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Review: Teguar TS-5010 Series of stainless steel waterproof high-performance industrial Panel PCs
Industrial Panel PCs come in all sorts of forms and sizes for a wide variety of applications. Teguar's new trio of stainless steel, Skylake-powered waterproof panels are designed specially for applications that require full ingress protection and can even handle frequent high-pressure hot water washdowns. RuggedPCReview.com took a detailed look at the 15- and 22-inch versions of these impressivel wellmade panels. [See review of the Teguar TS-5010 Series of waterproof stainless steel Panel PCs] -- Posted Monday, January 22, 2018

Xplore improves full-year revenue outlook on strong december quarter sales, customer wins and robust backlog
Xplore Technologies Corp. (NASDAQ:XPLR) today announced it expects revenue for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2018, to be approximately $85 million, at the high end of its previously announced revenue outlook of $75 to $85 million. This confidence is the result of preliminary fiscal third quarter revenue of $23.8 million, strong backlog entering the fiscal fourth quarter and continuing sales wins. [See Xplore press release] -- Posted Friday, January 19, 2018

Demand for mobile medical care to take off
Along with mature development of ECG (electrocardiography) and PPG (photoplethysmograph) sensing technologies, ICT firms are keen on developing monitoring devices for use in mobile medical care, which is expected to see demand take off, according to DigiTimes. Mobile medical care will be initially applied to diabetes and cardiac arrhythmia, Digitimes Research said. Global market value for mobile medical care will increase to US$189 billion in 2025 at a compound annual growth rate of 32.3% during 2017-2025, research organizations have forecast. -- Posted Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Ulcer and wound treatment revolutionised by new technology combining GPC 3D WoundCare software and Panasonic rugged tablets
The effective treatment of patients suffering from debilitating pressure ulcers, burns and other wounds is being revolutionised by new 3D imaging software that runs on rugged Panasonic Toughpad tablets and has been developed by Swansea-based health informatics company GPC. Running on a lightweight, yet rugged Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1 Standard tablet with an integrated Intel RealSense 3D camera, the 3D WoundCare software captures the ulcer image using a simple point and click process. [See Panasonic press release] -- Posted Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Zebra brings Android to vehicle-mounts with new VC80x
Unlike handhelds where Android is coming on very strong, panels and vehicle-mounts are generally still mostly using Windows. That may be changing as more enterprises seek compatibility across their mobile platforms. For that reason, Zebra introduced the Android 7-based VC80x vehicle-mount computer. Using the same design and hardware (except processor and related electronics) as the existing Windows-based VC80, Zebra offers the VC80x as a proven platform to migrate material handling vehicles to the next generation platform for warehouse mobility. [See description, analysis and specs of the Zebra VC80x] -- Posted Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Zebra launches vastly upgraded rugged MC3300 with Android 7.0
Zebra announced the MC3300 as a thoroughly modernized and updated next generation of the company's very popular MC3x00 line of rugged wireless handhelds that has sold well over a million units over the years. While earlier updates to the original MC3000 platform mostly concentrated on technology updates and enhancements that leveraged the inherent usefulness of the device, the new MC3300 takes a bolder step forward with full commitment to the Android OS and all the technology required to make it shine. [See description, analysis and specs of the Zebra MC3300] -- Posted Thursday, January 11, 2018

Zebra helps retailers meet omnichannel demands and strengthen store operations
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 new retail solutions designed to help retailers outperform their competition, elevate the customer experience, and strengthen their operations. Zebra will be showcasing these new solutions publicly for the first time in Booth #1603 at the National Retail Federation (NRF) Annual Convention & EXPO on Jan. 14-16, 2018 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. [See Zebra press release] -- Posted Thursday, January 11, 2018

Full lineup of Xplore rugged tablet solutions now available for purchase through GSA IT Schedule 70
Xplore Technologies Corp. (NASDAQ: XPLR) announced that its full portfolio of rugged, fully rugged and ultra-rugged mobile computing solutions is now available for purchase by government agencies through Solvix Solution's General Services Administration (GSA) IT Schedule 70 contract #GS-35F-088HA / 47QTCA18D002C. Federal, state and local agencies looking for a highly secure and fully-featured computing experience will now benefit from the fast, easy procurement of Xplore's 10" and 12" tablet-based "mobile office" systems. They will also benefit from the expert guidance of Solvix Solutions, a Woman-Owned Small Business (WOSB) that has successfully supplied the U.S. Government with top quality workforce technologies for more than 3 years. [See Xplore press release] -- Posted Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Handheld launches the Nautiz X9 outdoor-rugged Android PDA
Handheld Group, a leading manufacturer of rugged mobile computers, announced the new NAUTIZ X9, a 5-inch, Android 7 "Nougat"-powered ultra-rugged enterprise handheld built for fieldwork in the most challenging outdoor or industrial environments. The new Nautiz X9 Android handheld is targeted for industrial and field applications where reliability is critical and ruggedness is key. Offering a complete and unique set of features, the fully rugged Nautiz X9 can be used as a mobile computer, data collector or field controller. [See description, analysis and specs of the Handheld Nautiz X9] -- Posted Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Spectre and Meltdown
In a blog post entitled Understanding the performance impact of Spectre and Meltdown mitigations on Windows Systems, Terry Myerson, Executive VP, Windows and Devices Group, explains the impact of the recently published chip vulnerabilities, as well as Microsoft's preliminary benchmarks on performance impact of updates and fixes: "With Windows 10 on newer silicon (2016-era PCs with Skylake, Kabylake or newer CPU), benchmarks show single-digit slowdowns, but we don’t expect most users to notice a change because these percentages are reflected in milliseconds. With Windows 10 on older silicon (2015-era PCs with Haswell or older CPU), some benchmarks show more significant slowdowns, and we expect that some users will notice a decrease in system performance. With Windows 8 and Windows 7 on older silicon (2015-era PCs with Haswell or older CPU), we expect most users to notice a decrease in system performance." For a good explanation of the overall issues, see Meltdown, Spectre, and the State of Technology. -- Posted Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Intel announces 8th Gen Core processors with integrated Radeon graphics
It's been eight years since Intel began integrating their own Intel HD graphics right into their processors. Many thought that would be the end of separate graphics subsystems, but that didn't turn out to be the case as graphics-intensive applications continued to require dedicated graphics cards. As a result, "discrete" graphics modules are often available as an option in rugged laptops. Now Intel announced 8th generation Core processors with AMD Radeon RX Vega M graphics. Will this bring greatly improved graphics performance to mobile systems? Probably not just yet, as the new chips start at 65 watt DTP (thermal design power), far more than the typical 15 watts in modern high-performance rugged laptops and tablets. [See Intel press release] -- Posted Monday, January 8, 2018

Juniper Systems partners with ProStar Geocorp to create an affordable, high-accuracy underground utility locate solution
Juniper Systems and ProStar Geocorp have recently joined forces to produce an affordable, efficient solution for capturing precise cable and pipe locating data. Combining Juniper Systems' Cedar CT7G Rugged Tablet and Geode Sub-meter GPS Receiver with ProStar's patented Pointman® software, utility locate professionals are equipped with a powerful, yet user-friendly underground utility locate solution. [See Juniper press release] -- Posted Monday, January 8, 2018

Review: Bezalel wireless charging products
Bezalel is a company that concentrates on wireless power. Their goal is "empowering all people to live free from the entanglement and chaos of all cords." Here at RuggedPCReview we've been using several of Bezalel's products for a few months, and so we'll report on our thoughts about wires and cord cutting first, and then of our experiences with Bezalel's wireless charging technology and products. [See Bezalel's wireless power products — Wire-free charging is coming of age] -- Posted Sunday, January 7, 2018

Featured blog: Juniper Systems' Get Rugged
Juniper Systems' Get Rugged blog has been around for almost five years. Juniper started it as a way for discussing the data collection industry and related news, goings-on at their company, and helpful how-to’s, among many other topics. Recent blogs included Creating a Topographic Survey with the Mesa 2 Rugged Tablet, Water Asset Mapping in Accordance with the New Jersey Water Quality Accountability Act, Android AOSP: What You Need to Know, and The Geode Sub-meter GPS Receiver Put to the Test Under Dense Forest Tree Canopy. [See the Juniper Systems Get Rugged blog] -- Posted Sunday, January 7, 2018

Peter Trosien takes over CEO position at faytech
faytech Tech. Co., Ltd., which specializes in the design, development, manufacturing and marketing of industrial touchscreen monitors and touchscreen PCs, announced that Peter Trosien, who had a 23-year career at German IT solutions firm Pyramid Computer, has taken over the CEO position at the company, starting January 1, 2018. faytech founder Arne Weber, who had held the CEO position, will concentrate on handling strategy, co-operation and technical development of the company. [See faytech new] -- Posted Friday, January 5, 2018

Iridium NEXT launch campaign reaches its halfway point with a fourth successful launch
Many remember Iridium as a futuristic satellite phone system that went live two decades ago, but was quickly overtaken by the explosive growth of land-based cellphone technology. Iridium, though much slower and much more expensive than modern wireless data, lived on in niche markets that absolutely require full global availability. Well, Iridium may soon become more attractive again thanks to Iridium NEXT. In December, SpaceX took the fourth set of ten Iridium NEXT satellites into orbit, reaching the halfway point to a system that will replace the original Iridium constellation, providing better voice quality and much faster data communication. [See Iridium press release] -- Posted Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Global mobile industry ready to start full-scale development of 5G NR
The 3GPP TSG RAN Plenary Meeting in Lisbon successfully completed the first implementable 5G NR specification. AT&T, BT, China Mobile, China Telecom, China Unicom, Deutsche Telekom, Ericsson, Fujitsu, Huawei, Intel, KT Corporation, LG Electronics, LG Uplus, MediaTek Inc., NEC Corporation, Nokia, NTT DOCOMO, Orange, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., Samsung Electronics, SK Telecom, Sony Mobile Communications Inc., Sprint, TIM, Telefonica, Telia Company, T-Mobile USA, Verizon, Vodafone, and ZTE have made a statement that the completion of the first 5G NR standard has set the stage for the global mobile industry to start full-scale development of 5G NR for large-scale trials and commercial deployments as early as in 2019. [See Intel/3GPP press release] -- Posted Tuesday, January 2, 2018

What happened in rugged computing 5 years ago: Jan. 2013
In January 2013, Sprint launched the Kyocera Torque as their first ultra-rugged 4G LTE Android smartphone. Sony showed the water- and shatterproof Sony Xperia Z Android smartphone. Datalogic announced preliminary 2012 annual sales of 462 million Euros. Motorola Solutions announced full-year 2012 sales of US$8.7 billion. We reviewed the Winmate E430T rugged 4.3-inch Android PDA and the TabletKiosk eo a7400 7-inch enterprise Windows tablet. Gammatech introduced the semi-rugged Durabook CA10 tablet, and Panasonic the 7-inch Toughpad JT-B1 and the 10.1-inch Windows 8-based Toughpad FZ-G1. [See full January 2013 archive] -- Posted Monday, January 1, 2018

Need for Speed — AMG takes the lead with RuggON PX-501B rugged tablets
RuggON Corporation, a supplier of fully rugged computers, announced their sponsorship of the German Haribo Racing Team which is part of the customer racing program of Mercedes-AMG Motorsport. Pit crews are using the RuggON PX-501B rugged Windows tablet for vehicle diagnostics, on-the-spot repairs, and vehicle tuning on the famed Nürburgring race course in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. Sharing the racing team's emphasis on reliability, performance, and durability, the RuggON PX-501B proved to be a perfect complement to Mercedes-AMG's supercars. [See RuggON news] -- Posted Thursday, December 21, 2017

Pentium Silver and Gold
Intel, seemingly, will stop at nothing to make their byzantine processor lineup even more, well, byzantine. The company has now announced Pentium Silver and Gold processors, where the Gold varieties use big Kaby Lake cores whereas the Silver versions are now based on "Gemini Lake" (which is the successor to Apollo Lake, which was the successor of Braswell, which was the successor of Bay Trail). There are actually also Celeron-branded new chips in Gemini Lake. Intel's idea here seems to use Celeron and Pentium to offer something that covers the big gap between high-end Atom and low-end Core processors, both in terms of cost, performance, power usage and features. For a table of the new chips, see here. [See Intel press release] -- Posted Monday, December 18, 2017

Full review: GammaTech DURABOOK SA14 R3
RuggedPCReview performed a full analysis of the GammaTech DURABOOK SA14 and found it to be a semi-rugged, super-solid notebook computer designed to be substantially tougher and more durable than standard consumer notebooks, but without the high cost of a fully rugged model. It's a very trust-inspiring, albeit rather heavy, machine with a bright, reflection-free 14-inch wide-format display, good connectivity, very good battery life, and excellent performance thanks to a recent upgrade to 7th generation Intel Core processors. [See full review of the GammaTech DURABOOK SA14 R3] -- Posted Friday, December 15, 2017

Datalogic introduces the Skorpio X4 mobile computer
Datalogic, a global leader in automatic data capture and industrial automation markets, is proud to announce the Skorpio X4 mobile computer representing the next generation of the highly-successful Skorpio mobile computer line from Datalogic. This rugged mobile computer is especially suitable for mobile commerce solutions in the retail environment both in-store and back-end receiving. [See Datalogic press release and RuggedPCReview's description, analysis and specs of the Datalogic Skorpio X4] -- Posted Wednesday, December 13, 2017

RuggON MT7000 all-in-one vehicle terminal
There's much efficiency to be gained from fleet management, asset management, and Electronic Logging (ELD) applications. The RuggON MT7000 all-in-one vehicle panel computer, available with either Windows 10 IoT Enterprise or Android, is an interesting and well-executed example of the rapidly growing class of IoT building blocks, devices that merge sensor, communications, processing and advanced human interface technologies to offer unprecedented tracking, control, and opportunity in organically connected IoT systems. [See description, analysis and specs of the RuggON MT7000] -- Posted Friday, December 8, 2017

Empowering the connected colleague
Interesting coverage of an Essential Retail webinar on the topic of connected retail. The webinar, sponsored by Datalogic, discussed the retail automation market that's worth almost US$11 billion per year and is set to rise by 10% annually up to 2022. [See Empowering the connected colleague] -- Posted Thursday, December 7, 2017

Featured blog: Rugged Tech Talk with DT Research
More and more rugged technology firms have blogs, and most do a great job in presenting basics, specifics and examples of rugged computing technology to their customers and interested parties. Today's highlight is on DT Research's Rugged Tech Talk with DT Research blog. Established in its current form in July 2016, the nicely formatted blog covers a new topic or issue on average once a week. Recent topics include 4 Benefits of Rugged Tablets for Construction Site Managers, How Rugged Medical Tablets are Revolutionizing Emergency Medical Services, The Three Types of First Responders Who Need Rugged Tablet Solutions, and Why 4G LTE is the Future of Tablet Tech Communications. [visit Rugged Tech Talk with DT Research] -- Posted Thursday, December 7, 2017

Full review: ARBOR FPC-7900 series of robust Intel 7th generation powered Box PCs with available PCI/PCIe expansion
Performance used to be a secondary consideration in industrial computers, but the emergence of Industry 4.0, the IoT, and factory automation have changed that. State-of-the-art performance must now be available in Box PCs, as well as the kind of extensive onboard I/O needed in industrial settings. ARBOR Technology's new FPC-7900 line of robust Box PCs offers all that, and also special form factors that can accommodate PCI expansion. [See full review of the ARBOR FPC-7900 series of high-performance industrial Box PCs] -- Posted Wednesday, December 6, 2017

McElroy selects Getac ZX70 fully rugged tablet to be a part of DataLogger® 6 solution for measuring accuracy and efficiency in pipeline fusions
McElroy, the leading manufacturer and innovator of pipe fusion equipment, has selected the Getac ZX70 fully rugged tablet, to be incorporated into the company's DataLogger 6 solution for quality assurance in the field. The ZX70 was ultimately selected for its lightweight, fully rugged design, Android 6.0 platform, custom RS232 adapter and exceptional customer service. [See Getac/McElroy press release] -- Posted Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Sonim raises $37 million in capital to extend leadership in ultra rugged phones
Sonim Technologies, maker of the world's toughest cell phones, today announced it has raised $37 million in capital from B. Riley Financial, Inc., a diversified financial services company, through its operating subsidiaries B. Riley FBR, Inc. and B. Riley Principal Investments, LLC. The funding includes $27 million of equity capital and $10 million of subordinated debt capital through a revolving credit facility. As a leading manufacturer of phones that will survive the toughest conditions, Sonim is poised for rapid growth across multiple industries, with a focus on the public safety sector. [See Sonim press release] -- Posted Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Case study: Handheld Group's Nautiz X8 assists explorer as navigation tool, weather station, phone and personal computer
Alex Bellini, an Italian explorer and environmental advocate, accompanied by Handheld Group Nautiz X8, journeyed across the largest glacier in Europe in winter 2016-2017 to raise awareness about the effects of climate change on our planet's frozen structures. Communicating with a support team, navigating remote landscapes and tracking weather patterns were all indispensable parts of Bellini's expedition. He used the weatherproof Nautiz X8 handheld as a navigation tool, weather station, phone and personal computer on his trek across Vatnajökull glacier, which covers approximately 5,000 square kilometers (1,930 square miles) of southeast Iceland. [Read Handheld Group's Nautiz X8 assists explorer as navigation tool, weather station, phone and personal computer] -- Posted Tuesday, December 5, 2017

What happened in rugged computing 5 years ago: Dec. 2012
In December 2012, we reviewed the Motion CL910 tablet and the SDG Systems Rampage 6, one of the earliest Android-based rugged handhelds which was based on Juniper Systems' Mesa. Sprint added the rugged Sonim XP STRIKE phone, Getac upgraded their V100/200 and B300 lines to 3rd gen Core processors, and Gammatech supplied their T7Q rugged tablets to Victory Police Motorcycles. Datalogic introduced the Lynx PDA, Xplore sold 900 iX104C5M rugged Windows tablets to the US military, and Honeywell acquired Intermec. [See full December 2012 archive] -- Posted Friday, December 1, 2017

Havis introduces upgraded universal laptop and tablet cradle line for a wide variety of devices
Havis Inc., a leading designer and manufacturer of in-vehicle mobile office solutions for mobile professionals, has announced a new, upgraded line of universal cradle solutions for a wide range of tablet and laptop models. The new generation of Havis universal cradles, which includes the UT-1000 Series, the UT-2000 Series, and the UT-301 Cradles, are lighter yet still ultra-rugged and allow for more mounting options. The new Universal Cradle line is made from high-performance, injection-molded materials and some feature a durable, powder coat painted top plate. The thin, low profile design of the cradles maximizes mobile office space and enhances visibility. The rugged construction of the Havis Universal Cradles allows for longer service life and future redeployments. The new Universal Cradle line is made from high-performance, injection-molded materials and some feature a durable, powder coat painted top plate. The thin, low profile design of the cradles maximizes mobile office space and enhances visibility. The rugged construction of the Havis Universal Cradles allows for longer service life and future redeployments. [See Havis press release] -- Posted Friday, December 1, 2017

Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality inspectors go fully paperless with Xplore's HazLoc-certified rugged tablets
Xplore Technologies Corp. (NASDAQ:XPLR) today announced that inspectors with the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) are now using the Xplore XSLATE B10 fully rugged tablets as their primary workstation in the office, vehicle and field. The State agency wanted to transition its field team to a fully paperless operating environment, and Xplore's C1D2-certified Windows tablets were the only mobile computers in their class that could safely be used in vehicle as well as in-hand at inspection sites where combustible gasses and flames are present. [See Xplore press release] -- Posted Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Global manufacturer Morganti Spa deploys Panasonic Toughpad rugged tablets to warehouse staff
Italian manufacturing company Morganti Spa, famous for the design and manufacture of power tools, workwear and safety devices found across building sites worldwide, has partnered with Panasonic to digitalize its former paper-based logistics department and arm its staff across three warehouses with fully rugged Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1 tablets. [See Panasonic press release] -- Posted Wednesday, November 29, 2017

IDC: Phablets to overtake regular smartphones by 2019, with Phablets expected to hit 1 billion units by 2021
IDC also published the latest issue of their Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker and says that overall smartphone shipments will steadily grow from 1.5 billion in 2017 to 1.7 billion units in 2021, with phablets (5.5 to <7 inch screens) outpacing total market growth by climbing from 611 million in 2017 to 1 billion units in 2021. IDC expects Android and iOS market shares to stay about constant (85% Android, 15% iOS). [See IDC press release] -- Posted Wednesday, November 29, 2017

IDC sees slow decline in PC device market next five years
International Data Corporation (IDC) forecasts a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of -2.0% for global shipments of personal computing devices (PCDs) — composed of traditional PCs (desktop, notebooks and workstations) and tablets (slates, detachables). Traditional PCs will drop from 260 million in 2016 to 248 million in 2021, due to a steep desktop PC decline. Tablets will drop from 175 million to 146 million, with only detachable tablets showing growth (from 21.5 to 37.1 million, with half being Windows-based). [See IDC press release] -- Posted Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Review: Teguar TRT-5180 12-inch rugged Windows tablet
Sometimes you need a tough Windows tablet with some extra screen real estate and plenty of connectivity for complex work in the field. Teguar's TRT-5180 is one of them, with a sharp 12.2-inch capacitive multi-touch screen with optional active pen, excellent onboard connectivity, an Intel 7th generation Core processor, and a very functional optional 2-in-1 keyboard and kickstand. And it's rugged enough to take on the job, wherever that may be. [See review of Teguar Computer's TRT-5180 rugged 12.2-inch Windows tablet] -- Posted Monday, November 27, 2017

Pegasus Airlines saves €135,000 per aircraft per year with Panasonic collaboration
Turkish low-cost airline, Pegasus Airlines, has enjoyed dramatic savings of €135,000 per aircraft, per year thanks to its partnership with Panasonic. The relationship, which has seen Pegasus Airlines' flight crews equipped with fully rugged Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1 tablets, coupled with Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) software, has resulted in annual savings of €11m thanks to reductions in paper, printing and copying costs as well as the crew's ability to work in a faster, more dynamic and cost effective manner. [See Panasonic press release] -- Posted Wednesday, November 22, 2017

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

Teguar offers highest CPU available in IP65, IP66, or IP67 waterproof PCs
Teguar has released a new line of stainless steel IP65/IP66, IP67, and IP69K touchscreen panel PCs. The New 15" Skylake IP66new TS-5010 product family includes the latest Intel Sky Lake Core i5 processor and offers the highest performance processing available in a sealed stainless steel waterproof fanless enclosure. The new 6th Generation Intel i5-6200U CPU was chosen for the TS-5010 series because it is an Intel long life CPU, providing the TS-5010 product family with 5+ years of availability. [See Teguar press release] -- Posted Monday, November 20, 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

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