What is Unified Endpoint Management

So What is Unified Endpoint Management

If you could not make it to Facilities Management show in Birmingham today here is the presentation we did with Hannah from SOTI “So What is Unified Endpoint Management”

So What is Unified Endpoint ManagementGet in touch to book a meeting or product evaluation.

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Large Screen Road Warrior Rugged Tablet

New Large Screen Road Warrior Rugged Tablet

Large Screen Road Warrior Rugged Tablet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Road Warrior

xTablet T1600 weighs in at 1.23 kg and is part of a new breed of of large screen road warrior rugged tablet designs that are fashionably thin and light, run Windows 8.1, use capacitive multi touch and offer adequate on-board I/O. But are are much tougher and better suited for harsh business operational environments than the generally fragile thin consumer tablets. At last the blue collar rugged tablet to replace your laptop .. really !

Intel Haswell Processor Power

The Large Screen Road Warrior Rugged Tablet T1600 employs an ultra-low voltage U-Series “Haswell” Intel 4th generation i5 processor. The dual-core i5-4200U runs at a base speed of 1.6GHz, with turbo boost speeds up to 2.6GHz. That appears to be a good match to the 45.8 watt-hour battery for a 7 hour estimated battery life.

11.6 Inch Giant Screen

With a diagonal screen size of 11.6 inches, the xTablet T1600 offers more display real estate than any other we have seen at this price point.  In terms of usable area that’s almost a third more than that of an iPad Air, and 2.7 times as much as a typical 7-inch tablet. For a Windows based tablet that can make all the difference especially when wearing gloves on or when using the classic Windows desktop and software with all its small controls, checkboxes pulldowns and sliders.

The 1366 x 768 pixel resolution is a good match for this size display. The T1600 has 10-point capacitive multi-touch that MobileDemand claim can handle rain drops and use with gloves. Alternatively use the metal mesh tip stylus.

The T1600’s display offers 400 nits brightness which is about twice that of your average laptop, making it very vibrant indoors and likely adequate for outdoor use as well. Since brighter backlights draw more power, the T1600 uses its light sensor to automatically adjust screen brightness, with settings configurable via a special brightness level setup panel. A 800 nit Hi-Brite version is also available.

Connectivity & Scanning

Large Screen Road Warrior Rugged TabletFor wired connectivity, the T1600 offers two native high-speed full-size USB 3.0 ports, a combo in/out audio jack, and a docking connector, with RS232 and USB available via the optional dock. T1600 also has an expansion connector that can accommodate various  modules.

For wireless dual-band 802.11ac WiFi via an Intel Wireless AC7260 module that also provides Class 1 Bluetooth version 4. Optional 4G LTE WWAN.

 

 

Large Screen Road Warrior Rugged Tablet includes options such as GPS and either an HF RFID reader or a 1D/2D scanner. There’s a 5mp rear-facing auto-focus camera in addition to the standard 2.0mp front-facing webcam. Along with ambient light, the tablet has a G-sensor as well as a gyroscope and e-compass.

Vehicle and office docks are available. The vehicle dock has a lock option, 75mm and 100mm VESA pattern for mounting, optional keyboard mounting with an AMPS pattern, and provides Ethernet, two USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports each, HDMI, RS232 serial, and SMA connectors for external WWAN and GPS antenna. The office dock has the same connectivity minus the SMA connectors.

Rugged Enough

While the xTablet T1600 is around 2 cm thick ruggedness is impressive. The tablet can survive 3-foot drops, sealing is to IP65 although with the standard back-strap it is easy to carry.
Large Screen Road Warrior Rugged TabletFind out how the Large Screen Road Warrior Rugged Tablet T1600 can be the rugged Windows tablet to replace your laptop.

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MobileWorxs at Facilities Management 2015

MobileWorxs at Facilities Management 2015

MobileWorxs at Facilities Management 2015

 

 

 

 

This year FM15 is co-located with Maintec and The Health and Safety Event at the NEC Birmingham from 24th to 26th March. We will be on stand F12F showcasing our latest Enterprise Mobility solutions and products.

Highlights on our stand this year:

Devices

  • Latest intrinsically safe Android tablet devices from ecom.
  • MobileDemand’s new entry level budget Windows 8.1 xTablet Flex 10
  • Panasonic Handheld FZ-X1 in Android and Windows Embedded versions.

Software

  • Launching SOTI’s new MobiControl V12 suite for device management.
  • MobileFrame v6 – our application development platform with native Android and iOS support.
  • Electric Compass cloud based vehicle/trailer tracking.

Got questions about device management and “Android for Work” come along to our ask the expert on Thursday with Hannah Suttenwood of SOTI.

On the same day we will be at the business exchange presenting a talk called “What is Unified Endpoint Management”

“We will aim to unravel the alphabet soup of BYOD MDM EMM and UEM and help you understand the importance of Unified Endpoint Management as an approach for using mobility to refine business processes. UEM can reduce the total cost of ownership that comes from relying on mobility to deliver efficiency across an entire organisation. It is now one that can also be applied to a vast array of endpoints any device – anywhere – anytime”

MobileWorxs at Facilities Management 2014

Looking forward to seeing you in Birmingham..!

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MobileWorxs at BPCA PestEx 2015

MobileWorxs at BPCA PestEx 2015

MobileWorxs at BPCA PestEx 2015

 

We will be on stand 1 at the BPCA PestEx 2015 event later month in London showcasing our key Enterprise Mobility solutions and products.

Come along and have a chat about how we can help you come up with a solution that can increase productivity and efficiency right across your office and field based organisations.

MobileWorxs at BPCA PestEx 2015The folks from Brother will be joining us featuring the PJ range of A4 thermal printers – great for printing visit reports on site. As well as the RJ mobile receipt and label printer.

Catch up with a live demo of PestWorxs our mobile app with contract and call out functionality for Pest Control Technicians. PestWorxs is built on enterprise grade IT architecture so that you can customise an app to match your processes and integrate with other systems. All for less than the price of a cup of coffee per day.

Devices – Why use a Smartphone when you can experience superior lifetime total cost of ownership with a rugged Tablet or hand held device utilising Windows or Android operating systems.

MobileWorxs at BPCA PestEx 2015

Whatever the size of your project we will help you plan finance and implement a solution using proven products that improve business processes and generates a meaningful return on your investment.

MobileWorxs at BPCA PestEx 2015

Visit the BPCA PestEx Derby for the chance to win a bag of excellent MobileWorxs coffee. See you in London..!

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G3090 Snap on GPS Receiver End of Regular Production

G3090 Snap on GPS Receiver End of Regular Production

G3090 Snap on GPS Receiver End of Regular ProductionOrbitGPS Part Number: G3090 Snap On GPS Receiver for MC9290 / MC9190 / MC9090 series mobile computers from Zebra / Motorola Solutions / Symbol.

Be advised that once the current inventory is depleted the product will be available on a special-order-only basis. Minimum order quantity 250 units.

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Get in touch to book a webinar or visit to see how we can help you make the most of your in enterprise mobility project.

 

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MobileWorxs Events in March

MobileWorxs Events in March

MobileWorxs Events in March

Our exhibition season kicks off next month with 2 great events.

If you have a mobile worker business process improvement project this year come along to see how we can help you.

 

The FM Show

Showcases the latest innovations and solutions in the world of FM. Co-located with Maintec Cleaning 2015 and The Health and Safety Event at the NEC Birmingham from 24th to 26th. We will be on stand F12F.

Our highlights include the latest intrinsically safe tablet devices from ecom, MobileDemand’s new xTablet Flex 8/Flex 10 and the Panasonic Handheld FZ-E1. Plus the launch of the Electric Compass tracking solution.

Got questions about device management and Android BYOD come along to our ask the expert on Thursday with Hannah Suttenwood of SOTI.

Also on Thursday 26th in the business exchange we will be presenting a talk called “What is unified endpoint management” 

“We will aim to unravel the alphabet soup of BYOD MDM EMM and UEM and help you understand the importance of Unified Endpoint Management as an approach for using mobility to refine business processes. UEM can reduce the total cost of ownership that comes from relying on mobility to deliver efficiency across an entire organisation. It is now one that can also be applied to a vast array of endpoints any device – anywhere – anytime”

BPCA PestEx

The premier exhibition for the Environmental Health and Pest Control Industry 25th & 26th in London.

The folks from Brother will be joining us featuring the PJ range of A4 thermal printers – great for printing visit reports on site. As well as the RJ mobile receipt and label printer.

Catch up with a live demo of PestWorxs our mobile app with contract and call out functionality for Pest Control Technicians. PestWorxs is built on enterprise grade IT architecture so that you can customise an app to match your processes and integrate with other systems. All for less than the price of a cup of coffee per day.

Come and find us at Stand 1. Sign up here.

MobileWorxs Events in March

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How GPS Tracking Plugs Into The Internet of Things

Webinar How GPS Tracking Plugs Into The Internet of Things

The “Internet of Things” is the concept of connecting devices and people in the real world to the internet for transmitting sensor data for analytics and control. GPS Tracking paired with mobile computing devices allows you to leverage location data and the Internet of Things for powerful field productivity and location intelligence applications.

Whether you’re simply looking to learn how GPS tracking plugs your mobile computers into the “Internet of Things,” or have a specific project that would benefit from improved field visibility and location intelligence, this webinar covers everything you need to know.

When Thursday 29th January 2015

Session 1 – 2PM Greenwich Mean Time

Session 2 – 2PM Eastern Standard Time

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Seven Key Enterprise Mobility IT Trends for 2015

Seven Key Enterprise Mobility IT Trends for 2015

Seven Key Enterprise Mobility IT Trends for 2015

Enterprise Mobility is all about increasing productivity and generating a return on investment Vs other demands in the business. Keeping on top of whats hot in the sector can make a huge difference to project performance and longevity. So what do we think will be the seven key enterprise mobility IT trends for 2015 ?

1.Tablets take on Laptops

As users started to use their “entertainment” tablet for work use some thought that Laptops would simply get wiped out and Tablet sales would continue to rise. IDC commented that 2014 saw Tablet sales growth slow year on year to 7.2% from 52.5% in the previous year. It looks like the Tablet replacement cycle may be as long as Laptops – or even longer. The rationale seems to be that once a tablet is found to be good at doing whatever it is doing there is no need to replace it. Although slowing it is expected that Tablet adoption will overtake PC’s in 2015 according to Gartner.

We doubt that laptops are going the way of LaserDisc or fax machine anytime soon. In the enterprise this means more possibilities for remote users to blur the lines between having a rugged PDA for line of business apps Vs a keyboard based device for more white collar productivity tasks. Although not suitable in every scenario we see more people using Tablets or Hybrid devices to replace the main computer in their lives.

2. R.I.P. Windows Embedded 6.5 … again

It has been coming for some time and without question a large number of enterprise mobility deployments ran on Android rather than Windows Embedded 6.5 in 2014. When Motorola Solutions the Gorilla in the sector gets acquired by Zebra it is a good sign that things have changed forever.

There are large numbers of users on this platform especially in the retail supply chain and T&L markets. So plenty of incentive in 2015 if you are a vendor coming from a different part of the market and a real headache for legacy manufacturers defending these accounts. Expect to see heavyweights like Panasonic in more traditionally “hand held” scenarios following the launch of their FZ-E1 and FZ-X1 devices.

3. Android Battles

Gartner says sales of smartphones grew 20 percent in the third quarter of 2014 in emerging markets were flat in Europe and up in the US. Growth is characterised by the continuing rise of Chinese Android brands and the narrowing of the difference in cost between feature phones and low cost smartphones. Gartner expects sales of smartphones to reach @1.9 billion devices world wide in 2014.

Low cost offerings like the Tesco Hudl and a slew of no-name rugged brands come with little or no real “enterprise grade” operational or break fix support. We believe organisations with more users will deploy solutions from major vendors such Samsung who recently launched the Tab Active an IP67 Android based inexpensive rugged tablet.

4. Windows Tablet

What about Microsoft…? Being late has characterised Microsoft in recent years. In the rugged space OEM’s using the embedded 6.5 and desktop Windows OS have taken a beating as many users moved to less costly devices that did not run a Microsoft OS. It finally got its act together with Windows 8.1. We predict more innovative and lower cost designs like the xTablet Flex 8  to beat off the opposition – but it will be tough.

5. Enterprise Mobility Management EMM – Fact or Fiction ?

Without doubt Fact !  In many organisations BYOD has been characterised by not being embraced by IT as fast as it is by employees wanting to access corporate data with their own devices.  Turning the provision of mobility to white and blue collar workers into a competitive asset means aligning what may be formal and informal BYOD arrangements. Using device management as a method in security, application and financial management mobility scenarios is really the only way we see this happening

Carl Rodrigues CEO of SOTI commented  “As global businesses establish and scale their mobility strategies, they can rely on our solution to manage smartphones, tablets and purpose-built mobile devices in addition to PCs, laptops and peripherals, from a singlepane of glass, no matter the operating system”

6. Apps Devices And The Long Tail

What if your SME enterprise does not have access to in house IT or the budget to fund a traditional enterprise mobility project ?

The good news is that many businesses already have competent devices in the form of SmartPhones or Tablets. Plus more line of business apps are deliverable via the cloud on a subscription basis. This will allow businesses to run a project with little up front cost that addresses how to increase internal productivity and deploy it with an excellent ROI.

7. Barcode Scanning Goes Mainstream

Barcode Scanning has been around for decades and is considered to be the founding element of the Internet of Things.  There are plenty of Android and iOS apps to allow your SmartPhone to scan using its camera. This is ok for ad hoc use but when higher frequency scanning is required a sled like the Honeywell Captuvo or separate Bluetooth scanner such as models form Socket are much more ergonomic to use. With the adoption of more SmartPhones and Tablets in the enterprise without integral scanning we anticipate seeing more of these in use next year.

Seven Key Enterprise Mobility IT Trends for 2014

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MX5 Turbo Charging

MX5 Turbo Charging Forced Induction

Due to the overwhelming success of the original Christmas & New Year Holiday MX5 overview blog I have produced another exciting MX5 blog this time focused on forced induction, mainly turbo charging. Even at this basic level. 78.4% enjoyment guaranteed!*

(*blog enjoyment not quantifiable)

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Take a LOOK at that Turbo…

There are two types of forced induction; Supercharging and turbo charging. Supercharging involves forcing cold air into the engine from the air intake filter. Extra oxygen plus extra fuel and spark creates a bigger bang, thus creating more power. Turbo charging uses exhaust gases to spin a turbo turbine, forcing air back around into engine while drawing in air from the intake. Again extra oxygen plus extra fuel plus spark… POWER!!!!

What Is It…

A turbo is generally seen as the option for higher BHP figures. Supercharging produces a linear speed increase much like standard driving feel, just much faster. Turbo charging will give an instant power boost when the turbo spools up to the optimum RPM. Smaller turbos spool up quickly giving almost linear feel, but they can max out if you want to reach top speeds on boost. A larger turbo will introduce turbo lag (a delayed instant rush of power when the turbo kicks in from spooling to the optimum RPM) but will be able to achieve higher top end speeds.

I will try to cover as many of the basics, but be aware there are many additional features/upgrades you can add to a turbo charger install. You could spend £1500 on a budget or £7000+ on a top end install. It is always said you can only pick two of the following on a tight budget; cheap, reliable, fast.

I opted for cheap and reliable initially, but soon found this went out of the window when I also wanted fast which replaces the cheap part.
Firstly the turbo – A very popular option for the MX5 is a 2nd hand Subaru Impreza TD04 turbo. Big enough to give good top speeds, spools quickly (4k rpm) but with some kick due to the turbo lag, cheap and readily available off eBay or forums etc. Just make sure there is no play in the shaft when you buy one. A turbo will require a custom exhaust manifold and downpipe to exhaust, aftermarket air intake filter, as well water and oil feeds to cool the turbo.

Exhaust Manifold

A well designed turbo exhaust manifold is a huge topic alone, but the basics involve making sure all four branches from the exhaust ports to turbo are the same length, capable of withstanding the constant temp changes on a turbo. Temperatures at the manifold will easily reach 1000 degrees centigrade. A cheaper way is a log manifold. They are tried and tested and popular with DIY manifolds but they don’t allow equal pressure from each exhaust port as the distance from each port to turbo is different. A turbo forces the extremely hot exhaust gases back into the inlet manifold, so the air needs to be cooled to maximize performance and reliability. This requires an intercooler, which sits in front of the radiator, and all alloy/silicone pipework from turbo to intercooler back to the inlet manifold. An alternative is a basic cross over pipe usually only seen on superchargers, where the need to cool the air isn’t as necessary.

With the increase of oxygen this requires an increase of fuel. Among other things he stock ECU does not have the capacity to handle the increased fuel quantity required so an aftermarket ECU is required. The MegaSquirt range is very popular and has enough features to cover everything you could require. There are numerous versions, the more expensive, the more features you get such as launch control, multiple fuel maps for when driving off boost (low revs) then when on boost (high revs), various inputs/outputs to name a few. There are other more expensive ECUs also available.
The stock injectors will only be able to pump out a limited amount of fuel. If you want high BHP figures you will need to upgrade the injectors. RX8 yellow injectors are a straight swap for the stock ones and very popular. 2nd hand injectors may need testing and cleaning to ensure they are in tip top condition.

With the increase of air and fuel, the exhaust gases reading will now be out. On standard car the O2/Lambda sensor is known as a narrowband sensor. It reads only a narrow band of O2 figures. On a forced induction car the band of O2 figures can be vast so a wideband sensor is required which connects to the ECU. AEM sell a wideband with gauge which is widely used.

Increasing BHP way above stock levels means the clutch will start to slip. This could be at 160bhp, could be at 180bhp. It simply cannot cope with the added power. Aftermarket stage 2/3 clutches are required. The higher the BHP figure wanted the higher spec the clutch must be. Cheap eBay clutches like F1, PPC, XTD (they are all identical) have a somewhat good reputation, but they do require a change of driving style as they are 6 puck clutches resulting in the car juddering if revs are not high enough. To stick with the OEM clutch feel more money is required for a flyin miata clutch from the US.

Boost Solenoid

Finally is a boost solenoid. A turbo has a wastegate (opens to the exhaust) which opens when the boost pressure reaches a desired figure, via an actuator. The higher the boost the faster you go. On a TD04 turbo for example the actuator is set to about 7 psi, so without a solenoid this is the max boost pressure you’ll achieve before the actuator opens the wastegate. When introducing a boost solenoid (a digital solenoid, not the cheap manual style option) the ECU will keep the solenoid closed until your desired PSI (set in the ECU) is reached thus increases boost and more speed.
That is all the basic bits covered. There are numerous other bits required, and the bigger the install you more parts you’ll find you need. If you plan to go on track with the car most people tend to fit a thick core alloy radiator and an oil cooler. As the turbo goes white hot both are a very good idea since the oil and coolant continue to cycle back around the engine. If installing an oil cooler be sure to buy a thermostatic plate. These make sure the oil is up to temperature before passing through the oil cooler. There is no point cooling cold oil further. Also any water that’s got into the system overnight or similar is burnt off by the hot oil.

But it’s not finished just yet. Once all installed you’ll need to have ECU mapped correctly. Base maps are available online but since every engine/turbo install is that little bit different a specialist is required to setup the ECU maps for fuel/spark/timing etc. ECU management software tunerstudio seems to be the go to software for tuning. It does have an autotune feature which will automatically map the basics of the car theoretically meaning you could drive the car to the garage. Unless you know what you are doing I would definitely suggest a professional tuning garage.

That’s it! The car should then be great fun to drive and will surprise most high performance car out there.
Turbo charged MX5’s are becoming increasingly popular and a recent article in a weekly car magazine shows this point.
Complete kits are also available or some garages offer a drive in, drive out service if you have no DIY skills or the time to do it. There are benefits of both, but I think if you opt for the DIY install, not only will it be cheaper but you’ll end up knowing the turbo setup backups, so should anything need adjusting or replacing you know exactly how to fix it.

Have a Merry MX5 Turbo Charging Christmas and 2015 !

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SOTI MobiControl Speed Control

SOTI MobiControl Speed Control

SOTI MobiControl Speed Control helps your enterprise by ensuring drivers are not using their devices while the vehicle is in motion. It can help minimise distracted driving and uphold your driver safety compliance guidance.

Brake, the Road safety charity says that “A study of in-vehicle video footage estimated that 22% of crashes could be caused, at least in part, by driver distraction. It also showed that drivers who perform a secondary task at the wheel are two to three times more likely to crash. Other studies have found that more complex secondary tasks, like talking on a mobile phone or texting, increase crash risk even more” Read More

In addition to speed control SOTI MobiControl has 5 key attributes:

  1. A self-service portal for users to manage their devices
  2. Enterprise application store
  3. Expense management
  4. Lockdown/kiosk mode support
  5. Geofencing

SOTI MobiControl Speed Control

SOTI MobiControl v12 will be available early in 2015. Latest release notes. Get in touch to arrange an evaluation.

 

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