Windows 10 Tablet Numeric Keypad and Barcode Scanning App

Windows 10 Tablet Numeric Keypad and Barcode Scanning App

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

Open Platform

xKeyPad is not only for MobileDemand tablets. It will run on the Microsoft Surface or any other Windows 10 tablet.

Windows 10 Tablet Numeric Keypad and Barcode Scanning App

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.

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 Windows tablets are becoming the new primary device in the mobile workplace. Laptops are so 2010! 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 28th November to Monday 1st December. Come back and grab a bargain with one of our Windows Tablet and A4 Portable printer bundles.

Black Friday and Cyber Monday Enterprise Mobility Deals

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

GNSS Highly accurate GPS for Tablet PC

GNSS Highly Accurate GPS for Tablet PC

GNSS Highly accurate GPS for Tablet PCGPS has become a common feature in many Android and Windows smart phones and tablets in recent years. The range of uses are vast from apps in social media, confirming delivery locations and as a navigation aid to drivers and walkers.  Generally these devices use commercial off the shelf technology grade GPS receivers accurate to around 5 to 15m.

More professional grade receivers for the handheld and rugged tablet market are a more recent innovation. By its nature the non consumer market focuses largely on geographic information system GIS mapping requirements such as land surveying and construction. In these areas the requirement can often be to achieve a fix accuracy from 1m down to 1cm.

The term GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite Systems) is often used in this area to describe receivers using the GPS, and/or GLONASS satellite arrays.

It is estimated that the market GPS/GNSS Tracking Device Market on course to break the $2.89 Billion by 2023 with a growing proportion of that accounted for by larger format devices.

Vast Range of Applications

The free availability and accuracy of GNSS signals for location and timing, combined with reducing cost of the hardware has made GNSS the chosen solution for a very wide and growing range of applications many of which are ideal for use with a tablet PC. These include transport rail, road, aviation, marine, cycling, walking, agriculture, fisheries, law enforcement, highways management, services for vulnerable people, energy production and management, surveying, dredging, health services, financial services, information services, cartography, safety monitoring, scientific and environmental studies, search and rescue, telecommunications, tracking vehicles and valuable or hazardous cargoes.

Which System Best Fits Your Application?

Portable GNSS handheld or tablet pc markets can be split into 4 distinct groups based upon accuracy requirements:

  1. Consumer Grade Systems offering limited accuracy (2-15m), e.g. personal navigation and car satnav systems. Basic GPS offers typically 5 to 15m accuracy, and this is sufficiently accurate for basic navigation, and for low order mapping. Receivers of this class are now low cost and widespread in phones and handheld devices from all major manufacturers.
  2. Professional Grade Systems offering sub-metre level fix accuracy, 0.5m to 1m, are required for supporting the basic fix accuracy requirements of GIS systems and asset mapping, used increasingly by local authorities, utility companies, housing associations and many other user groups.
  3. Professional Grade Systems offering sub-halfmetre fix accuracy, 0.3 to 0.5m, are required for supporting the higher quality fix accuracy requirements of higher level GIS applications and asset mapping, used by local authorities, utility companies, housing associations and many other user groups. These systems again, just use just the L1 frequency output from GNSS satellites.
  4. Professional Grade Systems offering very high fix accuracy (typically 1cm to 2cm). GNSS is used extensively nowadays by construction companies and survey companies worldwide, where positional accuracies of 1cm are often required. This accuracy is also necessary for precision machine guidance systems for the control of major earthmoving equipment for the automated shaping of ground profiles, and agricultural equipment.

Selecting the correct GPS technology depends on the application of use. When required to pinpoint GPS to 1-2cm fixes a professional GNSS solution is likely to be the best option.

 

GNSS Highly accurate GPS for Tablet PC

Our Geopod USB Module plugs into a free USB port on your laptop or any of our rugged Tablet PC range such as the T8650 and T1600 providing you with a complete rugged GNSS surveying platform.

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

More reading!

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.

GottaBeMobile MobileDemand xTablet T7200 Review

GottaBeMobile MobileDemand xTablet T7200 Review

Guest Blog by Derek Oja at MobileDemand

T7200 In the Rain

GottaBeMobile MobileDemand xTablet T7200 Review. T7200 is a fully ruggedized Tablet PC built 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.

 

 

MobileDemand began selling Tablet PCs well before Apple and others popularized consumer tablets. The company builds industrial-strength tablets that run Windows and are usable in just about any environment.

The xTablet T7200 improves on the xTablet T7000, which MobileDemand introduced three years ago. This time around, MobileDemand’s improved the display, loaded it with faster components and upgraded its wireless capabilities.

With a starting price of $2,000, the xTablet T7200 is more expensive than non-ruggedized tablets, but it’s a relative bargain for businesses that can’t afford downtime or that are able to improve processes to a point where the tablets pay for themselves.

The MobileDemand xTablet T7200 is a welcome reminder that it’s important to pick the right tool for the job. It isn’t the slimmest or lightest tablet available, but its durability and adaptive display make it a smart choice for organizations that need to run Windows applications reliably outside of the office.

xTablet T7200 Durability

Like other MobileDemand tablets, the xTablet T7200 meets military standards for durability. This tablet can operate in temperatures of up to 140 F, withstand drops onto hard surfaces and repel water and debris.

There were zero marks on our review unit after abusing it for a couple of days.

xTablet T7200 Display

The xTablet T7200 features a 7″ anti-glare touchscreen display with a 1024 x 600 resolution. The optional digitizer is a must-have to effectively navigate Windows 7 and input text on the go with a display this size. Inking works reasonably well and is fine for jotting down notes and filling forms. The relatively small screen doesn’t provide enough real estate for inking lengthy documents. For that task, users would be better off docking the tablet.

To continue reading the full review and to see more rugged testing videos, please visit GottaBeMobile.

GottaBeMobile MobileDemand xTablet T7200 Review

Contact Derek Oja at MobileDemand

Back here at MobileWorxs the xTablet T7200 offers a great return on investment with a  3 year warranty, WWAN xView and GPS available for around £2 a day on a 36 month  lease. The versatility of T7200 makes it ideal for users in any environment considering rugged handheld deployments including agriculture transport and logistics, field service, facilities management, van sales, retail supply chain, manufacturing warehousing and the public sector.

T7200 has a huge range of accessories to make the rugged tablet PC easier to use in the field. Including a new external 2 pack battery charger.

How can NEW xTablet T7200 rugged tablet PC help in your Enterprise Mobile deployment ? – try one FREE for 10 days.

 

 

Enterprise Mobile Apps Device Ports Features and Accessories

Enterprise Mobile Apps Device Ports features and accessories

T7200 Twin Battery Charger
Multiple Battery Chargers are Very Practical

As part of your project it is important to make sure your enterprise mobile apps device ports features and accessories are all set to support your investment in apps software.

For example if the software contains GPS tracking then the obvious solution is to purchase a mobile device with GPS built in. The same goes for scanning barcodes signing on screen or reading file from a USB stick.

GPS is a feature commonly used for in vehicle Sat Nav. It is also a feature used in GPS tracking systems and in specific software such as utilities to check location on pipes, cables etc. In the last case the GPS needs to be very accurate so compatible with WAAS/EGNOS.

Will the device ever need to read from a removable data source are PDF maintenance plans or boiler manuals required? The device must therefore have a way of reading from SD card or USB sticks. If the documents are full A4 documents containing a lot of text or images then the screen needs to be suitable size as well as the device running to software to run it such as Microsoft Office or Acrobat Reader.

Accessing data locally, leads to accessing data remotely; Does the device need a 3G connection to send/receive jobs throughout the day? Will the device be out of the office for days at a time so 3G is a definite requirement or will intermittent Wi-Fi suffice? Ethernet is another option for connecting to backend and online systems but usually only when in the office or working from home or hotel.

Saving the data locally once having accessed it is the next step. Is a specific manual required when at the customer site and will there be a 3G or Wi-Fi connection? In most cases the user will want to download the document to the device. Tablet hard drives can range up to 128GB, enough for almost all requirements.

Those are the basic features handheld and tablets can be supplied with. Additional features can include 1D and 2D barcodes scanners, RFID scanner and serial ports.

Once the device features have been decided the accessories are then an option. If the devices needs charging in the office or in a vehicle a variety of docks are available from a 4 slot multi-docks charging 4 units are once to a vehicle cradle wired directly into the vehicle power supply. Other more basic accessories can be carry cases, and spares such as stylus’s and screen protectors. All of which help to protect your investment.

The key question is: With so many cheaper, but limited Smartphones on the market should your business look at what features they require in a device or what will be a tolerable device for the least amount of money?

Enterprise Mobile Applications Screen Size and Keyboard

Enterprise Mobile Applications Screen Size and Keyboard

X3 PDA with mobile application
Nautiz-X3 Rugged Handheld with Integral Keyboard

The complexity and nature of a mobile application can often dictate the physical size and type of the mobile device you buy. The enterprise mobile applications screen size and keyboard input method is an important element of your total cost of ownership calculations

Consider the environment the device will be used in. What is the likelihood a device is accidentally knocked or dropped? A rugged device will long out last a Smartphone if it is dropped more than once.  Will the device be used indoor or outdoor? The perceived brightness of a screen can change from device to device and a high brightness screen will make outdoor readability much clearer. Other environment factors include if the user will be wearing gloves in which case a stylus or keyboard may be required.

Keyboards are an important choice frequently over looked if the mobile application requires any text input. A Smartphone onscreen keyboard is usually touch only and they can sometimes be very fiddly. Touch only is no good if the operator has dirty fingers or wears gloves. The next step up is a stylus on a PDA. The on screen ‘soft’ keyboard can be a bit difficult to use due to it’s small size. Rugged PDAs like the Motorola MC65 or Handheld Nautiz X3 come as standard with either a QWERTY or numeric keyboard. These are quick and easy to use. If the application only requires numerical input this numerical keyboard will save valuable time from switching to alpha characters.

Moving towards a full keyboard the on screen “soft” keyboard on our own T7000 Windows 7 Tablet is both quick and easy to use with finger or stylus, and also comes with a handy numeric keyboard built in. Other options at the full size keyboard level are to use a snap-on keyboard, connect a USB keyboard or consider a rugged laptop like the Handheld XRW with full size keyboard.

Another high priority is the screen size. A tablet screen of 7” will be able to display much more than a  2.8” Smartphone or PDA or rugged handheld screen. The application experience is enhanced by having more information on screen at any one time and fewer screens means quicker app completion. Other advantages also include the ability to increase text size for poor sighted users and display full screen images, PDFs and documents. But putting this is a pocket may be difficult hence the continuing attraction of phone size devices. Although a few years old this is still a great guide.

If additional requirements include the use of other software such as MS Office, mapping software service manuals PDF guides then a larger screen would be paramount.

The key question is: How the application will look and feel to the mobile worker should put screen and keyboard considerations at the top of your list of hardware requirements?

To find out more about how we can help you with pondering these issues please get in touch sales@mobileworxs.com or call 44 1905 799555

New xTablet T7200 Rugged Tablet PC

New xTablet T7200 Rugged Tablet PC

T7200

The NEW xTablet T7200 rugged tablet PC is a multi-functioning rugged handheld  with 4G LTE and 3G Gobi 3000 connectivity options and features the innovative new xView Pro™ sunlight readable display technology. It offers the functionality of a notebook full connectivity and the portability of a rugged handheld device.

 

Our objective -continue to deliver significantly superior performance and return on investment ROI over traditional PDA’s used in enterprise mobility deployments.

NEW xTablet T7200 rugged tablet PC is IP65 rated and offers a built-in numeric keypad, optional bar code scanner, 802.11a/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and optional 4G LTE or 3G Gobi 3000 radio WWAN connectivity. Units will initially ship with Windows 7 Professional and the all new supercharged Intel® Atom processor with dual core provides 2.35 times better CPU performance and 3.93 times better disk performance to handle graphic intensive applications at a lower cost than other high-end processors. Check out the specs.

Bright xView Pro Screen

T7200 features the new xView Pro display technology which not only significantly conserves battery life offers enhanced viewing in bright sunlight to help field workers be more productive.

Upper left: Indoors. Upper right: Shaded area outdoors. Lower left: In bright indirect sunlight. Lower right: Direct sunlight.

Read the Rugged PC Review Article

The versatility of the xTablet T7200 make it a great investment on a lease and ideal for users in any environment considering rugged handheld deployments including agriculture transport and logistics, field service, facilities management, van sales, retail supply chain, manufacturing, warehousing military and public sector.

T7200 has a huge range of accessories to make the rugged tablet PC easier to use in the field.

How can NEW xTablet T7200 rugged tablet PC help in your Enterprise Mobile deployment ? – try one FREE for 10 days.

Rugged Tablet PC Improves Decision Making in Motor Racing

Rugged Tablet PC Improves Decision Making in Motor Racing

In motor sport series around the world teams suppliers and organisers are turning to the T7000 rugged tablet PC to help speed up decision making.

Racing strategy is based on data and all data in motor racing is time critical. Monitoring car performance can mean the difference between a podium finish or catching a potential race ending issue early enough to do something about it.

 

Our rugged tablet PC products are being used to to collect and distribute critical car performance and equipment data in real-time to speed decision making at the track. Instead of pen and paper or a whiteboard timing and scoring data direct from the tablet provides the pit lane spotter with information to assist the driver throughout practices and on race day. Fuel consumption information allows the team to provide data to the race engineer in real time. Integrated bar code scanners can assist the tyre specialist in organizing race tyres through practice and the weekend.

NASCAR Racing Red Bull Racing Team specialist Mike Motil says, “During one race the tyre wear information literally made the weekend. We pitted after 79 laps. The right front tyre was completely gone. The wear was that extreme. In this instance the T7000 rugged tablet PC provided real-time data that kept the car on the track as long as possible without risking injury to the driver or damage to the vehicle. Watch the Video.

The T7000 offers your motor sport race crew an opportunity to automate data collection before and during a race thus speeding up the sharing of information for quicker decision making. Rugged construction PC grade processing power and ease of use all combine to help save that most precious racing commodity – time!

Read the Red Bull Racing Case Study

The T7000 is a tough Ip65 rugged tablet PC built to withstand use outside. It comes with the Intel Atom chipset and Windows 7 operating system as well as Wi-Fi Bluetooth GPS and 3G WWAN and a whole range of accessories to make the it easier to use in the field. Teams can utilise their own desktop/browser apps or choose to use our mobile platform to build a host of applications from inventory control to data input and analysis.

The key point is that great decision making often comes from the availability of swift data and in this respect Motor Sport is no different to any other business. The ability to process data in a manner that does not add time and complexity to the process can give you the edge increase productivity and save money. Try one Free for 10 days and find out how one could help you.