For Estate Agents
Estate agents can work either at home or out in the
field. With mobile computers they can be more productive. They can obtain
current real estate information by accessing multiple listing services, which
they can do from home, office or car when out with clients. They can provide
clients with immediate feedback regarding specific homes or neighbourhoods, and
with faster loan approvals, since applications can be submitted on the spot.
Therefore, mobile computers allow them to devote more time to clients.
to receive information on the move is vital where the emergency services are
involved. Information regarding the address, type and other details of an
incident can be dispatched quickly, via a CDPD system using mobile computers, to
one or several appropriate mobile units which are in the vicinity of the
incident. Here the reliability and security implemented in the CDPD system
would be of great advantage.
counsels can take mobile computers in court. When the opposing counsel
references a case which they are not familiar, they can use the computer to get
direct, real-time access to on-line legal database services, where they can
gather information on the case and related precedents. Therefore mobile
computers allow immediate access to a wealth of information, making people
better informed and prepared.
can use mobile computers in, say, critical presentations to major customers.
They can access the latest market share information. At a small recess, they
can revise the presentation to take advantage of this information. They can
communicate with the office about possible new offers and call meetings for
discussing responds to the new proposals. Therefore, mobile computers can
leverage competitive advantages.
Stock Information Collation/Control
environments where access to stock is very limited i.e.: factory warehouses.
The use of small portable electronic databases accessed via a mobile computer
would be ideal. Data collated could be directly written to a central database,
via a CDPD network, which holds all stock information hence the need for
transfer of data to the central computer at a later date is not necessary. This
ensures that from the time that a stock count is completed, there is no
inconsistency between the data input on the portable computers and the central
Credit Card Verification
of Sale (POS) terminals in shops and supermarkets, when customers use credit
cards for transactions, the intercommunication required between the bank
central computer and the POS terminal, in order to effect verification of the
card usage, can take place quickly and securely over cellular channels using a
mobile computer unit. This can speed up the transaction process and relieve
congestion at the POS terminals.
idea of a centrally controlled dispatcher with several mobile units (taxis),
mobile computing allows the taxis to be given full details of the dispatched
job as well as allowing the taxis to communicate information about their
whereabouts back to the central dispatch office. This system is also extremely
useful in secure deliveries ie: Securicor. This allows a central computer to be
able to track and receive status information from all of its mobile secure
delivery vans. Again, the security and reliability properties of the CDPD
system shine through.
Usage of a mobile unit to send and read emails is a
very useful asset for any business individual, as it allows him/her to keep in
touch with any colleagues as well as any urgent developments that may affect
their work. Access to the Internet, using mobile computing technology, allows
the individual to have vast arrays of knowledge at his/her fingertips. Paging
is also achievable here, giving even more intercommunication capability between
individuals, using a single mobile computer device.