How Hazardous Area Mobile Computing Boosts Productivity

How Hazardous Area Mobile Computing Boosts Productivity

A guest blog by Mike Davies UK Marketing Manager at ecom instruments.

How Hazardous Area Mobile Computing Boosts Productivity

Recent innovations in the field of hazardous area mobile computing technology has enabled mobile workers to automate a much wider range of tasks than ever previously possible. In sectors such as oil and gas, biochemical, pharmaceutical manufacturing and other process industries using mobile computing to improve the productivity of workers is key.

How can you boost productivity by taking advantage of this new technology?

The ability to record data on a portable device has made paper-based inspections obsolete, allowing for a greater degree of accuracy efficiency and productivity. Using of an intrinsically safe ATEX Zone 1 certified i.roc Ci70-Ex, workers can remain fully connected while in the field. Built in imaging functionality can help record data and immediately upload it into specific mobile line of business apps and integrate with host systems such as Maximo or SAP.

Rather than waiting until the end of the day to find out the status of key assets mobile workers can also use this technology to communicate data with colleagues in an instant over Wi-Fi or WWAN thus improving the visibility of results around repairs or adjustments. Workers can also communicate with each other using VoIP to stay in touch with each other throughout the day on large sites.

The development of hazardous area mobile computing technology has given mobile workers the ability to focus on the task-in-hand at all times and not have to spend time manually uploading data at the end of each day thereby offering a significant boost in productivity.

How Hazardous Area Mobile Computing Can Boost Productivity

With hazardous area mobile computing devices, you can significantly boost the productivity of your workforce and allow them to complete a much wider range of tasks while on the move.


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MobileFrame Issued Patent for Intelligent Rendering on a Mobile Computing Device

MobileFrame Issued Patent for Intelligent Rendering

MobileFrame Issued Patent for Intelligent Rendering


We have been working with MobileFrame for six years and were delighted to hear that they had been issued with a patent for intelligent rendering on a mobile computing device.


This innovative feature allows MobileFrame developers to build mobile, desktop and web-based applications that dynamically re-size to fit any sized screen. Generating an excellent return on investment for users has always been at the heart of a MobileFrame deployment. This development means that it’s position among mobile application development MEAP platforms is enhanced.

Read the Press Release

MobileFrame Issued Patent for Its Intelligent RenderingInterested in learning how we can help you use MobileFrame to mobilise your business processes?

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Worcester Wolves Academy Golf Day

Worcester Wolves Academy Golf Day

MobileWorxs are delighted to have become a sponsor of the Worcester Wolves Academy Golf Day which will take place at the Bankhouse Country Club Bransford Worcester on September 17th 2014. Reserve your tickets here.

Worcester Wolves Academy Golf Day

Spirit Executive are orgainsing the event on behalf of Worcester Wolves Basketball Academy which is a Community Interest Company (CIC) run solely by volunteers. The academy is a not for profit organisation encouraging young people of all ages to get involved in basketball.

There will be spots for over 70 golfers who will begin with lunch followed by 18 holes of golf and plenty of opportunities to win prizes for best score, worst score and longest drive. All wrapped up with a three course dinner raffle and auction where 150 guests are expected.

Worcester Wolves Academy Golf Day

Come along and join in what is bound to be a fun day. Click the link for more information to book a ticket or become a sponsor.


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Panasonic FZ-G1 Serves Up An Ace At Wimbledon

Panasonic FZ-G1 Serves Up An Ace At Wimbledon

Panasonic FZ-G1 Serves Up An Ace At Wimbledon

Picture: BBC TV

Great to see Andy Murray going into the second week of Wimbledon.  We spotted the Panasonic Fz-G1 being used for in game scoring on the Umpires chair.  This is a nice choice for such an installation as the bright 10″ outdoor readable screen will perform well in the varying lighting conditions of an English Summer and the IP65 rating will be able to cope with the occasional downpour of rain.

Panasonic FZ-G1 Serves Up An Ace At Wimbledon

FZ-G1 uses an Intel i5 Chipset running Windows 8 along with 4G WWAN GPS Wi-Fi Bluetooth and batteries good enough for 8 hours continuous use.

Using Mobility at sports events is nothing new. Intemec have supplied the PGA Golf Tour with handhelds for some years for on course scoring. MobileDemand have worked with teams in NASCAR and F1 for tyre management.

Panasonic FZ-G1 Serves Up An Ace At WimbledonWhat other sporting events have you been to where mobility is being used to automate a former paper process?



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Daily Walk Around Checks For Vehicle Inspection

Daily Walk Around Checks For Vehicle Inspection

Daily Walk Around Checks For Vehicle InspectionWe recently launched VisWorxs a user configurable mobile app that allows users to perform daily walk around checks for vehicle inspection. The solution allows clients to create any number of inspections and mange them across multiple depots ensuring a fleet operates optimally and safely.

Legislation and best practice require that HGV’s and LGV’s are regularly checked for roadworthy compliance before leaving a depot.


VisWorxs provides a full history, audit trail and real-time feedback on the status of all vehicles and drivers as well as trends developing across the fleet with reminders for maintenance and servicing. Doing this manually is a laborious and error prone process that is often overlooked.

The inspection includes vehicle identification the recording of physical damage and the annotation of pictures to highlight any defect. All inspection elements are time stamped so that management can ensure an inspection is being completed in the order specified and is taking the amount of time it should.

ROI is enhanced for fleet managers by helping them reduce whole life operating costs by encouraging better driver behavior understanding vehicle condition and tackling repairs on and ongoing basis. This can all have a significant impact on vehicle residual value.

VisWorxs can be deployed to a variety of mobile devices and integrated with other fleet and decision management systems.

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Wordless Wednesday “It’s a girl”

Wordless Wednesday “It’s a girl”

Wordless Wednesday "It's a girl"

“It’s a girl” classic Intermec barcode print ad from the 1980′s

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Panasonic Launches ATEX FZ-G1

Panasonic Launches ATEX FZ-G1

Panasonic Launches ATEX FZ-G1

Panasonic has launched an ATEX FZ-G1 version of the popular 10.1 inch Windows 8 Pro tablet. The device is designed for use in Zone 2 potentially explosive atmospheres in industries such as pharmaceutical oil and gas sectors.



The ATEX FZ-G1 has a special battery design which provides 8 hours of operation and is incorporated with the device in a purpose-built leather case.

The fully rugged unit is certified to MIL-STD-810G as well as an IP65 ingress protection rating for resistance to dust and water.

The ATEX FZ-G1 comes as standard with a high quality front web camera and optional 3MP rear camera with double flash capability for clear document, asset or site photos whatever the light conditions.

Panasonic Toughpad ATEX FZ-G1 Certifications

- II 3 G Ex ic nA IIB T3 Gc (with WWAN)

- II 3 G Ex ic nA IIC T3 Gc (without WWAN)

Panasonic Launches ATEX Version Of FZ-G1

ATEX FZ-G1 goes on sale in June 2014 and will be around £68 per month on a 36 month lease. Get in touch for further information.

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T1400 Rugged Tablet PC Makes Case For Lower TCO Than Android

NEW T1400 Rugged Tablet PC Makes Case For Lower TCO Than Android 

T1400 Rugged Tablet PC


If you are looking for a thin and rugged tablet with an outdoor readable screen look no further than the New T1400 rugged tablet pc which is one of the thinnest (19mm) and lightest (1.1 kg) 10” Windows rugged tablets available.



Lower TCO than Android…

Traditional TCO for rugged tablets has focused on MTBF’s and the ability to work in harsh environments vs consumer orientated product meaning less failure and repair expense. Anecdotally Windows tablets have taken a beating compared to Android devices. Whilst this may be true in consumer in the B2B area it is not so clean cut. Many businesses have larger investments in Microsoft based infrastructure and skills which often make the adoption of new devices easier with a Windows OS. Even before you get to desktop productiveity tools.

As Gartner points out “Based on our TCO analysis, Windows 8 on Intel Tablets offer a promising outlook for IT organizations as they could be as much as ~25% less expensive to operate than other Tablets. Furthermore, Windows 8 on Intel Tablets provide IT organizations with added benefits in data management and security.”  Read Gartner Total Cost of Ownership for Tablets White Paper

3 TCO Impact Areas

  • Reduced software cost
  • Lower management costs
  • Improved end-user productivity

T1400 Rugged Tablet PC


The Techie Stuff…

T1400 is rated to IP65 and features an Intel Celeron N2920 processor along with 4GB of RAM and 64GB SSD running either Windows 7 or 8.1 plenty of horsepower to handle all your standard Windows desktop and browser apps.

Capture high quality photos or video on either of two cameras, scan barcodes with the optional 2D imager, use GPS, attach wireless peripherals via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth and connect to 4G LTE cellular networks. Multiple battery pack options and hot swap mean the unit can be used all day.

Get in touch to discuss enterprise mobility TCO and how tablet computing can help energise your business.


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BPCA PPC Live 2014

MobileWorxs at BPCA PPC Live 2014

MobileWorxs at BPCA PPC Live 2014

We will be on stand 28 at the BPCA PPC Live 2014 Pest Control event next week in Salford showcasing key Enterprise Mobility solutions and products.

Come along and have a chat about how we can help you figure out how an enterprise mobility solution can reduce the reliance on paper based systems allowing for an increase in productivity and efficiency across your field based organisations.

PestWorxs – our mobile app with contract and call out functionality for Pest Control Technicians is built on enterprise grade IT architecture that you can 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.

BPCA PPC Live 2014

No matter what device you use remotely control it with SOTI our most trusted provider of remote device management solutions for the enterprise. Learn more and sign up for a free trial.

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.

BPCA PPC Live 2014

Visit the BPCA Prize Wheel for the chance to win 1 of 25 bags of excellent MobileWorxs coffee. See you in Salford.

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Enterprise Mobility and the Internet of Things

Enterprise Mobility and the Internet of Things

Enterprise Mobility and the Internet of Things

BigBelly Internet of Things in Action

This is the first in a series of blogs on Enterprise Mobility and the Internet of Things where we aim to describe what it is where it came from and how it will impact and be molded by mobility.

The phrase “Internet of Things” has been around for a while and was pioneered by Kevin Ashton at the Auto-ID Centre at MIT. The premise was that embedding tiny transmitters and sensors could revolutionise the interaction of people and objects. The concept leaned heavily on tagging using such technologies as RFID NFC and QR codes.


Latterly the scope has become wider to include sensors and other devices such as GPS. Industry body the IoT Consortium describes it:

“internet enabled devices and related software services that directly touch consumers in the form of home automation, entertainment, and productivity”

IDC believe the IoT will have an installed base of 212 billion “things” globally by the end of 2020

Kevin Morley describes IoT having a huge impact particularity around:

  • Ongoing development of smart cities cars and houses.
  • Enhanced IT connectivity infrastructure.
  • An increasingly connected culture where everyone wants to be connected to the internet at home, at work or in the car

Commentators agree that a smart phone/tablet/device will become the centre of this whole area and provide real-time access to all sorts of information including places people content and access to connected devices.  In terms of enterprise mobility this is an important development especially in the supply chain and field service sectors revolutionising the areas of visibility replenishment and maintenance.

We will come back to this topic from time to time with new IoT articles concepts and products we come across.

There are many IoT products currently in the marketplace many aimed at home automation such as the Nest thermostat or measuring fitness like the Nike FuelBand.

Lets think more enterprise, I like BigBelly Solar’s smart trash which can help streamline a currently inefficient activity – refuse collections.

Enterprise Mobility and the Internet of Things

Happy to come and visit to discuss how enterprise mobility and the internet of things can help your project.


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