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Posted: 04.04

Mobile Tools - April 2004

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By Bryan Pedersen and Teresa von Fuchs




Give Her a Hand

The Apacer Handy Steno HT202 won’t exactly take notes for you, but it will allow you to take important files where you go. Using the latest USB 2.0 technology with read/write transfer rates from 5,500 to 6,000 kbps, this line of plug-and-play devices can store from 32 MB to 1 GB of data. The Flash disk utility includes security, booting, formatting and compression functions, as well as Flash Mail. The all-in-one design means no lost parts. Mac and PC compatible, no software driver neccesary. Price: $50 for 128 MB.

Guardian of the Earth

GeoSentry brings together enhanced GPS, digital wireless communications, Web-based digital mapping with position overlay, Internet location routing and status messages, promising a complete location and tracking solution. The GeoSentry PT-100 is a self-contained device about the size of a deck of cards. It weighs 5 ounces, and determines its location and communicates this position via the Internet to any Web-enabled device. Price: $1000 with plans starting at $30/month.

Through the Prizm Gate

PockeTrack’s Prizm data collection and reporting tool provides sales managers with Web-based access to the details of field calls. Sales reps input call data from the field on a cellphone or Palm handheld; Prizm promises less than 2 minutes for data input. The data is then collected and synchronized to an enterprises’ existing database application. Call information is available almost immediately to authorized users on any browser-enabled device. Graphical and tabular reports allow for deeper drilling into call details. Price: $46/month.

New Tracker on the Block

Tiscor’s BackTrack can be used to track virtually any type of item or process, including tools, equipment, files and documents. And BackTrack 4.45.04 offers new security features, such as the ability to specify if certain users can add or delete records, as well as added application login options. Other additions include the option to control which fields users can view in programs, as well as an enhanced archive. Price: Starts at $2,995.

Eye in the Sky

Ever wonder where your employees go when working outside the office? Aligo’s mobile software solution, WorkTrack, enables companies to track remote employees’ activities through GPS-enabled mobile phones. Users record their start, break and finish times, allowing managers to instantly see the job status and location of their workers. In addition, companies can use WorkTrack to automate billing and payroll functions. Price: $15 per user annually.

Use Every Device You Have, Every Place You Go

IBM's DB2 Everyplace promises to allow customers to connect any type of device to any type of network to access any type of data. The new database software provides customers with real-time access to business information, and is fully autonomic, requiring no administration by the end user. Carrying a PDA, a smartphone and a laptop just got less
confusing. Price: $379 per server, $79 per user.

Sending Signals

Intermec’s new CV60 RFID-Ready Vehicle Mount Computer is the first rugged-mount vehicle computer to integrate RFID with both Bluetooth technology and a wireless base station. This communication integration eliminates the need for an external base station to communicate with wireless scanners, and provides a safer and less cluttered workspace for vehicle operators. Price: NA.
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