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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

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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

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

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

Full review: Trimble's impressive Kenai 10-inch rugged tablet
While Trimble is best known for its GPS products and expertise, the company integrates all sorts of positioning technologies (GPS, laser, optical and inertial) with application software, wireless communications, and services to provide complete commercial solutions. With the Intel Bay Trail-powered Kenai, Trimble adds a rugged, versatile 10-inch class Windows 10 tablet with full 1920 x 1200 resolution and finger, stylus and glove capable capacitive touch. RuggedPCReview has now had the chance for a full, in-depth review of the Trimble Kenai. [See full review of the Trimble Kenai rugged tablet -- Posted Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Advantech unveils IoT gateway starter kit
Advantech unveiled an IoT gateway starter kit designed to jumpstart innovation with a reliable platform and open gateway technologies. The package includes a ready-to-run system (Intel Celeron J1900 platform & Windows 7 Embedded), IoT software platform service (WISE-PaaS), software development kit and technical support service. This gateway is also verified to work with the Microsoft Azure cloud platform. [See Advantech IoT Gateway page] -- Posted Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Xplore secures additional $1 Million order from U.S. railroad transportation company
Xplore Technologies announced it has been awarded an $1 million order for its Xplore Bobcat tablet computers from a leading U.S. railroad transportation company. The continued deployment and additional orders for fully-rugged Bobcat tablets is to help the railroad achieve cost savings and increase mobility in its yards. [See Xplore media release] -- Posted Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Full review: Getac's brand-new Skylake-powered 14-inch semi-rugged S410 notebook, lighter and slimmer than ever
Getac announced its new 14-inch S410 semi-rugged notebook featuring extensive security features, custom configurability, and Intel Skylake performance for public safety, insurance, field service and other mobile professionals. The S410, which offers 1920 x 1080 resolution and capacitive multi-touch, is 29% thinner and 23% lighter than previous Getac semi-rugged laptops, and now offers hot-swappable battery design. [See Getac media release and RuggedPCReview full review of the Getac S410] -- Posted Tuesday, April 12, 2016

VDC Research: Panasonic has top global marketshare in rugged notebooks and tablets
Panasonic announced the company has been recognized as the global leader in rugged notebook and tablets sales for 2015, according to VDC Research. The new report, “Strategic Insights 2015: Enterprise Mobility Solutions,” revealed Panasonic leads both categories in revenue and units shipped globally and in all regions the report tracks – the Americas, EMEA and Asia-Pacific. Panasonic sold 58.9% of the rugged notebooks and 50.7% of the rugged tablets purchased globally in 2015. -- Posted Monday, April 11, 2016

Unitech launches rugged Android keypad handheld
Unitech has launched the PA692A, a rugged Android 4.3-based handheld with a 3.8-inch capacitive touch display, integrated barcode scanner, RFID reader, and a physical keypad (either QWERTY or numeric). The PA692A, which joins the existing Windows Embedded Handheld-based PA692, carries IP65 sealing, can handle 5-feet drops, and has Gorilla Glass 3 display protection. [See Unitech media release and RuggedPCReview description, analysis and specs of the Unitech PA692A] -- Posted Friday, April 8, 2016

Juniper's Windows 10 Mesa 2 tablet now shipping
Rugged data collection solution provider Juniper Systems announced that its new Mesa 2 Rugged Tablet is now shipping. As the first Windows 10 device produced by Juniper Systems and the only IP68-rated Windows tablet on the market, the Mesa 2 joins a new category of data collection solutions—one that provides users with greater processing power and capabilities. [See Juniper media release and our preview of the Juniper Mesa 2] -- Posted Friday, April 8, 2016

Cognex enters rugged mobile terminal market
Cognex, a supplier of machine vision systems and industrial barcode readers announced that it has developed a new product line — ruggedized mobile terminals. The MX-1000 combines a modern smartphone (Samsung Galaxy S4/S5, Apple iPhone 5/5S, 6/6S and 5th gen iPod for now) with a rugged hand-held assembly that holds both the phone and a specially designed Cognex barcode reader. At a time where existing Windows Mobile/Embedded handheld devices are being phased out, Cognex expects that this unique combination will enable it to become a major player in a $500 million segment of the mobile terminal market. [See Cognex media release, the MX-1000 product page, and into video] -- Posted Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Juniper Systems blog: transferring data between Windows 10 and Windows Embedded Handheld
With Juniper Systems having introduced their first full Windows 10-based rugged device, the Juniper Mesa 2, the company published a very helpful blog entitled How to Transfer Data on Your Mesa 2 Rugged Tablet. -- Posted Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Xplore wins multi-million dollar order from global transportation company
Xplore announced it has secured a multi-million dollar order for its Xplore XSLATE D10 Android-based rugged tablet computers from a leading global transportation company. The order for the fully-rugged XSLATE D10 tablets is to help the transportation company achieve cost savings and increase mobility in its rail yards. [See Xplore media release] -- Posted Wednesday, April 6, 2016

BARTEC partners with Winmate to innovate the HazLoc market with advanced technology
Winmate and BARTEC, a leading provider of industrial safety technology, announced a partnership to accelerate the introduction of mobile enterprise solutions in the hazardous locations (HazLoc) market. The partnership has already resulted in the release of a Class 1, Division 2/ATEX Zone 2, 4G/LTE multi-carriers certified Windows platform-based industry tablet PC. A much anticipated Class 1 Division 1/ATEX Zone 1 will follow later in 2016. [See media release] -- Posted Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Samwell introduces new RUGGEDBOOK SR820s
Samwell introduced a new, faster version of its acclaimed SR820 rugged tablet platform. Successfully deployed around the world, the new SR820s is now based on the 1.91GHz quad-core Intel E3845 "Bay Trail" processor, supports USB 3.0, and provides up to five times the performance of the predecessor model. Samwell will show the new model at Computex Taipei, May 31 to June 4, 2016 at Booth M1231. [See Introducing RUGGEDBOOK SR820s -- Posted Monday, April 4, 2016

1 TFLOP in rugged systems
What if integrated Intel graphics are nowhere near powerful enough, and available discrete graphics modules aren't rugged enough for a project? Then it may be time to look at Abaco. Abaco, which used to be the embedded computing business of GE Intelligent Platforms, is a leader in bringing NVIDIA’s GPU technology to rugged products designed for deployment in the harshest environments. At GTC 2016, Abaco discussed their plans for NVIDIA’s new 1 TFLOP Jetson TX1 System-on-Module (SoM). [See Abaco media release] -- Posted Monday, April 4, 2016

Moore's Law revised; Intel moving to 30 month cycle
The Motley Fool reported that Intel will move away from its 24-month "tick-tock" cycle that was based on Intel co-founder Gordon Moore's "law" that the number of transistors on a defined piece of silicon will double every two years. Instead, Intel is moving to a 30-month "process, architecture, and optimization" cycle where the "optimization step adds another six month to the cycle. [See As Moore's Law Ends...] -- Posted Thursday, March 31, 2016

FBI certifies AMREL's XP7-ID rugged biometric smartphone
Fingerprint readers are on numerous devices these days, but when it comes to serious biometric verification, industrial-grade, FBI-approved technology and solutions are in order. And that's what AMREL's new XP7-ID ultra-rugged Android-based biometric smartphone offers. It combines a tough, waterproof 4-inch procap smartphone with a specialized "enrollment and verification" fingerprint sensor for defense, public safety, and industrial markets. [See description, analysis and specs of the AMREL XP7-ID biometric smartphone -- Posted Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Foxconn buys Sharp for US$3.5 billion
It's official. Foxconn, a Taiwanese contract manufacturer, is buying Sharp, the storied Japanese electronics company with over a century of technology innovations, for US$3.5 billion. That's less than a fifth of what Facebook paid for the WhatsApp messaging applet. This is the first takeover of a large Japanese electronics producer by a foreign company. -- Posted Wednesday, March 30, 2016

New RTX standard for rugged Computer-on-Module boards
Advantech, AAEON, Avalue, ARM, NXP and Texas Instruments announced collaboration on a new open form factor ARM-based Computer-On-Module (COM) specification for industrial applications. RTX, which stands for Rugged Technology eXtended, describes a compact (68x68mm), robust (2mm thick boards, four board connectors for stacking) standard with with excellent anti-shock and anti-vibration capabilities, wide-range power input and wide operating temperature range (-40° to 185°F), making RTX an innovative form factor for ruggedized applications. Advantech announced two initial RTX boards, the ROM-3310 and the ROM-3420. [See Advantech media release and RTX standards website] -- Posted Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Getac aims for 30% market share for rugged devices in 2018
According to DigiTimes, Getac expects its revenues to reach US$620 million in 2016 with ruggedized product lines contributing over 50% of the revenues. The company is also aiming to increase its share in the ruggedized PC market to 30% in 2018, up from 20% in 2015, staying stably as the second largest player in the market. Getac had revenues of US$562 million for 2015 with net profits of US$39.4 million, up 44.91% on year. -- Posted Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Janam introduces smartphone-style rugged 5-inch Android Lollipop touch computer
Janam introduced the Janam XT2, a smartphone-style Android 5.1-based touch computer. The IP67-sealed XT2 has a 5-foot drop spec, a very wide -4° to 140°F operating temperature range, yet its footprint is no larger than that of an iPhone 6 Plus. The XT2 has a 5-inch 1280 x 720 pixel procap display, dual cameras, MSR, RFID/NFC, and an integrated industrial-grade Zebra SE4710 1D/2D imager. [See Janam media release and RuggedPCReview's description, analysis and specs of the Janam XT2] -- Posted Wednesday, March 30, 2016

VIA demos Mobile360 Surround View System
VIA Technologies announced that it will demonstrate their new in-vehicle VIA Mobile360 Surround View System during the 2016 Mid-America Trucking Show being held from March 31st to April 2nd in Booth 60113 of the Kentucky Expo Center, in Louisville Kentucky. Specifically designed for real-time commercial vehicle monitoring, security, and tracking applications, the system utilizes VIA Multi-Stitch Technology to seamlessly combine up to six camera feeds on the fly and create an all-encompassing 360° view that can be displayed locally or remotely. [See VIA Mobile36 surround view system] -- Posted Tuesday, March 29, 2016

50 years of Intel innovations
In light of the recent passing of former Intel CEO Andy Grove, and the 40th anniversary of the microprocessor, TechRepublic ran a fascinating look back at Intel's top contributions to the field. [See 50 years of Intel innovations] -- Posted Tuesday, March 29, 2016

ARBOR IoT-500: Dashboard for the Internet of Things
The Internet of Things is coming on strong, and with it a flood of hardware and software tools and building blocks. One of them is the ARBOR IoT-500, a small Android-based mini-panel PC with a high-res 5-inch procap display and comprehensive connectivity. The ARBOR IoT-500 can be mounted almost anywhere and provides a handy dashboard for visualizing, and responding to, what the Internet of Things is doing. Applications are endless. [See description, analysis and specs of the ARBOR IoT-500] -- Posted Monday, March 28, 2016

Avalue announces all-in-one mini POS
Avalue Technology announced the Mini POS, RiPac-10P1, a new all-in-one Mini POS retail solution featuring a 10.1-inch main display, an adjustable 5-inch customer display, a built-in NFC reader, an integrated thermal printer with rich I/O ports for further connectivity. The Intel Atom Z3735F-powered Avalue Mini POS measures only 11.8 x 12.4 x ,5.7 inches, making it suitable for applications such as hospitality, retail, ticketing, queue management and any place where space is limited. [See Avalue RiPac-10P1 Mini POS -- Posted Friday, March 25, 2016

Kelli’s Gift Shop Suppliers improves its warehouse management solution with Janam rugged mobile computers
Janam Technologies announced that Kelli’s Gift Shop Suppliers, a wholesale distributor of gift products that offers more than 4,000 items from more than 700 vendors, has deployed XG3 rugged mobile computers from Janam to optimize its distribution center operations. With employees scanning approximately 20,000 items per day, Janam’s XG3 rugged mobile computer plays a critical role in maximizing efficiency and providing visibility into distribution processes within Kelli’s warehouse management operations. [See Janam media release] -- Posted Thursday, March 24, 2016

Xplore Technologies launches new integrated website
Xplore Technologies announced it has launched a new fully integrated website that showcases the combined strengths and product offerings of Xplore and Motion Computing. The new Xplore website serves as a central resource for partners and customers, reflecting the integrated product portfolio and future of Xplore. "It has been an exciting year of bringing the Motion Computing product line together with Xplore under one corporate brand and product umbrella,” said Peter Poulin, chief marketing officer at Xplore Technologies. “Feedback from our customers on how best to address the global rugged tablet market was a critical factor in the design, and content, of our new integrated website. We are confident our customers will find the right rugged tablet platform to meet their industry and business requirements.” [See Xplore media release] -- Posted Wednesday, March 23, 2016

ARBOR unveils M1860 Android patient infotainment terminal
ARBOR Technology announced the ARBOR M1860, an 18.5-inch patient infotainment terminal based on the TI OMAP 4470 Cortex-A9 CPU, to complement its growing line-up of patient healthcare products. With the introduction of the M1860, Android joins Windows Embedded and Linux as available operating systems for ARBOR’s patient infotainment terminals, providing an alternative for customers creating applications for various healthcare scenarios where the additional OS option may reduce development time and deployment cost. [See ARBOR M1860 product page] -- Posted Wednesday, March 23, 2016

CTL announces rugged convertible Chromebook
CTL, headquartered in Oregon, announced the CTL J5 Rugged Convertible Chromebook. Featuring a 11.6-inch 1366x768 pixel 360-degree rotatable IPS display with 5-point capacitive multi-touch, the US$249 CTL Chromebook is ideal for schools or mobile professionals who want the versatility of an Intel N3050 "Braswell"-powered 3.5-pound Chromebook, which serves either as a notebook or a tablet, is splash- and drop-resistant, and has 10-hour battery life. [See CTL J5 Rugged Convertible Chromebook] -- Posted Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Inventec and Advantech set up joint venture
According to DigiTimes, Inventec and Advantech announced the establishment of a joint venture, AIMobile, for R&D, production and marketing of high-quality industrial tablet and handheld solutions for retail, automotive and medical applications. Advantech chairman KC Liu pointed out that the company is seeing strong demand from clients for handheld IoT devices, and believes the market has strong potential for growth. -- Posted Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Full review: Janam XT1 5.9-inch Android rugged mini-tablet
What if you seek a light and handy data collection and communication device with a larger screen than virtually any other handheld computer, but one that comes in a package that's smaller than even compact tablets and offers integrated industrial grade scanning? Then it's time to look at Janam's Android-based 5.9-inch XT1 "mini-tablet." [See full review of the Janam XT1 mini-tablet] -- Posted Tuesday, March 22, 2016

CipherLab's RS30 Android touch computer certified by MOBISOFT
CipherLab USA announced that its newest Android touch computer, the RS30, is certified for MOBISOFT’s Customer Ordering solutions. MOBISOFT has been providing Customer Ordering solutions that utilize CipherLab terminals for almost 20 years. CipherLab's new RS30 android touch computer is just the latest device that MOBISOFT's MOBIair Customer Ordering, Sales Order Entry and Mobile Labeling solution supports. -- Posted Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Handheld signs framework agreement with Saab
Handheld Group announced that its Nordic subsidiary Handheld Scandinavia has signed a strategic agreement with Saab – a global defense and security solution provider. The 2-year agreement includes ultra-rugged tablets for Saab's military, aerospace and emergency services solutions and covers Handheld's existing range of tablets as well as future products. Saab has integrated Handheld’s Algiz 10X rugged tablet with Paratus, Saab’s modular information system for emergency care. The system has been deployed in ambulances throughout Sweden. Most recently, Saab deployed Algiz 10X rugged tablets equipped with SITHS smart card readers. SITHS (Secure IT for health care) is based on a two-factor electronic authentication protocol and is the current standard for all National Quality Registries in Sweden. [See Handheld Group news release] -- Posted Monday, March 21, 2016

Logic Supply releases 15-inch IP65 Panel PC
Logic Supply introduced the UPC-V315-QM77 rugged, fanless Panel PC. The colorful 15-inch panel is IP65-rated, has an all metal chassis, front facing camera and programmable physical function buttons, making it ideal for a wide range of industrial automation, kiosk, access control, inventory management and other HMI applications. [See Logic Supply media release] -- Posted Thursday, March 17, 2016

VIA Technologies introduces Smart IoT Mobility system
VIA Technologies and Japan Taxi Co., Ltd. unveiled the Smart IoT Mobility system, which integrates a full suite of communication and connectivity features to enhance passenger convenience and safety while reducing costs through smart fleet management and new on-demand passenger services. The Smart IoT Taxi system comprises a rugged compact VIA AMOS-825 in-vehicle system and a 7” touch panel display, and has been finely tuned to withstand the rigors of the road through a number of key enhancements -- Posted Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Review: MobileDemand xCase for Microsoft Surface tablets
We've had a chance to field-test MobileDemand's xCase for Surface. Available for the Microsoft Surface 3 and Surface Pro 4, the xCase is really more than just a case. It's more like a tough, tight-fitting exoskeleton that converts a Surface tablet into a well-protected, easy-to-carry tool for jobs out there in the field, without losing any of the tablet functionality. [See review of the MobileDemand xCase for Surface] -- Posted Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Juniper Systems on freezing and baking rugged handhelds
We love ruggedness testing "torture chambers." It's where rugged gear can be tested before shipping to customers, and it's also where manufacturers learn just how much their products can take. Juniper Systems' illustrated blog article "Yep, we bake and freeze our rugged handhelds" shows how they are testing their rugged handhelds and tablets. -- Posted Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Android KitKat and Lollipop now on almost 3/4 of all devices
Google has published the latest Android version marketshare. Starting with oldest first, Gingerbread (2.3.x) still has 2.6%, Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0.x) 2.3%, Jelly Bean (4.1, 4.2, 4.3) 22.3%, KitKat (4.4) 34.3%, Lollipop (5.x) 36.1%, and Marshmallow (6.0) 2.3%. [See source] -- Posted Monday, March 14, 2016

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Xplore iX104C4
Sonim XP1 rugged phone
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Advantech VITA-350E
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Psion Teklogix NEO
NEC PNC
GETAC P470
Intermec CK3
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Two Technologies Hydrus
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Juniper Allegro MX Field PC
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NEXCOM 2100 Series
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GETAC E100
Panasonic CF-30 update
Metrologic SP5700
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Data Ltd DLI 8300
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Dell ATG D630
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GETAC V100
HHP Dolphin 7850
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Trimble Juno ST
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GETAC A790
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Socket SoMo 650
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Motorola MW810
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ViewSonic V38r
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