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Success story: rugged handhelds in sales force automation
It's always good to hear rugged device implementation success stories. One of them is Winmate Communications' cooperative effort with Coca Cola Beverages Sri Lanka to replaces their error-prone traditional method of store-to-store sales management with rugged Android-based Winmate E430M2 handhelds. [Read how Coca Cola is using rugged Winmate handhelds] -- Posted Friday, April 18, 2014 by chb

Motion Computing secures order for 5,000 rugged tablets from a US medical device company
Motion Computing reached a major company milestone,announcing one of their largest rugged tablet orders to date. Motion will supply 5,000 CL-series rugged tablets to a US medical device company. The order comes a year after an initial deployment of 3,000 CL-series tablets. [See Motion press release and RuggedPCReview analysis of the Motion CL910 tablet] -- Posted Friday, April 18, 2014 by chb

Super high-res displays appearing in notebooks
After many years of being more or less the standard, the 1024 x 768 XGA display resolution's reign appears to come to a close. Already replaced in most consumer laptops by the wider 1366 x 768 WXGA and 1080p resolutions, and surpassed by most tablets and even smartphones, customer demands for much higher resolutions is now leading to super-high resolutions such as the 13.3-inch 3200 x 1800 QHD+ screen in Eurocom's M4 notebook. We expect higher resolutions to become the norm in rugged tablets and notebooks as well. [See Eurocom's 3200 x 1800 QHD+ M4] -- Posted Friday, April 18, 2014 by chb

Getac launches rugged T800 8.1-inch Bay Trail Windows tablet
Getac announced a new rugged and very compact 8.1-inch tablet. Running Windows and powered by a "Bay Trail" 2.16GHz quad-core Intel N3530 processor, the Getac T800 has a sunlight-readable "LumiBond" projected capacitive touch screen with 1280 x 800 pixel resolution, weighs 2.1 pounds, has dual cameras (5mp and HD), 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, dedicated GPS and 4G LTE. "SnapBack" add-ons can provide a Smart Card reader plus either 13.56MHz RFID or a magstripe reader. The Getac T800 has IP65 sealing and can handle 6-foot drops. [See description, analysis and specs of the Getac T800 rugged tablet] -- Posted Wednesday, April 16, 2014 by chb

Zebra Technologies to acquire Motorola Solutions' enterprise business for US$3.45 billion
In an announcement certain to raise some eyebrows, Zebra Technologies Corporation and Motorola Solutions announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement in which Zebra will acquire Motorola's Enterprise business, minus its iDEN (Integrated Digital Enhanced Networks) lineup, for US$3.45 billion in an all-cash transaction. What that basically means is that the former Symbol Technologies and Psion will become part of Zebra Technologies, which is primarily known for its mobile printing solutions. About 4,500 employees will join Zebra, and the combined company will be named Zebra. [See press releases of Motorola Solutions and Zebra] -- Posted Tuesday, April 15, 2014 by chb

Winmate releases rugged Bay Trail-based 10.1" Windows tablet with 1920 x 1200 pixel procap display
Winmate has announced their new rugged 10.1-inch M101B Windows Tablet PC. The fanless M101B is based on a "Bay Trail" 1.86GHz quad-core Intel N2920 processor, features a superb 10.1-inch 700-nits IPS projected capacitive touch screen with 1920 x 1200 pixel resolution, has dual cameras (5mp and 2mp), 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, a full complement of sensors, and optional 1D/2D barcode reader, HF-RFID and 4G LTE. The M101B weighs 2.4 pounds, has IP65 sealing and can handle 4-foot drops. [See description, analysis and specs of the Winmate M101B rugged tablet] -- Posted Tuesday, April 15, 2014 by chb

Wearables market finally taking off, but not as envisioned by pioneers
Wearable computing is finally taking off, but it's not the way pioneers envisioned it. Instead of miniature PCs, the emerging wave of wearables are, according to IDC, "stylish lifestyle accessories that are making their way onto the pages of GQ and Shape as well as Computerworld and Wired." IDC projects that shipments will exceed 19 million units in 2014, more than tripling last year's sales, with sales well over 100 million by 2018. The wearable market currently splits into accessories to smartphones and tablets, and autonomous wearabels such as Google Glass. [See IDC press release] -- Posted Friday, April 11, 2014 by chb

Motorola Solutions' Android-based TC55 touch handheld wins Red Dot Product Design Award 2014
Motorola Solutions announced that the company has been honored with the Red Dot Product Design Award 2014 for the TC55 touch computer. International experts evaluated 4,815 entries from 53 countries and selected the top designs that represent quality and innovative strength. The TC55 will be presented at the Red Dot Design Museum in Essen, Germany, in a special exhibition from July 8 – Aug. 3, 2014. [See Motorola press release and RuggedPCReview's analysis of the TC55] -- Posted Thursday, April 10, 2014 by chb

Group Mobile offers Trimble's Rugged Handheld Computer Trade-in Program
Group Mobile, one of the major US distributors of rugged laptops, tablets, and handheld computers announced it is now offering Trimble's Rugged Handheld Computer Trade-in Program. Until June 27, Group Mobile customers can trade-in old and outdated rugged handheld computers and receive up to an additional $250 off a new Trimble Juno T41 (see RuggedPCReview's analysis of the T41). The Trimble Juno T41 offers enhanced GPS with 1-2 meter accuracy, IP68 rating, a fast 1D/2D barcode imager, UHF RFID and superior connection under heavy canopy, all in a slim, ergonomic design. [See Group Mobile Trimble trade-in offer] -- Posted Tuesday, April 8, 2014 by chb

AIS on the use of Bay Trail in embedded systems
American Industrial Systems (AIS) issued an interesting press release highlighting the advantages of Intel "Bay Trail" for use in Operator Interface Panels and intelligent HMI (Human Machine Interface) Systems. Bay Trail is really the first true architectural update to Intel's Atom processor platform since its introduction in 2008, and the AIS release nicely points out all Bay Trail advantages and capabilities. [See AIS release on Bay Trail in embedded systems] -- Posted Monday, April 7, 2014 by chb

GammaTech adds fully rugged DURABOOK R8300
Gammatech added to its lineup the fully rugged DURABOOK R8300, a time-tested workhorse for any number of deployments that rely on tough, rugged computers that will not break or fail. Based on power-efficint Intel Ivy Bridge technology, the R8300 has a 13.3-inch resistive touch screen with XGA resolution, offers excellent onboard wired and wireless connectivity, and it also has a media bay for an optical drive or second battery. [See description, analysis and specs of the DURABOOK R8300] -- Posted Monday, April 7, 2014 by chb

Microsoft's Windows Phone App Studio Beta relaunched to include Metro apps
Microsoft announced it has relaunched the Windows Phone App Studio Beta, which was initially launched summer 2013, as Windows App Studio Beta. With this release, developers build a universal Windows app project that results in an app for Windows Phone and Windows in a single session. [See Microsoft announcement] -- Posted Friday, April 4, 2014 by chb

Dell launches Latitude 12 Rugged Extreme convertible notebook
Dell also introduced the Dell Latitude 12 Rugged Extreme, a fully rugged convertible notebook computer with a 11.6-inch resistive multi-touch display, IP65 sealing and full MIL-STD-810G testing. The new rugged Dell convertible is also powered by Intel "Haswell" 4th generation i3, i5, and i7 Core processors, uses solid state disks, as well as 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, and 4G LTE, and is even dock-compatible with the larger Latitude 14 Rugged Extreme. Replacing the former Latitude XT2 XFR, the Latitude 12 Rugged Extreme takes on the Getac V110 and the Panasonic CF19. [See RuggedPCReview's description, analysis and specs of the Dell Latitude Rugged Extreme 12] -- Posted Thursday, April 3, 2014 by chb

Dell introduces Haswell-powered Latitude 14 Rugged Extreme
Dell introduced the Dell Latitude 14 Rugged Extreme made of impact-resistant ultra-polymers and magnesium alloy, a fully rugged notebook computer with a wide-format 14-inch display, IP65 sealing and a full complement of MIL-STD-810G testing. The new rugged Dell replaces the outgoing Latitude E6420 XFR as the flagship in what Dell VP Kirk Schell said was "the beginning of a renewed and expanded commitment by Dell to the rugged space." Powered by Intel "Haswell" 4th generation i3, i5, and i7 Core processors, and using solid state disks, as well as 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, and 4G LTE, this is Dell's new and state-of-the-art entry into the fully rugged full-size notebook market. [See RuggedPCReview's description, analysis and specs of the Dell Latitude Rugged Extreme 14] -- Posted Thursday, April 3, 2014 by chb

Small PC Rugged iBrick now available with Haswell processors
Small PC Computers of Clearwater, Florida, has released its latest iBrick rugged computer model SC215ML. The iBrick is a fanless all-weather computer measuring just 8 x 5 x 3 inches and weighing under 3lbs. Standard configurations include a 4th generation Intel Mobile Core i3 processor and HD 4400 Graphics engine. [See Small PC press release] -- Posted Wednesday, April 2, 2014 by chb

Dell revolutionizes BYOD mobile worker productivity and security with per-app VPN access controls for any mobile app
Dell released an updated Secure Mobile Access solution that provides mobile employees with per-app VPN access to enterprise data and resources, while protecting the corporate network from security threats. By enabling IT to restrict VPN access only to a set of trusted mobile applications, Dell Secure Mobile Access solution allows managing and securing access to business applications and data, while coexisting with personal applications and respecting personal data privacy. [See Dell Secure Mobile Access solution] -- Posted Wednesday, April 2, 2014 by chb

Juniper Systems explains resistive vs. capacitive touch screens
Capacitive touch was popularized by the iPhone and is now on the vast majority of consumer smartphones and tablets. Resistive touch, however, is still prevalent in industrial handhelds. Juniper Systems, which went with capacitive touch for its new Archer 2 mobile computer, explains the differences and pros/cons of the two touch technologies in detail. [See Juniper Systems Resistive vs. Capacitive Touchscreens] -- Posted Tuesday, April 1, 2014 by chb

Xplore Technologies secures rugged tablet order from a leading natural gas provider
Xplore Technologies reports that it has secured a purchase order for approximately $1.4 million of its iX104 series ultra-rugged tablets from a leading natural gas provider to the southeastern United States. The order is expected to ship during the second quarter of 2014. The ultra-rugged tablets will be distributed to their field service technicians and site supervisors, and used for pipeline measurement, at construction sites, and during pipeline inspections. [>a href="">See Xplore press release] -- Posted Tuesday, April 1, 2014 by chb

Almost all London police PCs still running XP
CBR (Computer Business Review) reports that 99% of the London (UK) metropolitan police force's 35,000 PCs is still using Windows XP. With Microsoft cutting off support of XP on April 8, this could be a serious issue, and likely one encountered by numerous other enterprises and organizations across the globe. [See CBR article] -- Posted Tuesday, April 1, 2014 by chb

Olympus launches its latest shockproof, waterproof, freezeproof and crushproof outdoor camera
Need a camera for the job with IP68 sealing and a 7-foot drop spec that's also crushproof and freeze proof? Olympus, the company that pioneered outdoor cameras, is expanding outdoor shooting and sharing capabilities in even the most challenging of conditions with a new flagship. Their Stylus Tough TG-3 has a high-speed f2.0 lens, great macro capabilities, GPS, and Wi-Fi, and full 1080p video. And it costs all of US$349. Certainly a great addition to the toolbox of field workers who need to record and document things out there. [See description, analysis and specs of the Olympus TG-3] -- Posted Tuesday, April 1, 2014 by chb

Curtiss-Wright on move to 40 Gbps
The latest Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions Quarterly newsletter, among other news, discusses the issue of moving up to 40 Gbps in ISR systems, and introduces Fabric40, a family of interoperable 40 Gbps modules purpose-built to reduce integration risk and speed system development time. The Fabric40 family includes Intel-based SBCs, DSP and FPGA engines, GPGPUs, network switches, and Gen3 OpenVPX backplanes that support InfiniBand and Ethernet protocols. -- Posted Monday, March 31, 2014 by chb

Xplore appoints VP of Marketing
Xplore Technologies has appointed John Costello as VP of Marketing. Mr. Costello is tasked with supporting the continuing growth of the company by overseeing the development, planning and execution of Xplore's global marketing initiatives. He has a wealth of technology-focused marketing experience with Acer, Gateway, AT&T Mobility, Vodafone, Go America and Dell. He also provided strategic direction and spearheaded the execution of marketing and eCommerce initiatives for Guthy-Renker, JCH Industries and Simpson Digital. -- Posted Friday, March 28, 2014 by chb

Motorola Solutions Real-Time Crime Center Starter Kit
Motorola Solutions says that municipalities may enhance situational awareness and predictive policing efforts now with the Real-Time Crime Center Starter Kit from Motorola Solutions. With 90% of police departments set to increase their use of predictive policing tactics in the next five years, Motorola's system integration and professional consultation services will help public safety officials implement that strategy. [See Motorola Solutions Real-Time Crime Center Starter Kit] -- Posted Thursday, March 27, 2014 by chb

Rugged Handheld ALGIZ 7 tablet for electronic forensics
Electronic devices can contain valuable data for those who investigate crimes. But extracting evidence from phones the traditional way requires multiple computers and software applications, and a lengthy set-up process in an indoor lab. The law enforcement organizations and forensics customers of Data Duplication Limited, a U.K.-based provider, needed an easy-to-use solution that could do all that in the field — and they found their solution in the Handheld Group's ALGIZ 7. [See Solving Crimes, Without Cracking Cases] -- Posted Thursday, March 27, 2014 by chb

Crystal Group announces RE0813 rugged embedded computer
Crystal Group, a manufacturer of rugged commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) custom-developed computing gear, announced the release of the RE0813 Rugged Embedded Computer. The RE0813—which weighs only 7.5 lbs. with the ability to include 3 SATA 2.5" solid state drives and two USB ports—is made from machined strain hardened structural aircraft aluminum, and can be rack mounted or tray mounted as required. Available with Intel Core i3, i5, or i7 processors, the unit has an exceptional operating temperature of -40°C to +85°C with two high speed extended temperature cooling fans. The RE0813 is ideal for applications where high thermal, high reliability, and vibration performance are crucial. [See Crystal RE0813 Rugged Embedded Computer] -- Posted Wednesday, March 26, 2014 by chb

Cardinal Systems adds Vr Auto Tie Point and VrBundle to its Vr Aerial Triangulation package
Cardinal Systems, formed in the year 2000 to provide photogrammetric and mapping solutions, announced it has added Vr Auto Tie Point and VrBundle to its Vr Aerial Triangulation package that simplifies the accurate collection, editing and management of aerial triangulation data. VrAutoTiePoint automatically ties images together without GPS or camera data, and VrBundle detects and rejects outlying measurements and offers the ability to adjust difficult geometries. -- Posted Wednesday, March 26, 2014 by chb

AMREL announces fully rugged tech-upgraded ROCKY RK10
AMREL announced the fully rugged ROCKY RK10 notebook computer. The RK10, which is a tech update to the company's RK9, is a no-holds-barred rugged laptop for military and industrial applications. As before, the RK10 has a large 15-inch XGA or SXGA screen and plenty of onboard and wireless connectivity, but its electronics have been upgraded to the Intel Sandy Bridge level, which includes a Core i7-2610UE processor with Intel HD Graphics 3000, up to 16GB of RAM, as well as USB 3.0 ports and faster WiFi and mobile broadband options. [See description, analysis and specs of the AMREL RK10 -- Posted Tuesday, March 25, 2014 by chb

Motion launches sleek, lightweight Haswell-powered 12.5-inch full 1080p tablet with dual-mode input and a wealth of accessories
Tablet pioneer Motion Computing announced the latest offering in their mobile technology portfolio, the rugged Motion R12 tablet computer. The Intel Haswell-powered R12 has a 12.5-inch multi-touch screen with full 1080p 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution as well as a Wacom pen and Gorilla Glass 3 protection. The rugged R12 is just 0.65 inches thick, weighs under three pounds, has dual cameras (2mp and 8mp), 9+ hour battery life, can handle 4-foot drops and is IP54 sealed. There's Wireless-AC plus Bluetooth 4.0, integrated or dedicated GPS, as well as optional 4G LTE, 1D/2D scanner, HF RFID, and desktop and vehicle docks. [See description, analysis, and specs of the Motion R12 rugged tablet] -- Posted Tuesday, March 25, 2014 by chb

New on the Xplore Technologies blog
It's always important to get the rugged computing message out there, and Xplore Technologies is certainly doing its share on its very active blog. Recent postings include a feature on park rangers covering more ground with rugged tablets, one on how Common Access Card cards keep data safe for military personnel, one on advancing diagnostic power with rugged tablets in the manufacturing industry, one on how GIS technology on tablets can accelerate pipeline projects, one on rugged tablets helping cable TV installers, and one on warehouses seeing less disruptions working wirelessly. -- Posted Monday, March 24, 2014 by chb

CDW and leading developers deliver enterprise mobile apps via new App Marketplace
Business-oriented technology solutions provider CDW announced its new App Marketplace — a single, online destination that connects its customers with leading developers and enterprise mobile apps across multiple business functions. Unlike apps designed for individual users, the App Marketplace provides customized enterprise apps created by developers with proven and relevant experience. These include Avnet, Canvas, IBM, Lextech, SAP, Symphony Teleca and WillowTree, with more being added. [See CDW's App Maketplace] -- Posted Monday, March 24, 2014 by chb

HIMSS 14 show a major success
HIMSS 14, the annual conference of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society held this year February 23-27 in Orlando, was by all measures a huge success with record-breaking attendance of more than 38,000 attendees and over 1,200 exhibiting companies. A number of providers of rugged mobile computing equipment exhibited at the show, and anyone interested in seeing what happened should view Health IT Outcomes' HIMSS 14 summary site. -- Posted Thursday, March 20, 2014 by chb

Full review: Getac V110 rugged convertible notebook
With the V110, Getac gives a vote of confidence to the concept of the convertible notebook that can also be used as a tablet. The V110, however, is thinner and lighter than earlier rugged convertibles, and its 4th gen Intel Core processors can do more with less. The multi-touch screen is easy to operate; there's an active pen option for precision operations, capacitive replaces resistive touch; Haswell offers excellent performance, better graphics, and lower power draw; communications are updated to the latest standards (802.11ac, BT 4.0, Gobi 4G), and there is a full-scale keyboard. The Getac V110 is a fresh, new iteration of a time-proven design concept that, for now, leaves the primary competition behind. [See full review of the Getac V110 rugged convertible notebook] -- Posted Wednesday, March 19, 2014 by chb

Juniper Systems highlights scanning at MODEX 2014 in Atlanta
Juniper Systems' latest Get Rugged blog post is about their Archer 2 and Mesa mobile computers' barcode scanning abilities, showcased at the MODEX 2014 show in Atlanta, GA (March 17-20), booth #5006. MODEX 2014 is the place to go to see the latest and greatest in manufacturing and supply chain management, with exhibitors from industry, commerce, & government sectors. -- Posted Monday, March 17, 2014 by chb

Motorola Solutions launches 4th generation of the versatile, rugged, modular Psion Workabout Pro
Motorola Solutions announced the Workabout Pro 4 rugged mobile computer, the latest generation of Psion's Workabout line that sold over 400,000. Including a major tech update, the Workabout Pro 4 forms the centerpiece of a versatile modular system that allows adding all sorts of wireless, data acquisition and other features and options to the device via back cover and/or end cap modules. [See Motorola press release and RuggedPCReview's description, analysis and specs of the Workabout Pro 4] -- Posted Monday, March 17, 2014 by chb

Intermec white paper on mobile OS choices
Intermec's latest promo email is entitled "Optimize your Mobile OS Strategy," discussing how enterprise faces a bewildering array of mobile OS choices, and how apps, security, capability, and support requirements determine the optimal OS. To learn more, Intermec provided a link to their "Operating Systems Strategies for Mobile Computers" white paper. -- Posted Friday, March 14, 2014 by chb

Rob Gaines joins iSiS-Ex as global expansion gathers pace
Hazardous area computer hardware specialists iSiS-Ex announced the addition of Rob Gaines, who had been HMI Sales Manager at Azonix, in an effort to beef up its global expansion. Azonix, now part of The MTL Instruments Group, is familiar to rugged computing industry observers and insiders as the company that took over Kontron USA in 2007 or so, the same Kontron that had absorbed pen computing pioneer Dolch of FieldPAC/NotePAC/MilPAC fame in 2005. [See IsIs announcement] -- Posted Thursday, March 13, 2014 by chb

Panasonic issues two white papers on tablets
Panasonic alerted us to two interesting white papers. The first looked at attitudes toward business tablets based on a survey of more than 230 IT decision makers representing an install base of 13,000 tablets. The study found that security rated as the top priority at 70%, battery life at 65% and durability at 53% -- but all three areas exhibited among the lowest degree of satisfaction. The second examines issues around reliability of tablets in the workplace, and found that 47% of British workers using consumer tablet PCs in the workplace experienced device failures in the past two years. [Read white papers Panasonic's Toughpad line: Reliable performance, rugged design and Tablet troubles: a study of tablet use in British business] -- Posted Wednesday, March 12, 2014 by chb

MobileDemand offers forklift-mounted rugged tablet special at MODEX 2014 supply chain expo in Atlanta
MobileDemand announced a forklift-mounted rugged tablet 10%-off special at MODEX 2014 supply chain trade show and expo at the Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, March 17-20, 2014. Included in the forklift bundle is a rugged tablet, mounting hardware, power converter, Wavelink Terminal Emulation and Avalanche, and MobileDemand's 3-year comprehensive xProtect warranty. MobileDemand invites you to visit them at MODEX in booth #2428 where they'll also be giving away a Microsoft Surface Pro tablet! [See Forklift-Mounted Rugged Tablet Special Only at MODEX 2014] -- Posted Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by chb

New articles on the Xplore Technologies Blog
Xplore Technologies' bloggers have been active. There's an article on How RFID Readers Improve Utility Pole Inspections, one on how Pennsylvania bridge repairs were aided by rugged tablets, and one on how rugged tablets help solar technicians shine on the job. Xplore Technologies adds new articles on how rugged tablets are being used out there in the field every two or three days, so stop by the Rugged Xplore Blog often. -- Posted Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by chb

Toshiba announces 15,000 RPM 2.5-inch hard disks
More and more of the devices we're analyzing here at come standard with solid state disks, which not only use less power, but often present significant performance enhancements. But don't count hard disks out just yet: Toshiba has announced its next generation of 2.5-inch enterprise performance hard disks that spin at a stunning 15,000 RPM, available in capacities up to 600GB. [See Toshiba 15,000 RPM HD product page] -- Posted Friday, March 7, 2014 by chb

Dell's new education Latitudes MIL-STD tested
Education needs rugged gear that can handle daily use and abuse, too. That's the message Dell emphasized (Kelli Hodges, Dell Global Marketing Manager, EUC Tablets in picture) at a March 4 press event in San Francisco that covered both rugged and educational computing. On the educational side, Dell, whose products are used in 400,000 classrooms, announced the Latitude 13 Education Series laptop to join the recently introduced Dell Chromebook 11 and Dell Venue tablets in the company's education lineup. The Latitude 13 Education Series is subject to military-standard testing, has rubberized LCD and base trim for drop protection, sealed keyboard and touchpad, scratch resistance with Corning Gorilla Glass on touch screens, and opens 180 degrees to reduce hinge stress. [See Dell press release] -- Posted Friday, March 7, 2014 by chb

HeliPaint air tracking now in a rugged, compact 1RU chassis
ChyronHego announced the launch of HeliPaint, an in-the-air news telestration system designed to meet the specific needs of aerial coverage. HeliPaint brings ChyronHego's Paint telestration and tracking technology to the chopper in a rugged, compact 1RU chassis, a high-visibility LCD touch screen that can be seen in the brightest sunlight, and mobile processing that allows the system to consume minimal power from a 12V source. [Read press release] -- Posted Friday, March 7, 2014 by chb

noax releases 21.5-inch full 1080p industrial touch panel PC
noax Technologies has added the noax C21 to its lineup of compact industrial panel PCs. The C21 has a 21.5-inch touch screen with full 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution, making it suitable for deployments that benefit from a larger display and higher resolution. The fanless C21 carries IP65 sealing, has a cast aluminum enclosure, and offers various PCI/PCIe expansion slot options for customization and configuration. [See description, analysis and specs of the noax C21 industrial panel computer] -- Posted Thursday, March 6, 2014 by chb

JLT announces Atom-powered 1214N logistics panel computer
JLT Mobile Computers announced the JLT 1214N rugged fixed-mount panel computer for warehouse and logistics applications. Able to run a variety of Microsoft full and embedded operating systems, the compact 7.7-pound sealed panel has a bright 12.1-inch XGA resistive touch display, plenty of onboard connectivity, and it is now powered by a dual-core 1.6GHz Intel Atom D2550 processor—a significant upgrade from the Atom N270-powered JLT 1214S predecessor. The 1214N offers numerous mounting options and also allows sealing at the cable instead of connector level. [See description, analysis and specs of the JLT Mobile 1214N] -- Posted Thursday, March 6, 2014 by chb

What happend in rugged computing 5 years ago: March 2009
In March 2009, Getac was one of the first to add Computrace to its firmware. Fujitsu consolidated its major North American businesses. Parvuz introduced the rugged Zypad WR11XX wrist-wearable computer. Winmate announced it now featured a full Intel Atom-based product line. RuggedPCReview issued a case study on Dive Support Computing, featuring the Itronix MR1 rugged UMPC. Datalogic Mobile announced overnight service program and 5 year service terms. GammaTech announced the Durabook RT10 MCA mobile clinical assistant. Handheld U.S. added the Kenaz GPS to its Recon rugged PDA. GD-Itronix introduced the GD8000 fully-rugged notebook, Dell the fully-rugged Latitude E6400 XFR, and Motion Computing the J3400 Tablet PC. We reviewed Panasonic's H1 clinical assistant tablet and Winmate's IA80 rugged tablet. Motorola added the MC55 enterprise digital assistants, and Getac the PS535F rugged GPS PDA. Jon Peddie Research predicted that soon all graphics systems would be integrated into CPUs. Datamax and O'Neil became one company. [See what happened in rugged computing five years ago in March 2009] -- Posted Thursday, March 6, 2014 by chb

Class 1 Division 2 rugged tablets available from MobileDemand
MobileDemand announced that its popular xTablet T7200 and xTablet T1200 are now available as C1D2-certified rugged tablets. The certification covers usage in areas where combustible gases such as Acetylene, Hydrogen, Ethylene, and Propane (Groups A-D) are present abnormally. So if an accidental discharge happens, you can rest assured that our C1D2 tablets will not emit any electrical arcs or sparks, nor have any hot surfaces that will cause those gases to explode. [See product pages for the xTablet T1200 C1D2 and xTablet T1200 C1D2. -- Posted Tuesday, March 4, 2014 by chb

CipherLab posts info video on their 8600 Series handheld
CipherLab just posted an informative and well-done video on their 8600 Series handheld terminal. [See CipherLab 8600 video on YouTube and our analysis of the CipherLab 8600] -- Posted Monday, March 3, 2014 by chb

New: GammaTech DURABOOK S15H
GammaTech launched the DURABOOK S15H, an affordable, well-made, Intel Haswell-powered, magnesium alloy-bodied semi-rugged notebook with large wide-format 15.6-inch display. It's geared towards customers who need something tougher than a standard consumer notebook, one with state-of-the-art features and specs, but not at the cost and weight of a fully rugged design. [See description, analysis and specs of the GammaTech DURABOOK S15H] -- Posted Monday, March 3, 2014 by chb

Compact, rugged Trimble Juno T41 R Series adds UHF RFID
Trimble's smartphone-inspired rugged Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5 or Android 4.1 mobile computer with 4.3-inch projected capacitive multi-touch gets Ultra-High Frequency RFID versions in a remarkably compact form factor. Available with either IP65 or IP68 sealing, the EPCglobal Gen 2 compatible T41 R is location aware for use in different regions across the globe, and is available with full voice/data phone capability as well as enhanced high-accuracy GPS. [See description, analysis and specs of the Trimble Juno T41 RFID] -- Posted Thursday, February 27, 2014 by chb

Army issues field manual on cyber war
Interesting reading: the US Army's publication FM 3-38 on Cyber Electromagnetic Activities. It's about electronic warfare, and as such defines and describes electronic warfare, attacks and protection in an increasingly network-based world. Approved for public release, and available here. -- Posted Thursday, February 27, 2014 by chb

US Dept. of Transportation to use Mi-Co forms with handwriting recognition for vehicle crash investigations
Mi-Co, which specializes in data capture software forms that include handwriting recognition, announced it was awarded the contract to provide the US Department of Transportation (DoT) with a functional field data collection system with its Mi-Forms mobile forms software. Field staff will conduct multiple interviews on a weekly basis with motor vehicle crash participants. During these interviews, field data collectors will use natural handwriting within the mobile forms to capture data presented in an aural manner in a rapid fashion. [See Mi-Co press release] -- Posted Wednesday, February 26, 2014 by chb

Juniper Systems and partners to attend CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2014 in Las Vegas
Juniper Systems reports it will be exhibiting its rugged handhelds at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2014, held March 4-8 in Las Vegas. A major attraction for companies in nearly every construction industry, CONEXPO-CON/AGG will host 2,400 exhibitors and over 130,000 attendees. Attendees will include contractors, dealers, distributors, service providers, engineers, producers, and municipalities, among others. [Read Juniper blog about CONEXPO] -- Posted Tuesday, February 25, 2014 by chb

Samsung Galaxy S5: impressive tech and now even waterproof
At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Samsung revealed the Galaxy S5, its new flagship smartphone. While after all those years of ever-smaller and handier phones the wisdom of giant phones is debatable, the specs and capabilities of the new Galaxy S5 are most impressive. Android "KitKat" 4.4.2, 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 CPU, 5.1-inch 1920 x 1080 Super AMOLED screen, dual cameras (16mp camera, 2mp, 4K video), USB 3.0, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, BT 4.0, NFC, 2GB RAM, 16/32GB storage, 10-12 hours battery life, fingerprint scanner, pulse sensor, 5.6 x 2.9 x 0.32 inches, 5.1 ounces. And it is IP67-sealed. -- Posted Tuesday, February 25, 2014 by chb

Oswego Health honored at HIMSS 2014 for excellent use of Motion Computing mobile technology
MotionComputing honored Oswego Health at HIMSS 2014 for excellent use of mobile technology solutions in a healthcare environment. Oswego Health streamlines the patient records management process through a holistic mobile solution specifically designed to meet the demands of a healthcare environment. Running Meditech software and Windows 8, Motion Rugged Tablet PCs provide clinicians reliable access to patient data and easy documentation capabilities. Paired with Motion disinfecting ReadyDocks and mobile docks, Oswego Health clinician efficiency is increased, data accuracy improved and patient care enhanced. [See Motion press release) -- Posted Tuesday, February 25, 2014 by chb

Dell delivers superior mobile security with secure mobile access solution
Dell reports that its newest release of Dell SonicWALL secure mobile access solutions enables mobile worker productivity with simple, policy-enforced SSL VPN access to mission-critical applications and data without compromising security. It's a secure mobile access gateway solution to help protect an organization’s data at rest on devices, and provides state-of-the-art, context-aware authentication that grants access only to authorized users and trusted devices. [See Dell press release] -- Posted Tuesday, February 25, 2014 by chb

Intel introduces new handheld/tablet Z34XX/Z35XX Atom chips
Not of primary importance to the rugged devices market, but still relevant and definitely worth keeping an eye on: at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, Intel introduced the new dual-core Atom Z34xx processors, codenamed "Merrifield," to be followed later in 2014 with the quad-core Z35xx "Moorefield" processors. These are all based on the "Silvermont" processor architecture, the first major revamp of Intel's Atom cores (see our "Does your Pentium have an Atom engine?" article). "Merrifield" can be viewed as the smartphone/tablet versions of Intel's "Bay Trail" platform introduced a few months ago (those include Intel HD graphics instead of Merrifield's PowerVR). [See Intel's product brief on the Atom Z34XX] -- Posted Monday, February 24, 2014 by chb

SOTI MobiControl Android+ technology enables more than 35 OEMs to overcome Android in the enterprise hurdle
SOTI, the major provider of Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy management, announced that it has significantly expanded its Android OEM partnerships to encompass more than 35 of the leading Android device manufacturers globally. [See SOTI press release] -- Posted Monday, February 24, 2014 by chb

CipherLab at 2014 AWMA Expo in Las Vegas
CipherLab invites to visit them at the 2014 AWMA Expo at Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, Booth#1042, Las Vegas, NV, February 25-27, 2014. CipherLab will have the 8600 series Dedicated Operating System Mobile Computer on display as well as the CP60/9200 series Windows Mobile Computer. -- Posted Monday, February 24, 2014 by chb

News from American Industrial Systems (AIS)
The folks at rugged and embedded systems design and manufacturer AIS (American Industrial Systems) issue weekly press releases that are not always about new products, but often about some of their technologies and methodologies. Most recently, they reported on their human-machine interface panels for use in building automation systems, their accelerated stress testing technology, and their HMI systems for automotive, agricultural and forestry machinery applications. Worthwhile reading, informative reading. -- Posted Thursday, February 20, 2014 by chb

X-ES launches another flight-qualified, SWaP-optimized Intel Core i7-based rugged multi-processor system
Extreme Engineering Solutions announced the rugged, SWaP-optimized XPand4208 Intel Core i7-based multiprocessor system, qualified to comply with MIL-STD-810F and DO-160F for temperature, altitude, vibration, shock, humidity, sand and dust, waterproofness, magnetic effects, explosive atmosphere, fluid susceptibility, fungus resistance, and salt fog. It was also qualified for EMI compliance according to MIL-STD-461F for conducted, as well as radiated, emissions and susceptibility. [See X-ES press release and product page] -- Posted Thursday, February 20, 2014 by chb

ADLINK offers Haswell-powered rugged processor blades
ADLINK Technology, which provides embedded building blocks and application-ready intelligent platforms, announced the cPCI-6530. It's a 6U CompactPCI processor blade based on a quad-core 22nm 4th generation Intel Core processor. Rugged and designed to pass MIL-STD-810G testing, the cPCI-6530 is targeted at mission-critical defense, aviation, railway and other transportation applications. [See ADLINK cPCI-6350 product page] -- Posted Wednesday, February 19, 2014 by chb

N-trig's DuoSense multi-touch & active pen solution selected by Intel for its Education Tablet
As most pen enthusiasts know, Wacom has historically been considered the leading active pen technology vendor, but now N-trig claims that the latest build of their pen actually surpasses Wacom in terms of accuracy, pressure sensitivity, continuity, linearity and overall user experience. We haven't checked N-trig's solutions lately, but they did just claim a big win when Intel implemented the N-trig DuoSense controller chipset into its Intel Education Tablet. [See N-trig press release] -- Posted Wednesday, February 19, 2014 by chb

Handheld Group introduces Nautiz X4 rugged mobile computer
Handheld Group introduced the rugged Nautiz X4, a multi-purpose data collection mobile computer with integrated keypad and industrial-grade scanner options. The IP65-sealed Nautiz X4 has a 3.5-inch 640 x 480 pixel resistive touch screen, runs Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5 for easy integration into existing enterprise infrastructures, weighs under 12 ounces, and includes GPS, WWAN, camera and a microSD card slot. [See description, analysis, and specs of the Handheld Group Nautiz X4] -- Posted Tuesday, February 18, 2014 by chb

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    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
    Palm m105
    All Palm devices