- Bar code readers
- GPS receivers
- Ticketing application for parking
- Automated employee time reporting
- Weather Monitoring
- High Speed Internet Access
- Wireless T1-Line Replacement
There are many other applications of mobile computing
in the public sector. The following sample applications are based on pen computers:
Colorado Department of Energy is using Apple Newton MessagePads
fitted with bar code readers and GPS receivers to locate, test and classify hazardous
(radioactive waste) material. Pen computers can be used even with anti-radiation gloves.
Two New Jersey companies (CDP, Inc. and Computers at Work) have
developed an application for parking control officers. The system is based on Norand
PEN*KEY 6100 hand held ruggedized pen computers. Major advantages include improved
timeliness and accuracy of ticket writing.
The City of Richmond Hill in Ontario has automated time reporting
for its employees. The citys crew supervisors use Fujitsus pen-based
PoquetPads and custom forms created with the PenRight development environment.
Booz-Allen is field testing an interesting solution for US Army
Infantry Patrol soldiers. Currently, soldiers must fill out a coded situation report on
paper. This has been replaced by an electronic form on Newton MessagePad 120s.