What’s New for the Summer ?

What’s New for The Summer?

What’s New for The Summer

Its Summer 2018 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.

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Intel RealSense 3D Camera in Tablets

Intel Realsense 3D Camera in Tablets

Intel Realsense 3D Camera in Tablets

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With the demands and uses for mobile computers growing, manufacturers are constantly looking for ways to improve their products and beat their competitors. In this blog we will take a quick look at how the latest Intel RealSense 3D camera technology is making it’s way into tablets. Keep a lookout for our second post that will cover the uses of tablets with 3D cameras.

Firstly, let’s take a look at what an Intel RealSense™ 3D camera is. RealSense camera technology uses a standard 2D camera for regular photo and video, along with an infrared camera and an infrared laser projector. The infrared components allow RealSense technology to determine the distance between objects, separating objects from the background layers behind them and overall allowing for largely improved object, facial and gesture recognition over standard cameras.

At the point of writing this blog there are 3 different versions of Realsense 3D cameras, the F200, SR300 and the R200.

SR300 – The replacement for the F200, second generation Realsense technology allowed the camera to implement an infrared laser projector system, Fast VGA infrared camera, and a 2MP colour camera. Used in close range front facing applications, great for face tracking, motion detection and close depth detection. Listing the technical improvements over the first gen camera would take a while so in summary:

  • Support for Hand and person tracking modes.
  • Increased Range and Lateral Speed
  • Improved Colour Quality under Low-light Capture and Improved RGB Texture for 3D Scan
  • Improved Colour and Depth Stream Synchronization
  • Decreased Power Consumption
Intel RealSense Facial recognition
Intel RealSense Facial recognition

R200 – Intel RealSense™ Camera R200 is a long range peripheral 3D camera. While front facing technology can be applied into mobile devices, we are more likely to see it featured in a rear facing specification. This is the unit that most tablets will feature due to it offering more real world uses. This camera opens up the potential of 3D technology to a whole new industry, using the same fundamental Realsense technology as above it brings new tools to developers and users that can save time, automate processes and create detailed visuals like never before.

In our second blog we will take a look at the application for this camera, such as manufacturing plants road maintenance and in the medical field.

We feel this technology can play a big part in the real world, automating processes, giving more accurate readings and increasing overall workflow.

Tim Edwards

Product Specialist

Intel Realsense 3D Camera in Tablets

To learn more about the R200 Intel Realsense 3D Camera in Tablets take a look at the T8650 and T1150 or get in touch with us to arrange a webinar or meeting.

Two New Windows Tablet Devices

Two New Windows Tablet Devices

Two New Windows Tablet Devices

 

MobileWorxs are delighted to announce the availability of two new windows tablet devices joining the MobileDemand line up.

 

 

The 10.1″ xTablet T1500 and the 8″ xTablet T8500 are aimed at users looking for a high performance yet economic windows based rugged device to help improve mobile worker productivity.

Microsoft Windows

xTablet T8500 and xTablet T1500 ship with Windows 10 Professional. Breadth of functionality excellent security ease of navigation and seamless integration with corporate systems make this OS increasingly the standard when it comes to enterprise grade tablet devices.

Research firm Gartner predicts that Windows 10 will become the most widely installed version of Windows ever. Predicting that half of enterprises will have started Windows 10 deployments by January 2017

Intel Performance

Both the devices use the excellent Intel Quad Core Z3735F processor operating at 1.33GHz with 1.83GHz burst frequency. Standard Wi-Fi & Bluetooth  optional 3G WWAN.

Rugged & sealed, we have you covered…

Applications that take place in rough and tumble environments require devices engineered to work and keep working.

These new devices come with a 36 month warranty and deliver excellent multi year total cost of ownership combined with outstanding durability Vs similar priced devices. Airborne dust and water sealing rating for the xTablet T1500 is IP65 and IP67 for the xTablet T8500. Both handle 4-foot drops to concrete and come standard with hand strap, carry handle rubber bumpers and screen protector for added protection.

Productivity

Different applications and jobs require different functionality and accessories. Add a barcode scanner for inventory tracking or point-of-sale, deploy tablet mounts for a space-saving work station or utilize the GPS function for field based surveying.

Two New Windows Tablet Devices xTablet 8500 and xTablet 1500 will be available mid February. Get in touch to book a meeting.

Black Friday and Cyber Monday At MobileWorxs

Black Friday and Cyber Monday At MobileWorxs

 Black Friday and Cyber Monday At MobileWorxsOne of the biggest trends in the Enterprise is that rugged and Microsoft Surface Windows tablets have become the primary device in the mobile workplace. All the tech and accessories available can help turn your kitchen table car or van into a true mobile office whatever line of work you may be in.

Black Friday and Cyber Monday is over the weekend Friday 29th November to Monday 2nd December. Come back and grab a bargain with one of our Windows Tablet and Thermal printer bundles.

 

Get in touch to learn more about how our enterprise mobility solutions can help your business.

Rugged PC Review MobileDemand xTablet T1200

Rugged PC Review MobileDemand xTablet T1200

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Rugged PC Review took a look at at the new MobileDemand xTablet T1200 that was offically introduced in October,. The T1200 is a fully Windows 8 rugged Tablet PC packing an Intel Ivy Bridge i5 chipset for professionals that don’t have the luxury of working in cozy office buildings. This tablet means business and packs a several features mobile users will appreciate.

To continue reading the full review and to see some great analysis of the T1200 please visit Rugged PC Review

Back here at MobileWorxs the xTablet T1200 offers a great return on investment ROI 3 year warranty, WWAN great screen and Intel i5 processor. Lease rates will be competitive get in touch for more details. The versatility of MobileDemand xTablet T1200 makes it ideal for users in any environment considering rugged tablet pc deployments including agriculture transport and logistics, field service, facilities management, van sales, retail supply chain management, manufacturing warehousing and the public sector.

New T1200 will be available in early 2013. Please contact us to pre-register your interest and arrange a demonstration.

 

Andrew Cahill

Andrew Cahill MobileWorxs MD has 20 years of experience in the use of enterprise mobility solutions and applications to improve the performance of real life business processes.

Andrew has worked on some of the largest Enterprise Mobility projects in the UK Eastern Europe the Middle East and Africa. He has user and project experience in helping companies think through and develop mobile strategies to get the most out of a deployment. He also likes old cars preferably with lots of chrome!

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How long to build an enterprise mobile app ?

How long to build an enterprise mobile app ?

So really how long to build an enterprise mobile app ? The short answer is hours or days depending on the complexity of the process. Find out how long…

How long to build an enterprise mobile app ?

The longer answer is that this question usually follows a realisation that a mobile worker based process in your business is not as it should be. Part of how to address this is how long will it take to build an app. The question is always sure to generate lots of discussion and opinions about approaches to development and mobile device platforms and OS’s. Often you end up with all the   ingredients for enterprise mobility but no recipe!

 

Mobile Application Development

Mobile application development can take many forms including cutting code from scratch or using an off the shelf canned module that came with your ERP or decision management system. In the smart phone era this Time-Money-Quality equation is becoming more significant as Andrew Till discusses in a recent Forbes article.

In our world mobile application development needs to be tailored to the process of the business and must directly address the issues that have been identified.  Our approach uses a methodology that involves techniques like iterative development and software prototyping. Using the MobileFrame v5.1 mobile development platform it is a style that favors incremental development with constant feedback and involvement from the end user. This process can be repeated until the application has been perfected and meets the needs of the user.

All of this can happen very quickly allowing you to get an app deployed far quicker than through traditional methods. And the quicker the app gets deployed the faster your process deficiency can be corrected and your return on investment can begin.

 10 Mobile Development Platform Features

  1. Drag and Drop Screen Design – Design your mobile application logic once and deploy to multiple different operating systems including .NET Android or iOS.
  2. Drag and Drop Print Designer – Create mobile label and reciept print layouts in minutes and not weeks.
  3. Printer Driver Bundling – Printer Drivers are bundled in no need to pick a specific printer.
  4. Device Driver Auto Recognition – We are plug and play across a wide variety of different devices, and can support mixed device deployments.
  5. User Administration – Users can authenticate against their current usernames / passwords and IT can lock down the device to keep the network safe.
  6. Peripheral Integration – We Support RFID, GPS, 1D and 2D Barcode Magnetic Stripe Scanning, Photo Capture, Photo Annotation, Drawing, Speech to Text, Digital Signature Capture, Printing Barcode Printing and RFID.
  7. Backend System Integration – Out of the box integration into any ODBC or OLEDB compliant data source including.
  8. Synchronization Management – Fail proof sync engine prioritize which networks you would like to sync over first.
  9. Mobile Device Management – Remote Device Management out in the field with the ability to take administrative control.
  10. Enterprise Application Management – Update Applications Client Software and third party applications over the air no need to collect the device from the field.

From our experience with these MobileFrame features we can create an app often in hours and in many cases go from  Design/Scope to deployment is 3-4 weeks. This includes integration with different back-end systems. With this kind of turnaround many of our customers end up adding further applications to address other requirements far quicker than they had originally envisaged.

Key point; when looking at a mobile worker project and the inevitable question of how long to build an enterprise mobile app consider your options carefully. Think about how your approach should enable you to really involve your own staff in the design process and be able to  add functionality in the future.

Learn more about mobile application development phase of your enterprise mobility project contact us today.

Andrew CahillAndrew Cahill MobileWorxs MD has 20 years of experience in the use of enterprise mobility solutions and applications to improve the performance of real life business processes.

 

Andrew has worked on some of the largest Enterprise Mobility projects in the UK Eastern Europe the Middle East and Africa. He has user and project experience in helping companies think through and develop mobile strategies to get the most out of a deployment. He also likes old cars preferably with lots of chrome!

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Cloud solutions Vs Thick Client Platform – Support

Cloud solutions Vs Thick Client Platform – Support

Motorola PDA with Mobile App
.NET devices still have a lot to offer

When comparing Cloud solutions Vs Thick Client Platform .NET platform solutions, cost is usually the first starting point for businesses as a cloud solution means the applications can run on less expensive devices such as Android handhelds, which can be the starting point for thoughts about BOYD. But, how do you support a roll-out with mixed operating systems?

Devices have been covered in a previous blog so here I will focus on the software issues, both local and server. Yes Android, Blackberry, iPhone iPad devices can be considerably cheaper then Microsoft .NET devices but this also means you’ll need to support several platforms rather than one. What will that do to your total cost of ownership?

Updates for the multiple Smartphone platforms are never scheduled at the same time. This means on day one all the Android devices may update to the latest OS version, the next day all the Blackberry devices may update. There is no guarantee devices will still continue to work with the application after an update and finding a fix for each platform can be very different and therefore difficult.

When HTML 5 applications are being developed, they are developed for specific OS API’s, i.e. Android 3.0. When the Smartphone is updated to the latest version 4.1, a or a new device is purchased, the application will need to use the 4.1 API. In the best case scenario the application will have to be re-built, tested, and re-deployed. This is a major task in itself as cloud based solutions do not incorporate development and application & data synchronisation as standard. In the worst case scenario the application code will have to be edited. This is a very lengthy process in which the mobile application is out of action.

Using a thick client based mobile application development platform with Windows Mobile devices the applications are fully backwards compatible and any platform updates are issued by the administrator not the network provider. This provides a hassle free deployment with simple support as all devices are using the Microsoft .NET framework. It also means access to a wide variety of devices such as

The thick client has the ability to lockdown the unit so the user cannot access important system files, or spend hours playing games. The device is there for a purpose and can only perform the tasks the application allows. How do you lock down a personal Smartphone belonging to your employees? In short you can’t. You can provide the facility to access a web based application (if they have an internet connection) but you can’t guarantee they are not texting, playing games or surfing the internet.

The last point to touch on here is how the application can be updated. The application for the HTML 5 platform requires coding, a lot of testing for each OS, compiling, and then deployed to a central server location. The coding could take days or weeks depending on the update. In the thick client platform the update can be made in minutes to hours and deployed instantly. Yes the HTML 5 application has a slight advantage here as once deployed to the server location it is live. The thick client device must synchronise to download the latest application. This in itself is negligible since the application is downloaded in the background while the current application is in use, or when the device is back in the cradle charging for the night.

The key question is: As time and costs increase supporting Smartphone devices each time the business applications change, is the initial saving worthwhile as future development wipe-out any short term benefits?

Learn more about the options you have with Cloud solutions Vs Thick Client Platform as part of the mobile application development phase of your enterprise mobility project contact us today.

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Explained Mobile Device Screen Types

Explained: Mobile Device Screen Types

Which screen type is right for your application?

With so many products in the market it can be quite confusing which mobile device screen types to choose from. This blog will cover in plain English the different types available in today’s enterprise mobility and consumer market.

Nearly all mobile devices allow touch, many can also sense a stylus or a pen. Some screens allow two touch zooming in and out, some are super bright, others have a very high resolution screen, or are rugged for impact protection.

The most common two technologies are resistive and capacitive. Resistive allows for both touch and stylus/pen contact. The screen comprises of two layers of which one has an electrical current. When the screen is pressed the layers meet and the X/Y location can be determined.  Resistive screens can be damaged if sharp objects can are used, but can also be easily cleaned and resistant to liquid damage.

Resistive technology can be found on almost all enterprise handhelds where to user may require either option, using the stylus when a very accurate screen location is needed or when using gloves.

Capacitive screens allow only touch. This is found on most Android, iOS Smartphones. These screens work with the human body to act as a current. The screen has an electrical current layer, when the finger touches the screen this creates a change in the current therefore fixing the location. One problem is use in cold weather as gloves cannot be used nor a stylus. Most capacitive screens do allow for two touch zooming in and out.

The next part to consider is the screen resolution. Displays are available in QVGA, VGA, XGA, WXGA, AMOLED, Super AMOLED etc. There are lots more. They all provide different resolution figures generally with the higher being sharper and clearer. VGA stands for Video Graphics Array, The X is for Extended, W for Wide, and S for Super. HD is high definition found on most TV sets. The figures are explained:

QVGA: 320 x 240
VGA: 640 x 480
WVGA: 800 x 480
WSVGA: 1024 x 600
XGA: 1024 x 768
WXGA: 1280 x 720 – 1366 x 768
HD: 1280 x 720

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High resolution devices will reduce battery life, but since higher resolution screens are found on Tablets and Laptops this is negated as they have much larger batteries than found on Handhelds.

Mobile application development design is also an important consideration as the layout needs to be sized to meet the resolution and text enlarged where appropriate. If you have a pool of various devices this could mean the application will look too small or large compared to the device the app was originally designed for. If you have a very basic small application a low resolution will be fine running on a PDA/Smartphone. If you have a complex large application and need more data the  various mobile screen device types may lead you to a screen with a higher resolution such as found on a rugged tablet pc.

Interested in learning more about using touch screen technology for your enterprise mobile project. Get in touch or evaluate a unit free for 10 days.

How Does Mobility XE Mobile VPN Software Work?

How Does Mobility XE Mobile VPN Software Work?

We have known the Mobile VPN guys at NetMotion for some years. Their software aims to make mobile workers more productive because their work is not interrupted by lost connections or by moving from one network to another. With Mobility XE workers do not have to continually stop what they’re doing, reconnect with their VPN and re-start their applications allowing them to focus on their jobs – not the wireless technology. So how does Mobility XE Mobile VPN software work?

Traditionally describing this can get a bit tedious…

…so they came up with this great cartoon as way of explaining what a Mobile VPN can do for your enterprise mobile project. Bravo guys!

Find out more about putting a Mobile VPN on one of our rugged laptop rugged handheld or rugged tablet PC‘s.

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What…you didn’t get my message?

What…you didn’t get my message?

Mobile Worker Communications is a Critical Issue

Running a mobile field service management operation can be tough especially when you need to exchange information with multiple workers at different locations in real-time.

The last thing a manager wants to say is; What…you didn’t get my message?

 

We have seen organizations try all sorts of approaches in an attempt to bridge this communication gap including:

  • Equipping mobile workers with 2-way radios.
  • Using Push to Talk on specific handsets.
  • Sending text messages to private phone numbers.
  • Calling workers directly on their own phones.

All of these are useful and have a role but they are not optimized around the principle of automating a business process onto a rugged handheld or other mobile device.

What…you didn’t get my message? Communication as a Distraction

  • Push to talk handsets provide instant feedback but what happens when a mobile worker either does not have the handset near him, its in a vehicle, he can’t hear the message or they are out of coverage?
  • Mobile phones have obvious benefits but interrupting a worker in the middle of their task with a call or text can lead to a decrease in productivity. And what happens when he misses an important call text or voicemail.
  • Most crucial of all with employee supplied devices who owns the phone? What are the health and safety implications. And where is the audit trail of sent and received messages if something goes awry and needs following up?

Improved Enterprise Mobile Instant Messaging

We have solved this problem by vastly improving the existing concept of instant messaging and optimizing it to work in an enterprise mobile enviroment.

Built right into MobileFrame v5.1 the Instant Messaging system allows for both office and mobile workers to collaborate in real-time. Messages are setup for guaranteed delivery including the ability to store and forward. They can also be posted to an application in such a way that the worker has to acknowledge read/receipt before he can carry on with the app process. We also provide a complete audit trail of all messages sent and received.

Enabling your team to communicate more effectively is just one of the many ways that we can help you eliminate the hassles associated with running your mobile workers.

Learn more about our Instant Messaging as part of the mobile application development phase of your enterprise mobility project contact us today.