What’s New for The Summer?
Summer 2018 is just around the corner and we know our loyal readers are eager to find out what new tech toys we have. So, we would like to proudly present the new devices and solutions that our partners at MobileDemand will be launching over the next few months. As many of you might remember, they are not only great partners of ours, but they are also pioneers in enterprise grade and configurable rugged computing devices.
Mobile Dimensioning System
||Firstly, presenting the Volume Dimensioning method, ideal for warehouse, distribution and supply chain work alike. It comes with the Intel RealSense 6415 Depth Camera and the 3D camera as an optional joined or supplementary item. Read our previous posts on this technology and what applications it can be used for.
||Amazingly, what could be the fastest rugged tablet at launch. A 12.2″ IP65 rugged tablet with an Intel Core iSeries processor and all those accessories that you need for large format tablet computing on the move including one HUGE battery. Fastest IP65 tablet in the world…probably. Sign up to see one in June.
||In June for all those T1150 fans, we will launch an Android 7.0 version called A1150. At last a rugged Android 10″ with hot swap battery and all those enterprise grade desktop and vehicle install accessories you have been looking for.
||Equally important is the appearance of the T1540. Thin, light, powerful and mount-friendly. T1540 is bound to become a firm favourite for projects looking for a great value for money 10″ Windows 10 tablet with incredible battery capacity. Coming to market in July
Rugged xCase For 10.5″ Apple iPad Pro
||The latest version of the xCase will bring a new dimension to using an iPad Pro in the field – easy to carry, fully adjustable easel, MIL 810, vehicle mount ready, protected ports and rubber bumpers. Available in June.
||Last but not least, the xKeyPad. The keypad snaps into place on-screen so other software and apps are fully viewable. Compatible with any Windows 10 device. utilises the camera for barcode scanning. A keypad and barcoding scanning application that can improve the level of efficiency in a very smooth way. Available NOW on the Microsoft Store.
What’s New for the Summer ? a busy schedule of product launches that we are impatient to tell you more about! Offering what we know best, rugged, efficient and flexible solutions to help you and your business. Watch out for more news soon or get in touch for early sneak peeks at these new devices.
Why Choose SOTI Mobile Device Management
The number of businesses and corporations employing mobile devices on a daily-basis for their activity and performance has grown dramatically increased in the last decade. The Enterprise Management Association estimated that mobile device users perform business tasks on mobile devices 56% of the time. Business professional are accessing company resources via their smartphones 23% on the time tablets 9% and PC’s 68% of the time. Clearly employees are boosting their job performance as a result of completing their job with the help of a mobile device of some sort. But with growth comes great responsibility, and this is exactly why a need for a more controlled and secure way to perform mobile device management.
To enable a connected workforce, anytime, anywhere, on any device Mobile Device Management (MDM) became the tool that would assist staff members on the management of mobile devices to keep them secured. SOTI, as product innovators and unified endpoint management market leaders, were at the time, helping define the main pillars of SOTI MobiControl.
SOTI Mobile Device Management Key Features For Administrators
- Identify and configure new devices automatically.
- Set up software and data on devices remotely.
- Control and/or manage the devices remotely.
- Check and observe the deployment processes.
- Create reports.
Mobile Device Management Becomes Unified Endpoint Management
It can appear as more alphabet soup but as users evolve so does this area. Organisations embracing mobile enablement run across challenges around system integration, security management and investment optimization. Utilizing a “single pane of glass” approach helps to leverage a single solution that consistently applies your policies to a diverse range of Android iOS and Windows based mobile desktop and other endpoints such as printers scanners and IOT attached devices.
SOTI Mobile Device Management simple and user-friendly with high standards when it comes to customer support. All one could ask for in a Software System Solution for the mobile enterprise. Learn more here, or get in touch to arrange a meeting or remote demonstration.
Potential uses of Intel Realsense 3D Camera in Tablets
In this blog we will take a look at the potential future uses of a Intel Realsense 3D cameras, some of which are currently being tested there required environment. Check out our previous post on what Intel Realsense is and how it works.
Where could Intel Realsense 3D Cameras be used?
Intel Realsense 3D camera technology brings an entirely new toolbox to many industries. Firstly let’s briefly cover some of the applications of Realsense 3D in devices.
- Computer front facing cameras/ webcams and VR headsets
- Mobile computers/ tablets and smartphones
- Areal drones
In this blog we will focus on the uses in tablet devices as the front facing/ webcam camera applications use a short range technology. They are uses for things like facial recognition and motion detection, popular within the gaming industry and education. And then machines such as drones use it for object detection and automation.
Moving onto Realsense in mobile devices. When Intel launched the R200 unit which allows rear facing long range cameras to feature in mobile devices it opened up a whole new level of use for the technology. It could now be used for measuring distances, depth and scanning environments into 3D. We’ve had the chance to get hands on and explore the MobileDemand xTablet8650 that features this technology and demo some of the software currently available. Some of the biggest potential uses are in
- Logistics and warehousing – For the measuring of boxes, pallets and stock, measurements can be calculated in less than a second.
- Medical –Monitor the depth and size of wounds, as well to track progress. Allowing greater efficiency and clinical decision making.
- Highway maintenance – Calculate the total size of potholes, cracks and damages. This would give a more accurate measurement for reinstatement calculations and a better understanding of the damage to the surface.
- Surveyors and service engineers – For taking 3D scans of areas and environments. A more detailed result can be produces than typical measurements.
- Airlines – Allows passengers to accurately measure luggage before arriving at airport. Allows airlines to get a more accurate understanding of how much space is being used and provides an audit trail of checked baggage.
If you are interested in the potential uses of 3D cameras in tablets then take a look at our units featuring the technology.
8″ Tablet -MobileDemand xTablet8650
10″ Tablet – MobileDemand xTablet1150
and the new T1270 due out in June. More
We are sure there will be many other potential uses of Intel Realsense 3D camera in tablets and smartphones in the future. f you would like any more information or have any questions get in touch.
MobileWorxs add Seuic Android Handheld to Portfolio
When an enterprise has numerous mission-critical handheld devices deployed across their operation and a technology refresh is needed a change over strategy is key to a successful roll-out of the new devices so as not to cause disruptions in the supply chain. It is also important to ensure that mobile workers are familiar with the new technology and that any new software apps are thoroughly tested.
Many companies are considering replacing their aging Microsoft PDA based devices and migrating to Android across their supply chains before the Windows Mobile OS end of life deadline at the end of 2019. MobileWorxs have added the Seuic Rugged Android Handheld and Tablet range to the product portfolio to give users a viable replacement option that combines affordability, quality and reliability Seuic will be incorporated into our sales support and workshop capabilities.
China has the world’s largest manufacturing, e-commerce and logistics industries, and is also the largest market for barcode and RFID mobile computers. Seuic has high sales volume across 25 countries. As a result, we can benefit from the cost advantages of Seuic’s scalable production and help our users be more productive in their supply chain.
MobileWorxs will initially focus on three products with more to come soon. These include the Seuic Cruise 1, which is a rugged smartphone suitable for field service, delivery and store operations. The Autoid 9, a rugged key-based PDA, will be a great drop-in replacement for legacy Windows mobile users in the general, as well as logistics and manufacturing industries. The Autoid Pad is a small tablet with a horizontal focus across many industry sectors.
Get in touch to see how we can assist by doing an audit of your Windows Mobile assets and preparing an easy-to-adopt Android migration path that is affordable to deploy across the entire supply chain.
Rugged Tablet T1200 End of Life
…and introducing T1270
The Rugged Tablet T1200 End of Life has been announced. Due to shifts in technology and components soon to be no longer available, the device will officially be EOL on July 31, 2018.
We are planning to continue full service support for the xTablet T1200 for three years following the EOL date. This is contingent on the ability to acquire replacement parts from component manufacturers. Due to the age of the device design we reserve the right to use refurbished replacement parts in the event that new parts become unavailable.
Accessories for the xTablet T1200, including batteries, may continue to be purchased and will be sold on a first come, first served basis until completely sold out. Minimum order quantities may apply on certain parts.
We are pleased to report that the MobileDemand family of innovative tablets is continually growing to ensure we are meet the needs of our customers and provide the right tablet for the job. There are several new products in 2018. The replacement for T1200 is planned to be released in June 2018. The 12.2” xTablet “T1270” features a 7th generation Intel i5-7200U processor and is potentially the fastest tablet on the market.
T1270 is a next-generation device engineered specifically for the mobile workforce, offering a larger screen and boasting impressive productivity-enhancing options such as a 3D camera, 2D barcode imager, and fingerprint reader.
T1200 will be available until July please check out the specs to see if this workhorse may be useful for your project. We encourage you to be in touch with any questions about the current and new products in the range or set up a meeting.
Mobile Receipt Printing Made Easy with Advanced Manual Cutter
We are adding to the mobile receipt printing catalog the innovative LK-P24 & P34 by Sewoo The ideal fit for mobile employees with busy schedules and tight deadlines.
The LK-P24 & P34 are updated and improved portable receipt printers to which the guys at Sewoo have introduced a game-changing element: the world’s first semi-auto cutter ! This feature will enable the user to cut the paper more effectively upgrading the quality of the receipts printed. How is Mobile Receipt Printing Made Easy with Advanced Manual Cutter ? Smooth, simple and straightforward: click the button and cut. The exclusive Advanced Manual Cutter technology allows the user to deliver the receipt with more precision than ever cutting down on paper waste and maintenance costs and improving customer presentation.
Advanced Manual Cutter Benefits
- High speed: supporting 100mm/sec printing speed.
- Long battery life: LK-P24 : 1,510mAh, LK-P34 : 2,000mAh.
- Easy Bluetooth pairing through NFC function.
- Incredibly light weight.
- Strong and solid design suitable for a variety of environmental conditions.
Learn More AMC Details
All within a comfortably portable printer that aims to be more ergonomic for the user boosting employee productivity, effectiveness and accuracy – all with a simple click and cut!
Sewoo are aiming to have the Advanced Manual Cutter shipping in April 2018. Get in touch to pre-book an evaluation unit.
Dealing With Microsoft Windows CE OS End of Life
One of the most important operating systems that was at one time underpinned many enterprise mobility deployments is about to enter the last 2 years of life. Microsoft Windows CE OS End of Life
Long before iOS and Android Microsoft announced Windows CE in 1996. The OS was designed to operate satisfactorily on the small memory capacities of palm sized devices at the time. Although recognised by many as targeted at hand held computers many platforms ended up using derivatives of CE.
In the enterprise mobility market Windows CE, Windows Mobile, and Pocket PC are often used interchangeably this is in no doubt in part due to their common origin. This practice is not entirely accurate. You can read more about the history of Windows “CE” here. and Windows “Mobile” here.
A roll call of key Windows CE based devices used in the enterprise would generate a blog post of epic length, These are three of our favourite devices that were sold in large quantities all across the world into a variety of application areas including Manufacturing T&L and Retail,
Symbol / Motorola MC9090
A faltering mobile OS business hurt Microsoft for many years, although popular in the enterprise due to high adoption market appropriate hardware and plentiful development tools. Versions of the OS for phones had been losing market share since 2007.
End of an Era Key Dates
These EoL dates have been trailed by Microsoft for some time.
June 2018 – Windows Embedded CE 6.0
June 2019 – Windows Embedded 8.1 Handheld
January 2020 – Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5
So What Comes Next
For many users this will be something to discuss with their software vendor. The coming Microsoft Windows CE OS end of life may make little difference if the devices are working and no major system upgrades are planned. However as hardware itself becomes EoL and developer resource dries up it will be time to move on to something else. What that is very much depends on your circumstances, there is no one sized fits all approach. In a straight swap the top two options for many sites are clearly Android and Windows 10 but some may consider iOS.
Don’t let the Microsoft Windows CE OS End of Life get the better of your operation. Call us to disucss how we can help you weigh up the options and plan for the future.
Windows 10 Tablet Numeric Keypad and Barcode Scanning App
The folks at MobileDemand have introduced xKeyPad the Windows 10 Tablet Numeric Keypad and Barcode Scanning App.
This revolutionary app provides a persistent numeric keypad and barcode scanning application in one.
- Fast numeric data entry.
- Auto-entry for fast and efficient use.
- Day or night vision modes.
- Left or right side positioning.
- Snaps to side of screen, allowing your working software to remain.
- Stays on screen, say goodbye to the annoying pop up Windows soft keyboard.
Base Features – Keypad Number Data Entry
Manually input numbers quickly and efficiently, without your keypad getting in the way. xKeyPad conveniently docks to the side of the screen that you prefer, working effectively with multiple applications. Other programs snap into place while xKeyPad stays where you left it.
Premium Features – Keypad & Barcode Scanning
Your device no longer needs a dedicated built-in barcode scanner. xKeyPad utilizes your device’s camera to scan 25 different types of barcode symbologies. It has the capability for custom formatting, to make your mobile productivity even faster. Already have a built-in barcode scanner on your MobileDemand rugged tablet? No problem; you can purchase the xKeyPad base plan for just the keyboarding features.
- Handy view window to target barcodes
- All major 1D/2D symbologies supported with pre- and post-ambles
- Configure barcode input – allows auto tab, enter, or other key functionality
- Custom formatting and programmable actions increase your productivity
xKeyPad is not only for MobileDemand tablets. It will run on the Microsoft Surface or any other Windows 10 tablet.
To learn more about the Windows 10 Tablet Numeric Keypad and Barcode Scanning App go to the Windows Store get in touch or download an evaluation copy here.
Sewoo Thermal Printers Target Cost-Conscious Users
Enterprise mobility specialist MobileWorxs has added Sewoo thermal printers range of products to its portfolio to target receipt and label customers in the logistics, manufacturing and field service markets initially in the UK and later in the EMEA region.
According to MobileWorxs MD, Andrew Cahill, rather than creating yet another value proposition based on the channel, they will primarily target end users who are new to AIDC and labelling solutions or alternatively, those who are refreshing installations that already exist.
The Sewoo brand, established in 2002, is today recognised as a manufacturer providing users in 80 countries with a comprehensive range of desktop, mobile and label printers serving retail, field service, hospitality, transport and logistics, healthcare, manufacturing, and public sector markets.
In, 2017 the company underwent a name change from Sewoo Tech to J. Stephen Lab Corporation with Sewoo as the brand.
According to Cahill, Sewoo has an excellent reputation for combining value, quality and innovative design in the field of thermal receipt and label printing,
“The Sewoo thermal printers range is a good fit as we support mid to large OEMs to find a market for their products at the end user level by providing them with a complete in-region sales and support offering. This includes a UK-based repair workshop consumables supply and new ideas around financing and support provision,” he adds.
To learn more about the Sewoo range get in touch.