</a>As the economy recovers, air travel and car rental costs are expected to remain nearly flat, and hotel rates are expected to decline in the remainder of 2010, predicts the <a href="http://www2.nbta.org/usa/pressreleases/Pages/rls102009.aspx" target="_blank"><strong>National Business Travel Association</strong></a>. The NBTA says companies will take advantage of the low travel costs to send employees on the road in greater volumes. That's great because actually occupying an office to do business is no longer America’s reality. The advent of mobile technology has allowed busy professionals to conduct business from anywhere they choose in the world, whether it be in a car, on a plane, or at a hotel. Here are three mobile technology products that you and your employees can use to conduct business more efficiently while also helping you reduce checked and carry-on baggage. <li><a href="http://www.blackenterprise.com/small-business/2010/09/08/tech-insider-3-tech-tools-for-road-warriors/" target="_blank"><strong>SEE ALSO: Tech Insider: 3 Tech Tools for Road Warriors</strong></a></li>
<a href="http://us.fujitsu.com/scansnap" target="_blank"><strong>ScanSnap S3100</strong></a> – Business trips produce lots of paper: receipts, numerous business cards, and plenty of documents. Lugging all of that paper around from city to city can be taxing and hard to find when you need it. The <a href="http://us.fujitsu.com/scansnap" target="_blank"><strong>ScanSnap S3100</strong></a>, a portable, color, double-sided scanner will lighten that load and help you create a paperless, digitally searchable, mobile office. The automatic document feeder, which holds up to 10 sheets at one time, can scan documents from 2” x 2” to legal size, and it automatically fixes the orientation of crooked documents in its FineReader software. The 3.1 lb. scanner will fit easily in your luggage, plus it extracts contact information from documents and automatically exports it to Outlook for PCs, Address Book for Mac users, and <a href="http://www.evernote.com/" target="_blank"><strong>Evernote</strong></a> for both; (http://us.fujitsu.com/scansnap; $295).
</a><a href="http://www.naftaliinc.com/easy2pick_fl.php" target="_blank"><strong>Easy2Pick Wireless Luggage Finder</strong></a> – Keeping track of your luggage in an airport, hotel lobby, or at a business conference can be quite the inconvenience. The <a href="http://www.naftaliinc.com/" target="_blank"><strong>Naftali Inc.</strong></a> <a href="http://www.naftaliinc.com/easy2pick_fl.php" target="_blank"><strong>Easy2Pick Wireless Luggage Finder</strong></a> will let you sit back and relax while other travelers stand crowded around the carousel waiting for their bags to appear. The TSA-approved Luggage Finder, which does not interfere with flight equipment, uses a handheld receiver to locate a radio frequency identification tag attached to your luggage. When the receiver is pressed, it will beep, flash, and vibrate to notify you that your luggage is within 60 feet–a welcome alert to help you differentiate your standard black suitcase from someone else’s; (www.naftaliinc.com; $24.95).
<strong>Keyboard Folio</strong></a> – The Apple iPad has revolutionized our ability to consume information. But producing information on its condensed QWERTY touch screen keyboard can be inconvenient at times–like while riding in a bumpy car. Sena has a solution. The <a href="http://www.senacases.com/apple/apple-ipad-cases/keyboard-folio/" target="_blank"><strong>Keyboard Folio</strong></a>, a premium, genuine Napa leather portfolio case for the iPad that comes with an integrated Bluetooth keyboard and a recessed, collapsible back stand with openings for charge/sync ports. It is the perfect accessory to turn the iPad into a functional netbook. The ergonomic keyboard features soft, water resistant keys and can connect to most Bluetooth-enabled smartphones with installed drivers; (www.senacases.com; $129.99). <strong>Grab a copy of the November issue of Black Enterprise magazine for more mobile tech gadgets to take on business trips, and come back to BlackEnterprise.com each week for more Tech Insider posts.