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Field Mobility News Weekly – Week of January 26, 2014

The Field Mobility News Weekly is an online newsletter made up of the most interesting news and articles related to field mobility that I run across each week.  I am specifically targeting information that reflects market data and trends.

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Audi is launching what it calls Audi Progressive Retail Experience, whereby the automaker is sending iPads to dealerships who will be instructed to use them in selling and servicing cars. Read Original Content

Venture capital funding into smart grid technology companies came in at $405 million in 63 deals in 2013, compared to $434 million in 40 deals in 2012. Read Original Content

Google is buying Nest, the maker of a smart thermostat for homes, for $3.2 billion in cash. With it comes a relatively untapped source for a company that aspires to organize all the world’s information: detailed data about power consumption. Read Original Content

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As part of its ten year, $2.6 billion grid modernization program, ComEd will install more than four million smart meters throughout its service territory starting this fall. ComEd installed more than 70,000 smart meters in 2013, and is expecting to install 160,000 in 2014 including more than 6,500 in Westchester by the end of the year. Read Original Content

Dutch navigation company TomTom has revealed its fleet-management business grew by 38 percent in 2013 to serve a total of 330,000 connected vehicles. Read Original Content

As part of its recent submission to the United Nations explaining how it will cut carbon emissions, Japan proposes to install smart meters on every commercial, industrial and residential building by the early 2020s. Read Original Content

IDTechEx found that in 2013, the total RFID market is worth $7.88 billion, up from $6.98 billion in 2012, and growing to $9.2 billion in 2014. This includes tags, readers and software/services for RFID cards, labels, fobs and all other form factors. Read Original Content

General Motors' factory is temporarily installing a bolt with an embedded passive RFID tag on every cylinder head and engine block that GM uses to make its Gen 5 six and eight cylinder engines, in order to track the assembly process and verify the procedures are being carried out.  Read Original Content

According to Allied Market Research the global food traceability market (tracking technologies) is expected to grow at a CAGR of 8.7 percent during the analysis period, reaching expected revenue of $14.1 billion by 2020. Read Original Content

Panasonic has recently introduced the latest member of its Toughpad family of rugged, enterprise-grade tablets. The Toughpad FZ-M1 is designed to improve productivity and efficiency in a host of professional scenarios, including customer service, inventory management and asset tracking, maintenance, eForms, route delivery, eCitations, electronic medical records, inspections, mobile point-of-sales and geographic information system (GIS). Read Original Content

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***Full Disclosure: These are my personal opinions. No company is silly enough to claim them. I am a mobility and digital transformation analyst, consultant and writer. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.

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Kevin Benedict is the Senior Analyst for Digital Transformation at Cognizant, a writer, speaker and SAP Mentor Alumnus. Follow him on Twitter @krbenedict. He is a popular speaker around the world on the topic of digital transformation and enterprise mobility. He maintains a busy schedule researching, writing and speaking at events in North America, Asia and Europe. He has over 25 years of experience working in the enterprise IT solutions industry.