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Adoption of Android in Enterprise Mobile Computing

Posted July 23, 2015

android-malware-trojan-halts-enterprise-adoptionShould your business commit to using or migrating to the Android operating system? Before we answer that we should caveat by stating that no two IT departments are exactly the same. While Android currently holds a small market share of the rugged platform, its flexibility and customizability make it a leading candidate to take over for Microsoft, which has historically dominated the enterprise space. Microsoft’s software constrainment after each release has pushed the large device manufacturers like Zebra (formerly Motorola) and Honeywell to start investing heavily into the Android operating system for their mobile computers. The rest of the manufacturers have started to follow suit. Furthermore, despite the large market share of iOS in consumer devices, Apple is currently the least suited for the enterprise mobility space due to its lack of customization and restricted API access. See below for a chart that depicts the biggest benefits of Android in enterprise mobility:

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Honeywell’s New Dolphin 75e Supports Android and Windows Mobile

Posted May 18, 2015

Honeywell_D75e_1Honeywell offers the first in a series of next-generation mobile workforce solutions – the Dolphin 75e mobile computer, a sleek, intuitive, reliable and easy-to-use hand-held device that gives enterprises the flexibility to choose either the Windows Embedded 8.1 Handheld or Android 4.4 KitKat platforms. With a deep knowledge of discreet enterprise systems, Honeywell designed the Dolphin 75e to improve workflow performance and increase efficiency for companies around the globe.

Honeywell’s Dolphin 75e is powered by the leading-edge Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor, a 2.26-GHz quad-core processor with 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of FLASH, 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac and capacitive touch with universal glove usage capabilities. The device offers a variety of input and output modes for operations needing to deploy multiple applications easily to increase productivity. The Dolphin 75e device offers a superior user experience with a field-proven, pocket-sized design and easy-to-use interface that encourages fast and easy adoption with minimal training resources. Equipped with state-of-the-art battery technology and a durable IP67-rated design, the Dolphin 75e computer powers through a full shift and beyond.

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Barcodes, Inc. Announces New Professional Services in the U.S.

Posted April 29, 2015

2014-12-11_0938Barcodes, Inc., a recognized leader in the delivery of enterprise mobility, RFID, point of sale, and barcode solutions in North America, announced today that it is expanding its professional services capabilities in the United States to include Design and Field Integration services from its OCR subsidiary.

Barcodes, Inc. will now provide a robust catalog of professional services to its U.S. customers, including wireless site surveys, RFID feasibility studies, point of sale system implementations, and mobility consulting, in addition to continuing to offer device staging, management, service and repair services. Additionally, a team of certified installation technicians are available for onsite management of deployment services including network cable runs and wireless network installation, device/hardware image creation and staging, and installation of equipment such as touchscreens, vehicle mount units, and wi-fi access points.

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Xplore Agrees to Purchase Motion Computing

Posted April 21, 2015

news-xplore-motion-Apr15Xplore has announced that it has agreed to acquire substantially all of the assets of Motion Computing and its subsidiaries. Motion, another Austin, TX-based leader in the rugged tablet space, is currently the #2 provider worldwide of rugged tablet PCs, according to VDC.

“The acquisition of Motion is consistent with our goal to establish the best and broadest line of rugged tablets for the enterprise market,” said Philip Sassower, chairman and CEO of Xplore. “Motion represents a unique opportunity for Xplore to acquire an Austin-based company with deep industry domain expertise and that possesses products and channels complementary to our own. Together we will address a broader range of customer needs and provide a ‘one-stop shop’ for rugged tablets.”

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Restaurant Mobility with the Elo Tablet

Posted April 12, 2015

In today’s market place 69% of restaurant operators are say mobility is the biggest reason for their point of sale upgrades. Don’t be left behind. Elo solutions offers the Elo Tablet  for all your mobility needs. Decreasing customer wait time and increasing speed of service are just a couple of advantages with going mobile. There are many accessories from extra batteries and stands and wall mount capabilities. The Elo tablet is a windows based tablet that can operate almost any POS Software.

The Elo Tablet is designed to help retailers enhance their customer experience and drive sales efficiency through a point-of-service (POS) and point-of-information (POI) platform that is portable, intuitive, reliable and secure. Millions of real-life retail installations all over the world have helped Elo develop unique insight for this next generation of our touch computing innovation.

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How Mobility and Connectivity Bring Value to Financial Services

Posted March 20, 2015

pr_1157When it comes to maintaining secure financial operations and providing top-notch customer service, success hinges on an organization’s ability to transform information into insight. Additionally, with fraud and theft on the rise, it’s critical that financial institutions constantly improve protection plans. And since no two financial organizations are alike, a variety of multi-level security options is needed. From print-on-demand (POD) technologies that enable “intelligent” access cards and radio frequency identification (RFID) to desktop printers and document and record tracking applications, organizations are capable of securing people, products and property across their operations—while maintaining a high level of customer service.

Financial information, assets and communications are mission critical. It’s vital that solutions and devices enable officials to locate, track and manage personnel, confidential materials and high-value assets in real time—after all, the best security is proactive, not reactive. Furthermore, it’s crucial that only authorized individuals have access to secure locations. In addition to leveraging the value of mobile devices and printers, organizations can take advantage of opportunities afforded by the Internet of Things (IoT) by utilizing a set of enabling technologies to connect, capture and then analyze the data to make more informed decisions. Connecting devices to one cloud platform will enable them to gain actionable insight into their operations and processes—providing the asset intelligence they need to stay competitive.
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New SOTI MobiControl 12 Strengthens Mobile Device Management

Posted February 13, 2015

facebook_1200x627_4SOTI has recently announced the general availability of SOTI MobiControl 12. The newest version of SOTI’s enterprise mobility management platform drives down total cost of ownership for businesses relying on mobile devices to deliver efficiencies across an entire organization, and extends remote management capabilities to smart peripherals for the connected enterprise.

In addition to the overall reduction of mobility costs, SOTI MobiControl 12 introduces a host of key features:

  • Elimination or minimization of common mobile device deployment and management tasks, allowing rapid zero-intervention provisioning, policy administration and the ability to assign configurations over-the-air based on a broad range of criteria or LDAP attributes. This saves businesses up to $100 per device in provisioning costs.
  •  Quick device provisioning and remote support for next-generation Zebra peripherals. SOTI offers the industry’s tightest integration with Zebra, which minimizes downtime because of the ability to manage device profiles and spin up new devices remotely.
  • Enhanced and broadened support for Apple, Kyocera, Lenovo, Sony, LG, Samsung, Motorola APIs, as well as Windows Phone 8.1.
  • Over-the-air device configurations for email, WiFi, VPN etc. at a granular level based on various criteria including device properties, custom attributes and data, and more. This takes the burden off IT as users can now enroll their own devices quickly with zero IT intervention through a simple URL.
  • An updated user experience that optimizes device management across operating systems using advanced profiles and policies.

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Datalogic’s Memor Obsolescence Notice

Posted July 30, 2014

After years of delivering successful applications to worldwide retailers, Datalogic is now announcing the obsolescence of the Memor mobile computer product line. Datalogic has recently upgraded the Memor to a much more powerful device, the Memor X3 mobile computer, which is intended to be the ideal replacement of the current device now approaching its End-of-Life.

Please note that this announcement will apply to all special versions of the Memor mobile computer as well.

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The Datalogic Memor X3 mobile computer is our latest compact mobile computer that provides retailers with easy bar code reading in a pocketable and lightweight form factor, while guaranteeing high performance and durability.

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Panasonic’s Fully Rugged 5″ Tablets: FZ-X1 and FZ-E1

Posted July 8, 2014

2014-07-08_1041Panasonic has announced the U.S. launch of its fully-rugged, 5-inch handheld tablets. The Toughpad FZ-E1, powered by Windows Embedded 8.1 Handheld, and the Toughpad FZ-X1, running the Android 4.2.2 operating system, are enterprise-class handheld tablets — with voice and data connectivity — designed for mission-critical mobile workers. With 14-hour hot-swappable batteries, FIPS 140-2 Level 1 security, and sunlight-readable HD touchscreens that work even with gloves, the Toughpad FZ-E1 and Toughpad FZ-X1 are purpose-built to improve efficiency and productivity for mobile professionals such as first responders, military service members, and those in transportation and logistics, utilities, manufacturing, retail and field services.

The Toughpad FZ-E1 and Toughpad FZ-X1 represent a significant expansion of Panasonic’s Toughpad line, the world’s most comprehensive portfolio of enterprise-focused tablets. Like Panasonic’s market leading Toughbook laptops and convertibles, Toughpad tablets are engineered to deliver performance, security and reliability in extreme operating environments where consumer devices would fail. They are also built for easy integration into existing IT infrastructures and for smooth deployments and ongoing support, and provide organizations with longer life cycles, translating to lower total costs of ownership.

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Motorola’s TC55 Mobile Computer Wins 2014 Red Dot Product Design Award

Posted April 11, 2014

Motorola has been honored with the Red Dot Product Design Award 2014 for the TC55 touch computer. International experts evaluated 4,815 entries from 53 countries and selected the top designs that represent quality and innovative strength. The TC55 will be presented at the Red Dot Design Museum in Essen, Germany, in a special exhibition from July 8 – Aug. 3, 2014.

Designed for the field service, merchandising, and direct store delivery (DSD) markets, the TC55 is a complete business solution, featuring a thin design without compromising the capabilities or durability expected from an enterprise mobile device. The TC55 merges the features of a traditional enterprise-class mobile computer with the form factor and functionality of a smartphone running the Jelly Bean version of the Android operating system (OS).

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