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RAM introduces IntelliSkin for Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 tablets
RAM Mounts announced IntelliSkin™ for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4. IntelliSkin is a protective sleeve for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 and 10.1 featuring GDS™ Technology to ruggedize and protect Samsung devices for commercial use. IntelliSkin offers drop protection as well as an integrated connector that's molded directly into the skin, preventing damage to the connector from repetitious docking and undocking. For docking, there's the spring-loaded, quick release TAB-TITE cradle as well as the TAB-LOCK cradle with a keyed lock. [See IntelliSkin, TAB-TITE, and TAB-LOCK] -- Posted Friday, July 3, 2015

Article: 'Blue light' segments in transition — rugged computers a game-changer in critical field rescue situations
Handheld Group CEO Jerker Hellström explains how new advanced technological solutions — both hardware and software — are changing the security, public safety, and law enforcement sectors to the very core — and for the better. Advanced mobile applications and rugged mobile computers have greatly improved these professions' ability to perform in time-critical situations and in less than favorable environments. [Read 'Blue light' segments in transition] -- Posted Friday, July 3, 2015

What happened in rugged computing 5 years ago: June 2010
In July 2010, Intermec's Q2 2010 revenues were US$161.2 million with a net loss of US$2.7 million, both a bit better than the year before. Datalogic's Q2 2010 revenues were US$132 million (up 33.3% from Q2 of 2009), with a net profit of US$9.3 million. MobileDemand Tablet PCs were used by the Red Bull Racing NASCAR teams, and the company launched a Public Sector Group. Juniper Systems introduced the Mesa Rugged Notepad. In-Stat predicted that the transition to 4G wireless would be slow, with just 3.6% of WWAN-enabled devices using it by 2014. Tim Bajarin of Creative Strategies wrote about "The Trials and Tribulations of Team Android" but concluded that "they may stay competitive yet." Motion Computing announced that it will resell ritePen 4.0, and Microsoft licensed the ARM architecture. [See July 2010 news archive] -- Posted Thursday, July 2, 2015

Xplore reports record revenue and net income for fiscal 2015
Xplore Technologies reported financials for all of their fiscal 2015 that ended ended March 31, 2015. For the entire fiscal year 2015, Xplore reported record revenues of US$42.6 million, up from US$35.6 million for fiscal 2014. There was net income of US$0.25 million for the full year, compared with a net loss of US$1.76 million in 2014, attributable to increases in revenue and reduction in operating expenses. Note that these results do not include anything from the Motion Computing side, as Xplore only executed that acquisition on April 15. [See Xplore financials release] -- Posted Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The latest from Panasonic's Solutions for Business blog
The frequently updated Panasonic Solutions for Business blog is a constant source of interesting information on using rugged mobile technology in all sorts of deployments, from the commonplace all the way to the extreme. On the former side is a recent entry on the numerous ways RFID can benefit healthcare IT clients (see here). On the latter, an interesting account on how a 5-inch Panasonic Toughpad FZ-X1 handheld tablet was used to establish a working virtual machine in minutes... from the top of Mount Kilimanjaro (see here)! -- Posted Tuesday, June 30, 2015

IoT Evolution Expo — Learning about the Internet of Things
Our friends at FierceMobileIT remind that the IoT Evolution Expo will take place August 17 - 20, 2015, at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. The purpose of the event is to meet with IoT ecosystem and worldwide business leaders and learn how to leverage the power of the IoT to transform and move your business forward. [See IoT Evolution Expo] -- Posted Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Honeywell announces rugged printer trade-in program
Honeywell AIDC announced a printer trade-in program for their rugged industrial, desktop and mobile printers. Depending on the model, maximum possible trade-in rebates are up to US$625. True-ins can be Intermec or any competitive printers. [See Honeywell printer trade-in program] -- Posted Thursday, June 25, 2015

Avalue introduces new Bay Trail-powered cost-effective 3.5-inch single board computer and COMe Compact module
Avalue Technology — which is an associate member of Intel Internet of Things Solutions Alliance — unveiled their new cost-effective SBC ECM-BYT2 3.5-inch single board computer and COMe Compact Module (3.7 x 3.7 inch) ESM-BYT2. Both are powered by either Intel Atom E3800 family or Intel Celeron J1900 system-on-chip professors, and are designed for intelligent systems and applications with low power consumption and high performance requirements. [See Avalue ECM-BYT2 and ESM-BYT2. -- Posted Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Why consumer tablets are not fit for industrial work
With many consumer tablets being so inexpensive, no one can blame enterprise and business customers for considering buying consumer tablet technology to save money. Problem is, in the long run low-cost products designed for consumer use rarely hold up out there in the field and on tough job. So what looked like a cost saving strategy can become very costly. Winmate's latest newsletter explains why consumer tablets are not fit for industrial work. [See Why are consumer tablets not fit for industrial work?] -- Posted Monday, June 22, 2015

8 reasons WHY the (Tablet) PC is thriving
In its blog, Xplore has been explaining why they believe tablets will be the PC form factor driving the predicted resurgence of the PC in the enterprise, as outlined in a recent InformationWeek article by Andrew Froehlich. In a new blog entry, Xplore's Bob Ashenbrenner shares eight reasons of his own for why the tablet PC is not only not dead, it's just as well positioned for growth in the coming year in many enterprise sectors as the traditional PC. [Read 8 reasons WHY the (Tablet) PC is thriving] -- Posted Friday, June 19, 2015

Esterline introduces recently acquired rugged display products
Having acquire the aerospace and defense display businesses of Barco N.V. in September 2014 (see press release), Esterline Corporation, a specialty aerospace and defense markets manufacturer, announced it is now introducing CODIS rugged displays and TREALITY simulation display technologies for use in the commercial aerospace, defense, and training markets. [See Esterline media release] -- Posted Sunday, June 14, 2015

Winchester adds mirroring to rugged removable disk arrays
Winchester Systems, a data storage solutions provider for COTS rugged storage and servers, announced that their RR2P Rugged Removable Canister disk arrays now offers Canister Mirroring. Each rugged removable canister holds ten 2.5" HDD or SSD drives with capacities up to 2 TB each. Canister Mirroring is implemented as RAID 10, where the same data is striped across all 10 drives in each canister. Striping is critical for read and write speeds, as all 10 drives in each canister are used in parallel. [See Winchester media release] -- Posted Friday, June 12, 2015

17 things to consider before buying a rugged handheld
People often ask us which rugged handheld to get. The answer is always "it depends." That's because every job and every project is different. Hardware that's perfect for one deployment may be completely unsuitable for another. The folks at Juniper Systems know that and just posted the "17 things to consider before buying a rugged handheld." -- Posted Friday, June 12, 2015

Revealing What Happens in Vegas...
You've heard the line "what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas." It attracts 46 million visitors annually and they don't call it Sin City for nothing. Things happen that may be out of the ordinary for otherwise reserved people; things that are better left unspoken and thus, leaving no trace. MobileDemand CEO Matt Miller discusses some of the challenges of using consumer electronics for heavy-duty industrial jobs, and why rugged Windows tablets are a better choice. [Read Revealing What Happens in Vegas...] -- Posted Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Case study: Industrial PCs better serving the challenges of the food processing industry
Even cows are asking us to eat more chicken, and we're obliging. That means massive procedural and logistics demands for the whole "farm-to-fork" path that poultry processing plants face. Wet, humid, and cold are just a few of the environmental challenges that IT hardware typically has to overcome in the food processing industry. CAT2, a software company specializing in farm-to-fork traceability, was well aware of that when they chose noax S15 industrial Panel PCs. [See noax case study] - -- Posted Tuesday, June 9, 2015

RAM Mounting Systems and Socket Mobile collaborate on robust single-hand barcode scanning solution
Socket Mobile announced it is working with RAM Mounting Systems to address a need to connect, protect, house and charge its Socket Mobile Series 8 barcode scanner with popular devices such as the Apple iPhone, iPod Touch and Samsung Galaxy phones. This capability has been requested by end-users seeking a robust single handed solution for Apple and Android based devices. RAM has developed its patent pending IntelliSkin with Global Docking System (GDS) Technology to provide drop protection and an integrated rugged data and charge connector that’s compatible with any of its many GDS docks covering a variety of use cases.[See Socket news release] -- Posted Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Zebra Technologies introduces OneCare service portfolio to maximize visibility and availability of Zebra Solutions
Zebra Technologies Corporation announced the launch of Zebra OneCare, a portfolio of support services that maximize the uptime and availability of Zebra mobile computers, printers, bar code scanners, RFID devices and wireless LAN (WLAN) infrastructure. Zebra also introduced the Operational Visibility Service (OVS), a new managed service that provides a platform and dashboard for at-a-glance visibility into Zebra mobile device asset performance and operational business performance. [See Zebra OneCare and Operational Visibility Service pages] -- Posted Monday, June 8, 2015

MobileDemand: Five highlights of the new Microsoft Windows 10
MobileDemand's Ruggedized Computing Blog reports on highlights of the upcoming Microsoft Windows 10, which will be released July 29. MobileDemand summarizes Redmond's latest as "the Windows you know, only better" and comments on some other important areas of the new OS. [Read MobileDemand's Ruggedized Computing Blog: 5 Highlights of the New Microsoft Windows 10] -- Posted Monday, June 8, 2015

New: DT Research DT311 Series of rugged 11.6-inch tablets
DT Research also introduced the new 11.6-inch DT311 Series of rugged tablets that are available with either an Intel 5th generation "Broadwell" 2.4GHz Core i7 processor or a 1.5GHz Intel Celeron. Both versions come with 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, and optional 4G LTE mobile broadband. The DT311's capacitive touch display offers 1920 x 1080 resolution, the battery is hot-swappable, and the IP65-sealed tablet weighs well under 3 pounds. [See description, analysis and specs of the DT Research DT311 Series] -- Posted Monday, June 8, 2015

New: DT Research DT398 rugged 9.7-inch Broadwell tablet
DT Research has introduced an updated version of its 9.7-inch DT398 rugged tablet. The new DT398H is based on an Intel 5th generation "Broadwell" 2.4GHz Core i7 processor, and also gets speedy 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, and optional 3G/4G LTE mobile broadband. Unlike the still available DT398B, the new version uses capacitive touch. [See description, analysis and specs of the DT Research DT398H] -- Posted Monday, June 8, 2015

Wearable market remained strong in the first quarter despite the pending debut of the Apple Watch, says IDC
According to IDC, the worldwide wearable market recorded its eighth consecutive quarter of growth in 1Q15. Vendors shipped a total of 11.4 million wearables in 1Q15, a 200.0% increase from the 3.8 million units shipped in 1Q14. In terms of marketshare, Fitbit, Xiaomi, Garmin, Samsung, and Jawbone were the top 5. While current devices primarily cover health and fitness, functionality is certain to soon include numerous other applications. [See IDC release] -- Posted Thursday, June 4, 2015

ADLINK announces Intel Braswell and Broadwell solutions
ADLINK announced several new solutions using the latest Intel Pentium, Celeron, and Core processors in conjunction with Intel’s Braswell and Broadwell-H launch at Computex in Taipei. These solutions include the cExpress-BW COM Express Basic Size Type 6 module and AmITX-BW-I Mini-ITX motherboard based on the latest Intel Pentium and Celeron Processors N3000 (codenamed Braswell), as well as the Express-BL COM Express Basic Size Type 6 module and cPCI-A3515 Series 3U CompactPCI Serial-compatible processor blade, both based on 5th generation Intel Core processors i7-5850EQ and i7-5700EQ (H-processor line). [See ADLINK releases on cExpress-BW and Express-BL & cPCI-A3515] -- Posted Tuesday, June 2, 2015

2015 IoT Evolution Expo August 17-20, 2015, in Las Vegas
The 2015 IoT Evolution Expo will take place August 17 to 20 at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas. The purpose of the event is to allow interested parties to join a worldwide community of IoT technologists, business leaders and strategists and learn how to leverage the power of the IoT to move your business forward. [See IoT Evolution Expo] -- Posted Tuesday, June 2, 2015

GE: Rugged GPU-enabled embedded computing can enable moon landing, exploration
GE announced that Team Astrobotic, in partnership with Carnegie Mellon University, is trying to win the Google Lunar XPRIZE. To secure the $30 million prize money, they need to land a spacecraft on the moon, and then send out a rover to capture high definition video and transmit it back to Earth. GE’s solution includes their MAGIC1 rugged display computer that's based on NVIDIA Tegra SoC technology and designed to enable high computing and image processing performance in applications that are size-, weight- and power-constrained, such as autonomous vehicles and robots. [See GE media release and video] -- Posted Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Intel to acquire Altera for US$16.7 billion
Intel announced it will acquire Altera for US$16.7 billion. The attraction here is Altera's field-programmable gate array (FPGA, see Wiki) technology that promises considerable synergy in new classes of products in the data center and Internet of Things (IoT) market segments. Note that a few years back, Black Diamond Advanced Technologies offered the FPGA-based ultra-rugged SwitchBack (see review). -- Posted Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Avalue showcases latest IoT products at Computex Taipei
Embedded solutions provider Avalue Technology says the company is showcasing their latest products for Internet of Things applications during Computex Taipei 2015. Emphasis is on IoT healthcare solutions that connect devices, sensors, cloud services and data managements. Other solutions cover digital business, retail, hospitality, POS, and warehousing. Avalue also shows a semi-rugged Bay Trail tablet, in-vehicle and marine computers, and panel PCs. -- Posted Tuesday, June 2, 2015

What happened in rugged computing 5 years ago: June 2010
In June 2010 we reviewed Motion's new J3500 tablet with capacitive dual-touch. We alerted that Panasonic does not only make rugged computers, but also rugged cameras and reviewed the Lumix TS2. Motorola introduced the ES400 Enterprise Digital Assistant. RuggedPCReview presented at the Handheld Group Business Partner Conference, Stockholm, Sweden. Canada Post announced it was deploying more than 8,000 Intermec CN50s. Zebra released ab all-in-one printer/handheld for the Motorola MC70/75. Psion Teklogix added "Push-to" technology on its rugged mobile computers. Avalue released a rugged Intel Atom D510-based IPC. Getac upgraded their venerable E100 rugged tablet to a 1.6GHz Intel Atom chip. During a keynote address at Computex Taipei, Microsoft announced Windows Embedded Compact 7. LXE released four new Toughtalk headsets. And Datalogic Mobile and Ford Performance Racing formed a partnership. [See June 2010 news archive -- Posted Monday, June 1, 2015

Compact industrial computer with 10-year warranty delivers high performance and durability
Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories announced the SEL-3360S Compact Industrial Computer. Designed for extreme environments and small spaces, the SEL-3360S features Intel Core i7 dual- and quad-core processors, two 2.5" SATA SSDs and RAID configurations, and operates reliably in environments ranging from –40° to +75°C (–40° to +167°F) with no fans or forced airflow. Built and tested to utility substation standards, the SEL-3360S will withstand up to 15 kV of electrostatic discharge, high electromagnetic interference and shock up to 15 g. [See news release] -- Posted Friday, May 29, 2015

CRN: 10 tough trends partners are grappling with in the rugged market
CRN ran a feature on tough trends partners are grappling with in the rugged market. CRN points out that rugged products have typically been embraced by niche markets like manufacturing and health care. But now there are emerging trends beyond those niche areas, such as the challenge of more rugged consumer products, and the increased popularity of thinner, lighter and cheaper rugged devices. [See CRN's 10 trends partners say they are noticing in the rugged market] -- Posted Thursday, May 28, 2015

HIMSS study looks at mobility adoption in healthcare
The Panasonic Solutions for Business Blog alerts to the 2015 HIMSS Mobile Technology Study which finds that despite the industry’s lofty goals, healthcare mobility implementations are still falling short of expectations. [View 2015 HIMSS Mobile Technology Study Executive Summary] -- Posted Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Winmate contracted to deploy 300 servers throughout Uruguay
Winmate announced it was selected by Uruguay's government-owned power company to deploy its rugged IV7T-RK2U Embedded Server PC in electrical substations throughout the country. Winmate will provide 300 of the servers to be installed, mounted on racks in groups of three. These will become part of bus substations in an IEC-61850 architecture and IEEE-1588 protocol for synchronization and transmission of information back to the remote control center. [See Winmate news release and RuggedPCReview description, analysis and specs of the Winmate IV7] -- Posted Wednesday, May 27, 2015

IMG database of thousands of cloud-hosted keyboard layouts
With rugged tablets being used in more and more applications, there's often a need for specialized, customized on-screen keyboards. IMG has been offering just that with their My-T-Soft keyboards, panels and boards for the past two decades. The company also offers a variety of powerful pen and touch utilities that can greatly improve the productivity of tablet-based applications. [See IMG's Build-A-Board board browser page] -- Posted Wednesday, May 27, 2015

4DSP expands rugged Compact Embedded Systems line
4DSP announced two new additions to its Compact Embedded System line. The Intel Bay Trail-powered CES820 and the ruggedized CESCC820 variant both feature an upgraded Xilinx Kintex UltraScale FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array), making them powerful processing platforms for data acquisition, signal processing, and communication. [See news release and rugged CESCC820 product page] -- Posted Wednesday, May 27, 2015

JLT Interim Report for January – March 2015
In December 2014, JLT opened the doors to JLT Mobile Computers Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary with 12 employees in the US state of Arizona. After having long served as a close partner that sold the JLT products under its own brand in the North American market, the US operation is now an integrated part of JLT under an assets purchase deal. [Read more] -- Posted Sunday, May 24, 2015

New: super-compact Winmate Bay Trail DIN Rail Box PC for HazLoc market applications
With increasing computer use everywhere, ATEX and C1D2 certification are becoming more and more important, and they are a prerequisite for deployment in industries such as oil, gas, and petrochemical manufacturing, and many others where ignitable gases or vapor may be present. Winmate's new super-compact Bay Trail-powered DIN rail Box PC fills that need. [See description, analysis and specs of the Winmate Bay Trail DIN Rail Box PC] -- Posted Thursday, May 21, 2015

Why physical keyboards and keypads haven’t gone out of style on rugged handhelds
Throughout most of the tech scene, we’ve generally been seeing a phase-out of physical keyboards on handheld devices, with electronics manufacturers opting instead for purely touch interfaces. However, there are many data-intensive applications out there in the field where physical keypads simply remain the better choice. Juniper Systems explains why and where. [See "Why physical keyboards haven’t gone out of style on rugged handhelds"] -- Posted Wednesday, May 20, 2015

MobileDemand adds rugged forklift-mount tablets section
The use of paper and pencil in warehousing and manufacturing environments is a thing of the past for the most part. Especially when it comes to operations which involve the use of forklifts. So MobileDemand has added an information page specifically for forklift-mounted tablets. [See MobileDemand forklift page] -- Posted Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Motorola Solutions announces LEX L10 mission-critical Handheld purpose-built for public safety deployments
Public safety personnel need state-of-the-art handheld technology, but their requirements are very different from what standard consumer smartphone can provide. Motorola Solutions' LEX L10 is an advanced, rugged IP67-sealed Android 4.4.4 handheld with a 4.7-inch multi-touch display, comprehensive wireless broadband and radio connectivity, superior voice capabilities, and Motorola's specially developed PSX ("Public Safety Experience") interface. [See description, analysis and specs of the Motorola Solutions LEX L10] -- Posted Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Juniper Systems to carry Cedar Tree Android rugged handhelds
Juniper Systems announced the merger of its subsidiary company, Cedar Tree Technologies, into Juniper Systems. This move will allow customers to purchase Cedar’s economically priced Android-operated rugged handhelds directly from Juniper Systems. Cedar handhelds run Android, offering access to thousands of business-ready apps and Google services via the Google Play Store. Juniper Systems has published a blog post that outlines the differences between Cedar and Juniper handhelds. [See Cedar Tree Handhelds Now Available through Juniper Systems] -- Posted Wednesday, May 20, 2015

ADLINK Technology taps LCR Embedded Systems as value-added reseller for rugged Ssystems
ADLINK announced a partnership agreement with LCR Embedded Systems, a provider of chassis, backplanes, and integrated systems for the aerospace and defense, commercial, rail, and industrial markets. This agreement enables LCR to use ADLINK products in its extensive line of fully integrated embedded computing systems for these markets throughout North America, while providing ADLINK with a channel through which their products can be incorporated into a more complete embedded solution. [See news release] -- Posted Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Review: Advantech's low-profile Bay Trail Mini-ITX AIMB-215
Mini-ITX boards are filling a special purpose in embedded systems. They use the standard ATX case hole patterns, but are much smaller than standard ATX motherboards. Up to now, they were also restricted to much lower performance. That's changed now with Advantech's low-profile fanless AIMB-215 Intel Bay Trail-based Mini-ITX. [See full review of the Advantech AIMB-215] -- Posted Monday, May 18, 2015

Zebra releases Symbol TC75 ultra-rugged Android handheld
As part of their announcement of its "Mobility DNA" (a set of enterprise mobility software solutions), Zebra Technologies introduced the Symbol TC75 ultra-rugged Android handheld. The TC75, which has a 4.7-inch glove-capable dual-mode capacitive touchscreen, is based on the company's TC70, but adds 4G LTE mobile broadband wireless capabilities for deployments in the field. [See description, analysis and specs of the Zebra Symbol TC75] -- Posted Saturday, May 16, 2015

Zebra announces 1Q2015 financials, now including the former Motorola Solutions enterprise business
Zebra Technologies reported its 1Q2015 financials, which now include the numbers of the former Motorola Solutions enterprise business that Zebra had taken over late 2014. As a result, Zebra reported Q1 sales of 893.2 million compared to $288.3 million in 1Q2014. Non-GAAP profit was $72.4 million in1Q2015 versus $48.8 million for 1Q2014. Zebra said that $561.6 million of total sales came from the former Motorola Solutions enterprise business, with core Zebra sales at $331.6 million, up 15% from 1Q2014. According to our records, 1Q2014 Motorola Solutions enterprise sales were $600 million. [See Zebra 1Q2015 financials] -- Posted Friday, May 15, 2015

Review: Advantech's modular MI/O standard and the MIO-2263 Pico-ITX single board computer
Last week we reported on a modular Panel PC concept, and this week we're describing Advantech's MI/O (multiple I/O) board standard that allows quickly building the exact right embedded solution while saving money in the process. We're also reviewing one of the MI/O system's computer module building blocks, the tiny Intel Bay Trail-powered Advantech MIO-2263. [See discussion of Advantech's MI/O standard and review of the MIO-2263 SBC] -- Posted Thursday, May 14, 2015

Advantech revenue up year-on-year
According to Digitimes, embedded systems designer and manufacturer Advantech had revenues of US$106.6 million for April 2015, up 3.8% from April 2014. Revenues for January through April 2015 were US$379 million, up 6.8% from the same period last year. -- Posted Wednesday, May 13, 2015

JLT Mobile Computers announces significant upgrade to wireless connectivity across product range
JLT Mobile Computers, the Swedish developer and manufacturer of rugged computers for demanding environments, has announced a significant technology leap for its range of rugged panel and vehicle computers by upgrading their wireless connectivity. Available now are dual-band 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0 + EDR, as well as 4G LTW WWAN mobile broadband with assisted GPS/GLONASS support. All of JLT’s computers also come with built-in high-sensitivity Planar Inverted-F Antenna (PIFA) technology for both WiFi and Bluetooth radio, delivering higher coverage in environments that offer poor RF coverage. [See media release] -- Posted Wednesday, May 13, 2015

New research: 2015 product offerings from VDC Research
VDC Research, arguably the most relevant data gathering and analysis source for the rugged and embedded computing industries, informed of the availability of their Strategic Insights 2015 research reports, those being: IoT and Embedded Technology, Enterprise Mobility and Connected Devices, Automatic Identification and Data Capture, and Industrial Automation and Sensors. -- Posted Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Case study: Acme Smoked Fish Corp. and noax Panel PCs
If, like Acme Smoked Fish Corporation of New York, you have to quickly unload and process 44,000 pounds of Norwegian salmon per load, pen and paper just won't do. And that's why Acme began using noax Panel PCs and Computer Associates' Seasoft ERP software a few years ago. A new case study tells how it all went, and why Acme again chose noax for their new Wilmington, NC facility. [See noax case study] -- Posted Tuesday, May 12, 2015

RAM Mounts now has No-Drill mount for the new Ford F150
Ford's F-Series trucks have not only been the overall best-selling vehicles in the US for many years, the new 2015 Ford F150 revolutionized the industry by saving as much as 700 pounds through extensive use of aluminum. RAM Mounts equally revolutionized their industry with its no-drill vehicle laptop mounting system, and it's now available for the new F150. [See RAM Mounts RAM No-Drill mount for Ford F-150] -- Posted Tuesday, May 12, 2015

AOL got mail: Verizon bought it
How the mighty have fallen. Email and internet access were once almost synonymous with AOL, the company that easily passed pioneer Prodigy in the early 1990s with its customer-friendly demeanor and truly world-wide access. In 2000, the deal between Time Warner and AOL was worth US$162 billion. Now Verizon picked up AOL for just US$4.4 billion. No one had a map for THAT. [Read Verizon news release] -- Posted Tuesday, May 12, 2015

ARBOR launches rugged 21.5-inch All-in-One medical station
ARBOR Technology introduced the ARBOR M2150 medical-grade workstation. Based on Intel Haswell processors, the fanless All-in-One system offers 10-point capacitive multi-touch that works with gloves, has 7 configurable function keys, an IP65-rated front panel with easy anti-bacterial cleaning, VESA mount hole patterns, camera, USB 3.0 and serial, RFID/NFC reader, and dual smart card readers for access control. [See media release and ARBOR M2150 product page] -- Posted Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Zebra introduces Mobility DNA Suite
Zebra Technologies, which now includes the former enterprise business of Motorola Solutions, launched Mobility DNA, a set of enterprise mobility software solutions designed to enhance efficiencies and productivity for businesses, mobile workers and channel partners. New solutions include SimulScan Document Capture, Workforce Connect Push-To-Talk (PTT) Pro, AppGallery, Swipe Assist and All-Touch Terminal Emulation. Previously announced tools such as RhoMobile, Mobility Extensions (Mx), Enterprise Browser and EMDK for Android are also part of the Mobility DNA suite. [See Zebra news release] -- Posted Tuesday, May 12, 2015

MEN Mikro Elektronik webinar video
MEN Mikro Electronik, a German provider of rugged computer boards and systems for harsh mission-critical mobile environments, posted an informative overview video on their modular industrial rugged Box PCs, highlighting concepts and capabilities. [See video here] -- Posted Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Review: Logic Supply Cincoze Convertible Display System
The idea behind Logic Supply's modular Cincoze Crystal Industrial Convertible Display is to offer a far larger number of possible Panel PC configurations than would be possible if the company had to build and stock all possible permutations of display type/size, touch technology, and performance/feature levels. RuggedPCReview examined the concept and execution of the system in detail. [See review of the Logic Supply Cincoze Crystal 15] -- Posted Monday, May 11, 2015

New radar locating technology uses rugged Panasonic tablet computer to save Nepal earthquake victims
Earthquake, tornadoes and similar catastrophes can leave victims trapped beneath fallen rubble. The portable FINDER (Finding Individuals for Disaster and Emergency Response) device was developed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and uses microwave-radar technology to detect heartbeats and breathing of victims trapped in wreckage and rubble. A critical component of FINDER is the tablet computer that is used to operate the solution. DHS and NASA selected the fully rugged Panasonic Toughbook H2 tablet PC. Two prototype FINDER systems were deployed in Nepal and were able to help locate four men who were buried underneath as much as 10 feet of bricks, mud and other debris. [See Panasonic Solutions for Business blog] -- Posted Friday, May 8, 2015

Handheld US strengthens sales team with two key appointments
Handheld Group announced two key appointments that will strengthen its North American sales team. Carri Fiori is Handheld US’s new Regional Sales Manager for the northwestern U.S. and western Canada. She has a decade of experience in sales, marketing and business development. Adam Young is Handheld US’s new Regional Sales Manager for the midwestern U.S. and central Canada. He joins Handheld from Peak-Ryzex, a systems integrator of supply chain automation solutions for enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems. -- Posted Friday, May 8, 2015

Getac launches rugged in-vehicle Veretos Mobile Video System for law enforcement and similar applications
Getac announced the release of the rugged Veretos Mobile Video System (MVS), an in-car mobile video recording system for law enforcement vehicles that captures all activities in and around the vehicle as they happen. The system consists of the ZeroDark camera with near complete dark recording capability, H.264 compression, up to 1280 x 1024 resolution, 18X zoom; a DVR with triggered auto-recording, 128-512GB M.2 flash storage, multi-camera input (up to 12), and 802.11ac WiFi/4G LTE for uploading and live-streaming; wireless microphones, a 5-inch 800x480 pixel multi-touch display, and extensive recording and evidence management software. [See Getac Veretos media release, the Veretos Mobile Video page and Veretos brochure]. -- Posted Thursday, May 7, 2015

Added: Winmate EAC-BY3030 fanless embedded Box PC
In its April 29, 2015 Newsletter (see here), Winmate highlighted its line of rugged industrial Box PCs, and especially their new Intel Bay Trail-powered EAC-BY3030. Designed for a variety of industrial automation or machine-to-machine applications, the fanless EAC-BY3030 with its unique thermal cooling fin design offers no fewer than eight RS232 serial ports. [See description, analysis and specs of the Winmate EAC-B3030] -- Posted Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Getac revenue up year-on-year
According to Digitimes, Getac Technology had revenues of US$47.6 million for April 2015, up 15.5% from April 2014. Revenues for January through April 2015 were US$185.6 million, up 20.7% from the same period last year. Digitimes said Getac is currently the second largest rugged PC vendor worldwide, following first-place Panasonic. -- Posted Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Full review: GammaTech Durabook R11
GammaTech views their Durabook R11 as part of a new class of fully rugged high-performance tablets for use in the field and in harsh environments, one that is lightweight, versatile, has a large display, and represents state-of-the-art technology. Can this elegant 11.6-inch, Haswell Core i5-powered Windows tablet that looks just as sleek and slick as a consumer tablet deliver? [See full review of the GammaTech Durabook R11] -- Posted Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Janam introduces pistol-grip rugged lightweight mobile computer with industrial scanning options
Janam introduced the Janam XG3 mobile computer, a rugged gun-style Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5 device that offers scanning options, compact size, and low weight. Offering the choice of two industrial grade scanners, a laser from Zebra/Motorola and an imager from Honeywell, the 22 ounce, ARM Cortex-A8-powered XG3 can handle six-foot drops, carries IP65 sealing and has a -4 to 140F temperature range. The hot-swappable Li-Ion battery is good enough for full-shift operation. [See press release and description, analysis and specs of the Janam XG3] -- Posted Tuesday, May 5, 2015

F4 Tech rugged handhelds to assist in Nepal
F4 Tech announced it is working with Esri and in partnership with The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), to provide assistance to the government of Nepal in the devastating aftermath of the 7.8 earthquake. F4 Tech will be sending a donation of multiple rugged high accuracy GPS devices, Flint model 812, for the purposes of assessing and mapping damaged areas in order to aid volunteer efforts throughout the country. -- Posted Tuesday, May 5, 2015

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    Palm i705
    Sony T415
    iPAQ 3800 Series
    Toshiba e570
    Casio E-200
    Sony S320 & MYLO
    Sony N610C
    Palm m125
    Visor Neo & Pro
    HP Jornada 568
    Casio IT-700
    Itronix GoBook
    Fujitsu 3500
    Sony Clie 710c
    NEC MobilePro 790
    Kyocera Smartphone
    Casio BE-300
    HandEra 330
    Palm m500 and m505
    HP Jornada 525
    Intermec Model 70
    UR There @migo
    Fujitsu LT C-500
    Handspring Visor Edge
    VisorPhone
    Palm m105
    All Palm devices