Mi-Corporation http://www.mi-corporation.com Mobile Information Solutions for Mission-Critical Processes Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:50:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.7.1 An Intern Perspective http://www.mi-corporation.com/blog/intern-perspective/ http://www.mi-corporation.com/blog/intern-perspective/#comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:03:14 +0000 http://www.mi-corporation.com/?p=12396 On Tuesday, July 22, Mi-Co welcomed our out-of-town Sales and Marketing team members from across the country to our Durham home office. Throughout the day, our team had the opportunity to listen to several speakers and participate in team building Read More

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On Tuesday, July 22, Mi-Co welcomed our out-of-town Sales and Marketing team members from across the country to our Durham home office. Throughout the day, our team had the opportunity to listen to several speakers and participate in team building exercises. One of the most meaningful presentations came from Greg Clary, CEO of Mi-Corporation. He presented the history of Mi-Co over the last 14 years, detailing how the company has handled both achievements—in pen, form, and mobile data computing—and setbacks, such as the 2008 recession.

Greg taught about the key partners Mi-Co has worked with over the past 14 years, and how we have been able to maximize the impact of their organizations. From city governments to federal agencies, small businesses to multinational corporations, Mi-Co has been and remains committed to mobilizing business processes and disseminating the most accurate and groundbreaking mobile information.

Throughout the presentation, a common theme quickly emerged – the company’s firm commitment to both its customers and its goals. As an intern working with both the technical operation and the sales and marketing sides of the organization, I have witnessed first-hand the high level of thought and care put into every support question that arises. From simple installation questions to large-scale product feature tweaks, both the Marketing and Tech teams convey their passion for making a positive impact on the world through mobile information.

All of these achievements stem from the company’s mission and belief that mobile information can make the world a better place. When reflecting on the path the company has taken over the past decade and on my own time with the company this summer, I definitely have seen the pride everyone here at Mi-Co takes in their work, as well as the satisfaction that comes with a job well done.

As Mi-Co moves forward with tremendous growth over the next few years, I’m excited to see what other positive impacts the company can have on the world.

 

 

Ben Lee

Sales and Marketing Associate Intern

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No Connection? No problem: Offline Mobile Data Solutions http://www.mi-corporation.com/news-and-events/events/connection-problem-offline-mobile-data-solutions/ http://www.mi-corporation.com/news-and-events/events/connection-problem-offline-mobile-data-solutions/#comments Wed, 16 Jul 2014 15:20:06 +0000 http://www.mi-corporation.com/?p=12094 No Connection? No Problem: Offline Mobile Data Solutions Join us July 25 at 11 a.m. ET Work doesn’t always happen in a connected environment; in the field, many mobile information users find themselves without a network connection. In this month’s Read More

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No Connection? No Problem: Offline Mobile Data Solutions
Join us July 25 at 11 a.m. ET

Work doesn’t always happen in a connected environment; in the field, many mobile information users find themselves without a network connection.

In this month’s webinar, Mi-Co’s Gautham Pandiyan will discuss:

  • Why offline capabilities are essential to the success of mission-critical processes
  • How offline information capture and data repositories work
  • How Mi-Co’s solutions respond to offline needs

 

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Mi-Corporation Sees Significant Growth in Life Sciences Customers using Tablets for Data Capture http://www.mi-corporation.com/news-and-events/mi-corporation-sees-significant-growth-life-sciences-customers-using-tablets-data-capture/ http://www.mi-corporation.com/news-and-events/mi-corporation-sees-significant-growth-life-sciences-customers-using-tablets-data-capture/#comments Mon, 07 Jul 2014 16:05:54 +0000 http://www.mi-corporation.com/?p=12087 DURHAM, NC, July 7, 2014 – Mi-Corporation, the Mobile Information Corporation, today announced significant growth in its life sciences customer base with new customers, and existing customers expanding their use of Mi-Forms mobile forms to streamline the process and accuracy Read More

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DURHAM, NC, July 7, 2014 – Mi-Corporation, the Mobile Information Corporation, today announced significant growth in its life sciences customer base with new customers, and existing customers expanding their use of Mi-Forms mobile forms to streamline the process and accuracy of data capture for mission-critical business operations. The company also honored Zimmer, Inc. with the “Mi-Corporation User of the Year” award for its innovative use of Mi-Forms Mobile Forms Software.

Mi-Corporation has recently added several organizations in the life sciences industry to its client roster that includes among others:

Zimmer, Inc., a world leader in musculosketal care that has used Mi-Forms mobile forms technology on Tablets, reduced data entry time by 50 percent and enhanced data accuracy. This successful implementation of Mi-Forms mobile forms earned the company the “Mi-Corporation User of the Year” award. Mi-Corporation business partner, Optiform Imaging Systems also won the “Mi-Corporation Business Partner of the Year” award for expanding Mi-Forms usage at Zimmer, Inc.

According to Mi-Corporation’s VP of Sales & Marketing, Gautham Pandiyan, “In life sciences, essential requirements for success include the ability to reduce queries and redundant data-entry while speeding trial completion. With Mi-Forms and the automation of e-source data collection, our life sciences customers now realize greater accuracy and near real-time availability of clinical data, as well as improved efficiency and lower overall costs.

 

Benefits to Life Sciences, Clinical Trials, and Pharmaceutical & Medical Device Manufacturers

Life sciences organizations realize a host of benefits from Mi-Forms mobile forms software, including improved efficiency, lower costs, higher accuracy, and better availability of data for:

  • Electronic case report forms (eCRFs)
  • Site monitoring and visit reports
  • Electronic Patient-reporting outcomes (ePRO)
  • Serious adverse events reporting (SARs)
  • Direct eSource generation
  • Adaptive trials

The technology’s real-time handwriting recognition, touch, and business logic capabilities let users easily and naturally collect data electronically – online or offline – at the source of data generation. In near real-time the data is available to existing backend clinical trial management systems (CTMS) and electronic data capture (EDC) systems. Mi-Forms software is setup for validation per FDA 21 CFR Part 11 compliance, and Mi-Co has passed audits by several global life sciences companies.

To learn more about Mi-Corporation’s leading software platforms or mobility experience, please visit www.mi-corporation.com or contact info@mi-corporation.com, 001-919-485-4819.

 

About Mi-Corporation (Mi-Co):

Mi-Co, a 14-year industry leader in mobilizing mission-critical business processes, offers enterprise-class solutions that quicken business cycles, drive productivity, and increase revenues. Their mobile solutions support the use of Windows 8 Tablets, the Digital Pen, iPads, Android Slates, and other mobile devices across diverse industries. Organizations like Eli Lilly, Lightower Fiber Networks, the NC Department of Agriculture, the United Nations, The US Dept. of Transportation, and many others use Mi-Corporation mobile forms, mobile applications, and reporting products. For more information on Mi-Co, please visit www.mi-corporation.com.

 

 

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AWS Cloud Computing Astonishment http://www.mi-corporation.com/blog/amazon-cloud-computing/ http://www.mi-corporation.com/blog/amazon-cloud-computing/#comments Tue, 01 Jul 2014 18:27:40 +0000 http://www.mi-corporation.com/?p=12074     Everyone uses Amazon. Like me, a lot of people have Amazon Prime, which makes quick home delivery of just about any product you need a reality. But, even if you’ve managed to avoid that temptation, you’re still using Read More

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Everyone uses Amazon.

Like me, a lot of people have Amazon Prime, which makes quick home delivery of just about any product you need a reality. But, even if you’ve managed to avoid that temptation, you’re still using Amazon; you just might not realize it. Amazon’s “AWS” cloud computing products launched in 2006, and you’d be hard pressed to use the Internet now without running into it somewhere. Amazon’s own case studies list Expedia, Pinterest, Netflix, Adobe, NASA, and that’s just scratching the surface.

Even if you are familiar with Amazon’s offerings in the space, what you might not be aware of is just how cost-effective cloud computing has become. Recently while conducting some performance testing on the application server that backs our mobile forms platform Mi-Forms, I had the opportunity to explore some of the larger and more exotic offerings. Going into these tests, I basically knew the pricing of a 2 core system with 8GB of memory. That’s the sort of machine we have set up both as our own cloud servers and for our customers. What I wasn’t prepared for was just how much computing resources were available.

Amazon’s EC2 has several tiers of computing resources available, and the system falls squarely in its general purpose computing, costing about 26 cents per hour (~$190/month without any commitment. But what if you want 32 cores and 60 GB of memory? This is the type of resource that in the not-so-distant past was only available to universities and huge corporations. Well, it turns out Amazon can spool up one of those for $3 per hour (~$2160/month), again without commitment. That may sound expensive, but think about what you could do with a machine that–by Amazon’s calculations–is equivalent to over 16 of the typical server machines I previously mentioned.

That type of machine is, of course, overkill for most applications. It  ran through our performance tests in times never seen before either with locally-hosted or cloud-based systems, and if we’re being honest, our test clients couldn’t keep up with the capacity it provided. From some creative searching and looking through references, it seems that this machine is on par from a raw processing power perspective of the Cray X-MP/48, which cost $15 million in 1984.

And of course pricing declines don’t only apply to CPU and memory resources. If you want to provision a quick terabyte of storage, that will only run you $50/month at the most expensive level. Want to throw in load balancing? No problem there either, as even a reasonably high volume site won’t cost more than about $20/month.

With what seems to be a “race to the bottom” in computing resource pricing, cloud computing options are becoming the norm rather than the exception. It’s a challenge to find a good reason to create a complex internal infrastructure rather than taking advantage of one provided for you. Amazon isn’t the only game in town either. Similar computing resources are available from Microsoft Azure for equal or lower cost. Mobile information collection and analysis solutions from Mi-Corporation benefit from resources available in the cloud from and may very well be the right solution to run your business more efficiently.

By Chris DiPierro, CTO
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Mobile Forms vs. Mobile Apps Webinar http://www.mi-corporation.com/blog/mobile-forms-vs-mobile-apps-webinar/ http://www.mi-corporation.com/blog/mobile-forms-vs-mobile-apps-webinar/#comments Fri, 20 Jun 2014 16:03:22 +0000 http://www.mi-corporation.com/?p=11967     Chris DiPierro, Mi-Co’s CTO, used his technical expertise to explain the differences between mobile forms and mobile apps to attendees during Mi-Corporation’s featured monthly webinar yesterday afternoon. Chris argued that at a certain point when developing and using mobile form solutions, they move into the Read More

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Chris DiPierro, Mi-Co’s CTO, used his technical expertise to explain the differences between mobile forms and mobile apps to attendees during Mi-Corporation’s featured monthly webinar yesterday afternoon.

Chris argued that at a certain point when developing and using mobile form solutions, they move into the mobile application category.

 

When the  mobile solution development process begins, many people start with questions about specific design details:

  • What it should look like?
  • Which colors will be on the form?
  • How will it be formatted?

What they should really be asking initially, Chris explained, is:

  • What process is being replaced?
  • What is the point of pain in that process?
  • How will success with a mobile transformation be measured?
  • Is there a device preference? If so, why?

 

The takeaway? Focus on the process, not the specific product.

It may sound strange coming from a best-of-breed mobile solution company, but there is no such things as ‘just’ forms in mobile. Scope-creep is common, and you want to make sure mobile forms can act like mobile apps as needed (excluding reporting, display and other non-data capture functions). If it’s on your smartphone, tablet or slate, it can arguably be categorized as a mobile application even if it looks like a mobile form. It doesn’t have to be scary, though: it can be as simple or as complex as the situation calls for.

 

If you missed this month’s webinar, listen to a recording and be sure to sign up for future events!

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Doyle Security Systems, Inc. Sees Productivity & Expense Control Improvements with Mobile Sales Solution on Tablets http://www.mi-corporation.com/news-and-events/doyle-security-systems-inc-sees-productivity-expense-control-improvements-mobile-sales-solution-tablets/ http://www.mi-corporation.com/news-and-events/doyle-security-systems-inc-sees-productivity-expense-control-improvements-mobile-sales-solution-tablets/#comments Mon, 16 Jun 2014 16:00:35 +0000 http://www.mi-corporation.com/?p=11872 DURHAM, NC, June 16, 2014 – Mi-Corporation, the Mobile Information Corporation, today announced that Doyle Security Systems, Inc. continues to realize improved expense control and significant productivity gains following the first four months using its new digital sales order entry Read More

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DURHAM, NC, June 16, 2014 – Mi-Corporation, the Mobile Information Corporation, today announced that Doyle Security Systems, Inc. continues to realize improved expense control and significant productivity gains following the first four months using its new digital sales order entry system. Mi-Co also awarded Doyle Security Systems, Inc. the “Mi-Corporation Process Improvement Champion” award after successfully moving its entire paper-based sales order entry system to a digital system using Mi-Forms mobile forms software on iPads.

The new system allows Doyle Security Systems to electronically capture and seamlessly integrate data, including electronic signature captures, into document imaging, and core back-end systems. It also provides automatic generation of contracts, and system inspection and test documentation.

With five branch offices including its headquarters in Rochester, NY, Doyle Security Systems provides commercial, residential, and medical alarm systems to more than 23,000 customers in the upstate New York and Erie, Pa. regions. Its 100 employees that design, install, service, and monitor these systems require immediate access to customer and system data to ensure its security and life safety systems are properly working 24/7.

Based on the implementation of the new system, Doyle Security System has realized a number of key benefits including:

  • improved billing efficiencies & closing of new business,
  • real-time reporting,
  • significant cost savings,
  • expense reductions, as well as
  • improved customer loyalty and perceptions of Doyle Security Systems as a technology company.

“Among others, core to our company values are customer satisfaction, excellence and accountability,” said Kevin J. Stone, chief operating officer, Doyle Security Systems, Inc. “Our business has grown such that we needed to eliminate any possibility of misplaced paperwork that might impede customer service, and reduce cumbersome orders, and re-keying of critical customer data in our sales order processing. The entirety of the mobile forms platform and software offered by Mi-Co provides us with the comprehensive solution needed to ensure customer satisfaction with accurate data collection, efficient order taking, and improved process cycle time and communication between departments.”

Doyle Security Systems, Inc.’s former sales order system was cumbersome and inefficient. It used pre-printed paper forms for new customer orders, and required re-keying of critical customer data used to populate back-end accounting and monitoring systems. Employees spent time manually scanning documents, and searching for lost order/contract forms, which in turn drove up operational expenses from lost productivity and reduced revenue due to service activation delays.

 

Mi-Co Benefits Doyle Security Systems

Accurate and efficient data capture is critical to Doyle Security Systems’ sales order and customer service, including pricing, pricing approval, contract preparation, order installation, and account activation for monitoring. The company selected Mi-Forms mobile forms software to provide mobile forms for order documentation – customer and system information collection, and order specification details related to parts, labor, contractors, etc.

Within the first four months of use, Doyle Security Systems experienced cost reductions and measureable productivity improvements of about 5% and expects to see this grow substantially. Capturing data electronically at the source has dramatically improved data accuracy, which has reduced the order approval and processing time from days or weeks to just hours. 

According to Mi-Corporation’s VP of Sales & Marketing, Gautham Pandiyan, “We worked closely with Doyle Security to customize a mobile data capture solution that allows its sales representatives to capture critical information close to the source using iPads to record orders. While the order processing system is complex due to its integration with critical back-end systems – finance and accounting, service, and parts – the entire process appears seamless to both customers and sales personnel who serve as the front-line representatives to what is now viewed as a cutting-edge technology company providing safety and security of the utmost level.”

To learn more about Mi-Corporation’s leading software platforms or mobility experience, please visit www.mi-corporation.com or contact info@mi-corporation.com, 001-919-485-4819.

 

About Doyle Security Systems, Inc.:

Founded in 1919 and based in Rochester, NY, Doyle Security Systems, Inc., is a family-owned business that designs, installs, services, and monitors commercial, residential, and medical alarm systems. With branch offices in Albany, Syracuse, and Buffalo, NY, and Erie, Pa., the company has 100employees servicing over 23,000 customers. For more information, visit https://www.godoyle.com/Default.asp.

 

About Mi-Co:

Mi-Co is the developer of Mi-Forms, the market’s leading Mobile Data Capture software platform, with 14 years of experience in mobility. Mi-Forms software supports enterprise data capture using Windows 8 Tablets, the Digital Pen, iPads, Android Slates, and other mobile capture devices across diverse industries and has worked with customers like the NC Department of Agriculture, the United Nations, The US Dept. of Transportation, Eli Lilly and many others. For more information on Mi-Co, please visit www.mi-corporation.com.

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Mi-Corporation Honors Customers and Partners for Innovative Mobile Solutions on Tablets at Mi-Corporation Mobility Summit 2014 http://www.mi-corporation.com/news-and-events/mi-corporation-honors-customers-partners-innovative-mobile-solutions-tablets-mi-corporation-mobility-summit-2014/ http://www.mi-corporation.com/news-and-events/mi-corporation-honors-customers-partners-innovative-mobile-solutions-tablets-mi-corporation-mobility-summit-2014/#comments Wed, 11 Jun 2014 14:38:16 +0000 http://www.mi-corporation.com/?p=11880 Durham, NC April 28, 2014. Mi-Corporation, a leading Enterprise Mobility software company, honored innovative Mi-Forms users at the Awards Luncheon during the Mi-Corporation Mobility Summit 2014 conference last week, for their use of Tablets to dramatically improve the business processes Read More

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Durham, NC April 28, 2014. Mi-Corporation, a leading Enterprise Mobility software company, honored innovative Mi-Forms users at the Awards Luncheon during the Mi-Corporation Mobility Summit 2014 conference last week, for their use of Tablets to dramatically improve the business processes of their organizations.

The following awards were presented:

  • Mi-Corporation User of the Year to Zimmer Orthopedics, a $4.6 billion leading medical device company that has used Mi-Forms mobile forms technology on Tablets to reduce a three-week clinical trial data collection process to less than three days, while producing a daily savings of $1,000-$2,000. There was also a 90 percent reduction in discrepancy management with the data quality with the Mi-Forms system.
  • Mi-Corporation Process Improvement Champion to Doyle Security Systems, which has successfully automated a paper-based sales order entry system to a digital system utilizing Mi-Forms mobile forms software on iPads. This has produced better billing efficiencies, real-time reporting, significant cost savings and improved customer perceptions and loyalty.
  •  Mi-Co Innovation Award to IDCRP, a DoD Clinical Research organization, that has collaborated with Mi-Corporation to expand on their initial success, wherein replacing paper-forms with Mi-Forms Mobile Forms on Tablets. The results are 100x fewer query rates, and 50% time savings, and the creation of a new Query Management System that has allowed scaling the technology to several other new studies.

This is the eighth year that Mi-Co has presented awards to organizations that have demonstrated innovation in the use of Tablets and other mobile devices for mobile data capture and process change. Past winners of Mi-Co Awards include representatives of the Internal Revenue Service, Sutter Health, Eli Lilly, Jackson Memorial Hospital, Cataler North America, the US Department of Agriculture, and Boston Public Health Commission.

For a recap of Mi-Co’s premier Enterprise Tablet conference, click here. To be a part of Mi-Co’s Mobility Summit 2015 conference next year, contact Mi-Co at info@mi-corporation.com or 919-485-4819.

 

About Mi-Corporation

Mi-Corporation, the Mobile Information Corporation, provides enterprise mobility software to automate mission critical business processes for mid- to large-sized enterprise organizations in the Government sector, Telecommunications, Energy, Manufacturing & Healthcare, including the US Department of Transportation, Eli Lilly, and Lightower Fiber Networks.

The company’s  Mi-Forms Software System provides flexible mobile forms design & deployment for data capture using touch, handwriting, voice, and keyboarding, while supporting a wide array of data types. Mi-Forms supports Windows Tablet PCs, Digital Pens, iPads, Android Tablets, Smartphones, and signature capture devices. Mi-Corporation also produces mobile app middleware software for mobile app developers in the enterprise, and a complete field inspection solution to automate field workforces’ processes. The company is headquartered in Durham, North Carolina with a customer service center in Seattle, Washington, and a growing channel of 80 partners around the world. For more information on Mi-Co, visit www.mi-corporation.com

 

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Mi-Co Selected for Mobile Programme Forms Platform Contract from Transport for London http://www.mi-corporation.com/news-and-events/mi-co-selected-mobile-programme-forms-platform-contract-transport-london/ http://www.mi-corporation.com/news-and-events/mi-co-selected-mobile-programme-forms-platform-contract-transport-london/#comments Wed, 11 Jun 2014 14:32:02 +0000 http://www.mi-corporation.com/?p=11877 DURHAM, NC, May 14, 2014 – Mi-Corporation, the Mobile Information Corporation, today announced that it was selected for award of a contract to provide the Transport for London (TfL)  with an enterprise forms platform with its Mi-Forms mobile forms software. Read More

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DURHAM, NC, May 14, 2014 – Mi-Corporation, the Mobile Information Corporation, today announced that it was selected for award of a contract to provide the Transport for London (TfL)  with an enterprise forms platform with its Mi-Forms mobile forms software. The software will provide mobile forms for inspections, work order management, materials management and similar asset-management and related disciplines.

TfL was created in 2000 and is the integrated body responsible for London’s transport system.

Its main role is to implement the Mayor’s Transport Strategy for London and manage transport services across London. Mi-Forms will provide a platform for the rapid development and deployment of mobile forms, workflow capability and system integration.

A “self-service” forms platform will deliver the ability for TfL business areas to create their own simple forms based applications and deliver these to mobile users. Workflows, data integration, and report generation are also included in this project.

 

Procurement Requirements

Mi-Co’s data collection solution was selected after a careful review of all RFPs submitted to TfL. During the process, criteria such as functional requirements, Total Cost of Ownership, and strategic business fit were evaluated and live demonstrations of the solution were given to key stakeholders.

According to Mi-Corporation’s VP of Sales & Marketing, Gautham Pandiyan, “The award of this contract to Mi-Corporation after a comprehensive evaluation of other mobile data capture software options by TfL, shows the innovation & experience Mi-Corporation displays in staying a market leader and delivering the most flexible, robust technology for enterprise mobility around the world.”

The bid and commercial process was co-ordinated between TfL and Mi-Co by UK partner, Software Box Limited. SBL are public sector IA and framework specialists and are the only UK accredited company to supply to both the Crown Commercial Services Commoditised IT Hardware and Software Framework agreement and DE&S information Assurance Framework.

To learn more about Mi-Corporation’s leading software platforms or mobility experience, please visit www.mi-corporation.com or contact info@mi-corporation.com, 001-919-485-4819.

 

 

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About Mi-Co:

Mi-Co is the developer of Mi-Forms, the market’s leading Mobile Data Capture software platform, with 14 years experience in mobility. Mi-Forms software supports enterprise data capture using Windows 8 Tablets, the Digital Pen, iPads, Android Slates, and other mobile capture devices across diverse industries and has worked with customers like the NC Department of Agriculture, the United Nations, The US Dept. of Transportation, Eli Lilly and many others. For more information on Mi-Co, please visit www.mi-corporation.com..

 

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An Upset in Pen Computing? http://www.mi-corporation.com/blog/upset-pen-computing/ http://www.mi-corporation.com/blog/upset-pen-computing/#comments Thu, 05 Jun 2014 18:04:19 +0000 http://www.mi-corporation.com/?p=11805 On June 20, Microsoft’s latest Surface Pro 3 device will be shipped and available to the general public. A number of notable improvements and innovations include: 12″ 2160×1440 resolution screen A multi-position kickstand A 9 hour battery life ( for Read More

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On June 20, Microsoft’s latest Surface Pro 3 device will be shipped and available to the general public. A number of notable improvements and innovations include:

  • 12″ 2160×1440 resolution screen
  • A multi-position kickstand
  • A 9 hour battery life ( for all models – including the later to be released Intel Core i7 version)
  • A 1 year battery “shelf” life
  • A bluetooth 4.0 pen that automatically starts OneNote with a click (eraser end), even when the device is “off”.
  • Type Cover that magnetically snaps at the connector but also at the bezel providing for  more stability and a tilted keyboard.

However, for pen computing enthusiasts, one of the more notable, and perhaps upsetting, differences between the Surface Pro 3 and previous Surface Pro 1 or 2 tablets is the replacement of the Wacom active digitizer with an N-Trig digitizer. Traditionally, the Wacom digitizer has been the de-facto standard for high quality pen computing providing for 1,024 levels of pressure, high accuracy, pen tilt, low latency, and minimal parallax. Apparently N-Trig technology has evolved to outplace Wacom in the latest Surface Pro from Microsoft. So, what does N-Trig technology offer now that Wacom doesn’t? Is it cheaper? Is it more accurate? Will there be a disappointment in the pen computing world of students, graphical artists, and well, just about anyone who can write or draw something?

 

Unfortunately, I haven’t had the opportunity yet to try the “SP3″ and N-Trig pen myself. However, a lucky few were invited to be a part of Microsoft’s announcement of the Surface Pro 3 and received the device. So far, the reviews have been positive. Microsoft research engineers have defended their use of the N-Trig technology – demonstrating a number of benefits for using N-Trig:

  • Screen and digitizer are thinner
  • The distance between the pen tip on the surface of the screen and the actual screen pixels is minimized – reducing the perceived parallax between the pen tip and the “ink” drawn on the screen.
  • A consistently accurate digitizer plane – even near the bezel edges.
  • An increased efficiency overall from the time that the pen touches the screen until the OS and software is able to “draw ink”.

 

Pressure sensitivity has been a notable difference between the Wacom pen (1,024 levels) and the N-Trig pen (256 levels), and has become an area of concern.  Most reviewers haven’t found a notable difference but it will be interesting to find more reviews and feedback on this area after June 20. I’m also intrigued (pun intended) by how the N-Trig pen might affect handwriting recognition in Mi-Forms.

 

If you happen to know or have experience with the Surface Pro 3 N-Trig pen, please let us know!

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Wearable Technology: The Future of Data Capture? http://www.mi-corporation.com/blog/wearable-technology-data-capture/ http://www.mi-corporation.com/blog/wearable-technology-data-capture/#comments Fri, 30 May 2014 12:02:52 +0000 http://www.mi-corporation.com/?p=11782 Wearable technology, whether optical like Google Glass, Vuzix Smart Glasses, Samsung Galaxy Gear or in the form of clothing, intelligent devices are invading every aspect of our lives. These devices could represent the next frontier in mobility, and part of the era of Read More

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Wearable technology, whether optical like Google GlassVuzix Smart Glasses, Samsung Galaxy Gear or in the form of clothing, intelligent devices are invading every aspect of our lives. These devices could represent the next frontier in mobility, and part of the era of the “internet of things”. While we are very much in the infancy of the adoption of these devices, especially in the B2B or B2E context, they could certainly be a game-changer in enabling workforce productivity, efficiencies and more.

Wearable tech revolutionizes mobile data capture

Active Ants leverages wearable technology to change the way their company captures data on a mobile level

Active Ants, an e-fulfillment company based in the Netherlands, recently adopted Google Glass in its fulfillment centers. The workers who pick products from the warehouse shelves, check those items off their list and prepare them for shipping used Google Glass with a custom-made app. After only a single week of using Glass, the company saw a 15% increase in worker speed and a 12% decrease in errors. Imagine how this could be translated for other companies like Amazon or WalMart.

In another unique use of Google Glass, Trulia, the real estate company that most of you know from buying or renting homes, enables consumers to wear Google Glass, and use the Trulia app for location and image, context-aware searches in their pursuit of the right residence for them. Trulia also discussed the challenges and lessons learned from developing for Google Glass in this webcast video. There are a number of other possible business use cases that are possible, for instance in the Oil & Gas industry for surveying and field data collection that will allow users to have their hands free. It will be interesting to see how the early adopters start to utilize it, especially in the B2E context.

“Wearable technology is everywhere these days, and it’s inescapable” says Mi-Corporation‘s CTO, Chris DiPierro, a 14-year Enterprise Mobility Veteran. “In the next ten years, we will likely see almost every industry adopting some form of these devices. The cost and time savings due to the mobile nature of the devices really just make business sense.”

For wearable devices like Samsung Galaxy Gear Fit, and the Fitbit , activity tracking and health/fitness apps seem to be the top use case, focused on consumers. One can imagine other scenarios for simple data reporting with inputs in the smart-watch, for viewing messages and communicating. Where have you already seen or used wearable technology, or planning to? Where do you see this unique branch of technology going in the business world?

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