Product roundup: Rugged enterprise mobile computing arena

Wireless rounds up all the latest technology in the growing rugged enterprise mobile computing arena

Product roundup: Rugged enterprise mobile computing arena

Datalogic ELF – does what it says on the tin

The new 3G ELF from Datalogic is an industrial PDA aimed at courier, parcel delivery and in-field applications.

This UMTS HSDPA version runs on Windows 6.5 and comes with the company’s Green Spot good read technology, while both a laser barcode reader and 2D imager have also been integrated into the product. There’s also an option to support HF RFID for reading and writing as well.

The ELF, meaning Electronic Lightweight Fast, comes pre-loaded and licensed with the Wavelink Avalanche device management system. This new capability adds to an existing range of options including embedded 802.11 a/b/g radio with CCX V4 certification and Bluetooth wireless 2.0 EDR for simultaneous short-range connections.

On-board technology from Skyhook Wireless uses a combination of Wi-Fi, cellular and GPS to produce a single, accurate location across all environments for users.

Datalogic says the device covers all frequencies at high speed and is already on trial with a national courier company.

Handheld Nautiz but nice

Weighing less then 250 grams, the Nautiz X3 from Handheld measures just 150x67x25mm, can withstand drops from 1.8m and it operates in extreme temperatures ranging from -20°C to 60°C.

Designed for field workers who require an ultra lightweight but full featured mobile work tool, this rugged handheld PDA comes with built-in GPS, altimeter, G-sensor and compass.

The 3G device comes equipped with a 806 MHz X-Scale processor, 256 MB of RAM and 512 MB Flash memory for storage. It runs on Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional and has a range of other useful features including a three-megapixel camera with auto focus and LED flash, WLAN, and Bluetooth. It also has a standard 1D laser scanner, with an optional 2D imager, carries an IP65 rating and has passed full MIL-STD-810G testing. 

Connexion2 Identicom mobile comes to Windows

Connexion2, manufacturer of the Identicom lone worker device (LWD), has launched a new version of Identicom mobile for use with rugged Windows Mobile smartphones.

Targeted at a variety of vertical markets such as field service, field sales, utilities, manufacturing and transportation, and distribution sectors, the application enables users to get help should they fall victim to verbal abuse, an attack, a fall or if they believe their health or safety could be compromised.

The Windows version offers the same functionality as the standard Identicom LWD, utilising the touch-screen facility developed by Microsoft for mobile operating systems.

Compliant with Section 5.2.1 of BS8484, the new version can easily be installed via a simple application download. Enterprises will also note that both versions utilise the same interface, meaning a mixture of devices can be used for lone workers utilising the same communications policy, objectives and training.

Motorola MC65 at home in the field

The MC65 from Motorola is the company’s latest stab in the rugged enterprise mobile computing arena.

Aimed at those who need a hardy device and have multiple tasks to achieve in a limited timeframe, the MC65 will be at home within field service, field sales, DSD route accounting, transportation and distribution, and Government and public safety departments.

Motorola says that the newest addition to its mobile computing portfolio provides true worldwide communications via MAX FlexWAN – software configurable, dual 3.5G WAN for both GSM HSPA and CDMA EVDO RevA network support.

With a sleek form factor the device leverages features and functionality recently introduced in the ES400 and can initially be deployed and later re-deployed on virtually any network, making purchasing and device management easy.

Intermec CS40 gets smart

Intermec has unveiled the CS40, a rugged mobile computer with the size and styling of a smartphone.

Designed for those in the field requiring high performance barcode scanning and mobile line of business applications, the 3G device is built on Windows Embedded Handheld technologies including the Windows Mobile 6.5 platform, comes with a three-megapixel camera, IP54 rated sealing and can withstand multiple four foot drops to concrete on all corners and sides.

High performance 1D/2D barcode scanning through a 2D imager means the device should appeal to mobile workforces in pre-sales, merchandising, field service, long haul and truck load transportation.

Intermec says that CS40 support can also be outsourced through its recently announced INcontrol managed services offering, which allows for integrated network and device management and the remote tracking of assets.

According to VDC Research, the CS40 addresses a unique need in the market for fully functional smaller footprint mobile devices designed to support sustained operation of critical enterprise applications in order to maximise workforce productivity.

Durabook U12C notebook (pictured above) makes light work

U12C is the lightest and most versatile convertible notebook to pass MIL-STD 810G for drop, vibration, and shock. U12C was designed with innovative features and flexibilities for a wide range of applications and work environments, setting a new standard for versatile rugged computing.

Rugged and lightweight, the U12C is ideal for mobile workers such as field service professionals. You need no longer worry about roughing the edges of your computer or of it dying due to vibration and shock. Besides, U12C is designed with integrated ergonomic handle for ease of use and convenience for carrying the system around on the go.

 U12C is designed with special features such as the One-Click Stealth Mode that immediately disables all emitting light and sounds. This feature is designed for the unique applications of covert operations like stakeouts. Modular I/O ports allow user to change different I/Os for varies applications in just a few seconds. In addition, the Aluminum-Magnesium alloy case can resist vibration or shock on the road or field. The built-in GPS feature enables driver to pin-point delivery locations. The wireless WAN device maintains the connection with the company’s network. The touch panel and sunlight readable display makes it possible for you to work and check information in any light condition.

The U12C will be available from October 2010.

Written by Wireless magazine
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