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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

Airline swaps pen and paper for Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1
European cargo airline West Atlantic is transforming life for aviation crew, who formerly used pen and paper to keep on top of logistics, by equipping them with Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1 rugged tablets. The result is a better and more efficient working day in the form of saved time, increased user-friendliness and better overview. [See Panasonic Europe press release] -- Posted Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Review: Kingston IronKey S1000 FIPS 140-2 Level 3 compliant secure flash drive
USB flash drives are being sold by the hundreds of millions every year. They are terrific and everyone loves them. But they are also a major security risk and a primary source of data breaches. The solution is secure, encrypted USB keys compliant with FIPS 140-2 Level 3, which is mandatory for governments at any level and those who are doing business with government. RuggedPCReview is taking a detailed look at the
Kingston IronKey S1000 line of rugged, heavy-duty USB keys that truly protects your data. [See Kingston IronKey S1000 — for when you need a rugged, heavy-duty USB key that truly protects your data]
-- Posted Tuesday, September 5, 2017

What happened in rugged computing 5 years ago: Sept. 2012
In September 2012, Getac its deal with FedEx TechConnect and introduced the Z710 rugged Android tablet. Panasonic upgraded most of its rugged notebooks to 3rd generation Core processors. The Handheld Group launched its Nautiz X1 rugged Android smartphone. MobileDemand introduced the xTablet T7200 with Pixel Xi screen. Intermec posted a video demonstrating major abuse on a CK71 handheld, and its Vocollect unit introduced the rugged SRX2 headset. Synaptics' ClearPad Series 3 offers multi-touch even with gloves on. DigiTimes predicted hard times for the Intel Atom, just when Intel announced the Atom Z2760 for Windows 8 tablets and convertibles. NORCO introduced the PPC-3308 rugged Tablet PC, Western Digital a super-thin 2.5-inch hybrid hard drive, and Avalue the EPS-QM57 series of Core i7-based rugged embedded industrial PCs. [See September 2012 archive] -- Posted Sunday, September 3, 2017

Intel's 8th-gen U Series Core processors
On August 21, Intel announced what the company calls their 8th Generation Intel Core processors. For now that's just four chips, the i5-8250U and i5-8350U, and the i7-8550U and i7-8650U (see here). From what we can tell, these remain 15-watt 14nm chips with the same 7th gen Kaby Lake architecture, which already was only a minor advance over 6th gen Skylake. What has changed, though, is that these four chips are all quad-core/eight thread systems, so whatever software takes advantage of that will be significantly faster. But what about battery life with all these extra cores? Intel says it's "uncompromised," and that's likely because the new chips run at a much lower base frequency (albeit higher turbo boost) than the equivalent Kaby Lake processors. So what we'll likely see will be the availability of 8th gen chips as high end options. But, for now, 8th gen doesn't look "must have." -- Posted Friday, September 1, 2017

Datalogic reports record quarter and half-year
While Datalogic has been very quiet about its lineup of rugged handhelds, overall the Italian-based company seems to be doing very well. Revenues for their Q1 were €157.8 million (US$187 million) up 7.7% compared to Q1 last year, and revenues for the first half of 2017 rose to €299.3 million (US$355 million), up 6.2% compared to the first half of 2016. [See Datalogic press release] -- Posted Thursday, August 31, 2017

Bradford Airport logistics increases productivity, improves overall operations with Zebra Technologies
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, announced that Bradford Airport Logistics selected Zebra's TC70 touch computer to optimize its delivery process, increase worker productivity and improve customer satisfaction. Based in Houston, Texas, Bradford manages airport centralized receiving and distribution logistics centers globally. [See Zebra press release] -- Posted Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Logic Supply launches GPU-capable, small form factor industrial PC ideal for image processing applications
Over the last few years, graphics performance has become an increasingly important feature among industrial, embedded and IoT hardware users for use in vision systems, VR and advanced workstation applications. So the folks at Logic Supply created their new MC850 small form factor industrial computer. The MC850 supports full height PCIe cards and thus can accommodate a wide range of networking, I/O and GPU expansion options, including the latest 10-Series GPUs from NVIDIA. There's an integrated 300W power supply, a variety of industrial I/O for connectivity to both modern and legacy systems, and numerous CPU options all the way up to a quad-core Intel Kaby Lake Core i7-7700T. Starting at US$974. [See the Logic Supply MC850 product page] -- Posted Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Handheld Group case study: Timber buyers increase accuracy, efficiency and profits with rugged handhelds
Technology has changed the way we do business today, but the overriding goal remains the same: be profitable. That's why smart people in the timber industry are always looking for an edge — technological or otherwise. Thanks to ultra-rugged portable handhelds, jobs that used to be time- and labor-intensive can now be done with drastically improved efficiency. And that translates to the bottom line. Dalton Smith, a buyer with Thomas Timber in Arkansas, USA, is using the Nautiz X8 rugged handheld data collector from Handheld Group, along with industry-specific software, to cruise timber plots faster and calculate bids more accurately. [Read "Timber buyers increase accuracy, efficiency and profits with rugged handhelds"] -- Posted Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Juniper Systems blog: Android AOSP: What You Need to Know
Android has long been suffering from version fragmentation, making devices and apps less compatible and upgradeable than they could/should be. Adding to the confusion is the presence of both Android AOSP (Android Open Source Project) and Android GMS (Google Mobile Services) devices. Juniper Systems' always informative GetRugged blog explained the difference between Android AOSP and Android GMS in an informative post written by Sarah Merrell. [See Android AOSP: What You Need to Know] -- Posted Tuesday, August 29, 2017

NYPD replacing 36,000 smartphones
After the New York Post published an article about the New York Police Department scrapping 36,000 Microsoft Windows Mobile 8.1-based Nokia Lumina 830 and Lumina 640XL smartphones, NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Information & Technology Jessica Tisch issued a fiery response, saying that at the time the Windows Mobile platform was most effective at achieving their goals. As is, Microsoft no longer supports Windows Mobile 8.1, and the NYPD is replacing the Nokia phones with Apple iPhones. [See NY Post article and NYPD response] -- Posted Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Dell releases updated rugged tablet: state-of-the-art, lighter, sharper, more secure, and much faster
Talk about timing. A mere couple of weeks after we published our long term review of Dell's original Latitude 12 Rugged Tablet, Dell released its successor, the Latitude Rugged Extreme Tablet. The new model is much more powerful than the original and yet can last considerably longer between charges thanks to higher capacity batteries. Its much sharper display will be well received, as will be the addition of a USB 3.1 Type-C port, and the noticeably lighter weight. And a new kickstand makes the tablet an even better 2-in-1 solution. [See Dell press release and RuggedPCReview's description, analysis and specs of the Dell 7212 Rugged Extreme tablet] -- Posted Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Review: ARBOR ARES-1970/1970-E modular high-performance rugged industrial controllers
Fanless embedded controllers are compact computers designed to handle a vast range of tasks behind the scenes. RuggedPCReview.com analyzed ARBOR Technology's modular ARES-1970 Series of rugged high-performance industrial controllers that come in various sizes to provide all required functionality in a package no larger than it needs to be. [See review of the ARBOR ARES-1970/1970-E/1970] -- Posted Monday, August 28, 2017

New squad car cameras allow remote viewing of police activity
Flossmoor, Illinois, police officials will soon be able to monitor traffic stops and other activity on camera, and in real time. Flossmoor has had cameras in its police cars since 2001, but the current squad car video recording program is outdated and will be replaced by new Getac squad car camera systems. “With unlimited storage, we are able to outfit each patrol vehicle with four cameras providing 360-degree coverage around the patrol car,” Deputy Chief Tod Kamleiter said. [See article] -- Posted Friday, August 25, 2017

MobileDemand first with rugged case for new Surface Pro
MobileDemand announced they are the first rugged case for the new Microsoft Surface Pro in the Designed for Surface program. Matt Miller, President and Founder of MobileDemand, said the company was the first to pass all testing requirements for the new Microsoft Surface Pro in the "Designed for Surface Program." There are several levels of testing done by the third party test agency in order to pass that includes fit and function, thermal and the 4 foot drop testing according to MIL-STD 810G. [See Surface Pro Rugged Bundle] -- Posted Wednesday, August 23, 2017

MyScript introduces Cloud Sync for Nebo App
MyScript, a pioneer in handwriting recognition and digital ink management technology has launched cloud sync for its notetaking app, Nebo. Until now, Nebo users could only save MyScript Interactive Ink notes within the app on their device. With the new cloud sync feature, users can quickly and easily upload and save their Nebo files to the cloud for later editing or use on other devices. By leveraging the power of the cloud and MyScript Interactive Ink technology, Nebo makes handwritten digital document creation both seamless and highly productive. -- Posted Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Xplore Receives new $2.7M Android rugged tablet order from top telecommunications provider to support workforce expansion within construction division
Xplore Technologies Corp (NASDAQ: XPLR) announced that one of the largest broadband and wireless telecommunications companies in the United States has ordered $2.7 million worth of Android-powered "mobile office" bundles to support the growth of its field-based workforce. Starting in late August, thousands of Construction division technicians will be equipped with quality- engineered Xplore XSLATE D10 fully rugged Android tablet PCs, which feature a 10.1" sunlight-readable multi-touch display, 4GB RAM, and a 64GB SSD that's powered by Android 5.1 Lollipop and an Intel® Atom E3845 Quad Core Processor. Xplore Platinum Partner SHI International Corp. will configure and implement the mobility solutions for project. [See Xplore press release] -- Posted Tuesday, August 22, 2017

What RuggedPCReview editors do on field testing trips
Having drinks with mermaids on sunken ship wrecks, that's what. In August, the RuggedPCReview editorial crew motored down to South Florida with a truck full of scuba gear, underwater cameras, underwater metal detectors, and dive computers that are IP69-sealed (if that existed) and run years on a single battery. The rugged adventurers explored eight shipwrecks, braved rain and choppy waters, but ran from swarming mosquitos in the Everglades. -- Posted Sunday, August 20, 2017

Getac video solution sees increasing success
DigiTimes reports that Getac has successfully tapped into the police and law enforcement equipment market in the US with its Getac video solution (GVS) products. The company originally expected the solution to contribute 3% of its ruggedized IPC revenues by the end of 2017, but now estimates the percentage to reach 3-5% with increasing orders. The company also has set goals for its revenues to grow by a double-digit percentage every year for the next five years. -- Posted Thursday, August 17, 2017

Long term review: Dell Latitude 12 Rugged Tablet
Dell has relatively quietly established itself as a major provider of rugged laptops, convertibles and tablets. RuggedPCReview has had the opportunity to have a Dell Latitude 12 Rugged Tablet in the office and for everyday use on the desk, on the road, and in the field. The tough Dell tablet turned out to be a pleasant, competent and totally trouble-free companion and productivity tool. [See long-term test and review of the Dell Latitude 12 Rugged Tablet] -- Posted Tuesday, August 15, 2017

DT Research: Why the military needs purpose-built tech from trusted solution providers
In a recent blog entry, DT Research explains why when it comes to military computing, rugged tablets provide the best bet for successfully achieving a variety of goals, including protecting data and troops deployed in response to in-theater conflicts. The military does not need the added threat of dropped communication and not being able to reliably access detailed plans. [read DT Research blog -- Posted Tuesday, August 15, 2017

An inside look at R&D: Panasonic Toughbook put to the test
Makers of rugged mobile computers test their products in accordance with various ruggedness testing procedures described in documents such as the MIL-STD-810G. Most of the time, testing is done by specialized third party testing labs, but market leaders generally also do their own testing in their own labs. Panasonic just issued a blog post and video that covers how Panasonic ensures that its mobile devices live up to the promise of rugged reliability. [See An inside look at R&D: Panasonic Toughbook put to the test] -- Posted Monday, August 14, 2017

Xplore Technologies reports profitable first quarter results
Xplore Technologies announced revenues of US$20.0 million for Q1 of their fiscal year 2018, reflecting increased sales of rugged tablets as well as resolution of previously disclosed supply chain constraints (up from US$16.5 million for Q1 2017). Q1 2018 showed a net profit of US$239k compared to a net loss of US$1.7 million in Q1 2017. For fiscal 2018, Xplore continues to anticipate revenue to range between $75 million and $85 million and also anticipates multiple profitable quarters and positive cash flow for the full fiscal year 2018. [See Xplore press release] -- Posted Thursday, August 10, 2017

New ARBOR COM Express Compact Module with Single-chip Intel® Core i7-7600U Processor
ARBOR Technology, a leading provider of embedded computing solutions, is expanding its successful line of modules with the introduction of a 7th generation Intel® Core™ processor platform (formerly codename ”Kaby Lake-U”), the EmETXe-i90U0, a Type 6 compact module. The single-chip processors feature a low power consumption of just 15W TDP. Built on Intel’s new 14nm process technology, the 7th generation Intel® Core™ processor is designed to provide excellent graphics and performance. [See EmETXe-i90U0 product page] -- Posted Thursday, August 10, 2017

Xplore rugged tablets driving data collection efforts for net zero deforestation project in Colombia
Xplore Technologies. (NASDAQ: XPLR) announced that its XSLATE D10 Android rugged tablets are being used as the primary data collection platform for the Net Zero Deforestation Project currently underway in the rainforests of Caquetá, Colombia. The project, a joint-effort between the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) and The Nature Conservancy local office, aims to map and analyze the spatial and demographical implications of the deforestation process occurring in the region. [See Xplore press release] -- Posted Tuesday, August 8, 2017

DT Research and Phase II deliver rugged tablets for Mobile IT for defense teams
DT Research, a leading designer and manufacturer of purpose-built computing solutions for vertical markets, announced that along with Phase II in booth T13 (RTO Consulting), they will showcase rugged tablets for mobile IT at the AFCEA Technet show in Augusta GA from August 8th to 10th. [See DT Research press release] -- Posted Tuesday, August 8, 2017

IDC: tablet market declines in Q2/2017
IDC reports that worldwide shipments for tablets declined 3.4% year over year in 2Q17, reaching 37.9 million. The decline included detachable tablets. "There's been a resetting of expectations for detachables as competing convertible notebooks offered a convincing and familiar computing experience for many," said Jitesh Ubrani, senior research analyst with IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Device Trackers. Of market leaders, Apple sold 11.4 million tablets for the quarter, up 14.7% over Q2/2016. Samsung stayed at 6 million. [See IDC release] -- Posted Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Motorola Solutions reports Q2 2017 financial results
Motorola Solutions reported sales of US$1.497 billion for Q2, 2017, up 5% from US$1.430 billion a year ago. GAAP operating income for Q2 2017 was US$257 million, up 15% from US$224 for Q2 2016. [See Motorola Solutions press release] -- Posted Thursday, August 3, 2017

Trimble reports Q2 2017 financial results
Trimble reported sales of US$661.9 million for Q2, 2017, up 9% from US$609.6 million a year ago. GAAP operating income for Q2 2017 was US$62.6 million, up 55% from US$40.5 for Q2 2016. [See Trimble press release] -- Posted Thursday, August 3, 2017

Datalogic announces new Healthcare Memor X3 HC Mobile Computer
Datalogic, a global leader in automatic data capture and industrial automation markets, announces the availability of the Memor X3 HC mobile computer. This device is the direct result of Datalogic working closely with healthcare professional to assure their needs are met in demanding healthcare applications. The Memor X3 HC device is fabricated using tough chemical resistant materials that maintain the integrity of the housing even after repeated cleaning with the strong disinfectanting healthcare solutions. [See Datalogic press release and RuggedPCReview's description, analysis and specs of the Datalogic Memor X3 HC] -- Posted Thursday, August 3, 2017

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