in the world. Thats where you start to see firms that are more like Lenovo, particularly Samsung and Apple. When you combine PCs, tablets, and smartphones all together into one category, Apple and Samsung are dominant, says Bob ODonnell, IDCs vice president for clients and displays. IDC has recently been tracking this super category called smart-connected devices, while Gartner calls the mega-grouping anytime-anywhere computing. Apples iPhone 5.
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Why Lenovo’s surging mobile sales shouldn’t freak out the PC faithful

This consumer-focused rating will provide consumers with a tool that measures the things that directly impact user experience–battery life, application speed and network performance–for a wide variety of mobile products. This initiative stems from the overwhelming demand for a meaningful, transparent mobile benchmark focused on actual user experience. The rating was initiated in collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies Inc. (QTI), a wholly owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Inc., the industry leader in chipsets for mobile devices and is being endorsed by Tencent, one of China’s largest Internet media platform providers. “Many existing mobile benchmarks do not measure attributes relevant to consumers and can be easily manipulated,” explained Jeff Bier, president of BDTI. “There is a striking lack of mobile benchmarks that measure actual user experience. Our user-experience-focused tests will include real-world measurements of application performance, battery life, and data transfer speed and delay.” Raj Talluri, senior VP of Product Management at QTI, said: “QTI believes in the need for a realistic, unbiased, and transparent benchmarking process that is designed to provide a reliable and accurate assessment of a mobile device’s real-world capabilities. With an emphasis on measuring attributes relevant to actual user experience, BDTI’s rating will avoid the pitfalls of current synthetic benchmarks and will provide more meaningful information to consumers.” QTI is providing initial support for this project, as well as insights into mobile device designs. BDTI will independently design and develop the experience rating, and will validate test results.
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Honeywell Helps Retailers Get Mobile With New Scanning And Payment Accessories For iPod® Touch And iPhone® 5 Mobile Devices

The time is well spent, however, because a smart mobile strategy–addressing issues such as wireless provisioning, device and application management, and security–is one of the best ways to prepare your business for the future. Determine Your Needs If your business requires nothing more than email, calendaring, and shared contacts, then using Microsoft’s Exchange ActiveSync makes sense. EAS doesnt have much overhead, and it works whether you have an all-Android, all-Apple, or all-RIM (with BES Express, an additional BlackBerry component) mobile infrastructure, or a mix of devices and platforms. Its also straightforward to install and requires minimal setup on the mobile device. If you want to manage your devices with greater granularity, or if you think that you may need additional capabilities down the road, you’ll have to look beyond the EAS. If your business uses only RIM devices, using the RIM BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) or BES Express (which is free) is a sensible choice. These days, though, few businesses have such a homogeneous environment. More common is a mix of Android, Apple, RIM, Windows, and other devices. I n that situation, you should consult your cellular carrier, which will have partnered with a mobile device management service. Among the major names in this field are AirWatch, BoxTone, Good Technology, MobileIron, and Ubitexx. These services can help you manage your mobile devices by simplifying the integration of multiple mobile device platforms even across different carrier networks.
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