Mobile Computing Intrinsic Safety

Mobile Computing Intrinsic Safety

Mobile Computing Intrinsic Safety

 

When you see the term “intrinsic safety” or a description of a mobile computer, tablet laptop or smartphone as “intrinsically safe” followed by a string acronyms – do you have any idea what it all means?

 

Intrinsic Safety What Is It?

Intrinsic safety is a requirement that may be applicable to devices that are being operated in areas with flammable gases combustible dusts ignitable fibers or liquids. The device carrying the description is deemed to have been made in such a way as to be incapable of igniting these.

Why Is it Needed?

Intrinsic safety (IS) is a protection technique for safe operation of electrical equipment in hazardous areas by limiting the energy available for ignition. In signal and control circuits that can operate with low currents and voltages, the intrinsic safety approach simplifies circuits and reduces installation cost over other protection methods.

Getting to grips with intrinsic safety regulations can be a tough assignment as the numbers of intrinsically safe rugged mobile devices continues to increase and the regulations are as complex as ever.

Areas with dangerous concentrations of flammable gases or dust are found in a wide variety of  applications including mining and process manufacturing industries such as petrochemical refining.  Plant maintenance process monitoring and asset management are popular applications. As with non IS zones improving workflow productivity and effectiveness are considered fundamental reasons to undertake  project.

Mobile Computing Intrinsic Safety

All devices that are to be used in an areas zoned as hazardous must carry the correct compliance certification for use in that area. Lab based certification allows a device to be used only in the area it is approved for. It is therefore important to understand which areas in your organisation should be treated in this way as it is not a case that “any rating will do”.

In the EU the standard for intrinsic safety certification is around the ATEX directive. In North America Underwriters Laboratories (UL) and in Canada the Canadian Standards Association. In many other countries around the world the IECEx standards are followed. Standards agencies do engage in harmonization activities so that intrinsically safe equipment manufactured in one country might be approved for use in another without expensive re-testing and documentation. But at this point a  device certified for use in Europe may not be approved for use in the USA and vice versa.

Why Is This Important

Productivity improvements are often the key driver to implementing enterprise mobility solutions for organisations who have intrinsically safe areas. Making sure the most suitable devices are specified for use inside and outside these areas is key to operational safety and project success.

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Top 3 Reasons to Upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 8 Pro

Top 3 Reasons to Upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 8 Pro

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Guest Blog by Derek Oja Marketing Manager at MobileDemand

As a small, mid-size or even large business, your tablets and PCs are essential tools that affect everything you do. These Top 3 Reasons to Upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 8 Pro describe an opportunity to get a radically improved set of tools and reduce costs and security risks at the same time. Can one simple choice help you increase efficiency and respond better to customers and opportunities? Absolutely, when it gives you new ways of working and fully leverages your existing IT infrastructure.

1.  Get 3x more business done.

Get more work done and serve customers faster from more locations. Everyday computing is more than 3x faster than on a four-year-old system, with responsive performance and true multitasking. New mobile form factors such as thin, rugged tablets let you respond to opportunities from virtually anywhere and instant-on technology wakes the system in less than 7 seconds.

2.  Better security for you and your customers.

New business PCs and tablets with Windows 8 Pro like the xTablet T1600 are built for business and engineered for advanced security—so your critical business data is protected by the very latest security technologies such as Intel® Identity Protection Technology. Combined with Windows 8 Pro and Office security capabilities, they deliver unprecedented embedded protection for your business.

3.  New ways to get business done.

Windows 8 Pro was built to work great on touch systems. You can take full advantage of everything Windows 8 has to offer with a mouse and keyboard or touch. Plus you will experience faster boot times, longer battery life, less memory usage and access to thousands of new apps from the Windows Store. You don’t have to choose between an advanced touch device and a hardworking PC, because you can get both.

Learn MoreUpgrade Windows 7 to Windows 8 Pro. Get in touch to find out how to benefit.

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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

If you supply the coffee we can bring our crystal ball to your office to discuss the seven key enterprise mobility IT trends for 2015 that may impact your project.

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