Rugged Case for iPad 9.7 inch

Rugged Case for iPad 9.7 inch

Rugged Case for iPad 9.7 inch

This rugged case for iPad 9.7 inch is proven rugged, easy to carry and offers extended functionality for business and education users. The add-on capability of the case allows for users in retail environments to add PCI-compliant point-of-sale payment terminals and PIN pads to take payments in a mobile setting. In many settings the the built in Snap Mount allows for easy and inexpensive installation in a variety factory office Fork Lift and vehicle scenarios.

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Add Enterprise Grade Companion Scanning to any Mobile Device

Add Enterprise Grade Companion Scanning to Any Mobile Device

Add Enterprise Grade Companion Scanning to any Mobile Device

Are your staff using smartphones or tablets for day to day apps. If they need to scan significant quantities of bar codes they will face a common challenge.  The camera is great for selfies but not really designed for volume scanning and can be slow and a real pain (literally) If so, its time to add enterprise grade companion scanning to any mobile device.

 

 

Simple

Devices with integral scanning tend to be purpose built rugged and expensive. The need to scan frequently is often the function of a repetitive work process such as parcel delivery. So in a BYOD environment or where the users have devices that do not feature integral scanning products like the Opticon range are a straightforward and economic way to add 1D or 2D bar code scanning without interfering with your app or installing any fiddly drivers.

Watch the video to see how easy it is to Connect to your smartphone or tablet in a few moments using Bluetooth. A scanner like this is about the size and weight of a desktop mouse making it very easy to use pop it in a pocket or use a lanyard.

Colin Foster at Opticon says;

“Companion scanning provides a cost effective, easy to use data capture solution when paired to a smartphone or tablet device. Using the technology is simple; you just point, click and scan. Companion scanners like the OPN-2006 are small, lightweight and ergonomic in design which makes it very simple to carry, use and store the device”

Justification

How many scans a day are too much for a camera on a smartphone or tablet? Tough question the answer is that once the user starts to comment about how ergonomically unpleasant the task has become its time to do something else !

Typical Companion Scanning Applications

  • Inventory management and merchandising
  • Healthcare
  • Field service
  • Order picking
  • Item identification
  • Visitor registration
  • Facilities management

Add Enterprise Grade Companion Scanning to any Mobile Device

Need to scan bar codes – ditch the camera get in touch to add enterprise grade companion scanning to any mobile device.

 

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Top 5 Mobile Stories of 2009

Top 5 Mobile Stories of 2009

Top 5 Mobile Stories of 2009

Cast your mind back five years Microsoft launched Windows 7 Barack Obama became US President and Avatar was the biggest grossing movie taking in $761m.

Things move very fast in mobility so lets take a look back at what were some of the top mobile stories of 2009.

 

“iSlate” Rumours

This was an era when nearly a quarter of all PC sales in Europe were made up of sub laptop devices called “Netbooks” sporting mini screens and tiny keyboards. Rumors were swirling that Apple intended to bring out a device called “iSlate” a consumer grade breakthrough tablet to sell alongside the iPhone and iPod. Many commentators decided this was never going to happen including this hilarious article from PC World

As we all know the iPad was released in April of 2010 and some 200m units later the rest is history…

Navigation for the Masses

At the time Apple limited users to expensive options from TomTom or CoPilot. When Google Launched Google Maps Navigation a whole new functional area was born. This enabled Android users to use navigation straight from their phones and thus consigned many dedicated GPS navigation units to car boot sales.

Smartphone Adoption and Dominant Player Meltdown

Early in 2009 if you had a “smartphone” it was probably a Blackberry who had 55% market share in the US 20% globally and strong financials. If you were still using a plain cell phone it was likely to have been a Nokia who at the time boasted 41% world wide share. Later in the year one survey figured that 39% of people had a smartphone Blackberry still accounting for the largest portion of U.S. market share with 50% followed by Apple at 30% Palm with 7% and Android around 3%.

Adoption is now well over 50% in most markets with rates in some counties breaking 80%. In 2017, IDC expects that 1.7 billion smartphones will be shipped.

You all know what became of Blackberry and Nokia…

Android Goes Mainstream

It took a while to get off the ground but 2009 was the year Android went mainstream. All of a sudden it was obvious that the iPhone was not the only cool handset with built in music social media and the ability to browse the web.

The Motorola Droid got a lot of headlines and was a bestseller in the US but HTC Samsung and Sony all had success with early versions of devices on Android platforms.

Market share of the Android OS is now thought to be @80% worldwide…

Battery Power

We take this increasingly for granted but the development of mobile devices has led to huge innovation in battery technology to drive such features as LTE, Wi-Fi, Video,  Cameras GPS and those huge bright screens.

In 2009 1500 a mAh battery was the industry’s high water mark yielding for many smartphone users a battery life of about 6 hours

At the launch of the Galaxy S5 earlier this year Samsung boasted of a 2,800 mAh battery that the company claims can deliver 11 hours of video playback or 10 hours of web browsing over LTE.

So what can we learn from the top mobile stories of 2009 ? Things change fast and innovation and good timing can often by key to the success of new products.  If you are into crystal ball gazing mobile technology it may be safe to make a prediction 12 months out but 3 to 5 years is much much more difficult.

Top 5 Mobile Stories of 2009Get in touch to learn more about our approach to building effective solutions for enterprise mobility. No crystal ball needed.

 

 

Why Is A Rugged Tablet PC Heavier Than An iPad ?

Why Is A Rugged Tablet PC Heavier Than An iPad ?

Steve Kunert Rugged Tablet PC Director of Engineering at MobileDemand explains:

Why Is A Rugged Tablet PC Heavier Than An iPAD ? There is that “Oh, !*?#” exclamation when a consumer tablet is dropped and shrapnel flies everywhere. Workers with rugged tablets accidentally drop their tablets and simply pick them up and keep on working.

The thing most people unfamiliar with rugged tablet PC systems say when they first hold one is, “Wow! That’s heavy. Why?” The answer is pretty straightforward. The rugged tablets are designed and built to survive every day all day, intensive use. Rugged tablets such as MobileDemand’s xTablet T1200 with an i5 processor and a 10.4” screen are full Windows 7 or Windows 8 capable devices.

Why Is A Rugged Tablet PC Heavier Than An iPAD ?

 

 

iPhone Screen Rendering for Enterprise Mobile Apps

 

iPhone Screen Rendering for Enterprise Mobile Apps

iPhone Screen Rendering for Enterprise Mobile Apps

Wondering about iPhone screen rendering for enterprise mobile apps ? Or if you have created apps for iPhone you are likely aware that the iPhone 5 has introduced some radical changes to the screen. Leaving most developers scrambling to update their apps.

 

With MobileFrame v5.1 Intelligent Rendering means your apps will re-size to properly fit the iPhone 5 screen without requiring any work on your part. Ensuring your apps work flawlessly whether on a iPhone 5, 4/4S Android or .NET device of any screen dimensions is as simple as setting up anchoring and letting our intelligent rendering handle the rest. Write once, deploy anywhere…

To view a demo book a consultation or a visit get in touch.

How can we do this? think of our platform like PowerPoint; You buy PowerPoint once and you create as many presentations as you like. Our solution is the same. Buy once and create as many flexible mobile applications as required a great total cost of ownership model for your business:

  • Build flexible applications that exactly match your business needs.
  • Enterprise grade work flows rules and processes without coding.
  • Code-free seamless integration with back-end systems.
  • Build applications in days rather than months.
  • Change applications instantly in real-time.

For more information on anchoring and intelligent screen rendering click here.

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Is the iPad right for Enterprise Mobility

We all love it but is the iPad right for enterprise mobility?

Drop it and weep
Is the Ipad right for enterprise mobility?

The iPad it’s great! Super styling, great app performance, marvellous screen, so simple yet effective. A real icon of industrial design in the 21st century and designed by Brit Jonathan Ive. Apple have shipped 85 million so far.

Beyond social media and games one of the more interesting emerging uses for the iPad is to support  dual screen marketing. “Sixty per cent of people say they watch TV and go online concurrently two or three times a week, while 37% claim to do so every day”. So the iPad is being touted very heavily as a real weapon for consumer products companies.

So what do you do if your business application is leading you to use a mobile device and the venue is not on your sofa?

Received wisdom tells us that it if you describe your business environment in any of the following five ways you are more likely to be a potential user for some sort of rugged mobile device rather than one was not built with business “productivity” in mind.

  • Blue collar
  • Enterprise
  • Mobile Worker
  • Field Service
  • EMS

Why is this?  It comes back to our definition of Enterprise Mobility. There is a world of difference between manager types in an office checking their email vs. a worker on the road performing highly specific tasks. This is reflected in the suitability of a unit to perform a specific task and the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) involved with the acquisition and management of a deployment.

  • Different releases of hardware over time. Consumer devices typically change every 6-12 months. This can lead to a mix in the installed base as units are replaced which increases support overhead. Locking down an OS and application suite so it is the same for all users all the time is still a lot simpler in an environment where legacy back end systems and staff are all genetically WinTel.
  • In most cases your Windows based applications will run on a rugged Windows 7 tablet with no modifications.
  • A consumer device like the iPad will typically be replaced 2-3 times in the lifetime of a rugged device. This is mostly due to damage from being dropped but with the big issue may well be theft.
  • A rugged device typically has a 3 year return to base warranty. The cost of technical and break fix support will be significantly higher for an iPad. They are not built for high frequency repairs and phone support may well not be tuned into your idea of response to a mission critical problem.
  • Detailed screen layouts such as picking lists and forms do not so work well with finger touch displays found on devices like the iPad. Pressure triggered stylus technology is far more suited to business applications.
  • Apps to improve the productivity of a manager are generic and readily available for iOS. Building task specific apps for mobile workers can lead to specific mobile application development.
  • An iPad is not optimised for installation in a vehicle and does not have an IP rating that would suit many harsh environments.

So the iPad is bad news – not at all. Although there are some amusing scare stories there may indeed be applications in your business where an iPad is exactly the right tool for the job. This is where people contemplating enterprise mobility projects often get befuddled and wrapped up in what new shiny piece of kick ass technology you can be a hero by deploying.

The key question is: what is the nature of the business process that is causing a problem, how will enterprise mobility help and which tool over the lifetime of the project is the right one for the job?