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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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.
Enterprise Mobility 4 Practical Things to Remember
Go to any event about enterprise mobility and be prepared to be blown away with a huge amount of material on security device management integration etc etc.
It’s all good stuff but when it comes to setting up your project in the first place what are 4 practical enterprise mobility things to remember.
1. Map the Process.
You are investing in this technology to generate a positive business impact. Likely the process or workflow is either paper based or using an earlier form of mobile tech perhaps on defunct or unsupportable systems. The important thing is does this process map either how the organisation does this task now or how they intend that it should work. The scope for process re-engineering does not come along very often, make sure you take the opportunity to question the norm.
Once your app has been built test it on your selected devices – A step easily forgotten but it’s important. Not all enterprise mobility apps and deployment scenarios are suited to a smartphone. If you are using line of business devices they all behave slightly differently, how does your app run? How do users get on with devices ergonomically? What are comms like in the locales where the devices will be used?
A large retail stock control project we were recently involved in rejected one device as the scan trigger was considered badly positioned, not something to find out the morning you deploy 100’s of devices.
Ask for feedback from the people who will actually be using the mobile application. It does not matter what the app does if the mobile worker is not able to use it successfully. Keep it simple, going from a paper based process to a mobile device is a paradigm shift so plan ahead and do not do the project in isolation.
Take the time to train your team and familiarise them with how the apps and devices work. User experience is paramount. Not everyone is as familiar with technology as we like to think. Task a project member to help others understand how to operate their new device. You know how to turn it on when to charge it and how to flip from numeric to alpha keyboard but does everyone? Host a workshop or create a user guide.
MobileWorxs at The Fleet World Fleet Show 2014
MobileWorxs will be exhibiting at The Fleet World Fleet Show 2014 which is taking place next Wednesday 9th April at Silverstone.
On our stand C4 we will be joined by the Professional Services division of Leversedge Telecom who provide installation and maintenance services for all manner of vehicle based activities.
Come along to have a chat about
- Enterprise Mobility.
- Rugged Mobile Devices.
- User definable vehicle inspection software VisWorxs and other apps.
- In vehicle equipment installation and maintenance.
Our goal is to help you scope define and finance your project in such a way that you improve your business processes and generate a meaningful return on your investment. See you at the show
Motorola Solutions Launch MC40 for Retail Enterprise Mobility
The availability of Android based devices for line of business applications continues as Motorola launch the MC40 for retail enterprise mobility.
MC40 comes with a 4.1″ 300 NIT capacitive screen running Android 2.3 and all the other bells and whistles we have already learnt to expect from a device in this category
Options include a Magnetic Stripe Reader and an interesting assortment of charging accessories and cradles.
It is also available in various groovy colours !
Check out the MC40 Specification Sheet for complete details.
What is it For ?
Motorola Solutions have been talking about this unit for sometime so no surprise that they chose the NRF retail exhibition in New York to introduce it as:
“MC40 is the first multi-purpose mobile computer for retail that incorporates inventory management with collaboration and line busting mobile point-of-sale (mPOS) capabilities in a compelling form factor”
MC40 Appeal Beyond Retail
It is likely that this category of product will start to be seen a lot more in enterprise mobility projects outside the retail as major projects are already asking for Android based rugged handhelds. Users will easily adopt this form factor as it has become so familiar in the consumer area. The MC40 comes with a relatively high list price but do not expect huge discounts unless you have a huge order to place.
Other than Android why else will it appeal to projects outside retail:
- Product Longevity – likely to be a lot longer in production than consumer brands which helps make sense of managing the life cycle of a large deployment.
- Built for High Frequency use – the enterprise mobility manufacturers know a thing or two about building rugged products that will see many bumps drops and scrapes.
- Break Fix and Total Cost of Ownership – Having a rugged handheld in the field is in part based on the premise that in the event of a fault the facility exists to repair it rather than send it for scrap. Manufacturers like Motorola have a lot of their business invested in repair services so expect this to be a big TCO value added dimension for the MC40.
- Accessories – I know boring! but having docking cradles spare battery chargers etc can really make all the difference to the usability of any mobile computer.
- Like the X1 and the 70e the MC40 could be susceptible to theft so best to revise employee procedures and load up with MDM software.
- Bring Your Own Device – The MC40 will make an attractive 3 Year BYOD bundle when combined with finance, support airtime and a process specific app.
MobileWorxs can help you navigate your way through the device selection process and help you deliver an enterprise mobility project that adds value to your business.
Introducing the Handheld Algiz 10X
The New Handheld Algiz 10X Rugged Tablet PC uses sophisticated and well proven technology that help it withstand harsh weather conditions and rough handling.
The perfect match for today’s mobile workforce.
Running your existing or process specific applications is easy as the 10X operates on a powerful Intel® Atom™ N2800 dual-core processor. It has either a 64 or 128 GB SSD, expandable via microSD™ and 4 GB of DDR3 RAM, offering top-of-the-line computing capability and massive storage capacity. It runs Windows 7 Ultimate, and is ready for Windows 8.
With a starting price of under £2,000, the Handheld Algiz 10X is more expensive than non-ruggedized tablets, but it’s a great return on investment and a bargain for businesses that cannot afford the downtime that breakages with consumer grade devices often cause.
Handheld Algiz 10X Durability
Even with such a portable size, the 10X rugged tablet pc is built to withstand the harsh conditions that come with all kinds of industry fieldwork. It’s IP65-rated and meets stringent MIL-STD-810G military standards for protecting against dust, water, vibrations drops extreme temperatures and varying altitudes.
Handheld Algiz 10X Ergonomics
10X features the latest generation of MaxView™ technology, with a brilliant 10.1-inch touchscreen that’s perfect for field professionals who need a large display to handle detailed maps or other visuals. The screen’s ambient light sensor adjusts the back light automatically – so collecting data in bright sunlight is just as easy as reviewing it indoors. The 10X is also only 32mm thick and weighs in at just 1.3 kg.
Read a full review of the 10X at Rugged PC Review
At MobileWorxs we believe the Handheld Algiz 10X offers a great return on investment with a 3 year extended warranty it is available for around £62 a month on a 36 month lease. The versatility of the 10X 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 manufacturing warehousing and the public sector.
How can NEW Handheld Algiz 10X rugged tablet PC help in your Enterprise Mobile deployment ? – try one FREE for 10 days.
Cloud Solution Vs Thick Client – Devices
When looking to move away from outdated paper forms to a mobile application businesses have two options; choose a cloud solution Vs thick client based solution. Choosing the device should be the easier part !
Many people new to mobile applications often consider using the latest iOS Smartphone or Android tablet as they look stylish, the workforce wants a new phone and they are cheap when compared to other devices. Taken in isolation 9 times out of 10 this has been proven to be a costly error, why? because the mobile application development should fit the business need before selecting the device. Choosing the wrong device is expensive creates issues for the users and does not leverage the investment made against the application. It can also make a nonsense of any total cost of ownership projections.
The application needs to be defined –What data needs to be captured i.e. scan barcodes, RFID, capture GPS, capture signature, how much text? How long will the application be in use for each day? What environment is the device used in? How big will these screens be? How many pages will the application span over? Will other software be required to run?
If a signature is required the device criteria is quickly narrowed down removing a vast percentage of Smartphone devices that are touch only screens. Adding barcode scanning and/or RFID can be done with Smartphone devices and a handheld scanner, but for ease of use a rugged handheld would be the recommended option with a scanner built in. If the application is used throughout the day power consumption will be high so you may need extended batteries and a stable method of charging the device when on the move.
The environment needs to be factored in if the device should be rugged to avoid damage when knocked or dropped? Does it need to be protected from heavy rain showers or continuous bright sunlight? Could the user be wearing gloves or have dirty hands needing a stylus or keyboard? And is the device used indoors or outdoors? Screen brightness for good readability changes from device to device.
Another high priority is the screen size. Larger screens means less pages, quicker form completion and increased application overview. The trade off is size Vs ease of use.
Other factors are what other applications need to run on the device and the level of warranty required. If users need desktop software in the field the quick solution would be to look at Windows 7 Rugged Tablets. A one year limited warranty on a smartphones Vs a 3 year fully inclusive maintenance agreement on a Rugged Tablet PC could mean that in a typical deployment a project could be acquiring Smartphones 2 or 3 times over.
When considering a Cloud Solution Vs Thick Client – Devices. The key question is: If a device doesn’t have the correct features to fit the business needs then why consider it for short-term savings? Buy the correct device once or buy the wrong device several times over?