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Low Frequency RFID Reader Now Available for Socket SoMo 650 Handheld Computers

Posted April 7, 2010

Socket SoMo 650Socket Mobile announced the addition of GAO RFID to the Socket Third-Party Accessory Recommendation (STAR) Program. GAO has established itself as a worldwide supplier of RFID products and integrated solutions for various markets including healthcare, agriculture, manufacturing and field service.

“We’ve had an influx of customers interested in purchasing low frequency (LF) RFID options for their SoMo® 650 handheld computers, particularly for applications involving asset management and access control,” said Ron Gibbs, Sr. product manager and STAR Program manager at Socket Mobile. “We’re happy to recommend GAO RFID solutions to our handheld computing customers and to have them on board as our first LF RFID solution provider in the STAR Program.”

“We’re excited about this opportunity to work with Socket and deliver additional value to an excellent product. Our CF Card RFID Reader maintains Socket’s commitment to provide quality products that are easy to use, O/S compatible and that help deliver quick ROI,” said Dr. Frank Gao, CEO of GAO RFID.

The first GAO RFID reader qualified as compatible with the Socket SoMo 650 is the 125kHz Low Frequency PDA CF Interface RFID Reader 221002.

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Datalogic Elf professional PDA, Blazes Onto the Market

Posted March 23, 2010

Datalogic ElfElf is ready to revolutionize mobile computing with its unprecedented features, technology and speed.

Datalogic Mobile, a worldwide leader in the design and development of rugged mobile computers, announces its next generation professional PDA, Elf. This device is ready to revolutionize the workplace with unprecedented features, the latest in technology and ultimate high speed performance.

Datalogic Mobile designed Elf from the ground up with the technology and ruggedness to meet the needs of applications in Field Service, Field Sales, Delivery, Retail and Logistics. Capitalizing on Datalogic Mobile’s legendary ergonomics, Elf packs cutting edge features into a compact form factor built for single handed operation.

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Motorola Introduces MC75A Premium 3.5G Worldwide Enterprise Digital Assistant (EDA)

Posted March 23, 2010

Motorola MC75AMotorola announced the newest addition to its mobile computing portfolio – the MC75A worldwide 3.5G Enterprise Digital Assistant (EDA). The MC75A is a premier EDA with the most features and functionality in its class and is designed for mobile enterprises that require connectivity around the world. Available in two models, WAN/LAN and LAN only, the MC75A series enables organizations to select the device best suited to meet their business needs while providing the ability to standardize on a single device for knowledge workers inside the four walls and out in the field.

Designed for reliable operation inside and outside the enterprise, the MC75A EDA helps retailers, manufacturers, healthcare facilities, government agencies and mobile workers in field service, field sales and transportation and logistics streamline business processes, improve operations and increase employee productivity. The new MC75A leverages the field proven form factor and accessory eco-system of the industry-leading MC70 and MC75 rugged EDAs – with an installed base of more than 850,000 units – and incorporates Motorola’s Mobility Architecture eXtension (MAX) innovations to redefine the way organizations do business. Offering the most robust processing platform in the EDA class today, the MC75A delivers consistent desktop-like performance regardless of application or location.

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IDG Tools’ Warehouse Relies on Datalogic Kyman

Posted March 17, 2010

IDG Tools Datalogic Kyman

The Swedish company Industriverktyg IDG Tools AB sells tools in a somewhat unique way. Driving around with exhibition buses in Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Poland and Italy, they display their product range and take orders using the Kyman™.

The company owns more than 80 buses and have an equal amount of sales people. Their offices and warehouse are situated near the airport in Stockholm, not far from the harbor where they ship their goods to Finland and Poland. Products to their Swedish and Norwegian customers are transported over night, and the orders are delivered to most of the addresses as soon as the day after the order is taken.

IDG Tools AB’s product range is made up almost solely of their own well-known trademark, IDG Tools® (Industrial Development Group). The company has an extensive product range, most of which can be found on exhibition buses.

Datalogic Mobile’s Kyman™ in the warehouse

IDG Tools uses the mobile computer Kyman™ from Datalogic Mobile in their warehouse and has done so for about a year. The warehouse consists of 4000-4500 items and 6500 places for pallets. Kyman™ is used to make the picking procedure more effective and simpler. Previously, they used a mobile computer of another brand, which they had to replace since it did not meet their needs. The reason they chose Kyman™ was due to a recommendation by Sundit – the supplier of their ERP system. IDG Tools gave a list of requirements to Sundit; their main requirements being flexibility, color screen and reliable on-line communication. Sundit then turned to Datalogic Mobile Partner, for the right product. Datalogic Mobile’s Kyman™ filled these needs. In addition, it is ergonomic, suits the hand, has a sharp screen and is very fast. For all of these reasons, IDG has been very satisfied with their choice.

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Datalogic Falcon 4400 Helps Retailer Reduces Costs

Posted March 4, 2010

Wet SealNew technology changed Wet Seal’s price markdown and receiving processes from a nightmare to a dream

New technology changed Wet Seal’s price markdown and receiving processes from a nightmare to a dream. Ron Hunt, Senior Manager of Operations for Wet Seal, a specialty retailer with approximately 400 stores in the United States and Puerto Rico, explained how his company reallocated labor hours being wasted on price markdowns and reduced shrinkage with help from the Datalogic Falcon® 4400 mobile computer.

Before, “We used old scanners. Training was difficult … a nightmare,” he said. “This is a dream … You never have to reprogram it.”

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Motorola Demos Head-Mounted Voice-Controlled Wearable Mobile Computer

Posted March 4, 2010

Motorola Golden-i

Motorola is pushing the boundaries of wearable mobile computers:

The headset is a prototype hands-free terminal for use in construction or other tough environments where the user has his hands busy, but still needs a computer. Designed to fit under a construction helmet, the Golden-i puts a tiny screen up close to the eye which gives the equivalent of a 15-inch display, and also has a headphone, a microphone along with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi for talking to other devices.

The headset is voice-controlled, and I tried it out. Once you have adjusted the eyepiece for your eyesight, you simply read off the names of the icons to access them: My Music, My Pictures and so on. The voice detection software, supplied by Nuance and called VoCon3200, ignores normal conversation, only listening to commands when there is a gap first, so you can say “my pictures” as part of sentence and it will be ignored.

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Fix Common ActiveSync Problems

Posted February 22, 2010

Our customers occasionally encounter problems getting their mobile computers to connect with ActiveSync.

Solve Active Sync issues contains some tips for:

* Getting Connected
* USB Connect Problems
* IR Syncing
* Hot Tip2
* Killing WCESCOM
* Killing Activesync 4.x
* Stopping Five Minute Sync Interval and Constant Wakeups
* Kill all Active Sync sounds

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Panasonic Toughbook H1 Field Review

Posted February 12, 2010

Panasonic Toughbook H1 FieldRugged PC Review gives a thorough review of the new Panasonic Toughbook H1 Field

With the Toughbook H1 Field, Panasonic is offering a more rugged version of its innovative H1 platform originally conceived as a Mobile Clinical Assistant. It’s a handy, lightweight tablet computer that brings Panasonic’s considerable expertise in rugged and semi-rugged mobile computing equipment into a variety of field-based .

Based on a very frugal 1.86GHz Intel Atom Z540 processor, the H1 Field sports a clean, ergonomic, fanless design that’s easy to use, easy to hold, and easy to carry. A weight of just 3.4 pounds and hot-swappable dual batteries that combine for six hours of uninterrupted operation add to the real-life usefulness of the design.

The H1 Field is not only compact and light, it also features a wealth of integrated data capture technologies (depending on the version, RFID, barcode reader, camera, smart card reader), and multiple wireless connectivity options, including the Gobi2000 wide area wireless technology that supports the various wireless networking technologies around the world, so users can select whatever carrier is available to them. However, those used to a wealth of onboard ports won’t find them on the H1 Field; almost all wired connectivity is via dock.

Equipped with a very bright, sunlight-viewable 10.4-inch display that has both a touch screen and an electromagnetic digitizer, the heavily ruggedized Toughbook H1 Field is an attractive solution and productivity tool for mobile workers in a large number of fields where equipment will take the occasional drop and spill.

We will be adding he Panasonic Toughbook H1 Field shortly, the Panasonic Toughbook H1 Health is currently available.


Intermec Mobile Computers Help Caritas Improve Healthcare and Cuts Costs

Posted February 10, 2010

Intermec healthcare

Caritas Home Care has found the formula for improving healthcare quality and cutting costs. By porting its legacy mobile medical software to new handheld computers with enhanced communication and data collection capabilities, the Boston-area home healthcare agency saved its care providers an average of more than a half hour per day, lowered its operating expenses, and positioned itself to deliver more services and improved care.

Caritas Home Care has 150 mobile clinicians who provide a variety of medical and social services in the patient’s home, including nursing, post-hospitalization follow ups, physical therapy, counseling, geriatric services, respiratory therapy and more. The agency was one of the first to use mobile medical software to record the care given and take notes during patient visits. As an early adopter, Caritas Home Care learned several hard lessons about the most efficient ways to use mobile computers in healthcare settings, and about the best devices for the job. When the time came for Caritas to refresh its mobile computers, it sought to leverage its investment in legacy software and improve its operations by taking advantage of technology advances that occurred since it first deployed consumer-style PDAs a few years earlier.

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Opticon Announces H21 Windows Mobile Smartphone with Barcode Scanning

Posted January 27, 2010

Opticon H21The Opticon Mobility Group announced today that they will begin offering The H21 Windows Mobile Smartphone to in the US, Canada and Mexico.

Don Davis, the Group Director said, “This new device fills a gap in the market for a ruggedized device with a street price under $900. You really have to hold the H21 in your hand to appreciate the elegance of it and the functionality we give you at this price point.”

The Opticon H21 is a ruggedized Windows Mobile 6.5 Smartphone with 3.5G network speed along with Assisted GPS, 1D and 2D barcode scanning, a 3.5 mega pixel camera and a full QWERTY keypad. It comes pre-loaded with AirWatch hosted device management and carries a two year manufacturer’s warranty. Service plans for no-fault Hotswap and Opticon Total Care (guaranteed turn-around time on repair) can be purchased beyond the standard warranty.

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