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Juniper Systems launches EmberEquine equine reproduction ultrasound solution
Juniper Systems announced EmberEquine, an ultrasound hardware/software system that allows equine veterinarians to examine and image unborn baby horses in a mare's womb as well as record and communicate pertaining data. The system consists of a special Juniper version of the Draminski 4VetJ Ultrasound screen and scanner and a Juniper Mesa 2 rugged tablet running Juniper's EmberEquine software. [See Juniper EmberEquine equine reproduction ultrasound solution] -- Posted Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Process optimization in the automotive industry: Volkswagen AG trusts in Getac's robust hardware
In close cooperation with Volkswagen AG, Getac has developed two robust, latest-generation computer solutions for use in international and group-wide vehicle diagnostics and other production applications. With the "Professional" diagnostic device, the VAS 6150E notebook based on the Getac S410 and the "Premium" VAS 6160E tablet based on the new Getac A140, the Volkswagen Group's workshops now have a new benchmark for the highly efficient diagnostics of vehicles for the VW, Audi, Skoda, Seat brands as well as for the VW utility vehicles. [See Getac press release] -- Posted Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Zebra Technologies participates in Senate hearing on advancement of Internet of Things
Zebra Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: ZBRA), the market leader in rugged mobile computers, barcode scanners and barcode printers enhanced with software and services to enable real-time enterprise visibility, participated in the Nov. 7 Senate hearing on advancing the Internet of Things (IoT) in rural communities before the Communications, Technology, Innovation and Internet Subcommittee. Mike Terzich, Chief Administrative Officer of Zebra Technologies, discussed how Zebra is a global leader in bringing enterprise IoT solutions to the Business-to-Business (B2B) and Business-to-Government (B2G) markets. Zebra leads the growing category of Enterprise Asset Intelligence which describes the ability of businesses to track critical assets within their operations and to know exactly what they are, where they are and their condition so they can make smarter, faster decisions that improve their bottom line.[See Zebra press release] -- Posted Monday, November 20, 2017

Case study: Fast, discreet radiation monitoring with Handheld Group's NAUTIZ X8 ultra-rugged mobile computer
Radiation is a naturally occurring process harnessed into many helpful applications, from medical imaging to food preservation to cancer treatment. But exposure can be very harmful to the human body. Hundreds of Handheld Group's rugged Nautiz X8 handhelds are currently deployed as part of the AT6101C backpack-style mobile spectrometer from Belarus-based ATOMTEX. These solutions are used to halt illicit trafficking of radioactive and nuclear materials at customs and border crossings, ensure radiation control at public events, and monitor many other worksites including nuclear facilities, building sites and scientific research environments. [Read Fast, discreet radiation monitoring — inconspicuous NAUTIZ X8 makes it easy] -- Posted Thursday, November 16, 2017

Tenth annual Zebra shopper survey reveals one-half of millennial shoppers better connected than retail associates
Zebra Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: ZBRA), the market leader in rugged mobile computers, barcode scanners and barcode printers enhanced with software and services to enable real-time enterprise visibility, today revealed the results of its 2017 Global Shopper Study, the 10th annual survey analyzing shopper satisfaction and retail technology trends. The body of research revealed that while 44 percent of surveyed shoppers are still not satisfied with staff availability and customer service, overall shopper satisfaction has significantly improved since the study's inception a decade ago. [See Zebra press release] -- Posted Thursday, November 16, 2017

The Juniper Systems Geode sub-meter GPS receiver put to the test under dense forest tree canopy
For most of us, most of the time it's better to be approximately right than completely wrong. That, however, doesn't apply to surveyors and other GIS professionals for whom to be "approximately right" simply isn't good enough. That's where sub-meter GPS receivers like Juniper System's Geode come into play. A recent entry in Juniper's ever interesting Get Rugged blog describes how the Geode was put to the test under a dense forest tree canopy. [See The Geode sub-meter GPS Receiver put to the test under a dense forest tree canopy] -- Posted Thursday, November 16, 2017

VIA announces VIA ARTiGO A630 enterprise IoT gateway system
VIA Technologies, Inc., announced the launch of the VIA ARTiGO A630, an ultra-slim fanless gateway system with flexible customization options for a broad spectrum of commercial M2M and IoT applications. "The VIA ARTiGO A630 bolsters our already diverse range of ARTiGO Series M2M and IoT gateway systems," said Richard Brown, VP International Marketing, VIA Technologies, Inc. "Providing a rich mix of connectivity and performance in an ultra-compact design that can be rapidly customized, will help customers speed time-to-market and unlock the full potential of their IoT deployments." [See VIA press release] -- Posted Thursday, November 16, 2017

DURABOOK improves performance, graphics, battery life and security of R8300 rugged laptop
GammaTech Computer Corporation, the North American branch of Twinhead International Corporation, today announced upgrades to its fully rugged DURABOOK R8300 laptop. The device now features Intel® 7th generation Core™ processors, improved graphics capabilities, increased battery life and the elevated security offered by Windows 10. The proven R8300 is used around the world by military forces, public safety agencies, and field service organizations, including companies in the oil & gas, logistics, utilities, and telecommunications markets. [See GammaTech press release and RuggedPCReview's description, analysis and specs of the DURABOOK R8300]
-- Posted Wednesday, November 15, 2017

The Dell Latitude Rugged Race
Ever since 1995, the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race sees a fleet of identical yachts sail around the world in eight legs. This year, the third stage, officially known as the Dell Latitude Rugged Race, started on October 31 with a dozen teams, all having Dell Latitude Rugged Extreme laptops on board, sailing almost 5,000 nautical miles from Cape Town towards Fremantle, Australia. Teams are expected there the fourth week of November. "As we continue to watch the brave crews and skippers of the Clipper Race, reasons for choosing Dell Latitude Rugged surface as they face gruelling race conditions and environments unfriendly to normal PCs," says Shannon Mackay, vice president Dell Rugged, Client Product Group. [See ​Skippers thoughts ahead of Dell Latitude Rugged Race 3] -- Posted Monday, November 13, 2017

Winmate launches 15-inch industrial Panel PC and display versions of its Multi-Touch Chassis series
With full computer functionality now so small that it can practically fit anywhere, it makes sense to offer displays both as monitors to be hooked up to an external PC and as fully integrated Panel PCs. Winmate is doing just that with its Multi-touch Chassis Series of industrial PCs and displays. There's the R15L100-PTC3 display version, the R15IB3S-PTC3 Windows-based Panel PC version, and the R15FA3S-PTC3 that runs Android 6.0. All measure a compact 13.9 x 10.8 x 1.8 inches and have an IP65-sealed front panel. [See Winmate Industrial Panel PC and Display with 15-inch Multi-touch Chassis] -- Posted Monday, November 13, 2017

JLT Mobile Computers selected by Steketee for smart farming precision agriculture solutions to increase farmers' efficiency
JLT Mobile Computers, a leading developer and manufacturer of reliable computers for demanding environments, announces that it has entered into a partnership with Machinefabriek Steketee B.V., who are using JLT VERSO+ 10 rugged computers to integrate their Smart Farming solutions for precision agriculture. Steketee is a leading developer of high-tech weeding and soil cultivation machines, used by arable farmers and horticulturalists worldwide. [See JLT Mobile press release] -- Posted Monday, November 13, 2017

Qualcomm Board of Directors unanimously rejects Broadcom's unsolicited proposal
Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) ("Qualcomm" or the "Company") today announced that its Board of Directors unanimously rejected the unsolicited proposal announced by Broadcom Limited ("Broadcom") on November 6, 2017. "It is the Board's unanimous belief that Broadcom's proposal significantly undervalues Qualcomm relative to the Company's leadership position in mobile technology and our future growth prospects," said Paul Jacobs, Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board of Qualcomm Incorporated. [Our take: Broadcom, a roughly US$16 billion semiconductor company launched a bid to buy Qualcomm, a roughly US$24 billion company semiconductor company in a deal worth over US$100 billion. Why? Because Qualcomm — which older readers remember as a then small company that purchased the popular Eudora email client in 1991 — holds numerous essential comms patents, makes the SnapDragon processors that power a large percentage of smartphones, and holds many keys to the upcoming move to 5G and beyond. So by taking over Qualcomm, Broadcom would get all this and control a major competitor. Can't blame them for trying.] [See Qualcomm press release] -- Posted Monday, November 13, 2017

Handheld Group appoints Myra Long as Director of Development
Handheld Group, a leading manufacturer of rugged mobile computers, today announced that Myra Long has been promoted to Director of Development. As Director of Development, Long is responsible for managing new product development, integrating improvements for existing products, and verifying build-processes. Long started with Handheld Group in a project management consultant role in 2011 and officially joined the Handheld team as a program manager in 2014. She brings expertise in military and mobile product research, development and management from Lockheed Martin, Oregon State University, SRI International and Hewlett Packard. [See Handheld press release] -- Posted Thursday, November 9, 2017

Xplore reports their fiscal Q2/2018 financials
Xplore Technologies reported Q2 financials for its fiscal year 2018. Revenue was US$22.7 million compared to US$20.0 million for fiscal Q2/2017. Xplore reported a net profit of $397,000 for the quarter, compared to a net loss of US$536,000 for the three months ended September 30, 2016. Xplore Acting CEO Tom Wilkinson said "We are pleased to significantly increase profitability on improved revenue in the second fiscal quarter, demonstrating the high operating profit leverage embedded in Xplore’s cost-efficient business model." [See Xplore media release] -- Posted Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Winmate launches modular EAC Mini IoT Gateway
With IoT — the Internet of Things — rapidly assuming ever greater importance, there is a mounting need for inexpensive, flexible gateway computers that can receive massive amounts of data from sensors and peripherals and pass it on to cloud servers from processing, interpretation and action. Winmate's new EAC Mini is such a modular device, capable of being stacked and configured in dozens of different configurations. [See description, analysis and specs of the Winmate EAC Mini IoT gateway] -- Posted Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Added: Honeywell Dolphin CT60
In mid October 2017, Honeywell launched their Dolphin CT60 handheld computer, a roughly iPhone8-sized, Android-based rugged smartphone and mobile computer. What's special here is not only the CT60's state-of-the-art technology, but it's also Honeywell's first on their new hardware and software "Mobility Edge Platform" that offers a long product lifecycle by supporting current and future Android versions. [See RuggedPCReview's description, analysis and specs of the Honeywell CT60] -- Posted Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Zebra Technologies to testify during Senate hearing on IoT advancement
Zebra Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: ZBRA), the market leader in rugged mobile computers, barcode scanners and barcode printers enhanced with software and services to enable real-time enterprise visibility, will testify on advancing the Internet of Things (IoT) in rural America to the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee's Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation and the Internet. [See Zebra press release] -- Posted Tuesday, November 7, 2017

First look: Getac EX80 intrinsically safe rugged tablet
With their new EX80, Getac announced its first-ever Class 1 Division 1 intrinsically safe device, the rugged 8-inch Windows 10-based EX80 tablet. It's a handy design with a bright IPS capacitive multi-touch screen, impressive ruggedness, and, of course, the kind of "intrinsic safety" that makes it safe to use in areas where there are flammable gases, vapors, dusts or fibers. [Read RuggedPCReview's description, analysis and specs (and an intrinsic safety primer) of the Getac EX80] -- Posted Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Getac EX80 fully rugged tablet is intrinsically safe and certified for Zone 0: ATEX, IECEx and UL913-certified for use in the most hazardous and explosive environments
Getac is introducing the EX80 fully rugged tablet, its first Zone 0 device -- ATEX / IECEx Zone 0 and UL913-certified (Class I / II Division 1) for use in environments with the highest risk of explosion. Zone 0 environments are deemed as areas where explosive gas is continuously present in the atmosphere or present for long periods of time. Designed for use in hazardous and explosive environments, including those found in oil & gas, petrochemical, manufacturing, and munitions depots, the Getac EX80 incorporates a sealed anti-static exterior with surface temperature control to limit the possibility of explosion due to electrostatic charges, hot surfaces, heat energy or friction. [See Getac press release] -- Posted Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Zebra Technologies announces Q3 2017 financials
Zebra Technologies reported sales of US$935 million in Q3 of 2017 compared to US$904 million in Q3 of 2016. Net sales in the Enterprise segment (i.e. what used to be the enterprise business of Motorola Solutions) were US$611 million in Q3 2017 compared with $605 million in Q3 2016. Net loss for Q3 2017 was US$12 million, compared to a net loss of US$83 million in Q3 2016. [See Zebra press release] -- Posted Tuesday, November 7, 2017

JLT Mobile adds the MT2010 rugged tablet for warehousing, logistics, transportation and port markets to its offering
JLT Mobile Computers, a leading developer and manufacturer of reliable computers for demanding environments, is adding the fully rugged MT2010™ tablet to its existing product portfolio. Offering the same high level of support and services that JLT is renowned for, the expansion leverages JLT’s extensive rugged tablet knowledge in response to customer demand and is in line with the company’s strategy to increase business value to existing customers. Target industries are warehousing, food and beverage, transportation, and ports, where JLT already has a strong position. [See JLT Mobile press release and RuggedPCReview's description, analysis and specs of the JLT MT2010] -- Posted Monday, November 6, 2017

5 reasons more healthcare professionals than ever choose medical tablets
In its October 26, 2017 entry, the "Rugged Tech Talk with DT Research" blog presents 5 reasons more healthcare professionals than ever choose medical tablets. DT Research argues that technological advances in healthcare pave the way for new, updated technologies in both consumer markets and almost every other field. In terms of treatment, diagnosis, and research, new discoveries in technology are almost always implemented in healthcare first. [Read 5 reasons more healthcare professionals than ever choose medical tablets] -- Posted Friday, November 3, 2017

Trimble introduces ISOBUS-compatible GFX-750 display system with advanced guidance controller for agriculture applications
Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) introduced the Trimble GFX-750 display system for agriculture applications. The display system comes with the simple-to-install, roof-mounted NAV-900 guidance controller featuring Trimble's most advanced multi-constellation GNSS receiver. The satellite coverage provides farmers with more robust signal availability which means more active working time — especially in hilly terrain. [See Trimble press release] -- Posted Thursday, November 2, 2017

What happened in rugged computing 5 years ago: Nov. 2012
In November 2012, Microsoft revealed pricing for its Surface with Windows 8 Pro tablets, NPD Group reported that Windows 8 was off to a slow start, and RuggedPCReview wrote about Windows RT's suitability for vertical markets. Getac upgraded its S400 semi-rugged notebook to 3rd gen Core processors, and Winmate began offering some of its handhelds and tablets with Android. Xplore reported US$7.5 million and Intermec US$193 million revenue for the quarter. We reviewed the Winmate M700D, the Panasonic Toughbook C2, MobileDemand's xTablet T1200, DAP's MT1010 tablet, and Getac's PS336 handheld. [See November 2012 RuggedPCReview archive] -- Posted Thursday, November 2, 2017

Xplore's Android rugged tablets driving warehouse management and inventory operations for one of world's top dietary supplement companies
Xplore Technologies Corp. (NASDAQ:XPLR) today announced that a global dietary supplement manufacturer has begun upgrading its forklift mobility solutions to the Xplore XSLATE D10 fully rugged Android tablet. The 10.1" Intel®-powered, forklift-mounted mobile computers now serve as the primary information source for a number of warehouse management workflows, including inventory picking. Additional XSLATE D10 orders are anticipated as the manufacturer continues to upgrade its mobile technology in other production and warehousing facilities. [See Xplore press release] -- Posted Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Zebra study: Nearly 50% of enterprises have only achieved half of their 'intelligence' potential
Zebra Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: ZBRA), the market leader in rugged mobile computers, barcode scanners and barcode printers enhanced with software and services to enable real-time enterprise visibility, today revealed the results of its inaugural "Intelligent Enterprise Index." This global survey analyzes where companies are on the journey to becoming an Intelligent Enterprise; how they are connecting the physical and digital worlds to improve visibility, efficiencies and growth. Forty-eight percent are on the path to becoming intelligent enterprises, scoring between 50-75 points on the overall index. Only five percent exceeded 75 points on the index. [See Zebra press release] -- Posted Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Group Mobile awarded multiple contracts to support recent win with large Arizona fire department
Group Mobile, a rapidly expanding premier provider of innovative, full-service mobile technology solutions today announced they have secured a contract with a large Arizona fire department. Group Mobile will be providing Getac rugged technology for approximately 100 vehicles in the fleet. [See Group Mobile press release] -- Posted Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Added: Second generation Getac S410 semi-rugged laptop
We added description, analysis and specs of the second gen Getac S410 semi-rugged notebook computer. The major difference between the original S410 and the second gen model is upgraded security (even an IR camera for face recognition login) and availability of no fewer than four different Intel 8th-generation quad-core processors. [See description, analysis and specs of the second generation Getac S410] -- Posted Monday, October 30, 2017

Zebra unveils new Android enterprise smartphone for small- and medium-sized businesses
Zebra Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: ZBRA), the market leader in rugged mobile computers, barcode scanners and barcode printers enhanced with software and services to enable real-time enterprise visibility, today introduced the TC20, a rugged, value-driven mobile computer designed to meet the specific needs of small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). [See Zebra press release and RuggedPCReview's description, analysis and specs of the Zebra TC20] -- Posted Thursday, October 26, 2017

Trimble reports Q3 2017 financials
Trimble reported Q3 2017 revenue of US$670 million, up 15% from Q3 2016. Net income was $55.7 million, up 42% as compared to the third quarter of 2016. Buildings and Infrastructure revenue was $214.5 million, up 13%. Geospatial revenue was $169.7 million, up 6%. Resources and Utilities revenue was $114.4 million, up 31%. Transportation revenue was $171.4 million, up 16%. [See Trimble press release] -- Posted Thursday, October 26, 2017

Added: New Datalogic Rhino II vehicle mount panel PC
Datalogic announced the Rhino II vehicle mount panel computer in early October 2017. The Rhino II replaces the previous Rhino 10 panel and comes in 10.4 and 12.1-inch versions, with a special "Freezer" version for ultra-low temperatures. The Rhino II can run either Windows Embedded Compact 7 (and soon Android 6.0) on an ARM Freescale platform, or the embedded versions of Windows 7 and Windows 10 on an Intel E3826. The standard versions now use capacitive multi-touch whereas the freezer versions stays with resistive touch. [See Datalogic press release and RuggedPCReview's description, analysis and specs of the Datalogic Rhino II] -- Posted Tuesday, October 24, 2017

DT Research announces first complete vehicle mount tablet solution purpose-built for first responders, field service and military
DT Research, the leading designer and manufacturer of purpose-built computing solutions for vertical markets, today announced a complete vehicle mount tablet solution that includes a 12.5 inch Full HD display tablet (optional 4K Ultra HD) with a slim folding keyboard cradle. This is the first rugged tablet and vehicle mount solution designed by one manufacturer to ensure guaranteed compatibility and seamless interoperability for superior information capture/transfer and mobile communications through a dual pass-through antenna. [See DT Research press release] -- Posted Monday, October 23, 2017

Tempered Networks' new rugged industrial IoT Gateway
Tempered Networks, Inc. announced its new HIPswitch 250 platform, the industry's first identity-based industrial IoT gateway, that cuts the cost and complexity of networking and security in half. By eliminating the need for APNs, Ethernet switches, internal firewalls, VPNs and separate cellular modems, the new ruggedized gateway appliance enables simple end-to-end private networks that are more secure and resilient than other alternatives. For the first time in the industry, IoT endpoints can be instantly provisioned in an overlay network regardless of location, without having to modify the legacy network. [See Tempered Networks' press release] -- Posted Monday, October 23, 2017

Xplore Technologies announces the retirement of Phil Sassower as Chairman
Xplore Technologies Corp., (NASDAQ:XPLR), a global leader in rugged computing, today reported the retirement of Philip S. Sassower, 77, as chairman of the board, and his concurrent resignation from the board of directors. During more than 12 years of tenure, he served as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer. Earlier this year, he stepped down from his role as CEO. [See Xplore press release] -- Posted Saturday, October 21, 2017

Getac’s Next Gen S410 Semi-Rugged Notebook Sets New Standards for Performance, Multi-Layer Security and Configurability
Designed to withstand the daily challenges facing today’s field technicians, Getac introduces its second generation S410 semi-rugged notebook, which maintains its best-in-class performance, security features, and MIL-STD-certified ruggedness. Along with its purpose-built configurability and slim and light form factor, the next generation S410 is the ideal workhorse for mobile professionals in public safety, insurance and other field service professions. [See Getac press release] -- Posted Tuesday, October 17, 2017

GammaTech DURABOOK SA14 semi-rugged laptop receives performance upgrades
GammaTech Computer Corporation, the North American branch of Twinhead International Corporation, today announced upgrades to its DURABOOK SA14. The globally respected semi-rugged laptop now features enhanced performance driven by Intel® 7th generation Core processors, updated graphics capabilities, and improved battery life. Purpose-built to meet a wide variety of mobile worker environments, the upgraded device is ideal for customers in public safety, field service, military, utilities, government, vehicle service, and other markets requiring semi-rugged reliability. [See GammaTech press release] -- Posted Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Honeywell introduces new hardware and software platform for its mobile computers, helping customers maximize their technology investments
Honeywell announced a new hardware and software platform for the next generation of its mobile computers, which are used globally by distribution centers, transportation and logistics providers, hospitals, and retailers to increase worker productivity and capture critical data. The Mobility Edge Platform comprises common hardware architecture and a suite of tools on which Honeywell and its partners will build future mobility solutions, which include rugged handheld computers, wearable devices, voice-directed technology, tablets and vehicle-mounted computers. [Our take:] This is relevant in two ways: 1) Honeywell strongly endorses Android with the Mobility Edge Platform, and also addresses Android's version fragmentation and obsolescence issue by supporting the current and the next three versions of Android. 2) The also announced Dolphin CT60 handheld only comes with Android; Windows has been dropped (the predecessor CT50 offered both) [See Honeywell press release] -- Posted Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Review: Tablet Technologies Conker NS6: 6-inch rugged full Windows 10 handheld
Big-screen smartphones are the norm now, so why not big-screen rugged handheld computers with integrated scanners? For that, Tablet Technologies offers the Conker SX6 with a very good 6-inch, 245ppi, 430 nits capacitive multi-touch IPS screen. It runs full Windows 10 on a quad-core Intel Atom X5-8350 chip, can be equipped with Zebra 1D or Honeywell 2D barcode readers, and is tough and rugged enough for any job in the field. [See review of the Tablet Technologies Conker NS6] -- Posted Monday, October 16, 2017

Review: Tablet Technologies Conker SX6: 6-inch rugged Android handheld
Big-screen smartphones are the norm now, so why not big-screen rugged handheld computers with integrated scanners? For that, Tablet Technologies offers the Conker SX6 with a very good 6-inch, 245ppi, 430 nits capacitive multi-touch IPS screen. It runs Android 5.1 on a quad-core SnapDragon chip, can be equipped with Honeywell 1D or 2D barcode readers, and is tough and rugged enough for any job in the field. [See review of the Tablet Technologies Conker SX6] -- Posted Monday, October 16, 2017

Datalogic announces the Rhino II Vehicle Mount Computer
Datalogic, a global leader in automatic data capture and industrial automation markets, introduces the Rhino II Vehicle Mount Computer (VMC) designed to survive the rugged use found in warehouse, factories and distribution environments. This new VMC is offered with a wide array of operating system choices including WEC7, Windows Embedded Standard 7 and Windows IoT. The WEC7 version offers a path for optional field upgrade to Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system. [See Datalogic press review] -- Posted Monday, October 16, 2017

Handheld US appoints new President and CEO
Handheld announced the appointment of a new President and CEO for its North American subsidiary, Handheld US. New Handheld US President and CEO Jim Rimay has served as Vice President of Sales for Handheld US since April 2015. He has decades of experience as an executive and sales manager in the rugged computing industry, including positions at Motion Computing, Getac North America, Walkabout Computers and DRS Tactical Systems. [See Handheld Group press release] -- Posted Saturday, October 14, 2017

Unitech MS650 ring scanner changes the barcoding game
The biggest news in barcode scanning is surprisingly small. Unitech America introduces the compact and wearable MS650 ring scanner. The MS650 scans all barcodes on paper and LCD screen surfaces, even highly reflective ones. It is similar to a companion scanner in that it works with your iOS or Android OS and easily pairs to any computer, tablet, ot smartphone. Slide the device onto your finger, adjust with the Velcro strap, and scan away while freeing your hands to hold other essentials. Transferring your data from scanner to computer can be done simply using Bluetooth or batch transferred via USB. [See Unitech press release and Unitech MS650 brochure] -- Posted Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Malin USA orders additional Xplore rugged tablets to support forklift maintenance technicians
Xplore Technologies Corp. (NASDAQ:XPLR) today announced that Malin USA has placed a new order for XSLATE R12 rugged tablet PCs to support the ongoing expansion of their highly remote workforce. The forklift service company first replaced their Netbooks with a previous generation of R12 tablets in 2014, and is now starting to upgrade to the new higher-performance XSLATE R12 model to facilitate a fully paperless maintenance operation. [See Xplore press release] -- Posted Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Windows 10 Mobile in maintenance mode
Windows 10 Mobile -- part of Microsoft's Windows 10 "unified core" project where applications have a single binary that can run on any device once they have been adapted to a class of devices -- was supposed to be Microsoft's Phone OS and also the replacement for the old Windows Mobile and Windows Embedded Handheld. Unfortunately, developers didn't fall in line and Windows 10 Mobile never really got out of the starting blocks. Microsoft's VP in the OS Group, Joe Belfiore, has now gone public with tweets saying that while Microsoft will continue to support the platform, "building new features/hw aren't the focus." Which we take as meaning that Windows 10 Mobile has now been relegated to maintenance mode. [See On MSFT story] -- Posted Monday, October 9, 2017

Revolutionary Crystal Group FORCE rugged servers debut at AUSA
Crystal Group, a leading designer/manufacturer of rugged and reliable computer hardware, will unveil its revolutionary new Crystal Group FORCE Rugged Server line at the 2017 AUSA Annual Meeting & Exposition in Washington, D.C., October 9th through 11th (booth 6514). Crystal Group's new Fully Optimized Rugged Computer Equipment is FORCE. The company's new FORCE rugged rack-mount servers marry the latest Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processors with high-speed networking, enhanced I/O, platform security, and thermal management in a modular, customizable high-performance computing (HPC) system to bring unprecedented processing power and flexibility to the battlefield. [See Crystal Group press release] -- Posted Friday, October 6, 2017

What happened in rugged computing 5 years ago: Oct. 2012
In October 2012, Trimble introduced the Yuma 2 tablet with a Pixel Qi display. Microsoft launched Windows Phone 8 that was supposed to work seamlessly with Windows 8 PCs, Microsoft Surface and the Xbox 360. Intermec opened Intermec Beijing Technology and launched the next gen CK3 rugged handheld.We wondered how suitable Windows RT might be for vertical markets (not very). Motorola Solutions had quarterly sales of US$2.15 billion, bought Psion, and announced the HC1 headset computer. Honeywell launched the elegant Dolphin 70e Black. Datalogic turned 40 and planned for 2014 revenues of US$680-700 million. Harris launched the InTouch RPC-200 rugged Android phone, Handheld the Algiz 10X, TabletKiosk the eo a7400 tablet, and GammaTech the Durabook T10L2 medical tablet. [See October 2012 RuggedPCReview archive] -- Posted Thursday, October 5, 2017

Datalogic introduced the 4.3-inch, Android-based Joya Touch A6 for Healthcare settings and applications
Healthcare settings have their special requirements for electronic gear, ranging from interoperability to security to ease of cleaning and disinfecting, and more. Datalogic introduced the handy Joya Touch A6 with integrated industrial-grade scanner and available pistol-grip to address a variety of healthcare needs in patient bedside care, lab, pharmacy, admittance, billing, etc. [See RuggedPCReview's description, analysis and specs of the Datalogic Joya Touch A6 Healthcare] -- Posted Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Xplore rugged tablets enable Haitoglou Bros SA to complete supply chain transactions 50% faster
Xplore Technologies Corp. (NASDAQ: XPLR) today announced that Haitoglou Bros SA has mobilized its warehouse operations using Xplore's secure R12 rugged tablet solution. The 12.5" Intel-powered mobile computers are enabling warehouse personnel to receive and place orders in real time using data being submitted and distributed up-to-the-minute via the connected Entersoft ERP software. [See Xplore press release] -- Posted Wednesday, October 4, 2017

JLT Mobile Computers delivers celebratory unit with exclusive 100,000-hour warranty to Volvo Car Body Components
JLT Mobile Computers, a leading developer and manufacturer of reliable computers for demanding environments, has reached a significant milestone in its company history with the production of the 100,000th rugged computer. The celebratory unit was presented in person to Mikael Hofflander, Project Manager, Volvo Car Body Components, by Per Holmberg, CEO, JLT Mobile Computers, during a ceremony at the JLT production site in Ronneby, Sweden. [See JLT Mobile press release] -- Posted Wednesday, October 4, 2017

ADLINK donates to Las Vegas Victims' Fund
Like many leading embedded systems manufacturers, ADLINK was in Las Vegas, preparing for the Global Gaming Expo (G2E), when the shooting tragedy happened. ADLINK said, "Like any corporate trade show, we had a budget set aside for various promotions at the show. With the recent tragedy at Mandalay Bay, we want to put our dollars to better use and help the victims of the Las Vegas Shooting. ADLINK has donated $5,000 to the verified Go Fund Me campaign of Clark County Commission Chair Steve Sisolak for the victims of Sunday night's shooting." -- Posted Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Zebra marks 35th anniversary of barcode printerline by introducing next generation of intelligent printers
Zebra Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: ZBRA), the market leader in rugged mobile computers, barcode scanners and barcode printers enhanced with software and services to enable real-time enterprise visibility, today announced the next generation of thermal desktop and mobile printers 35 years after introducing its first barcode printer known as the "Zebra® Printer". The new printers are enabled by Print DNA, a software suite of applications, utilities and developer tools. Zebra's new ZD420/ZD620 thermal transfer desktop printers, ZQ320 Series mid-range mobile printers and Print DNA software suite together help companies sense and analyze the status and performance of their printer fleet in real time. The new line of barcode printers and printer software deliver a superior printing experience through better performance, simplified remote management and easier integration. [See Zebra press release] -- Posted Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Trimble introduces high-performance T10 tablet for demanding survey field work and GIS applications
Trimble describes their new T10 tablet as a rugged, high-performance data processing platform with the power of a high-end laptop, a tool suitable for a variety of survey and Geographic Information System (GIS) applications and enhancing efficiencies for geospatial users in the field. And the T10 backs that up with a 10.1-inch 1920 x 1200 800 nits procap display with active pen option, Intel Core i7-6500U power, an available detachable keyboard for 2-in-1 use, and the kind of ruggedness needed in the field. [See description, analysis and specs of the Trimble T10] -- Posted Monday, October 2, 2017

Full review: MobileDemand xTablet T1150
With the xTablet T1150, MobileDemand adds a third option to its 10-inch rugged tablet lineup. The T1150 represents the top-of-the-line among the trio (the other two being the low-end Flex 10A and the mid-range T1550), offering additional refinement and performance as well as options not available in the lower-end products. RuggedPCReview.com conducted a full review of the MobileDemand xTablet T1150, and found it a compelling package for anyone who needs Windows on tough jobs, even those that require high-level sealing, high resolution, GPS, and industrial-grade scanning. [See full review of the MobileDemand xTablet T1150] -- Posted Friday, September 29, 2017

GoPro releases Hero6 action camera
GoPro released a new top-of-the-line action camera with the Hero6. It's the same size as the Hero5 and looks the same, but can record 4k/60 and 1080p/240 instead of the Hero5's 5k/30 and 720P/240. Other new features include wake-on-voice, touch-zoom, and better image stabilization. Price is US$499 vs US$399 for the still available Hero5. The Hero6 is waterproof down to 33 feet even without a protective housing. [See GoPro press release] -- Posted Thursday, September 28, 2017

True Story: How Field Service First Got a Handle on Mobility (Thanks to Hospitals)
Many rugged laptops have attached handles, and carry handles are available for some rugged tablets as accessories. But there are some rugged tablets that have a handle built right into their design. That goes back well over a decade when Intel researchers, ever interested in exploring new markets for their chips, came up with what they called the "Mobile Clinical Assistant" reference platform, or simply MCA. in 2007, Motion Computing was the first to convert the concept into a product, the Motion C5. Others followed, and Motion, now part of Xplore, continues the C5/F5 tablets with integrated handles to this day. The whole story is explained in Bob Ashenbrenner's article True Story: How Field Service First Got a Handle on Mobility (Thanks to Hospitals) on Xplore Technologies' blog. [Read True Story: How Field Service First Got a Handle on Mobility (Thanks to Hospitals)] -- Posted Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Getac's next gen F110 fully rugged tablet provides maximum performance and multi-layer security in 'right size' form factor
Getac is introducing its 4th generation F110 fully rugged tablet, one of the company's best-selling mobile devices. Designed to help field service professionals meet the demands of extreme working environments, the F110 combines Intel® Kaby Lake processors and new multi-layer security features with a fully rugged design to create the best performing and most secure fully rugged tablet in the market. [See Getac press release and RuggedPCReview's description, analysis and specs of the Getac F110] -- Posted Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Zebra Technologies unveils Savanna platform to power data-driven applications for the digital enterprise
Zebra Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: ZBRA), the market leader in rugged mobile computers, barcode scanners and barcode printers enhanced with software and services to enable real-time visibility, today announced Savanna, a fundamental building-block platform for accelerating Enterprise Asset Intelligence and the digital transformation of enterprise operations for Zebra's customers and partners. [See Zebra press release] -- Posted Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Avalue wireless intelligent medical cart makes a modern wireless power operating room real
Avalue Technology Inc., a global embedded solution provider and associate member of Intel's Internet of Things Solutions Alliance — is aiming at the rapid development of the medical market with the introduction of the intelligent Geni-Cart medical cart with smart wireless power and carrying FDA 510(k) medical certification. The Geni-Cart solution, offered by Avalue Group's Bytec, wirelessly supports various medical equipment, video, and computing systems for use in operation rooms, emergency rooms and other medical settings. [See Avalue press release -- Posted Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Panasonic expects India to account for 5% of its rugged revenues
ET Telecom says that according to Panasonic, India should represent at least 5% of Panasonic's global rugged device revenues in the next two to three years. Panasonic's Toughbook products now have a 65% market share in India. [See article] -- Posted Friday, September 22, 2017

Enhanced Toughbook 54 reinforces Panasonic commitment to equipping the extraordinary
Panasonic, an industry leading manufacturer of mobile computing solutions that are purpose-built for the way people work, announced the U.S. launch of the latest 2017 version of its acclaimed Toughbook 54 notebook. The flexible, functional and high-performing device is the world's lightest and thinnest 14" semi-rugged laptop. Designed with today's demanding mobile workers in mind, the new Toughbook 54 furthers Panasonic's commitment to equipping the extraordinary. [See Panasonic press release and RuggedPCReview's description, analysis and specs of the Toughbook 54] -- Posted Thursday, September 21, 2017

Zebra Technologies and RILA announce strategic partnership to further retail innovation
Zebra Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: ZBRA), the market leader in rugged mobile computers, barcode scanners and barcode printers enhanced with software and services to enable real-time visibility, announced its strategic partnership with the Retail Industry Leaders Association's (RILA) Tech Center for Innovation. The partnership will focus on identifying and harnessing emerging technologies to the benefit of the global retail industry. [See Zebra press release] -- Posted Thursday, September 21, 2017

Xplore secures yet another multi-million-dollar Android rugged tablet order from top telecommunications provider's fiber optic division
Xplore Technologies Corp (NASDAQ: XPLR) announced that one of the largest broadband and wireless telecommunications companies in the United States has placed a new $2.6 million follow-on order for Xplore XSLATE D10 tablets to support the ongoing expansion of its Fiber Optic Services Division workforce, which first standardized on the custom-engineered tablet platform in August 2016. It is the only fully rugged Android mobile device that offers full computing capabilities and the HDMI-in port technicians need to conduct high speed network quality tests at the time of install. [See Xplore press release] -- Posted Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The impact of iPhones on the rugged handheld market
Apple has been selling well over 200 million iPhones annually for the past several years. This affects the rugged handheld market both directly and indirectly. On the positive side, the iPhone brought universal acceptance of smartphones. That accelerated acceptance of handheld computing platforms in numerous industries and opened new applications and markets to makers of rugged handhelds. On the not so positive side, many of those sales opportunities didn't go to providers of rugged handhelds. Instead, they were filled by standard iPhones. There are many examples where aging rugged handhelds were replaced by iPhones, sometimes by the tens of thousands. That happened despite the relatively high cost of iPhones and despite their inherent fragility. [read The impact of iPhones on the rugged handheld market] -- Posted Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Xplore secures million-dollar rugged tablet order from Latin American law enforcement agency
Xplore Technologies Corp (NASDAQ: XPLR) announced that one of the largest Latin American police forces has placed an order totaling more than $1 million for Xplore XSLATE B10 fully rugged tablets, vehicle docks and accessories. The 10.1" Intel-powered XSLATE B10 was the only rugged tablet solution on the market that could meet the law enforcement agency's strict performance standards and ergonomic requirements. [See Xplore press release] -- Posted Tuesday, September 12, 2017

What's IP69K?
Most readers of RuggedPCReview.com are very familiar with the IP ingress protection system that tells in two numbers how well protected a device is against solids and liquids. Most rugged mobile devices max out at IP67, which means totally sealed against dust and also able to handle short term full immersion in water. Recently, we've seen more claims of IEC 60529 IP69K protection. What does the "9K" stand for? That'd be complete protection against the high temperature, high pressure water wash-down procedures used in certain industries where intense cleaning is crucial. Testing includes close-up blasting of 176F water at 1160-1450 psi of pressure. -- Posted Monday, September 11, 2017

JLT Mobile Computers selected by Swire Coca-Cola, USA, one of the largest independent Coca-Cola bottlers in the United States
JLT Mobile Computers, a leading developer and manufacturer of reliable computers for demanding environments, has started the delivery of more than 300 of its JLT1214N forklift computers to Swire Coca-Cola, USA, one of the largest Coca-Cola bottlers in the United States. The delivery process will continue throughout 2017 and into the first quarter of 2018 as Swire Coca-Cola recently expanded its territory in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Oregon, Washington, and northern Idaho, including the cities of Albuquerque, Denver, Phoenix, Portland, Seattle, Spokane and Tucson. [See JLT Mobile press release] -- Posted Monday, September 11, 2017

Handheld launches blog at ruggedinformer.com
Handheld Group, a leading supplier of rugged mobile computers, announced the launch of its new blog, RUGGEDINFORMER.COM. RuggedInformer.com will serve as a resource for mobility professionals, field technicians, IT managers, and others who are engaged in workforce mobilization. It will be a resource to learn more about rugged computers and stay informed about mobility news and emerging rugged technologies. [See Handheld Group press release] -- Posted Friday, September 8, 2017

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