How GPS Tracking Plugs Into The Internet of Things

Webinar How GPS Tracking Plugs Into The Internet of Things

The “Internet of Things” is the concept of connecting devices and people in the real world to the internet for transmitting sensor data for analytics and control. GPS Tracking paired with mobile computing devices allows you to leverage location data and the Internet of Things for powerful field productivity and location intelligence applications.

Whether you’re simply looking to learn how GPS tracking plugs your mobile computers into the “Internet of Things,” or have a specific project that would benefit from improved field visibility and location intelligence, this webinar covers everything you need to know.

When Thursday 29th January 2015

Session 1 – 2PM Greenwich Mean Time

Session 2 – 2PM Eastern Standard Time

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Seven Key Enterprise Mobility IT Trends for 2015

Seven Key Enterprise Mobility IT Trends for 2015

Seven Key Enterprise Mobility IT Trends for 2015

Enterprise Mobility is all about increasing productivity and generating a return on investment Vs other demands in the business. Keeping on top of whats hot in the sector can make a huge difference to project performance and longevity. So what do we think will be the seven key enterprise mobility IT trends for 2015 ?

1.Tablets take on Laptops

As users started to use their “entertainment” tablet for work use some thought that Laptops would simply get wiped out and Tablet sales would continue to rise. IDC commented that 2014 saw Tablet sales growth slow year on year to 7.2% from 52.5% in the previous year. It looks like the Tablet replacement cycle may be as long as Laptops – or even longer. The rationale seems to be that once a tablet is found to be good at doing whatever it is doing there is no need to replace it. Although slowing it is expected that Tablet adoption will overtake PC’s in 2015 according to Gartner.

We doubt that laptops are going the way of LaserDisc or fax machine anytime soon. In the enterprise this means more possibilities for remote users to blur the lines between having a rugged PDA for line of business apps Vs a keyboard based device for more white collar productivity tasks. Although not suitable in every scenario we see more people using Tablets or Hybrid devices to replace the main computer in their lives.

2. R.I.P. Windows Embedded 6.5 … again

It has been coming for some time and without question a large number of enterprise mobility deployments ran on Android rather than Windows Embedded 6.5 in 2014. When Motorola Solutions the Gorilla in the sector gets acquired by Zebra it is a good sign that things have changed forever.

There are large numbers of users on this platform especially in the retail supply chain and T&L markets. So plenty of incentive in 2015 if you are a vendor coming from a different part of the market and a real headache for legacy manufacturers defending these accounts. Expect to see heavyweights like Panasonic in more traditionally “hand held” scenarios following the launch of their FZ-E1 and FZ-X1 devices.

3. Android Battles

Gartner says sales of smartphones grew 20 percent in the third quarter of 2014 in emerging markets were flat in Europe and up in the US. Growth is characterised by the continuing rise of Chinese Android brands and the narrowing of the difference in cost between feature phones and low cost smartphones. Gartner expects sales of smartphones to reach @1.9 billion devices world wide in 2014.

Low cost offerings like the Tesco Hudl and a slew of no-name rugged brands come with little or no real “enterprise grade” operational or break fix support. We believe organisations with more users will deploy solutions from major vendors such Samsung who recently launched the Tab Active an IP67 Android based inexpensive rugged tablet.

4. Windows Tablet

What about Microsoft…? Being late has characterised Microsoft in recent years. In the rugged space OEM’s using the embedded 6.5 and desktop Windows OS have taken a beating as many users moved to less costly devices that did not run a Microsoft OS. It finally got its act together with Windows 8.1. We predict more innovative and lower cost designs like the xTablet Flex 8  to beat off the opposition – but it will be tough.

5. Enterprise Mobility Management EMM – Fact or Fiction ?

Without doubt Fact !  In many organisations BYOD has been characterised by not being embraced by IT as fast as it is by employees wanting to access corporate data with their own devices.  Turning the provision of mobility to white and blue collar workers into a competitive asset means aligning what may be formal and informal BYOD arrangements. Using device management as a method in security, application and financial management mobility scenarios is really the only way we see this happening

Carl Rodrigues CEO of SOTI commented  “As global businesses establish and scale their mobility strategies, they can rely on our solution to manage smartphones, tablets and purpose-built mobile devices in addition to PCs, laptops and peripherals, from a singlepane of glass, no matter the operating system”

6. Apps Devices And The Long Tail

What if your SME enterprise does not have access to in house IT or the budget to fund a traditional enterprise mobility project ?

The good news is that many businesses already have competent devices in the form of SmartPhones or Tablets. Plus more line of business apps are deliverable via the cloud on a subscription basis. This will allow businesses to run a project with little up front cost that addresses how to increase internal productivity and deploy it with an excellent ROI.

7. Barcode Scanning Goes Mainstream

Barcode Scanning has been around for decades and is considered to be the founding element of the Internet of Things.  There are plenty of Android and iOS apps to allow your SmartPhone to scan using its camera. This is ok for ad hoc use but when higher frequency scanning is required a sled like the Honeywell Captuvo or separate Bluetooth scanner such as models form Socket are much more ergonomic to use. With the adoption of more SmartPhones and Tablets in the enterprise without integral scanning we anticipate seeing more of these in use next year.

Seven Key Enterprise Mobility IT Trends for 2014

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MX5 Turbo Charging

MX5 Turbo Charging Forced Induction

Due to the overwhelming success of the original Christmas & New Year Holiday MX5 overview blog I have produced another exciting MX5 blog this time focused on forced induction, mainly turbo charging. Even at this basic level. 78.4% enjoyment guaranteed!*

(*blog enjoyment not quantifiable)

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Take a LOOK at that Turbo…

There are two types of forced induction; Supercharging and turbo charging. Supercharging involves forcing cold air into the engine from the air intake filter. Extra oxygen plus extra fuel and spark creates a bigger bang, thus creating more power. Turbo charging uses exhaust gases to spin a turbo turbine, forcing air back around into engine while drawing in air from the intake. Again extra oxygen plus extra fuel plus spark… POWER!!!!

What Is It…

A turbo is generally seen as the option for higher BHP figures. Supercharging produces a linear speed increase much like standard driving feel, just much faster. Turbo charging will give an instant power boost when the turbo spools up to the optimum RPM. Smaller turbos spool up quickly giving almost linear feel, but they can max out if you want to reach top speeds on boost. A larger turbo will introduce turbo lag (a delayed instant rush of power when the turbo kicks in from spooling to the optimum RPM) but will be able to achieve higher top end speeds.

I will try to cover as many of the basics, but be aware there are many additional features/upgrades you can add to a turbo charger install. You could spend £1500 on a budget or £7000+ on a top end install. It is always said you can only pick two of the following on a tight budget; cheap, reliable, fast.

I opted for cheap and reliable initially, but soon found this went out of the window when I also wanted fast which replaces the cheap part.
Firstly the turbo – A very popular option for the MX5 is a 2nd hand Subaru Impreza TD04 turbo. Big enough to give good top speeds, spools quickly (4k rpm) but with some kick due to the turbo lag, cheap and readily available off eBay or forums etc. Just make sure there is no play in the shaft when you buy one. A turbo will require a custom exhaust manifold and downpipe to exhaust, aftermarket air intake filter, as well water and oil feeds to cool the turbo.

Exhaust Manifold

A well designed turbo exhaust manifold is a huge topic alone, but the basics involve making sure all four branches from the exhaust ports to turbo are the same length, capable of withstanding the constant temp changes on a turbo. Temperatures at the manifold will easily reach 1000 degrees centigrade. A cheaper way is a log manifold. They are tried and tested and popular with DIY manifolds but they don’t allow equal pressure from each exhaust port as the distance from each port to turbo is different. A turbo forces the extremely hot exhaust gases back into the inlet manifold, so the air needs to be cooled to maximize performance and reliability. This requires an intercooler, which sits in front of the radiator, and all alloy/silicone pipework from turbo to intercooler back to the inlet manifold. An alternative is a basic cross over pipe usually only seen on superchargers, where the need to cool the air isn’t as necessary.

With the increase of oxygen this requires an increase of fuel. Among other things he stock ECU does not have the capacity to handle the increased fuel quantity required so an aftermarket ECU is required. The MegaSquirt range is very popular and has enough features to cover everything you could require. There are numerous versions, the more expensive, the more features you get such as launch control, multiple fuel maps for when driving off boost (low revs) then when on boost (high revs), various inputs/outputs to name a few. There are other more expensive ECUs also available.
The stock injectors will only be able to pump out a limited amount of fuel. If you want high BHP figures you will need to upgrade the injectors. RX8 yellow injectors are a straight swap for the stock ones and very popular. 2nd hand injectors may need testing and cleaning to ensure they are in tip top condition.

With the increase of air and fuel, the exhaust gases reading will now be out. On standard car the O2/Lambda sensor is known as a narrowband sensor. It reads only a narrow band of O2 figures. On a forced induction car the band of O2 figures can be vast so a wideband sensor is required which connects to the ECU. AEM sell a wideband with gauge which is widely used.

Increasing BHP way above stock levels means the clutch will start to slip. This could be at 160bhp, could be at 180bhp. It simply cannot cope with the added power. Aftermarket stage 2/3 clutches are required. The higher the BHP figure wanted the higher spec the clutch must be. Cheap eBay clutches like F1, PPC, XTD (they are all identical) have a somewhat good reputation, but they do require a change of driving style as they are 6 puck clutches resulting in the car juddering if revs are not high enough. To stick with the OEM clutch feel more money is required for a flyin miata clutch from the US.

Boost Solenoid

Finally is a boost solenoid. A turbo has a wastegate (opens to the exhaust) which opens when the boost pressure reaches a desired figure, via an actuator. The higher the boost the faster you go. On a TD04 turbo for example the actuator is set to about 7 psi, so without a solenoid this is the max boost pressure you’ll achieve before the actuator opens the wastegate. When introducing a boost solenoid (a digital solenoid, not the cheap manual style option) the ECU will keep the solenoid closed until your desired PSI (set in the ECU) is reached thus increases boost and more speed.
That is all the basic bits covered. There are numerous other bits required, and the bigger the install you more parts you’ll find you need. If you plan to go on track with the car most people tend to fit a thick core alloy radiator and an oil cooler. As the turbo goes white hot both are a very good idea since the oil and coolant continue to cycle back around the engine. If installing an oil cooler be sure to buy a thermostatic plate. These make sure the oil is up to temperature before passing through the oil cooler. There is no point cooling cold oil further. Also any water that’s got into the system overnight or similar is burnt off by the hot oil.

But it’s not finished just yet. Once all installed you’ll need to have ECU mapped correctly. Base maps are available online but since every engine/turbo install is that little bit different a specialist is required to setup the ECU maps for fuel/spark/timing etc. ECU management software tunerstudio seems to be the go to software for tuning. It does have an autotune feature which will automatically map the basics of the car theoretically meaning you could drive the car to the garage. Unless you know what you are doing I would definitely suggest a professional tuning garage.

That’s it! The car should then be great fun to drive and will surprise most high performance car out there.
Turbo charged MX5’s are becoming increasingly popular and a recent article in a weekly car magazine shows this point.
Complete kits are also available or some garages offer a drive in, drive out service if you have no DIY skills or the time to do it. There are benefits of both, but I think if you opt for the DIY install, not only will it be cheaper but you’ll end up knowing the turbo setup backups, so should anything need adjusting or replacing you know exactly how to fix it.

Have a Merry MX5 Turbo Charging Christmas and 2015 !

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SOTI MobiControl Speed Control

SOTI MobiControl Speed Control

SOTI MobiControl Speed Control helps your enterprise by ensuring drivers are not using their devices while the vehicle is in motion. It can help minimise distracted driving and uphold your driver safety compliance guidance.

Brake, the Road safety charity says that “A study of in-vehicle video footage estimated that 22% of crashes could be caused, at least in part, by driver distraction. It also showed that drivers who perform a secondary task at the wheel are two to three times more likely to crash. Other studies have found that more complex secondary tasks, like talking on a mobile phone or texting, increase crash risk even more” Read More

In addition to speed control SOTI MobiControl has 5 key attributes:

  1. A self-service portal for users to manage their devices
  2. Enterprise application store
  3. Expense management
  4. Lockdown/kiosk mode support
  5. Geofencing

SOTI MobiControl Speed Control

SOTI MobiControl v12 will be available early in 2015. Latest release notes. Get in touch to arrange an evaluation.

 

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Electric Compass Enterprise GPS Tracking

 Electric Compass Enterprise GPS Tracking

Adding Electric Compass Enterprise GPS Tracking to your enterprise mobility deployment is now a breeze no matter what mobile devices you are using. The service gives you total visibility into activity at device and or vehicle/trailer level. Improve fleet efficiency management reporting and customer service whilst cutting costs.

  • Know where your vehicles/workers are at all times
  • Save on fuel costs
  • Cut overtime costs
  • Eliminate unauthorised vehicle use
  • Improve fleet safety
  • Easy to get started and use – web based use it anywhere !

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Wordless Wednesday Mobile is Eating the World

Wordless Wednesday Mobile is Eating the World

wordless wednesday mobile is eating the world

Mobile Is Eating the World Click to view full presentation by Benedict Evans

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Black Friday and Cyber Monday At MobileWorxs

 Black Friday and Cyber Monday At MobileWorxs

 Black Friday and Cyber Monday At MobileWorxsOne of the biggest trends in the Enterprise is that rugged Windows tablets are becoming the new primary device in the mobile workplace. Laptops are so 2010! All the tech and accessories available can help turn your kitchen table car or van into a true mobile office whatever line of work you may be in.

Black Friday and Cyber Monday is over the weekend Friday 28th November to Monday 1st December. Come back and grab a bargain with one of our Windows Tablet and A4 Portable printer bundles.

Black Friday and Cyber Monday Enterprise Mobility Deals

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xTablet Flex 10 Windows Tablet Torture Chamber

xTablet Flex 10 Windows Tablet Torture Chamber

The xTablet Flex 10 windows tablet torture chamber video was shot to show how the veterans at MobileDemand have come up with a new class of tablet for enterprise mobility. Not only does the xTablet Flex 10 use Windows 8.1 it is thin and light and comes with a protective case, carry handle, back-strap and scratch-proof screen protector. All of which extends the life of the unit beyond that of a typical consumer-grade tablet. Read the review.

Warning – Don’t try this with your iPAD.

Learn More Weighing in at 1.1kg xTablet Flex 10 has the dynamics of a consumer product without the steep cost associated with a traditional rugged tablet pc. Get in touch for more details.

 

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IT and App Developers Out of Sync on Enterprise Mobile

IT and App Developers Out of Sync on Enterprise Mobile

IT and App Developers Out of Sync on Enterprise MobileWe came across this article by Frank Donovan at Fierce IT about how IT and development teams view enterprise mobility differently.

 

 

Referencing one study he noted that “two-thirds of IT decision makers say that IT is the primary driver in setting the enterprise’s mobile agenda and 30.6 percent say lines of business set the agenda. This contrasts with mobile app developers, half of whom say it is the lines of business that are setting the agenda” Read the entire piece.

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Why an SME Should Lease Enterprise Mobility Solutions

Why an SME Should Lease Enterprise Mobility Solutions

Why an SME Should Lease Enterprise Mobility Solutions

Confused Yet?

In most cases when companies undertake an Enterprise Mobility project they are looking to improve the productivity of mobile workers who are located away from a traditional desk based IT environment.

They soon realise that to make the deployment a success they need to synchronize a number of key moving parts including app design database hosting training hardware device provision and management. In terms of financing many have realised that the secret sauce is actually the utilisation of the system rather than actually owning it. This has been the case for many years for large companies who have always known the importance of leasing.

 

We talk to many SME’s who are competing with large competitors. They see mobile technology as a way of demonstrating process excellence to their customers. Whilst at the same time enjoying improvements in their own effectiveness and efficiently.

For SME’s undertaking an enterprise mobility project leasing provides them with a way to invest in a high return solution without having to blow up a huge part of their annual IT budget. In many cases the primary reason a project is parked is that whilst an ROI may be compelling an organisation may simply not have the free cash to make a one off purchase in an area they may not be familiar with. Adding another vehicle or employee can often seem a simpler option.

What Sort of Lease?

There are various type of lease but the most common in this scenario is an Operating Lease. In this scenario the customer only buys the right to the property for a specific period of time. At the end they can return the property or pay a nominal sum to acquire title.

The changing pace of technology along with inevitable revision of operating practices has led many to use an operating lease as a way to bundle all the elements into a single off balance sheet transaction that is treated as an expense not company capital. This can dovetail very well with the 24-36 month technology horizon that has become the norm in the minds of many buyers.

8 Leasing Advantages for an SME

  1. Gives the SME position power of a cash buyer.
  2. Allows for the payment of a capital purchase with low monthly rentals – budget and manage cash flow.
  3. Manage obsolescence with technology upgrades – without writing off large single sums.
  4. Invest money in other areas – more return on capital.
  5. Bridge the gap between what you need and what you can afford.
  6. Fully allowable against taxable income.
  7. Spread costs and save on tax. Payments are treated as operating expense so are tax deductible.
  8. Flexible.

At the end of an operating lease the client can

  • Add further capability to the system refresh and re-new.
  • Send the assets back.

Excellent ROI

It is not uncommon for an Enterprise Mobility project to have  a positive financial impact on a business function within 9 to 12 months. It is our firm belief that after the 36 months of a typical lease the solution will have proven it’s worth beyond the value of the rentals paid.

Why an SME Should Lease Enterprise Mobility SolutionsTo learn more about why an SME should lease enterprise mobility solutions please get in touch discuss how MobileWorxs can help you maximize the benefits of deploying a solution.

 

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