News Scan: Trucking firms turn to BYOD; 'No Go' for MeeGo, Symbian; more
>> Smaller trucking firms turn to BYOD
Smaller trucking firms are allowing employees to use their own smartphones and tablets for fleet management, according to Truckinginfo.com. Instead of the traditional in-vehicle fleet management system, more firms are turning to vendors with cloud-based solutions that work with consumer-grade mobile devices. "The fleets that are adopting it quickly are the ones that have no technology. Considering that many of the drivers already have a smartphone, it makes it very inexpensive," explains Stu Sutton, president of Sylectus, a provider of web-based fleet dispatch software. Read more about BYOD in the trucking industry.
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>> 'No Go' for Nokia's MeeGo, Symbian app support
As it prepares to finalize the sale of its handset unit to Microsoft, Nokia has officially stopped supporting Symbian- and MeeGo-based apps in the Nokia Store, reports CNET. "With the growing business opportunities available on the Asha and Windows Phone platforms, we have been reviewing our developer content programs to see how we can maximize our support to you, our developers. As a result of this review, we have decided to focus our support and investment in new content toward Asha and Windows Phone," Nokia explains. Read more on Nokia's move.
>> BYOD is, like, so 2013
BYOD is "yesterday's trend," judges Galen Gruman in an InfoWorld column. BYOD came about because "IT both missed and resisted the modern mobile phenomenon, so users struck out on their own," Gruman writes. So now it is time for IT to put on its big boy pants and manage BYOD instead of trying to restrict employees to corporate-owned BlackBerrys and laptops. Last year, "it became clear to thoughtful IT managers that it didn't matter whether a device was BYO or not--the real issue is managing the information access and flow on devices that employees use," Gruman adds. Read more on Gruman's BYOD views.
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>> Biometrics and BYOD security
Now that Apple has added a fingerprint scanner to the iPhone 5, will biometrics become the go-to technology for securing BYOD devices? Yes, says Richard Moulds, vice president of strategy at Thales e-Security. Biometrics offers more secure authentication than passwords, writes Moulds in a Help Net Security article. "Biometrics is particularly well suited to mobile devices with their plethora of on board sensors--including cameras, microphones and the fingerprint technology now boasted by Apple," he argues. Read more on BYOD and biometrics.
>> 2014 Wi-Fi trends in the enterprise
The BYOD trend is pushing firms to upgrade their Wi-Fi infrastructure and increase their wireless capacity. Steven Scheck, principal of Inspire WiFi, identifies a number of enterprise Wi-Fi trends to watch out for this year. First of all, the new 802.11ac standard will enable enterprises to significantly boost the speed of their networks. Second, Wi-Fi-centric location analytics will play a "big role" in improving business intelligence, implementing security policies and improving the customer experience. Also, cloud-based Wi-Fi will provide large-enterprise Wi-Fi performance for small and medium-sized businesses. Read more on Scheck's Wi-Fi trends.