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Tech Tip Tuesday the End of Legacy OS Support: Are You Prepared?

Posted April 24, 2018

Charts_RKMMost ruggedized handheld devices are powered by legacy operating systems. The problem, the extended support for legacy OS is quickly approaching its end. For infrastructure and operations leaders responsible for mobile and endpoint strategies it’s recommended to stop buying equipment with legacy OSs and begin planning their migration strategies.

In Gartner’s report, Revisit Your Ruggedized Strategy Before You’re Hit by the End of OS Support,  industry analysts, Leif-Olof Wallin and Stephen Kleynhans go in depth on how to overcome key challenges and their recommendations for planning a strategic migration. Their research is based on a large number of inquiries with clients, as well as discussions with technology vendors.

Kleynhans’s and Wallin’s expert research:

  • Explains what to stop buying and where to focus planning.
  • Evaluates the business case for ruggedized equipment, based on actual requirements and a fully loaded total cost of ownership calculation.
  • Outlines when to standardize versus when to diversify the ruggedized device portfolio.
  • Describes how to protect current investments in software and systems with application virtualization technology.

To download and read the full Gartner report please click HERE.

Any questions concerning the end of legacy operating systems please contact our dedicated account managers.

 


Honeywell’s Mobile Computers: Purpose Built for the Task at Hand

Posted April 18, 2018

Combine the advantages of consumer PDAs with industrial mobile computers and you get Honeywell’s set of rugged mobile computers. Honeywell’s mobile computers include the latest Android or Windows operating system technology, their SmartSystems device management software, and superior industrial design and ruggedness. Whether you have a small business or an enterprise, Honeywell’s mobile computers are easy to deploy, easy to use, and easy to support.

The Dolphin CT60 is designed for enterprises that require anywhere, anytime connectivity, and fast data capture in a highly durable, long-lasting form factor that’s built for maximum up-time and productivity. Packed with features to keep users connected and productive throughout the work day. With an advanced network connectivity that facilitates large file transfers, video streaming, and quick remote access to business applications with enough battery power to last an entire shift. Has accurate 1D and 2D scanning and data capture is possible even on the most damaged barcodes.

ct60CT60 Features and Benefits:

  • Mobility Edge Hardware and Software Platform.
  • Industry-Leading Future Proof Protection.
  • Optimal Power and Connectivity.
  • Unparalleled Scanning Performance.
  • Rugged, Ergonomic Design – Built to Last: Fits easily in to a pocket, IP67 rating against dust and water spray, withstands multiple 1.5 meter drops to concrete and 1,000 1 meter tumbles.
  • Future Proof: Support for four Android generations starting with Android 7.1.1. As well as an easy Windows to Android migration without sacrificing reliability, performance, or management features.
  • Powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor.

Currently there is a transition from a keypad-centric mobile device to a full touchscreen device. The problem, keys are still essential in many logistics, warehouses, and field mobility organizations. In comes the ultra-rugged Dolphin CN80, a mobile computer that can help bridge that gap. A large 4.2 inch vivid color touchscreen and the option to choose between numeric or QWERTY keypads gives users the option to select which input method is best for their everyday environment. At the same time users will benefit from the use of the touchscreen for touch-centric applications in the future. With fast data processing, 1D/2D scanning, advanced network connectivity, and a battery life that lasts twice as long as previous generations; users will be connected and productive throughout multiple shifts.

CN80 Features and Benefits:

  • Mobility Edge Hardware and Software Platform: Common hardware and software platform delivers enhanced operational efficiency and reduced TCO. Deploy the same applications on multiple products across your enterprise.
  • Forward-Compatible, Future-Proof: Support for four Androd generations – N through Q. Customers using Windows based operating systems can migrate to Android without sacrificing reliability, performance, or management features.
  • Best of Both Worlds With Keys and Touchscreen: If you have high transaction rates, an environment where workers wear gloves, or applications or workers accustomed to working a certain way, keys are a necessity. The Dolphin CN80 offers productivity with a real numeric or QWERTY keypad for fast and easy data entry plus a full touchscreen for new or future application migration.
  • Unparalleled Scanning Performance: Enhanced 1D/2D scanning/data capture with read ranges of 0.15m to 15.2m (6in to 50ft) typically required in today’s warehouses. Optional scan handle for flexibility to switch between handheld and pistol grip operations.
  • Rugged, Ergonomic Design: Designed to withstand the harshest environments and the toughest users, the Dolphin CN80 minimizes downtime and lost productivity with extreme longevity. Withstands 2.4m (8ft) drops and 2,000 1.0m (3.3ft) tumbles. IP65/IP67 ratings against dust/water spray. Cold storage and non-incendive options available.
  • Long Battery Life Drives Productivity: Long shifts, extended talk-times, and heavy GPS usage are no match for the Dolphin CN80. Long battery minimizes workflow interruptions and drives efficiency.

To learn more about Honeywell’s Mobile Computers, contact our dedicated account managers.


Janam’s 3Ps with the XT100: Power. Performance. Price Advantage.

Posted March 21, 2018

 

Janam’s new XT100 rugged touch computer, you can easily equipped your mobile worker with a line of business applications in the palm of their hand.

The XT100 will give you the maximum return on investment, it’s ease of accessibility gives your worker more efficiency and productivity. Additionally, with it’s ruggedness, it is designed to meet every industry needs. The XT100 provides the latest technological advances to organizations of any size at an extremely attractive price point.

Featuring a sleek smartphone design, it’s also:

  • Built with an Android 6.0.1 operating system
  • Well lit 4.3-inch touchscreen made with Gorilla Glass 3
  • Wide-viewing angles
  • Superior 2D barcode scanning
  • Integrated with RFID and NFC capability
  • Lightning fast voice and data
  • Certified by Google Mobile Services
  • With Removable and rechargeable battery

If you have any questions or would like a quote, please contact one of our dedicated account manager.

 


Zebra’s TC25 Rugged Smartphone: The Smart Choice For Small Business

Posted March 9, 2018

When there’s so much to do and such little time, it’s important to have the right equipment to help with daily tasks. The TC25 has all the features you need to get more done and satisfy more customers on a daily basis. With a rugged design the TC25 can survive multiple 4 ft (1.2 m) drops to tile over concrete. Durable enough to work in the cold, heat, rain, and snow. Battery life is important when needing a device to last all day, well there’s no need to worry just snap on the unique PowerPack extended battery to give you all day power guaranteed.

Zebra has outdone themselves with this mobile computer, knowing full well that smartphone cameras aren’t built for barcode scanning. The TC25 delivers the same scanning technology that drives many of the world’s field service teams. Get instant and effortless point-and-shoot capture of any electronic or printed barcodes in virtually any condition. Allowing you to get tasks done faster, more accurately, and more efficiently. What makes the TC25 such a viable option is the ease-of-use. Most of us use a smartphone day in and day out and the TC25 has the same familiar gestures that you already use on your personal smartphone. Allowing you to get comfortable with your new device quickly.

Features and Benefits:

  • Ergonomic smartphone-like form factor that is small enough to fit in your pocket, yet powerful enough to multi-task, manage inventory, price check, and preform back of store applications.
  • A top performing scan engine to meet Small Business needs with the Zebra SE4710.
  • High capacity 3000 mAh internal battery designed to support a full shift plus an optional snap on PowerPack for continuous use.
  • Pre-installed Workforce Connect Push-To-Talk express communication solution.
  • Ambidextrous scan buttons on left and right side of the device.
  • Android 7.0 (Nougat) OS at launch with the ability to support OS upgrades in the future.
  • Extensive accessory eco-system, including 1-Slot cradles for charging and data communication, 5-slot cradles for large charging deployments, a field detachable trigger handle and a unique snap on PowerPack.

For any questions or a quote on any of your mobile computing needs contact us at Barcodes, Inc.


Honeywell’s Dolphin CN80: The Best of Both Worlds

Posted February 28, 2018

Many logistics, warehouses, and field mobility organizations are in the middle of a transition. They are going from a keypad-centric mobile device to a full touchscreen device. The problem, keys are still essential for data capture for many of these organizations.

Luckily, the ultra-rugged Dolphin CN80 can help bridge that gap. With a large 4.2 inch vivid color touchscreen and the option to choose between numeric or QWERTY keypads, users will be allowed to select the best input method for their everyday environment. At the same time users will learn how to use the touchscreen for touch-centric applications in the future.

Honeywell’s Dolphin CN80 features fast data processing, 1D/2D scanning, advanced network connectivity, and a battery life that lasts twice as long as the previous generations. Allowing users to be connected and productive throughout multiple shifts. Having the hybrid of keys and a touchscreen allows users whom wear gloves or users whom are accustomed to working a certain way to feel comfortable with the device they are using on a daily basis.

Features and benefits:

  • Mobility Edge Hardware and Software Platform: Common hardware and software platform delivers enhanced operational efficiency and reduced TCO. Deploy the same applications on multiple products across your enterprise.
  • Forward-Compatible, Future-Proof: Support for four Androd generations – N through Q. Customers using Windows based operating systems can migrate to Android without sacrificing reliability, performance, or management features.
  • Unparalleled Scanning Performance: Enhanced 1D/2D scanning/data capture with read ranges of 0.15m to 15.2m (6in to 50ft) typically required in today’s warehouses. Optional scan handle for flexibility to switch between handheld and pistol grip operations.
  • Rugged, Ergonomic Design: Designed to withstand the harshest environments and the toughest users, the Dolphin CN80 minimizes downtime and lost productivity with extreme longevity. Withstands 2.4m (8ft) drops and 2,000 1.0m (3.3ft) tumbles. IP65/IP67 ratings against dust/water spray. Cold storage and non-incendive options available.
  • Long Battery Life Drives Productivity: Long shifts, extended talk-times, and heavy GPS usage are no match for the Dolphin CN80. Long battery minimizes workflow interruptions and drives efficiency.

The Next Evolution Skorpio is Here, Datalogic Introduces the Skorpio X4

Posted December 15, 2017

skorpio-x4The next evolution in the Skorpio product line is here with the Skorpio X4. Featuring a high performance multicore 1 GHz architecture that offers amazing speeds when running Windows Embedded Compact OS and allows easy upgradeability to the Android OS. Running out of memory won’t be a problem with the standard 1 GB RAM and 8 GB Flash. With the largest high-visibility 3.2 inch color graphics display in its class, the Skorpio X4 will help users work more efficiently. Available in three different keypad options, a 50 key alphanumeric keypad, a 38 key functional keypad, and a 28 key numeric keypad, choose the keypad that best suits your needs.

The Datalogic mobile computer is suitable for mobile commerce solutions in the retail environment both in-store and back-end receiving applications. The rugged mobile computer comes with an IP64 protection class and a 6 ft (1.8 m) drop resistance. User’s will have the choice of either 1D or 2D imagers featuring Datalogic’s patented Green Spot technology for good read feedback.

Features:

  • Large high visibility color display with touch screen.
  • Wide Band Audio for improved speech recognition (Android only).
  • Choice of Microsoft Windows Embedded Compact 7 or Android v4.4 operating systems.
  • TI 802.11 a/b/g/n radio with CCX v4 and featuring MIMO antenna technology.
  • Bluetooth wireless technology v4.0 with BLE (low energy) on Android models.
  • WEC7 units include: Wavelink Avalanche pre-installed and pre-licensed, Wavelink TelnetCE pre-installed and prelicensed on Pistol Grip units, Pal pre-installed, and Upgradable to Android 4.4.
  • Attachable handle (and orderable pre-installed)
  • EASEOFCARE Service Plans offer a wide range of service options to protect your investment, ensuring maximum productivity and ROI.

Honeywell’s CN75: Ultra- Rugged Mobile Computer

Posted November 28, 2017

Do you work in a warehouse or a harsh environment? Do you need a device that can provide you mobility and enough power to last a full work shift?  When working in a tough environment you will need a tough mobile device to help you on your daily tasks. Providing the choice of a Windows or Android operating system, the Honeywell’s CN75 and CN75e offers a wide range of flexibility with future proofing capabilities for application migration. It is specially designed for mobile field service workers who needs the ruggedness and accessibility while on the go. With smart battery technology that provides enough power to last a full work shift, there will be no down time during your operation.

Key Benefits:

  • Flexible OS Support- Supports Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5 and Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating systems for flexible application support and migration.
  • Broad Network Coverage- Flexible network technology provides optimal network coverage and a superior solution for implementing least-cost routing strategies
  • Withstands 2.4m (8ft) drops to concrete IP67
  • Powerful, Integrated Barcode Scanning- Advanced barcode imaging technology with motion tolerance for snappy scanning
  • Broad Enterprise Compatibility- Full compatibility with printers, software, communications

Great for any types of operation from pick pack and ship, inventory, warehouse management, field services, transportation, and data collection.

For any questions or a quote on any of your scanning needs contact us at Barcodes, Inc.

 

 


Datalogic Introduces the Skorpio X4

Posted November 27, 2017

skorpio-x4The next evolution in the Skorpio product line is here with the Skorpio X4. Featuring a high performance multicore 1 GHz architecture that offers amazing speeds when running Windows Embedded Compact OS and allows easy upgradeability to the Android OS. Running out of memory won’t be a problem with the standard 1 GB RAM and 8 GB Flash. With the largest high-visibility 3.2 inch color graphics display in its class, the Skorpio X4 will help users work more efficiently. Available in three different keypad options, a 50 key alphanumeric keypad, a 38 key functional keypad, and a 28 key numeric keypad, choose the keypad that best suits your needs.

The Datalogic mobile computer is suitable for mobile commerce solutions in the retail environment both in-store and back-end receiving applications. The rugged mobile computer comes with an IP64 protection class and a 6 ft (1.8 m) drop resistance. User’s will have the choice of either 1D or 2D imagers featuring Datalogic’s patented Green Spot technology for good read feedback.

Features:

  • Large high visibility color display with touch screen.
  • Wide Band Audio for improved speech recognition (Android only).
  • Choice of Microsoft Windows Embedded Compact 7 or Android v4.4 operating systems.
  • TI 802.11 a/b/g/n radio with CCX v4 and featuring MIMO antenna technology.
  • Bluetooth wireless technology v4.0 with BLE (low energy) on Android models.
  • WEC7 units include: Wavelink Avalanche pre-installed and pre-licensed, Wavelink TelnetCE pre-installed and prelicensed on Pistol Grip units, Pal pre-installed, and Upgradable to Android 4.4.
  • Attachable handle (and orderable pre-installed)
  • EASEOFCARE Service Plans offer a wide range of service options to protect your investment, ensuring maximum productivity and ROI.

Honeywell’s Wearable Solution for the Dolphin 75e Mobile Computer

Posted November 17, 2017

75e-wearableThe Dolphin 75e alone is a versatile multimodal device that can deliver significant operational gains and flexibility for the enterprise. With a sleek and pocketable design this handheld mobile computer is still durable enough for tough work environments featuring an IP67 rating for protection from dust and water and can withstand multiple drops to concrete of 4 feet (1.2 m). With flexible support for either Windows 10 IoT Mobile Enterprise or Android 6.0 Marshmallow, enterprises will have the option to choose which OS best suits their needs. The Dolphin 75e comes with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor with 2.26 GHz quad-core CPU that enables more robust application performance at better speeds and power efficiencies.

Combine the Dolphin 75e with the 8620 Ring Scanner and the comfortable watchband style armband and you’ll get yourself the Dolphin 75e Wearable Solution, a solution that will help increase productivity and throughput. The ergonomic ring scanner is based on an industry grade imager that provides high-performance scanning of linear and 2D barcodes. With Honeywell‘s Adaptus 6 imaging and decoding technology the 8620 Ring Scanner provides fast decode speeds, excellent motion tolerance and improved scanning performance on poor quality or damaged barcodes. With new soft rubber finger straps that are very comfortable and impervious to moisture so as to not absorb sweat. With quick and interchangeable finger straps that allow for easy cleaning and the ability for each user to have their own straps as to not share between shifts.  Using the rugged, enterprise-class Dolphin 75e mobile computer with purpose-built wearable accessories provides a new approach to enabling hands-free operations.


Android Vs. Windows OS: Windows CE and Embedded Handheld End of Life Cycle

Posted November 16, 2017

Windows CE and Embedded Handheld End of Life Cycle


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