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Field Technologies Special Edition
Field Technologies Online is a partner of ElectricNet, and it is through our partnership that we’re sending you this annual newsletter from Field Technologies Online with information relevant to optimizing the mobile workforce in your industry. If your business is like many others, your mobile workforce is going to continue to expand. By the end of 2013, IDC expects the total number of mobile workers will grow to nearly 1.2 billion — more than one third of the world’s workforce. Unlike workers within your four walls, these mobile workers — and the tools and data they carry with them — are significantly more challenging to control. How do you not only manage these mobile assets, but also maximize them? That’s where Field Technologies Online can help.
How To Stay Connected With Field Workers By Laine Matthews, director of business development, Wilson Electronics
For companies that send employees and contractors out to work on projects in the field, maintaining communications with those off-site workers is an all too familiar challenge. Everyone has a cell phone nowadays, but if the project is in a remote location, cellular connectivity can be an iffy proposition at best.
The Next In Rugged Tablet PCs: The Compact Tablet, A Q&A By Sarah Howland, Field Technologies
Many mobile computing hardware vendors tout the ruggedness of their products — I'm sure you've heard the stories. But, there's a real difference between hearing the claims and witnessing firsthand the durability of a device.
Cross-platform solutions extend advanced capabilities from your back-office applications to your mobile workers in real time — regardless of the worker's location, the device being used, or even whether or not you have a network connection.
With the emergence of enterprise-class SaaS (Software as a Service) applications, corporate decision makers are faced with the challenge of comparing two very different costing models in order to assess the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of SaaS versus traditional on-premises solutions.
The capital and operational expenses associated with implementing a full SCADA solution can be prohibitively high — and for small to mid-sized municipalities, the costs of SCADA may outweigh the benefits.