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Rugged Mobile Computers — Which Operating System Is Right For You?

Posted July 16, 2010

A White Paper By Datalogic Mobile Inc.

Introduction

Mobile computers have become ubiquitous in the enterprise, from the warehouse floor to the boardroom. Thanks to advancements in processor speeds, reductions in cost, and the development of robust and reliable wireless local and wide-area networks, an increasing number of businesses have deployed mobile devices across a wide array of applications — warehouse management, sales force automation, field service, point of sale, and others.

Because mobile computers must, in many cases, communicate in real time with back-end business systems, the mobile operating systems (OS) on these devices play a key role in the successful integration of mobile applications with the wider corporate IT infrastructure. In the case of rugged or semi-rugged mobile devices targeted at vertical applications, the OS of choice has been Microsoft Windows CE.

However, over the past several years, new OS platform options have emerged from both Microsoft and other providers that have made the mobile operating system landscape more complicated. Since a mobile computing deployment can have significant security, productivity, and IT ramifications on the business, a careful approach to OS selection will help ensure a successful implementation and reduce the total cost of ownership (TCO) of these devices.

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Free Office Mobile 2010 for Windows 6.5 Mobile Computers

Posted May 12, 2010

Office 2010 ExcelIf you have a Windows Mobile handheld mobile computer with a previous version of Office Mobile, you can download Office Mobile 2010 for free from the Windows Phone Marketplace.

Office Mobile 2010 for Windows Mobile 6.5 includes new mobile versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and SharePoint Workspace. These new mobile versions offer a more touch-friendly layout and greater ability to work with documents on the phone – like editing PowerPoint presentations.

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Janam XG100 Selected by Foodland Super Market

Posted May 11, 2010

Janam XG100

Grocery Retailer to Pilot SoftRetail from SofTechnics on XG100 Rugged Gun

Janam, a leading provider of rugged mobile computers that scan barcodes and communicate wirelessly, today announced that Foodland Super Market, Ltd., Hawaii’s largest, locally owned and operated grocery retailer, will use Janam’s XG100 rugged gun-shaped mobile computers in a pilot test of SoftRetail, SofTechnics’ latest suite of store support applications.

Janam’s XG100, a rugged gun-shaped mobile computer, delivers the right features at the right price. It was selected by Foodland for its superior form factor, a form factor that is preferred by users and ideally suited for the advanced functionality SoftRetail extends to the store floor.

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Janam XG100 Mobile Computer to Ship with Wavelink Software

Posted May 11, 2010

Janam XG100Wavelink and Janam Enter Strategic Partnership

Wavelink Corporation today announced a strategic partnership with Janam Technologies LLC, a leading provider of rugged mobile computers that scan barcodes and communicate wirelessly. Through this agreement, Wavelink® Avalanche® will be the only device management solution pre-installed on Janam’s mobile devices. In addition, the industry-standard Wavelink Terminal Emulation™, including Wavelink’s Industrial Browser, will be pre-installed on Janam’s rugged mobile computers.

Janam will ship its XG100 Series devices with Wavelink software already installed on the device and ready for activation by the customer. This gives Janam’s customers quick access to industry-leading software for managing devices and connecting them to host systems.

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Motorola Mobile Computer Pre-licensed Terminal Emulation Client Matrix

Posted May 6, 2010

The following matrix provides a list of the Motorola Mobile Computers that come pre-licensed and/or pre-loaded with the Wavelink Terminal Emulator (TE) client.

For more detailed information on TE, please visit www.motorola.com/teclient.

TE Software Support Agreements are available for purchase for all Motorola mobile computers.

In addition, hardware support agreements for pre-licensed mobile computers include coverage for the pre-licensed TE client. A support agreement is required for technical support and free upgrades. Please contact us for more details.

Motorola Mobile Computer OS Type Pre-Licensed
[Note 5]
Pre-Loaded
MC9090 (Gun) Windows CE YES YES
MC9090 RFID Windows CE YES YES
MC9090 (Gun) [Note 1] Windows Mobile YES NO
MC9090 RFID [Note 1] Windows Mobile YES NO
MC9500 & MC9090 (Brick & Short) [Note 2] Windows Mobile NO NO
MC3090 (Gun) & MC3100 (Gun) [Note 3] Windows CE YES YES
MC3100 (Gun) [Note 1] Windows Mobile YES NO
MC3090-Z RFID [Note 2] Windows Mobile NO NO
MC3090 (Brick) [Note 2] Windows CE NO YES
MC3100-R/S [Note 2] Windows CE NO NO
MC3100-R/S & MC3000-R/S [Note 2] Windows Mobile NO NO
WT4090 Windows CE YES YES
VC5090 Windows CE YES YES
All other Motorola Mobile Computers [Note 4] Windows Mobile & CE NO NO

Notes

  1. Download pre-licensed TE client from Wavelink web site.
  2. Licenses are available for purchase.
  3. Overlays are not included with the pre-licensed TE client for the MC3090 Gun. Overlays for this deviWindows CE can be purchased through Motorola.
  4. TE licenses can be purchased through Motorola for most other Motorola Mobile Computers.
  5. Pre-Licensed Mobile Computers are licensed for TE 7.0 and are entitled to an upgrade to the latest version of TE if they are covered by a qualifying hardware or software support agreement. Contact Motorola Support for details.
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Five Unitech Rugged Mobile Computers Earn Summit Cisco Certification

Posted April 30, 2010

Unitech, a worldwide leader in the automatic identification and data collection (AIDC) industry, today announced that five of its rugged mobile computers have been certified as compliant with Cisco Compatible Extensions, or CCX. All five devices use CCX-certified Wi-Fi solutions from Summit Data Communications.

“Having market-leading Wi-Fi capabilities is important in the competitive AIDC market,” said Howard Weng, product manager of the Unitech mobile computer line. “Our strategic alliance with Summit enables our devices to leverage the latest Summit solutions and their technological innovations, including CCX support.”

All Summit Wi-Fi solutions are certified for Version 4 of CCX, the highest level of Cisco compatibility for business-critical mobile devices. CCX V4 certification signifies not just interoperability with enterprise Wi-Fi infrastructure products from Cisco but also support for Cisco Wi-Fi innovations in areas such as security, mobility, quality of service, and network management.

“In the Wi-Fi world, today’s Cisco innovations often are tomorrow’s standards,” said Chris Bolinger, Summit’s VP of Business Development. “A Wi-Fi standard is valuable only if a broad set of devices support that standard. As more and more client devices achieve CCX certification, the Cisco innovations in CCX can be transitioned to standards, and that improves Wi-Fi for everybody.”

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Socket SoMo 650 Handheld Computer Used at the Point of Care

Posted April 26, 2010

Socket SoMo 650Breakthrough technology provides accurate, state-of-the-art lab results directly to a handheld mobile computer in about 30 seconds

Socket Mobile announced an agreement with Epocal, a leading provider of point-of-care blood diagnostic products, to supply a unique version of its SoMo 650 handheld computer as an integral component of Epocal’s Blood Analysis System. The contract is targeted to generate more than $3 million in sales over the initial two-year contract period.

The epoc® (enterprise point-of-care) Blood Analysis System provides wireless bedside measurement testing solutions for blood gas and electrolytes. Utilizing the Socket SoMo® 650 handheld computer, CompactFlash Scan Card™ Series 5 and easy to use, low-cost disposable smart cards, the epoc System produces laboratory quality results in critical and acute care settings in about 30 seconds.

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Free Windows Mobile 6.1 Upgrade for Socket SoMo 650 Mobile Computer

Posted April 23, 2010

We are pleased to offer Socket SoMo 650 Windows Mobile 6 customers Service Pack 6 (SP6) free of charge. This release is full of New & Improved Features and Performance Enhancements. We encourage all customers to take advantage of SP6 to maximize your SoMo 650 investment.

  • Compatible only with SoMo 650 devices running Windows Mobile 6.
  • Customers using Windows Mobile 5 can purchase an upgrade DVD, SKU# SW1241-893

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Socket Barcode Scanners Help Humanitarian Groups

Posted April 23, 2010

Socket SoMo 650

By MICHELLE MAN

When you think of adopters of mobile technology, charities may not immediately come to mind, but Socket is seeing a rising number of international humanitarian organizations that deploy our mobile solutions. Some government agencies in the U.S. have also begun using Socket devices in their international relief work.

Businesses in healthcare, hospitality, and other industries usually choose to implement mobile technology as a way to eliminate inefficient paper-based processes, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are no different. Humanitarian organizations typically need to collect a lot of data from beneficiaries to assess people’s needs, measure the effectiveness of programs, and ensure the fairness of aid distribution.

Most NGOs generate high volumes of paperwork by collecting data in handwritten forms, which clerks need to transcribe into a spreadsheet or database. Adopting mobile technology enables organizations to spend less time in administrative paperwork, thus allowing them to serve more people and/or improve the quality of aid while also improving accountability to donors, board members, and other parties. Many NGOs are also involved in research studies or complex logistical operations which greatly benefit from mobile computing and data collection technology.

The Task Force for Global Health, based in Decatur, Georgia, uses Socket bluetooth barcode scanners in its program to eradicate lymphatic filariasis (also known as elephantiasis), a parasitic, disfiguring disease that afflicts more than 120 million people worldwide and is a leading cause of permanent and long-term disability in many tropical countries.

Health workers use Socket barcode scanners with GPS receivers and PDAs or laptop computers to track mosquito specimens as well as to scan wristbands and blood/urine samples while visiting households, schools or other sites within a community.

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Bluetooth Barcode Scanner for the Apple iPad

Posted April 14, 2010

Opticon OPN2002Opticon’s OPN2006 Bluetooth barcode scanner pairs with popular PDA’s, mobile handheld computers, and tablets like the Apple iPad.

  • Enhance mobile devices with laser scanning capability
  • Simple HID pairing
  • Lower your TCO
  • Provide accurate real time data management
  • Tiny form factor
  • Economical price

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