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This is a guest post from John Tovla which draws some very interesting connections between Systems behavior and the oldest form of human-created complex systems: Cities. Over there, a woman’s walking down a city sidewalk. [source:] She’s doing all kinds of things at once: walking, texting, presumably not being hit by a biker, even perhaps being stalked. Framing this in terms of interaction design, we might think of it as a moment of simultaneous navigation of multiple information interfaces. One of these interfaces is rarely thought of as such; it is the skin of the built world: the sidewalk, curbs, building entrances, shop windows, signage, and welter of moving elements (human and machine) that cross her path. Another is digital: the menus of an iPod, or an application on a smartphone, a GPS map, an SMS keyboard. Thinking more deeply about only these ... (more)

Field Mobility News Weekly – Week of May 12, 2013

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. Also read Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly Also read M2M News Weekly Also read Kevin Benedict’s What’s New in HTML5 Also read Mobile Commerce News Weekly Also read Mobile Health News Weekly Also read Mobility News Weekly Also read SMAC News Weekly Socket Mobile has developed a color collection of its small wireless barcode scanner for Apple’s iPad, iPhone and iPad touch.  The Socket Bluetooth Cordless Hand Scanner 7Ci will enable businesses to “enhance corporate branding in retail point-of-sale, field sales and service, and other customer-facing applications” and will be available in late May.  Read Original Content Australia’s Centr... (more)

3Di Enters into PaaS/SaaS Markets Using Cloud Computing

Platform as a Service on Ulitzer 3Di, Inc., which develops and offers 3D Internet solutions (Head office: Shibuya-ku, Tokyo; Representative Director and CEO: Satoshi Koike. Hereinafter referred to as 3Di.), announced today its intention to use its newly-secured funding in order to enter PaaS (Platform as a Service) and SaaS (Software as a Service) markets by providing a 3Di platform and applications as services through cloud computing. 3Di has been mainly focusing to date on development and offering of 3Di OpenSim (*1), its server software for the construction of 3D virtual worlds, and 3Di OpenViewer (*2), its original viewer software embedded into HTML web pages to view and interact with 3D virtual worlds in web browsers. With its recently announced capital increase worth around USD $5 million, 3Di aims to expand its business offerings to include PaaS/SaaS service... (more)

WilCon Manages Infrastructure Risks

This is part three is a series of interviews with Eric Bender, president of Wilshire Connection. Wilshire Connection, or WilCon, is the largest independent local network and neutral fiber infrastructure provider in downtown Los Angeles. In this segment Eric discusses how WilCon managed risk to their network during the initial construction process, the continuing management of critical telecommunications infrastructure, and the role WilCon could play in the event of a major incident impacting the telecom industry in Los Angeles. Pacific Tier: (on the topic of utility gas and electricity) What risk is there to the infrastructure in downtown LA of an explosion from either electricity or gas, and what would that do to your conduits if it occurred? Eric Bender: Interesting question… I haven’t really thought much about that, it would, depending on where, you never want to... (more)

Exterior Remodeling: Best Bang for Your Buck

Despite a slow market and a slight decrease in the resale value of most remodeling projects, REALTORS® report that the smartest home improvement investments may also be some of the least expensive. Results from the 2009 Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report show that small-scale exterior projects are the most profitable at resale, according to estimates by REALTORS® who completed a recent survey. On a national level, eight out of the top 10 projects in terms of costs recouped were exterior replacement projects that cost less than $14,000. Certain types of door and siding replacements, as well as wood deck additions all returned more than 80 percent of project costs upon resale. A steel entry door replacement – a new addition to this year’s list – recouped 128.9 percent of costs, followed by upscale fiber-cement sliding replacements at 83.6 percent. Wood deck additions re... (more)

ENGCOMP Helps Secure Funding for Canadian Department of National Defence Project from Federal Government Using Palisade's Risk Analysis Software Results

@RISK helps structural engineering consulting firm to determine project cost uncertainty and define budget for the construction of Fleet Maintenance Facility  February 16th, 2010 London; Consulting engineering specialists, ENGCOMP ( has enabled the Canadian Department of National Defence (DND) to define the budget and secure funding for the construction of its ongoing Fleet Maintenance Facility Cape Breton (FMF CB) project, from the Federal Government. Using Palisade Corp's ( Monte Carlo simulation tool, @RISK, ENGCOMP was able to quantify the project cost and construction schedule uncertainty to determine the budget for the FMF CB project, located at the Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt, Victoria, BC.  ENGCOMP used @RISK, a quantitative statistical modelling tool, to help reduce budget uncertainty and greatly increase the likelihood of ... (more)

ProjectXnet Cloud Hosting Services for Prolog Converge

Windows Azure Session at Cloud Expo The Cram Group, a Microsoft Gold Certified Meridian Systems Consulting and Development Partner, announces general availability of ProjectXnet Cloud Hosting Services for Prolog Converge. Several ENR top 400 customers have already embraced the new hosted service offering. Prolog Converge adds a new web interface to the web services platform which The Cram Group has been hosting for customers since 2008. Prolog Converge permits applications and people to securely connect and share construction project information over the Internet. Designed using the latest in Service Oriented Architectures and XML technology, Prolog Converge allows organizations to integrate enterprise applications, and users to develop and use role-based applications such as Office Business Applications (OBAs) that connect to a centralized Prolog database. Companie... (more)

Owning the Architecture

One of the main principles in Software architecture is the fact that there is always an architecture. That is, there is no system made without an architecture in place. Good or bad, the architecture is, conceptually, the system structure, the organization of components, their relations and the relations they have with the system’s outer world. So, you cannot have a system without it. The problem, discussions and disagreements come when we address the architecture actual handling. There we may find the position of letting the architecture “emerge” from the code written. Architect’s are sometimes decidedly marked for extinction, since they are not needed for development, simply because they do not “code“ but perform a Big Design Up Front that is useless at the end of the day (that is what that position holds as true, I disagree of course). Other positions often refer ... (more)

Kevin's M2M News Weekly - July 7, 2010

Welcome to Kevin's M2M News Weekly. This is an online newsletter that consists of the most interesting news and articles related to M2M (machine to machine) and embedded mobile devices that I read each week. I aggregate the information, include the original links and add a synopsis of each article. I also search for the latest market numbers such as market size, growth and trends in and around the M2M market. I believe that enterprise mobility and the M2M markets are converging. Both areas exchange wireless data with the enterprise. Both play important roles in enterprise asset management, fleet management and field services. You can read archived editions of Kevin's M2M News Weekly at Also check out Kevin’s Mobility News Weekly and Kevin’s Enterprise Mobility Blog. Please send me any interesting M2M news links,... (more)

BPM on Demand – Fantasy or Fast Track to Agility?

The automation of processes is a key enabler of the Cloud phenomenon – without process the Cloud remains a passive environment that undoubtedly saves you money and removes some of the operational headaches, but does little else. The Cloud without process cannot deliver on the promise of Business Technology or the Service-Oriented Enterprise. All of the thoughts and ideas around assembling applications quickly to support a business imperative simply will not happen without process technology. However we need to be very clear – process management in the cloud is not just about BPM Suites on demand. Indeed, the term BPM on Demand is beginning to take on a new meaning when used in conjunction with cloud computing. The traditional use of BPM on Demand is often used to describe Software as a Service that delivers a BPM Suite as a Service (BPMSaaS) much like customer rela... (more)

The HTC One X: A Senseless Disaster

HTC recently released their flagship device, the One X, internationally, with a US release soon to follow. The device has a 4.7″ Super LCD 2 display at 720p, Tegra 3 innards, HSDPA+ modems and 32GB ROM (1GB RAM). The US version replaces the Tegra 3 with a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 to complement the included LTE modem. But where HTC and its designers have created a real winner is in how it looks and feels. The DROID RAZR was undeniably the coolest phone I have ever looked at. It is sleek and industrial, and just looks like a winner. The Droid RAZR didn’t feel great in your hand. I’ve also been playing with the Galaxy Nexus lately, the smooth curves settle nicely in your hand and feel good. But the One X looks like a happy symbiosis of the two (albeit with one exception). It is smooth, sleek and curved. It settles into your hand for a great feel. However, the lens sticks... (more)