BYOD is on the rise in 2013, and connectivity seems to be its largest roadblock. However, this hurdle is quickly diminishing as the number of global public Wi-Fi hotspots skyrockets. The most recent iPass quarterly study on the “Global Mobile Workforce” reported these findings, among many others.
The report examines: Wi-Fi growth, Evolution of BYOD, Mobile Worker Devices, and Mobile Data Usage. Here are a few of the report’s statistical findings:
- Most mobile workers are within range of a Wi-Fi network for at least 11 hours per day.
- There will be 5.8 million public Wi-Fi hotspots by 2015
- A majority of mobile workers said they would choose either the iPhone or iPad if they had one device for work
Check out the full report HERE
The acceptance of mobile tech in governments and the consumerization of the enterprise made a breakthrough with the New Zealand police force earlier this week. The National Business Review reported that, following an 11-month trial involving 100 staff members, the force has decided to outfit their officers with smartphones, and are opting for Apple devices over competitors. Thus, iPhones and iPads will become the tech weapon of choice for 6000 New Zealand law enforcement officers.
This is part of a larger global trend we’re seeing in government, and Law enforcement officers are a fantastic example of a mobile workforce employed by the state. The stakes of coordination among police officers are obviously very high, so it makes sense that they be outfitted with devices that allow for rich, instant, communication and collaboration. The police estimate that the investment will provide productivity benefits of $305 million over the next decade.
Of the 6,000 officers getting iPhones, 3,900 of them will be receiving iPads as well. Stephen Crombie, New Zealand Police CIO, pointed to the benefits of increasing consumerization of technology in large organizations: “The trial showed the most useful tools for officers were small devices for making phone calls or text messaging, accessing email, and accessing information and photo databases, and a larger [device] such as a laptop for staff who need to do more data entry.”
Times Entertainment just did a feature on a movie called Night Fishing that was shot completely on an iPhone 4. The film was directed by Chan-wook Park, the director of Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance and Oldboy, who won the award for best short film at the Berlin International Film Festival in February. It was also screened as part of last weekend’s Creator’s Project in New York.
The movie is a creepy tale about a wandering fisherman, filled with corpses and ghosts. The entire film was shot for less than $150,000. We always love to see filmmakers pushing the limits of the iPhone. The quality of this film highlights the way technology is lowering costs for smaller filmmakers looking to make professional quality work.