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Logic Supply's World's grimiest PC contest
Look at what the ever-inventive folks at Logic Supply (the guys who make all those bright-orange industrial PCs) are doing now. They're giving away a CL100 Fanless Mini PC to the person who submits the best picture of their dusty, dirty, or otherwise gross computer and includes the hashtag #GoFanless. They want to highlight the benefits of fanless computing, and what better way than to show just how grimy fanned PCs can get. The contest is live now at www.logicsupply.com/go-fanless and runs until August 10th. [See how you can enter the contest] -- Posted Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Non-incendiary Juniper Mesa 2 for hazardous locations now available for purchase
Juniper Systems reports that their non-incendiary Mesa 2 Hazloc, designed for use in hazardous locations, is now available for purchase. Certified Class I, II, and III, Division 2, the Mesa 2 Hazloc can be used safely in areas where explosive gases, liquids, vapors, dusts, or fibers and flyings may be present. [See Juniper release] -- Posted Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Getac announces significantly enhanced 2nd generation of its compact, rugged 8.1-inch T800 tablet
Getac announced the next-generation Getac T800, an enhanced version of its compact IP65-sealed 8-inch tablet designed for one-handed operation. Now with an Intel "Cherry Trail" processor and a variety of tech improvements, the new version switches to a sunlight-readable IPS display with perfect viewing angles, hard-tip stylus, glove and wet modes, and beefed-up security. [See description, analysis and specs of the Getac T800 G2] -- Posted Tuesday, June 28, 2016

DigiTimes: Getac expects strong second half of year
According to DigiTimes, Getac Technology chairman James Hwang is optimistic about the second half of 2016. He expects the replacement trend in the enterprise sector brought by Windows 10 to be the main growth driver of Getac's revenues, in addition to developing solutions that include software, hardware and services, and the police surveillance cloud computing platform, Veretos that has already been adopted by police departments in South Carolina and Minnesota. -- Posted Friday, June 24, 2016

MEN launches dedicated Rail and Public Transport site
German MEN Mikro Elektronik announced it has launched a website specifically dedicated to rail and public transport technologies and solutions. MEN has been developing solutions for the railway market since the mid 1990s, having been certified to the IRIS railway quality management system in 2009. Their public transport product offering benefits from their core competencies such as robust and safe designs, modular concepts, and flexible FPGA architectures. [See MEN Rail and Public Transport site] -- Posted Thursday, June 23, 2016

AMREL partners with Airbus Defense and Space for easy access to geospatial data for GEOINT operations
AMREL announced it is partnering with Airbus Defense and Space to integrate GATOR (Geospatial Appliance Targeted for Operational Response) into a rugged one-box laptop solution called the GATOR Rugged Geospatial Laptop. In the most difficult and demanding areas of the world, this encapsulated geospatial server enables easy access to geospatial data even when the internet isn’t available. [See AMREL media release] -- Posted Thursday, June 23, 2016

Foxconn's strategy to get Sharp back on track
DigiTimes reports that at an investors' conference, Foxconn presented a plan on how to get Sharp back on track. That includes a) converting patents into actual products, b) taking a critical look at expensive joint ventures, and c) evaluate individual employees instead of just teams. -- Posted Thursday, June 23, 2016

Rugged Computing Case Studies: The Power to Save Lives — Handheld technology helps develop reliable electricity sources for healthcare in developing countries
Healthcare is essential to human survival. Access to trained practitioners, clean facilities, and vital medications and supplies makes the difference between life and death, especially in the developing world. But effective modern healthcare requires electricity. Without reliable power, the best doctors and clinics can be left helpless. Thanks to forward-thinking work from Great Lakes Energy and the powerful mobile technology of the rugged Handheld Algiz 7 tablet, rural healthcare clinics in Rwanda are helping create a model for efficient, dependable energy production that will save lives. [See case study] -- Posted Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Janam certifies Century Software
Janam Technologies, announced that it technically certified Century Software’s TinyTERM Enterprise mobile application access software for its Android-based XM5, XM70, XT1 and XT2 rugged mobile computing solutions. This validation helps ensure system interoperability between Janam’s Android-based rugged mobile computers and legacy host applications running on IBM and UNIX servers. [See Janam media relese -- Posted Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Quanmax releases OPS module-based multi-touch panels
Quanmax, a Taiwan-based embedded computing technology provider, announced their MoniQ Series of OPS-module-pluggable 10-point multi-touch flat panel monitors in 15, 17 and 19-inch versions. OPS (Open Pluggable Specification) is an Intel standard created to cost-effectively develop, deploy, manage, upgrade and maintain various size panel PC systems in digital signage and numerous other applications. [See Quanmax media release and MoniQ-1500/1700/1900 product page] -- Posted Monday, June 20, 2016

Case study: Stainless steel industrial PCs control and display processes in the production of flavors
Silesia Gerhard Hanke GmbH & Co. KG — a German-based producer of food flavors with subsidiaries in 18 countries — relies on dustproof and waterproof hardware that also has completely smooth surfaces without any gaps or joints to keep bacteria, fungi, and other microorganisms from hiding and growing, and potentially spoil or damage the valuable flavors. They found it in the noax Steel Series line of rugged computers which, running SAP-based application software, are used for various operation and process visualization tasks. [See the noax Technologies case study Stainless steel industrial PCs control and display processes in the production of favors] -- Posted Monday, June 20, 2016

Xplore rugged tablets chosen as German premium automotive manufacturer’s primary mobility solution for 12+ years
Xplore Technologies reported it is celebrating its collaborative mobility achievements with one of Germany’s biggest premium automotive manufacturers. For more than 12 years, the automotive manufacturer has been placing continuous orders for Xplore rugged and ultra-rugged tablet PC solutions to mobilize multiple workflow applications within its factory and warehouse environments. Thousands of enterprise-ready Xplore XC6 series tablets (see our review) and Motion F5m by Xplore tablets (see our review) have taken the place of inefficient paper-based processes, delivering the future-proof flexibility and scalability the customer required of its mobility solution as manufacturing technology designs have evolved. [See Xplore media release] -- Posted Saturday, June 18, 2016

Winmate shows E500 rugged, modern, well-equipped, highly configurable 5-inch industrial Android PDA
For customers who need more than a smartphone in a case but less than a full-blown industrial handheld, Winmate introduced the E500RM8 industrial PDA. Featuring 1280 x 720 resolution on a 5-inch procap display, the E500 runs Android 5.1 on an octa-core ARM Cortex A53 processor, can be equipped with an industrial-grade scanner, fingerprint reader and Smart Card reader. [See description, analysis and specs of the Winmate E500RM8 industrial Android PDA] -- Posted Friday, June 17, 2016

ARBOR adds 8-inch IoT-800 compact panel PC
ARBOR Technology introduced the compact Android-powered IoT-800 with an 8-inch capacitive multi-touch screen for emerging Internet of Things projects as well as Point-of-Sale/Service deployments, retail, hospitality, and a myriad of other other projects that require a compact, friendly, versatile panel to interact with all sorts of systems. [See description, analysis and specs of the ARBOR IoT-800] -- Posted Thursday, June 16, 2016

Getac sees May sales increase
According to DigiTimes, Getac Technology reported May 2016 sales of US$47.8 million, up almost 10% from May 2015. Getac is expected to see its sales grow steadily in the second quarter after it signed an agreement with Ingram Micro to sell its ruggedized PC products in western Europe. DigiTimes also mentioned a 5-year contract Getac signed with DHL for handling Getac's logistics and after-sale services in Europe. -- Posted Thursday, June 16, 2016

Logic Supply introduces inexpensive rugged fanless CL100
Industrial & Embedded computer manufacturer Logic Supply introduced the all-metal CL100 Fanless Mini PC, an ultra-compact computer based on Intel's Next Unit of Computing (NUC) motherboard form factor. Powered by a quad-core Intel Celeron N3150 processor, the 4.6 x 4.4 x 1.5 inch CL100 starts at just at $343. [See media release and Logic Supply CL100 product page] -- Posted Wednesday, June 15, 2016

IST selects Janam to power its facilities management solution
Janam Technologies announced that IST Management Services, the nation’s largest, independently-owned facilities management services provider, has deployed Janam XM5 rugged mobile computers with dual-OS support to improve mailroom and package delivery, copy center and equipment management, and hospitality services. Harry B Lerner, CEO, Janam Technologies said, "IST Management Services is one of the fastest-growing facilities management companies in the industry. With Janam's laser focus on excellence, we are honored to have helped IST achieve exceptional levels of service that meet or exceed client expectations.” [See Janam media release] -- Posted Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Free Juniper Geode webinar June 16, 1:00-1:30PM EST
Juniper Systems will be demonstrating their new universal Geode sub-meter GNSS receiver in a free webinar, held on Thursday, June 16th, 1:00 to 1:30PM Eastern Standard Time. Learn about the Geode, and how it can easily go with you mounted on a pole, in a pack, or held in your hand to collect real-time sub-meter GNSS data in harsh environments, using almost any handheld device. [Sign up for free Juniper Geode webinar] -- Posted Monday, June 13, 2016

Why are some rugged tablets immune to typical corrosion?
Anyone living on a coastline knows about the perils of rust. And salt fog (or sea air) is especially corrosive, with frequent exposure leading to oxidation that can deteriorate any type of metal or electronic device over time. A new Xplore blog entry discusses what makes a rugged mobile computer fit for ship, submarine, or port operations, or for military maritime duty. [See Xplore blog Maritime Mobility: Why Some Rugged Tablets are Immune to Typical Computer Corrosion -- Posted Monday, June 13, 2016

Juniper introduces the Geode rugged sub-meter GNSS receiver
Rugged data collection solution provider Juniper Systems, announced its newest product, the Geode—a real-time, sub-meter GNSS receiver. The IP68-sealed Geode features one-button simplicity and can be used with any of Juniper Systems’ rugged handhelds, as well as a wide range of Windows, Windows Mobile, and Android devices, ideal for bring-your-own-device workplaces. [See Juniper's media release and tthe Juniper Geo page] -- Posted Thursday, June 9, 2016

Wireless Network Solutions selects Janam for inspection management system
Janam Technologies announced that its XT1 rugged mini-tablet has been selected as the preferred mobile computing platform for organizations using Wireless Network Solution’s Inspector+ software in an industrial environment. Inspector+ is a cloud-based Android application that allows businesses in the airline, healthcare and oil and gas industries to replace pen and paper tracking. Harry B Lerner, CEO, Janam Technologies said, "a major North American airline is now using the XT1 with the powerful Inspector+ application to ensure regulatory compliance with Air Transport Association of America guidelines for jet fuel quality control. We are thrilled to be teaming with Wireless Network Solutions to deliver a powerful mobile computing solution that eliminates many of the operational hurdles associated with conducting inspections.” [See Janam media release -- Posted Thursday, June 9, 2016

Full review: MobileDemand's versatile and very affordable rugged 10.1-inch Windows xTablet T1500
With the xTablet T1500, MobileDemand complements their existing and similarly sized Flex 10 with a tablet device that offers a significantly higher degree of ruggedness, while still keeping costs remarkably low. Starting at just US$995, the T1500 has a superb display, industrial-grade scanning, very good cameras, and ample online connectivity. [See full review of the MobileDemand xTablet T1500] -- Posted Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Getac upgrades ultra-rugged B300 notebook
Getac announced a major upgrade to its B300 ultra-rugged 13.3-inch notebook computer. This time, Getac significantly beefed up security by combining several layers of hardware and software protection technology to guard against breaches and unauthorized access to sensitive information. The newly enhanced B300 also benefits from Intel 6th generation ("Skylake") i5 and i7 processors, boosting graphics performance and efficiency over the previous generation of the platform. [See Getac media release and RuggedPCReview's description, analysis and specs of the next generation Getac B300] -- Posted Tuesday, June 7, 2016

iRuggy Systems launches versatile iRUGGY G10 Mobile Tablet
iRuggy Systems announced their next generation Windows 10 IoT-based iRUGGY G10 10-inch Mobile Tablet, which features a modular design for user configurability through mix-and-match ADD-f(x) function modules. “We engineered the iRUGGY G10 to be versatile,” according to Mark Wallace, iRuggy executive vice-president. “The ADD-f(x) modular design allows us to continue expanding the suite of vertical applications supported and offers a future upgrade path for our customers.” First out ADD-f(x) module options include a 1D/2D scanner, biometric fingerprint reader, RFID, encrypted MSR and EMV-certified smart card reader. [See iRuggy media release] -- Posted Monday, June 6, 2016

Xplore secures additional order with major telecommunications provider for two rugged tablet platforms
Xplore Technologies announced it has secured an additional order for its Xplore Bobcat and XSLATE B10 fully rugged tablet computers from a major telecommunications provider. The telecommunications provider deployed the Bobcat and XSLATE B10 tablets in 2014 and 2015, and recently placed a follow-up order, bringing the total number of Bobcats and XSLATE B10s to more than 7,000 tablets. [See Xplore media release] -- Posted Monday, June 6, 2016

Handheld Group adds e-ticketing capabilities to its versatile Algiz RT7 Android rugged tablet
Handheld Group announced the Algiz RT7 eTicket, a new version of its Algiz RT7 Android tablet that adds a specialized RFID reader so transit workers can use it for mobile ticketing tasks. The 7-inch Algiz RT7 eTicket tablet offers an optimum combination of functionality, transaction speed, light weight, reliability and ruggedness for mobile transit environments. The contactless electronic link between card and reader provides a fast interface to handle a high volume of transactions. The integrated Arcontia smart card reader makes for fast and dependable contactless payment collection. The reader is MIFARE compatible, supports ISO/IEC and ISO14443 A/B RFID tags/cards, and has two integrated Secure Access Modules (SAM) for secure transactions. [See Handheld media release]
-- Posted Thursday, June 2, 2016

What happened in rugged computing 5 years ago: June 2011
In June 2011, GD-Itronix introduced the GD3015 tablet and the GD8200 ultra-rugged notebook, and signed an Android license with Microsoft. Panasonic showed an upcoming 10.1-inch Android tablet and sold 5,300 Toughbook 19s to Italian ENEL. DAP introduced the small M1000 handheld. Getac sold 12,500 tablets via British SBL and introduced the X500 rugged notebook. We added the LXE Marathon tablet (just when Honeywell said it was buying LXE parent EMS Technologies) and the Elecsys Radix FW960 ultra-rugged handheld. Dell updated its rugged ATG and XFR laptops. Nordstrom wasn't sure if it should buy thousands of rugged devices or go with iPods in a case. We reviewed the Advantech TREK-510 and the Winmate G-WIN rugged Panel PC. [See RuggedPCReview May 2011 archives] -- Posted Thursday, June 2, 2016

MobileDemand launches rugged xTablet T8650 capable of dimensional data acquisition
MobileDemand announced the xTablet T8500, an innovative rugged 8-inch Windows 10 tablet computer with integrated Intel RealSense R200 camera system that can not only enhance productivity by quickly performing near-field automatic length and volume measurements, but also has the potential to revolutionize the generation of photorealistic 3D models as well as provide an entry to the emerging field of dimensional data acquisition. [See description, analysis and specs of the MobileDemand xTablet T8650] -- Posted Wednesday, June 1, 2016

DT Research announces DT327CR Point-Of-Service tablet
Also announced at the National Restaurant Association Show in Chicago was the DT Research DT327CR mobile Point-Of-Service tablet. The small and light Microsoft Windows 10 IoT Enterprise-based 7-inch DT315CR is a multi-function tablet provides secure mobile data capture, storage and transmission for food ordering, tableside check-out, mobile check-in and efficient inventory management, with seamless front and back office application integration and advanced security. [See DT Research media release and our description, analysis and specs of the DT Research DT327CR] -- Posted Monday, May 30, 2016

DigiTimes: Tablet supply chain beginning to focus elsewhere
With demand for tablets weakening, DigiTimes feels that suppliers are increasingly looking for opportunity elsewhere, like car-use electronics, portable navigation devices, handsets, industrial control platforms, educational devices, consumer electronics, and medical equipment and surveillance products. -- Posted Monday, May 30, 2016

DT Research announces DT315CR Point-Of-Service tablet
Selecting just the right venue, DT Research announced the DT315CR mobile Point-Of-Service tablet at the National Restaurant Association Show in Chicago. The Microsoft Windows 10 IoT Enterprise-based 9.7-inch DT315CR is multi-function tablet that provides secure mobile data capture, storage and transmission for food ordering, tableside check-out, mobile check-in and efficient inventory management, with seamless front and back office application integration and advanced security. [See DT Research media release and our description, analysis and specs of the DT Research DT315CR] -- Posted Saturday, May 28, 2016

Datalogic introduces 5-inch rugged Android PDA
Datalogic introduced the DL-Axist PDA as a robust, industrial-strength Android-based handheld computer with a fashionably large 5-inch high-res display and and an industrial-grade 2D imager. The primary target market is retail applications such as assisted sales, merchandising, stock management, field force deployment outside the four walls use, or as a Manager's device. [See Datalogic media release and description, analysis and specs of the Datalogic DL-Axist] -- Posted Thursday, May 26, 2016

Inside RuggedPCReview.com: coding, standards, and "2x" pics
Although RuggedPCReview.com is a very large and deep site that's updated every day, we code everything by hand, with the help of a bunch of tools and systems. That means that we'll occasionally run into issues and problems, and need to come up with our own solutions. In this longish blog entry we're discussing some of these philosophical issues, coding issues, the standards we use, and also how we're going to deal with the "2x" display issue, i.e. making sure our pictures look great on the growing number of very high resolution displays. [read on] -- Posted Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Bright House orders an additional 3,000 Getac computers
Bright House Networks has ordered 3,000 Getac fully rugged F110 tablets and V110 convertible notebooks so that its field technicians and supervisors can serve their 2.5 million cable, Internet, voice and home security customers more efficiently. Bright House chose Getac because they were able to collaborate and develop a custom solution that dramatically improved their diagnostic workflow. Before placing the order, Bright House conducted a rigorous, long-term pilot test with Getac products to ensure that their features, functions and rugged design could handle the everyday stress associated with the wide range of extreme environments in which the Bright House team operates. [See Getac media release -- Posted Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Buckeye Mountain selects Janam for its RFID tag reading solution
Janam announced that Janam’s XM2-RFID for Rail mobile computer is a recommended mobile computing hardware for Buckeye Mountain’s Automatic Equipment Identification (AEI) Quick Read application. Buckeye Mountain selected Janam’s XM2-RFID for Rail because it is the lightest, fastest and most affordable RFID-reading solution for the railroad industry. Janam CEO Harry B Lerner said, “We enjoy working with partners that share our passion for disrupting the status quo in industries that crave innovative and cost-effective solutions. Our partnership with Buckeye Mountain focuses on helping rail organizations manage their operations more efficiently and more economically, with real-time access to business intelligence.” [See Janam media release] -- Posted Tuesday, May 24, 2016

RuggON's new PM-311B rugged tablet puts cutting edge technology into the hands of the law
RuggON Corporation introduced the RuggON PM-311B, a tough Intel Bay Trail quad-core powered tablet with a super-bright 7-inch capacitive multi-touch display. Running Windows 10 IoT Enterprise for tablets, the PM-311B is equipped with advanced fingerprint reading, FIPS 140-2 encryption options, and a snap-on MRZ+MSR reader to meet the needs of always-connected law enforcement and similar deployments. [See description, analysis and specs of the RuggON PM-311B] -- Posted Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Winmate to showcase latest automotive solutions for IoT and Industry 4.0 at Computex 2016
Winmate announced it will showcase its latest industrial solutions for the IoT and Industry 4.0 at Computex 2016, May 31 through June 1 in Taipei, Taiwan, Booth #M1235. Winmate aims to provide automotive enterprise-ready solutions for vertical markets, focusing on HazLock, marine, warehouse and industrial automation, and healthcare. Also shown: a new series of Human Machine Interfaces (HMI) for industrial and building automation, new flat ECDIS Marine Panel PC and displays, Vehicle Mount Computers, full IP67 Stainless Panel PCs for ATEX Zone 2, and 4K Medical Display. -- Posted Monday, May 23, 2016

FBI certifies AMREL's latest Android rugged tablet
AMREL announced the FBI's certification of its Flexpedient AT80B Rugged Biometric Tablet. It is now on the exclusive FBI's Certified Products Listing. AMREL developed the AT80B in cooperation with Integrated Biometrics. Fingerprints are captured by the industry-leading Sherlock, an Integrated Biometrics module which utilizes a state-of-the-art Light Emitting Sensor. This sensor is fully rugged, uses little power, needs less maintenance than traditional methods, and captures FAP-45 quality images. [See AMREL media release and our review of the AT80] -- Posted Monday, May 23, 2016

Welcome Havis, RuggedPCReview's newest industry sponsor
A warm welcome to Havis as RuggedPCReview.com's newest industry sponsor, helping us continue to provide deep, detailed coverage and reviews of rugged mobile computing technology without annoying pop-ups and "you may also be interested in" click-bait. Havis has an 80 year legacy as a trusted manufacturer and provider of mission critical equipment. The company provides laptop and tablet docking stations and cradles, keeping devices docked, secure and functional. [See Havis computing solutions] -- Posted Monday, May 23, 2016

ARBOR introduces fanless embedded ARES-1230
ARBOR Technology announced the launch of the compact, lightweight ARES-1230 Series as an expansion of ARBOR’s product line-up of compact fanless embedded controllers. The new Series was specifically created to address the need for ultra-low profile enclosure solutions with flexible I/O and input power requirements. [See ARBOR media release -- Posted Friday, May 20, 2016

Avalue enters new markets with semi-industrial Panel PCs
Avalue Technology is introducing the ultra slim semi-industrial SID series of Panel PCs. SID panels are designed to merge the best of industrial and commercial products, offer ruggedness, longevity and technical support, high quality, stylish design and affordability. Applications include digital signage, point of information, conference system, kiosk, thin client terminal, surveillance and many others. Available in 10, 15 and 21-inch screen sizes, the fanless SID panel computers support Windows 10, Android and Linux, have 10-point capacitive multi-touch, and include full onboard connectivity. [See Avalue media release] -- Posted Thursday, May 19, 2016

Janam partners with ID Card to deliver industry's most affordable virtual ticket solution
Janam Technologies announced that it is working with Johnston Amusements to deploy a ticketless solution at all of Johnston Amusements’ fairs and festivals. The solution is powered by Janam’s XT1 rugged mini-tablet ( see our review of the Janam XT1) and ID Card Inc. ticketing software. The system will ultimately reduce lines and enhance the guest experience. Janam CEO Harry B Lerner said, "to provide a more enjoyable guest experience, intelligent organizations like Johnston Amusements look for new and unique ways to eliminate the common frustrations fair and festival patrons encounter. Our XT1 enables Johnston employees to spend more time on guests’ needs, while also helping management improve overall staffing and accounting operations." [See Janam media release] -- Posted Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Full review: Handheld Group Algiz RT7 rugged Android tablet
Swedish Handheld Group's Android 5.1.1-based 7-inch Algiz RT7 tablet computer is the latest in the company's lineup of rugged mobile computers for field workers in all sorts of demanding environments. Weighing less than the original iPad, the Algiz RT7 has a very responsive 7-inch daylight-viewable wide-format capacitive multi-touch touch screen, good wired and wireless communication, industrial grade scanning, and it is tough enough to go anywhere. [See full review of the Handheld Group Algiz RT7] -- Posted Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Handheld Group introduces intrinsically safe ultra-rugged computer
Handheld Group announced its first certified intrinsically safe model, a special version of the Nautiz X1 compact handheld. The product is being brought to market through a collaboration between Handheld Group and MCS (Mining Consultancy Services Pty Ltd), with offices in South Africa, Australia and Russia. The special version of the Nautiz X1 will first be introduced to the market in South Africa, where the Ex ia (Zone 0) and Ex ib (Zone 1) certifications have been issued. The international equivalent certifications, IECEx for Zone 0 and Zone 1, are in progress and are expected to be approved later this summer. [See Handheld media release] -- Posted Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Xplore secures additional order from U.S. railroad transportation company for rugged Tablet PCs
Xplore Technologies announced it has secured an order for an additional 120 Xplore Bobcat tablet computers from a leading U.S. railroad transportation company. The long-time customer recently placed a $1 million order for Bobcat tablets in April. The continued deployment and additional orders for fully rugged Bobcat tablets is to help railroad conductors safely stay connected and up-to-date with scheduling and cargo data, regardless of distance traveled, or amount of shock and vibration endured. [See Xplore media release] -- Posted Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Full review: Winmate M133W rugged 13.3-inch Tablet PC
With their new 13.3-inch M133W rugged tablet, Winmate Communication addresses the growing demand for larger tablet displays with higher resolutions in packages that take advantage of advanced Intel Core processor technology. RuggedPCReview has had an opportunity to examine the big M133W in detail and found it to be a compelling package for numerous applications that not only require Windows in the field, but also enough screen real estate for professional-grade applications. [See full review of the Winmate M133W 13.3-inch Rugged Tablet PC] -- Posted Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Getac introduces 3rd gen V110 fully rugged convertible
Getac introduced the next generation of their V110 fully rugged 11.6-inch convertible, with emphasis on performance demands and security threats in the most extreme environments. The V110, which offers a full-size keyboard and transforms easily between tablet and notebook modes, is now based on Intel "Skylake" 6th generation i5 and i7 Core processors. It's, among numerous other deployments, ideal for officers who need a tablet in the car and a full-size keyboard for typing reports outside the vehicle. [See Getac media release and RuggedPCReview's description, analysis and specs of the third generation Getac V110] -- Posted Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Getac introduces 3rd gen F110 fully rugged tablet
Getac introduced the next generation of their F110 fully rugged 11.6-inch tablet, with emphasis on performance demands and security threats in the most extreme environments. The F110, Getac's thinnest Windows tablet and now based on Intel "Skylake" 6th generation i5 and i7 Core processors, is an attractive mobile choice with a FullHD webcam, 8MP autofocus camera and optional 1D/2D barcode reader to video conference and capture data. [See Getac media release and RuggedPCReview's description, analysis and specs of the third generation Getac F110] -- Posted Tuesday, May 17, 2016

RuggedPCReview encounters hammerhead during testing
Last week, while testing underwater computing and video gear off the coast of South Florida, RuggedPCReview publisher and editor-in-chief Conrad Blickenstorfer had a close encounter with a hammerhead shark. Staff photographer Carol Cotton was quick on the draw with a GoPro action camera to document the occasion. It's all in a day's work. -- Posted Monday, May 16, 2016

Small PC upgrades rugged waterproof iBrick computer to Intel's Broadwell Series with available i7 processor
Small PC Computers of Clearwater Florida, a manufacturer of rugged computer solutions, has released its latest ibrick rugged computer model SC215ML. The ibrick is fully sealed against extreme weather and accidental immersion, while maintaining resistance to shock and vibration. A compact brick size package of only 8" x 5" x 2.7", this rugged, high performance, fanless computer is under 3lbs and operates silently, with no moving parts. [See Small PC iBrick SC215ML] -- Posted Monday, May 16, 2016

Datalogic reports sales revenue Q1 2016
Datalogic reported sales revenues for the first quarter of 2016 of 135.4 million Euro (US$153.3 million), with a growth of 10.7% compared to the first quarter of 2015 (+9.6% at constant exchange rates). The Group's net profit amounted to 10.1 million Euro (US$11.4 million), up slightly compared to 9.9 million Euro achieved in the same period of the prior year. [See Datalogic media release] -- Posted Sunday, May 15, 2016

Juniper Systems Mesa 2 touch screen profiles optimize use in rain & wet conditions
In its May 13 blog, Juniper Systems explains the use of touch screen profiles optimized for their Mesa 2 Windows 10 tablet's use in rainy and wet conditions. With capacitive multi-touch increasingly the user interface of choice, different touch profiles are becoming quite important, and this blog post discussed how various profiles work. [See Juniper Mesa 2 touch screen profiles optimize use in rain & wet conditions] -- Posted Friday, May 13, 2016

Xplore Technologies: Decontamination of mobile devices is not just a healthcare concern
XploreTechnologies' latest blog deals with the issue of mobile device contamination. This is generally viewed as a concern in healthcare settings where infection is a major issue, but Xplore says it goes well beyond that. For example, if a job requires wearing gloves, it stands to reason that the tablet used for the job should not only also be protected against the substances it'll encounter, but also be able to withstand thorough decontamination. [See Decontamination of mobile devices is not just a healthcare concern] -- Posted Friday, May 13, 2016

Mobile Demand: Does barcode scanning speed actually matter?
In its May 16 blog, Mobile Demand discusses advances in barcode scanning technology including the speed in which 1D and 2D barcodes are read. But is speed really all that matters? Mobile Demand's conjecture is that the better user interface, higher performance and larger storage of rugged tablets my be as important, if not more so, than just the scanner specs. [See Does barcode scanning speed actually matter?] -- Posted Thursday, May 12, 2016

ARBOR showcases IoT solutions at COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2016
ARBOR Technology announce its participation at COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2016, from May 31 to June 4, 2016. ARBOR will be located in booth number L1317a at 4th floor, Nangang Exhibition Hall of Taipei World Trade Center (TWTC). ARBOR will exhibit Internet of Things (IoT) technologies and an array of key products and services. [See ARBOR media release] -- Posted Thursday, May 12, 2016

GammaTech and Precision Mounting Technologies deliver in-vehicle tablet computing solution
GammaTech Computer Corp. and Precision Mounting Technologies (PMT) announced today that they have expanded their partnership in which PMT designs, develops, and delivers unique vehicle docks, universal cradles, and mounting infrastructure products specifically for use with GammaTech's DURABOOK rugged R11 tablet computer. The companies' combined tablet product offering is ideal for use in the hard-charging, on-the-move public safety and field services applications, as they provide users with durable, rugged tablet computers secured in safe, reliable mounting systems. [See GammaTech media release] -- Posted Thursday, May 12, 2016

JLT Mobile Computers selected by LTS Scale company for their weighing systems virtual indicator
JLT Mobile Computers announced it has entered a partnership with LTS Scale Company, a manufacturer of precision mobile scales and weighing systems with headquarters in Ohio, US. LTS Scale Company will sell the JLT1214P rugged forklift computer as part of their in-motion, legal-for-trade weight scale solution for transportation customers primarily within the Less than Truckload (LTL) shipping segment. [See JLT Mobile media release] -- Posted Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Winnebago Integrates RAM Mounts into the commercial vehicle lineup
Winnebago Industries Commercial Vehicles will be immediately integrating RAM Mounts’ rugged and versatile mounting system into all of its Class A commercial RV products. This development means that RAM Mounts will be built into Winnebago commercial vehicle products such as mobile health, mobile retail, mobile classroom, mobile marketing and bookmobiles as a factory-produced option. [See news release] -- Posted Tuesday, May 10, 2016

GammaTech and Precision Mounting Technologies deliver in-vehicle tablet computing solution
GammaTech Computer Corp. and Precision Mounting Technologies (PMT) announced that they have expanded their partnership in which PMT designs, develops, and delivers unique vehicle docks, universal cradles, and mounting infrastructure products specifically for use with GammaTech's DURABOOK rugged R11 tablet computer. The companies' combined tablet product offering is ideal for use in the hard-charging, on-the-move public safety and field services applications, as they provide users with durable, rugged tablet computers secured in safe, reliable mounting systems. [See GammaTech media release] -- Posted Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Xplore secures new $1.3 million order for rugged tablets with utility infrastructure service provider
Xplore Technologies announced it has secured orders in excess of $1.3 million with a large national field service and engineering company in the electric utility sector. The company’s field service workers will be using Xplore XSLATE B10 fully rugged tablets to achieve greater efficiency in the repair and restoration of North America’s aging utility infrastructure. [See Xplore media release] -- Posted Thursday, May 5, 2016

Trimble reports Q1 2016 results, Mobile Solutions revenue up 6%
Trimble reported Q1 2016 revenue of $583.0 million, roughly the same as Q1 2015. Engineering and Construction revenue was $309.8 million, up 4%. Field Solutions $106.0 million, down 8%. Mobile Solutions $136.3 million, up 6%. Advanced Devices $30.9 million, down 22%. GAAP operating income was $29.9 million, down 24% from Q1 2015. Steven W. Berglund, Trimble's president and CEO said, "We remain on track for revenue growth for the full year, with particular strength in the Mobile Solutions segment and from the heavy civil and buildings businesses in the Engineering and Construction segment." [See Trimble news release] -- Posted Monday, May 2, 2016

What happened in rugged computing 5 years ago: May 2011
In May 2011, Psion started shipping next-gen EP10 rugged handheld, we reviewed Winmate's MCA tablet, the Juniper Mesa, the Xplore iX104C5, and GammaTech's Durabook 15C, N-trig empasized its DuoSense multi-touch plus pen technology, Intermec made a significant investment in India, Motorola Solutions received a "strong positive" from Gartner's MarketScope for the Ruggedized Handheld-Computer Market, LXE posted record sales for Q1 2011 and Intermec's Q1 2011 revenue were up 20%. Unitech added their Marvell PXA320-powered PA550, Panasonic introduced the semi-rugged Toughbook 53, the Juniper Mesa was used in a Tuscaloosa tornado cleanup and Motion donated F5v tablets for flood clean-up. DLI announces price reduction for its rugged tablets, DisplaySearch predicted wide viewing angle displays would take over, and 3M demonstrated optical films specifically designed for tablets. [See RuggedPCReview May 2011 archives] -- Posted Monday, May 2, 2016

Utilities aren’t the only ones finding their way with GIS
In its latest blog, Xplroe Technologies points out that geospatial applications aren’t exclusively beneficial to traditional field service sectors. Thanks to the proliferation of more advanced mobile computing technologies and the collective efforts of organizations such as Esri and industry leaders, GIS information is influencing the operational efficiency of professionals in almost every global industry. Xplore's Vertical Solutions Architect Bob Ashenbrenner explains the situation and opportunities in considerable detail in Geo Informatics Magazine. [See Geo Informatics article] -- Posted Friday, April 29, 2016

IDC: overall tablet sales down, detachables gaining
According to IDC, worldwide tablet shipments were down 14.7% in Q1/2016 vs Q1/2015. Of the 39.6 million, 87.6% were pure tablets, though mostly low-end. Apple's marketshare was at 25.9%, Samsung's at 15.2% Detachable sales rose to 4.9 million units. "Microsoft arguably created the market for detachable tablets with the launch of their Surface line of products," said Jitesh Ubrani, senior research analyst with IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Device Trackers. "With the PC industry in decline, the detachable market stands to benefit as consumers and enterprises seek to replace their aging PCs with detachables." [See IDC media release] -- Posted Friday, April 29, 2016

Xplore gets $1 million order from leading US utility company
Xplore Technologies announced it has been awarded a $1 million order for its Xplore XSLATE B10 fully-rugged tablet from one of the nation’s top 10 electric power and natural gas utility company. The continued deployment and additional orders for the XSLATE B10 tablet are to help the company achieve cost savings and increase mobility in the utility field service. [See Xplore media release -- Posted Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Zebra Technologies study finds seven in ten decision makers to accelerate warehouse technology investment by 2020
Zebra Technologies announced the results of its latest Warehouse Vision Study, which compares input from 1,378 IT and operations warehouse professionals. It shows how responses shifted between 2013 and 2015, as well as on expectations in 2015 versus 2020. In essence, consumer expectations will drive increased investment in IT and operational functions in warehouses over the next four years as manufacturing and logistics companies continue to adjust to delivering directly to consumers. In 2013 that meant more warehouse locations, but in 2015 emphasis is on more items shipped, shorter delivery times, labor performance and order accuracy. This means moving to more modern, full-featured warehouse management systems, real-time location systems, bar code scanning, voice picking, tablets, and IoT projects. Mark Wheeler, director, Warehouse Solutions, Zebra Technologies, said, "We see this as an enormous area of opportunity: providing workers with the tools they need to do their jobs accurately and productively will help companies meet and exceed customer expectations for accuracy and on-time delivery." [See Zebra news release and Warehousing 2020 infographic] -- Posted Tuesday, April 26, 2016

San Jose PD again chooses Getac B300 to refresh fleet
The San Jose Police Department (SJPD) has ordered an additional 400 Getac B300 G5 ultra rugged notebook computers to replenish its fleet of squad cars, after first purchasing in 2009. They chose the Getac B300 again because it has consistently reduced equipment downtime and maintenance costs while improving productivity in the field. SJPD has cars patrolling around the clock in a wide range of temperatures, so the Getac B300 G5 provides a much-needed upgrade to advanced technology, connectivity and durability. [See Getac media release] -- Posted Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Xplore Technologies secures contract with Top Ten largest fire-rescue department in the U.S.
Xplore Technologies announced it has secured a contract with one of the top 10 largest fire-rescue departments in the nation, for more than two hundred of its XSLATE D10 Android-based rugged tablets. The fire-rescue department selected the XSLATE D10 for electronic patient care reporting based on the flexibility of the Android operating system. [See Xplore media release] -- Posted Friday, April 22, 2016

Intel to emphasize data center, IoT, cut 12,000 jobs
Intel announced a restructuring initiative to accelerate its evolution from a PC company to one that powers the cloud and billions of smart, connected computing devices. Intel said the data center and Internet of Things (IoT) businesses are their primary growth engines now, delivering $2.2 billion in revenue growth last year, making up 40% of revenue and a (slight) majority of operating profit, which largely offset a 10% decline in net revenue in the PC market segment. These changes will result in the reduction of up to 12,000 positions globally, or about 11% of the workforce by mid-2017. [See Intel media release] -- Posted Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Japan Inc sputtering
Not so long ago, Japan seemed unstoppable. But then came the Lost Decade or two, the emergence of Korea as an electronics world power, and then the more recent natural disasters. What once seemed unthinkable is a reality. Sharp sold. Toshiba just reporting it has cut 14,450 jobs worldwwide (see here), and now as a result of the most recent earthquakes, Sony had to close its imaging sensor production lines, which, according to ChannelNews, make over 40% of all camera sensors, as well as all the imagers in iPhones. -- Posted Monday, April 18, 2016

MobileDemand on barcodes and a barcode generator
MobileDemand published a blog entry on the basics of a barcode, followed up by an actual online barcode generator that allows creation of codes in several popular bar code formats, and even the ability to print them out in a grid on standard sheets of paper. See The Basics of a Barcode and the Barcode Generator. -- Posted Saturday, April 16, 2016

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