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`Cimple' software pumps up PDAs. (Data Management & Analysis).

Software from GE Fanuc Automation North America Inc., Baltimore, is converting handheld personal digital assistants (PDAs) from trendy calendars into useful data management tools for the workplace. The new CIMPLICITY PalmView is a piece of production management software developed for use with Compaq Corp.'s iPAQ Pocket PC. Equipped with Thin Client, a wireless Ethernet card, CIMPLICITY is primarily designed to allow managers and quality control technicians to view real-time graphical automaton and production data. The wireless network connection adds the perk of being able to do this from any location in the plant with out additional screen configuration. CIMPLICITY is not restricted to simply viewing information, however; it is equipped for bi-directional exchange.

Ideally, this system will allow users instant access to human machine interface (HMI) and collaborative production information such as process and production status where everyone wants this information--in the palm of your hand. The hands this technology is best suited for are not solely limited to the above application though. Fields of use for CIMPLICITY vary from operations and maintenance to data acquisition and supervisory control.

No matter the field CIMPLICTY software is integrated into, its expectations remain the same--the lowering of administration and development costs while increasing quality and productivity without the need for widespread insertion of HMI screens. Adding to its usability is the system's ability to operate on Windows 2000 and NT systems. The CIMPLICITY PalmView is also capable of supporting a system of more than 75 I/O points and up to 50 PDAs simultaneously. Making the software's capabilities even more expansive is the fact that it can manage processes of both single machines and globally collaborative productions.

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Wearable computers

         Adults who carry/wear wireless
         technology at least 6 hours/day

2007                   60%
2010                   75%

Note: Table made from bar graph.

Source: Gartner Group

The Gartner Group says that by 2001 60% of
US and European adults (age 1,5 to 50) will
carry or wear wireless technology at least
six hours daily. By 2010, the number will
rise to 75%.

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Mobile Internet

         Expected shipments of Internet-enabled devices

2002                        430
2006                        760

Note: Table made from bar graph.

Source: InStat/MDR

Internet-enabled device shipments are expected to compile a 15% compound annual growth rate over the next four years. This, according to In-Stat/MDR, raises them from the expected 430 million devices shipped this year, to approximately 760 million by 2006.

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