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HIMSS study looks at mobility Adoption in healthcare
The Panasonic Solutions for Business Blog alerts to the 2015 HIMSS Mobile Technology Study which finds that despite the industry’s lofty goals, healthcare mobility implementations are still falling short of expectations. [View 2015 HIMSS Mobile Technology Study Executive Summary] -- Posted Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Winmate contracted to deploy 300 servers throughout Uruguay
Winmate announced it was selected by Uruguay's government-owned power company to deploy its rugged IV7T-RK2U Embedded Server PC in electrical substations throughout the country. Winmate will provide 300 of the servers to be installed, mounted on racks in groups of three. These will become part of bus substations in an IEC-61850 architecture and IEEE-1588 protocol for synchronization and transmission of information back to the remote control center. [See Winmate news release and RuggedPCReview description, analysis and specs of the Winmate IV7] -- Posted Wednesday, May 27, 2015

IMG database of thousands of cloud-hosted keyboard layouts
With rugged tablets being used in more and more applications, there's often a need for specialized, customized on-screen keyboards. IMG has been offering just that with their My-T-Soft keyboards, panels and boards for the past two decades. The company also offers a variety of powerful pen and touch utilities that can greatly improve the productivity of tablet-based applications. [See IMG's Build-A-Board board browser page] -- Posted Wednesday, May 27, 2015

4DSP expands rugged Compact Embedded Systems line
4DSP announced two new additions to its Compact Embedded System line. The Intel Bay Trail-powered CES820 and the ruggedized CESCC820 variant both feature an upgraded Xilinx Kintex UltraScale FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array), making them powerful processing platforms for data acquisition, signal processing, and communication. [See news release and rugged CESCC820 product page] -- Posted Wednesday, May 27, 2015

New: super-compact Winmate Bay Trail DIN Rail Box PC for HazLoc market applications
With increasing computer use everywhere, ATEX and C1D2 certification are becoming more and more important, and they are a prerequisite for deployment in industries such as oil, gas, and petrochemical manufacturing, and many others where ignitable gases or vapor may be present. Winmate's new super-compact Bay Trail-powered DIN rail Box PC fills that need. [See description, analysis and specs of the Winmate Bay Trail DIN Rail Box PC] -- Posted Thursday, May 21, 2015

Why physical keyboards and keypads haven’t gone out of style on rugged handhelds
Throughout most of the tech scene, we’ve generally been seeing a phase-out of physical keyboards on handheld devices, with electronics manufacturers opting instead for purely touch interfaces. However, there are many data-intensive applications out there in the field where physical keypads simply remain the better choice. Juniper Systems explains why and where. [See "Why physical keyboards haven’t gone out of style on rugged handhelds"] -- Posted Wednesday, May 20, 2015

MobileDemand adds rugged forklift-mount tablets section
The use of paper and pencil in warehousing and manufacturing environments is a thing of the past for the most part. Especially when it comes to operations which involve the use of forklifts. So MobileDemand has added an information page specifically for forklift-mounted tablets. [See MobileDemand forklift page] -- Posted Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Motorola Solutions announces LEX L10 mission-critical Handheld purpose-built for public safety deployments
Public safety personnel need state-of-the-art handheld technology, but their requirements are very different from what standard consumer smartphone can provide. Motorola Solutions' LEX L10 is an advanced, rugged IP67-sealed Android 4.4.4 handheld with a 4.7-inch multi-touch display, comprehensive wireless broadband and radio connectivity, superior voice capabilities, and Motorola's specially developed PSX ("Public Safety Experience") interface. [See description, analysis and specs of the Motorola Solutions LEX L10] -- Posted Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Juniper Systems to carry Cedar Tree Android rugged handhelds
Juniper Systems announced the merger of its subsidiary company, Cedar Tree Technologies, into Juniper Systems. This move will allow customers to purchase Cedar’s economically priced Android-operated rugged handhelds directly from Juniper Systems. Cedar handhelds run Android, offering access to thousands of business-ready apps and Google services via the Google Play Store. Juniper Systems has published a blog post that outlines the differences between Cedar and Juniper handhelds. [See Cedar Tree Handhelds Now Available through Juniper Systems] -- Posted Wednesday, May 20, 2015

ADLINK Technology taps LCR Embedded Systems as value-added reseller for rugged Ssystems
ADLINK announced a partnership agreement with LCR Embedded Systems, a provider of chassis, backplanes, and integrated systems for the aerospace and defense, commercial, rail, and industrial markets. This agreement enables LCR to use ADLINK products in its extensive line of fully integrated embedded computing systems for these markets throughout North America, while providing ADLINK with a channel through which their products can be incorporated into a more complete embedded solution. [See news release] -- Posted Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Review: Advantech's low-profile Bay Trail Mini-ITX AIMB-215
Mini-ITX boards are filling a special purpose in embedded systems. They use the standard ATX case hole patterns, but are much smaller than standard ATX motherboards. Up to now, they were also restricted to much lower performance. That's changed now with Advantech's low-profile fanless AIMB-215 Intel Bay Trail-based Mini-ITX. [See full review of the Advantech AIMB-215] -- Posted Monday, May 18, 2015

Zebra releases Symbol TC75 ultra-rugged Android handheld
As part of their announcement of its "Mobility DNA" (a set of enterprise mobility software solutions), Zebra Technologies introduced the Symbol TC75 ultra-rugged Android handheld. The TC75, which has a 4.7-inch glove-capable dual-mode capacitive touchscreen, is based on the company's TC70, but adds 4G LTE mobile broadband wireless capabilities for deployments in the field. [See description, analysis and specs of the Zebra Symbol TC75] -- Posted Saturday, May 16, 2015

Zebra announces 1Q2015 financials, now including the former Motorola Solutions enterprise business
Zebra Technologies reported its 1Q2015 financials, which now include the numbers of the former Motorola Solutions enterprise business that Zebra had taken over late 2014. As a result, Zebra reported Q1 sales of 893.2 million compared to $288.3 million in 1Q2014. Non-GAAP profit was $72.4 million in1Q2015 versus $48.8 million for 1Q2014. Zebra said that $561.6 million of total sales came from the former Motorola Solutions enterprise business, with core Zebra sales at $331.6 million, up 15% from 1Q2014. According to our records, 1Q2014 Motorola Solutions enterprise sales were $600 million. [See Zebra 1Q2015 financials] -- Posted Friday, May 15, 2015

Review: Advantech's modular MI/O standard and the MIO-2263 Pico-ITX single board computer
Last week we reported on a modular Panel PC concept, and this week we're describing Advantech's MI/O (multiple I/O) board standard that allows quickly building the exact right embedded solution while saving money in the process. We're also reviewing one of the MI/O system's computer module building blocks, the tiny Intel Bay Trail-powered Advantech MIO-2263. [See discussion of Advantech's MI/O standard and review of the MIO-2263 SBC] -- Posted Thursday, May 14, 2015

Advantech revenue up year-on-year
According to Digitimes, embedded systems designer and manufacturer Advantech had revenues of US$106.6 million for April 2015, up 3.8% from April 2014. Revenues for January through April 2015 were US$379 million, up 6.8% from the same period last year. -- Posted Wednesday, May 13, 2015

JLT Mobile Computers announces significant upgrade to wireless connectivity across product range
JLT Mobile Computers, the Swedish developer and manufacturer of rugged computers for demanding environments, has announced a significant technology leap for its range of rugged panel and vehicle computers by upgrading their wireless connectivity. Available now are dual-band 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0 + EDR, as well as 4G LTW WWAN mobile broadband with assisted GPS/GLONASS support. All of JLT’s computers also come with built-in high-sensitivity Planar Inverted-F Antenna (PIFA) technology for both WiFi and Bluetooth radio, delivering higher coverage in environments that offer poor RF coverage. [See media release] -- Posted Wednesday, May 13, 2015

New research: 2015 product offerings from VDC Research
VDC Research, arguably the most relevant data gathering and analysis source for the rugged and embedded computing industries, informed of the availability of their Strategic Insights 2015 research reports, those being: IoT and Embedded Technology, Enterprise Mobility and Connected Devices, Automatic Identification and Data Capture, and Industrial Automation and Sensors. -- Posted Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Case study: Acme Smoked Fish Corp. and noax Panel PCs
If, like Acme Smoked Fish Corporation of New York, you have to quickly unload and process 44,000 pounds of Norwegian salmon per load, pen and paper just won't do. And that's why Acme began using noax Panel PCs and Computer Associates' Seasoft ERP software a few years ago. A new case study tells how it all went, and why Acme again chose noax for their new Wilmington, NC facility. [See noax case study] -- Posted Tuesday, May 12, 2015

RAM Mounts now has No-Drill mount for the new Ford F150
Ford's F-Series trucks have not only been the overall best-selling vehicles in the US for many years, the new 2015 Ford F150 revolutionized the industry by saving as much as 700 pounds through extensive use of aluminum. RAM Mounts equally revolutionized their industry with its no-drill vehicle laptop mounting system, and it's now available for the new F150. [See RAM Mounts RAM No-Drill mount for Ford F-150] -- Posted Tuesday, May 12, 2015

AOL got mail: Verizon bought it
How the mighty have fallen. Email and internet access were once almost synonymous with AOL, the company that easily passed pioneer Prodigy in the early 1990s with its customer-friendly demeanor and truly world-wide access. In 2000, the deal between Time Warner and AOL was worth US$162 billion. Now Verizon picked up AOL for just US$4.4 billion. No one had a map for THAT. [Read Verizon news release] -- Posted Tuesday, May 12, 2015

ARBOR launches rugged 21.5-inch All-in-One medical station
ARBOR Technology introduced the ARBOR M2150 medical-grade workstation. Based on Intel Haswell processors, the fanless All-in-One system offers 10-point capacitive multi-touch that works with gloves, has 7 configurable function keys, an IP65-rated front panel with easy anti-bacterial cleaning, VESA mount hole patterns, camera, USB 3.0 and serial, RFID/NFC reader, and dual smart card readers for access control. [See media release and ARBOR M2150 product page] -- Posted Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Zebra introduces Mobility DNA Suite
Zebra Technologies, which now includes the former enterprise business of Motorola Solutions, launched Mobility DNA, a set of enterprise mobility software solutions designed to enhance efficiencies and productivity for businesses, mobile workers and channel partners. New solutions include SimulScan Document Capture, Workforce Connect Push-To-Talk (PTT) Pro, AppGallery, Swipe Assist and All-Touch Terminal Emulation. Previously announced tools such as RhoMobile, Mobility Extensions (Mx), Enterprise Browser and EMDK for Android are also part of the Mobility DNA suite. [See Zebra news release] -- Posted Tuesday, May 12, 2015

MEN Mikro Elektronik webinar video
MEN Mikro Electronik, a German provider of rugged computer boards and systems for harsh mission-critical mobile environments, posted an informative overview video on their modular industrial rugged Box PCs, highlighting concepts and capabilities. [See video here] -- Posted Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Review: Logic Supply Cincoze Convertible Display System
The idea behind Logic Supply's modular Cincoze Crystal Industrial Convertible Display is to offer a far larger number of possible Panel PC configurations than would be possible if the company had to build and stock all possible permutations of display type/size, touch technology, and performance/feature levels. RuggedPCReview examined the concept and execution of the system in detail. [See review of the Logic Supply Cincoze Crystal 15] -- Posted Monday, May 11, 2015

New radar locating technology uses rugged Panasonic tablet computer to save Nepal earthquake victims
Earthquake, tornadoes and similar catastrophes can leave victims trapped beneath fallen rubble. The portable FINDER (Finding Individuals for Disaster and Emergency Response) device was developed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and uses microwave-radar technology to detect heartbeats and breathing of victims trapped in wreckage and rubble. A critical component of FINDER is the tablet computer that is used to operate the solution. DHS and NASA selected the fully rugged Panasonic Toughbook H2 tablet PC. Two prototype FINDER systems were deployed in Nepal and were able to help locate four men who were buried underneath as much as 10 feet of bricks, mud and other debris. [See Panasonic Solutions for Business blog] -- Posted Friday, May 8, 2015

Handheld US strengthens sales team with two key appointments
Handheld Group announced two key appointments that will strengthen its North American sales team. Carri Fiori is Handheld US’s new Regional Sales Manager for the northwestern U.S. and western Canada. She has a decade of experience in sales, marketing and business development. Adam Young is Handheld US’s new Regional Sales Manager for the midwestern U.S. and central Canada. He joins Handheld from Peak-Ryzex, a systems integrator of supply chain automation solutions for enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems. -- Posted Friday, May 8, 2015

Getac launches rugged in-vehicle Veretos Mobile Video System for law enforcement and similar applications
Getac announced the release of the rugged Veretos Mobile Video System (MVS), an in-car mobile video recording system for law enforcement vehicles that captures all activities in and around the vehicle as they happen. The system consists of the ZeroDark camera with near complete dark recording capability, H.264 compression, up to 1280 x 1024 resolution, 18X zoom; a DVR with triggered auto-recording, 128-512GB M.2 flash storage, multi-camera input (up to 12), and 802.11ac WiFi/4G LTE for uploading and live-streaming; wireless microphones, a 5-inch 800x480 pixel multi-touch display, and extensive recording and evidence management software. [See Getac Veretos media release, the Veretos Mobile Video page and Veretos brochure]. -- Posted Thursday, May 7, 2015

Added: Winmate EAC-BY3030 fanless embedded Box PC
In its April 29, 2015 Newsletter (see here), Winmate highlighted its line of rugged industrial Box PCs, and especially their new Intel Bay Trail-powered EAC-BY3030. Designed for a variety of industrial automation or machine-to-machine applications, the fanless EAC-BY3030 with its unique thermal cooling fin design offers no fewer than eight RS232 serial ports. [See description, analysis and specs of the Winmate EAC-B3030] -- Posted Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Getac revenue up year-on-year
According to Digitimes, Getac Technology had revenues of US$47.6 million for April 2015, up 15.5% from April 2014. Revenues for January through April 2015 were US$185.6 million, up 20.7% from the same period last year. Digitimes said Getac is currently the second largest rugged PC vendor worldwide, following first-place Panasonic. -- Posted Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Full review: GammaTech Durabook R11
GammaTech views their Durabook R11 as part of a new class of fully rugged high-performance tablets for use in the field and in harsh environments, one that is lightweight, versatile, has a large display, and represents state-of-the-art technology. Can this elegant 11.6-inch, Haswell Core i5-powered Windows tablet that looks just as sleek and slick as a consumer tablet deliver? [See full review of the GammaTech Durabook R11] -- Posted Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Janam introduces pistol-grip rugged lightweight mobile computer with industrial scanning options
Janam introduced the Janam XG3 mobile computer, a rugged gun-style Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5 device that offers scanning options, compact size, and low weight. Offering the choice of two industrial grade scanners, a laser from Zebra/Motorola and an imager from Honeywell, the 22 ounce, ARM Cortex-A8-powered XG3 can handle six-foot drops, carries IP65 sealing and has a -4 to 140F temperature range. The hot-swappable Li-Ion battery is good enough for full-shift operation. [See press release and description, analysis and specs of the Janam XG3] -- Posted Tuesday, May 5, 2015

F4 Tech rugged handhelds to assist in Nepal
F4 Tech announced it is working with Esri and in partnership with The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), to provide assistance to the government of Nepal in the devastating aftermath of the 7.8 earthquake. F4 Tech will be sending a donation of multiple rugged high accuracy GPS devices, Flint model 812, for the purposes of assessing and mapping damaged areas in order to aid volunteer efforts throughout the country. -- Posted Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Microsoft buys N-trig "technology and talent"
For a very long time, anyone wanting an active pen on a tablet essentially had their choice of either Wacom or N-trig, which is based in Israel, with the Wacom pen having the advantage of not needing a battery. Microsoft, however, had switched from Wacom to N-trig for their Surface 3 tablets. In February 2015, Reuters reported that Microsoft was buying privately held N-trig, which was gearing up for a public offering, for at least $200 million. Apparently that didn't happen, but now the Wall Street Journal says Microsoft is buying N-trig's assets for just $30 million. Microsoft has a history of buying pen related technology, such as aha! Inkwriter that became Microsoft Journal, and the Paragraph recognition engine, parts of which live on within Windows. [See Microsoft Surface Blog] -- Posted Saturday, May 2, 2015

HABEY MITX-6770: Swiss Army Knife of Mini-ITX boards
Embedded computer product manufacturer HABEY USA, announced the MITX-6770, their latest embedded Mini-ITX board powered by the Intel J1900 Quad Core 2.42 GHz Celeron processor. The MITX-6770, which HABEY described as the Swiss Army Knife of Mini-ITX boards, is designed to meet the increasing demand for variety of network connectivity, higher network performance, flexible storage options and improved security of the Internet of things (IoT). The board has dual Gigabit Ethernet ports with Power over Ethernet (PoE) option, TPM) security and two mSATA slots for storage redundancy. [See HABEY USA MITX-6770 product page] -- Posted Friday, May 1, 2015

What happened in rugged computing 5 years ago? May 2010
In May of 2010, we wondered if 4G was ready for prime time, and whether WiMax was going anywhere. RAM Mounts offered mounting solutions for the new iPad. We reported that Panasonic and Motion were among the first to upgrade from Core 2 Duo to Intel's new Core processors. We reviewed Panasonic's new Toughbook 31, Data Ltd's DLI 8400, and shook our heads when Bill Gates predicted that netbooks would be the future of digital reading. Getac scored two "Best Choice" awards at the 2010 Computex Taiwan. LXE quarterly revenues were up 28% from the year before, but Intermec's Q1 revenues were down. Intel introduced the Atom Z6xx platform, QSI added two new TREQ vehicle terminals, and Juniper Systems announced its partnership with Beijing Water & Land. [See RuggedPCReview archives May 2010] -- Posted Friday, May 1, 2015

RAM Mounts' universally mountable new sun visor
Harsh environments often mean sun and heat and glare in vehicles. That's why RAM Mounts created universal RAM Sun Visors in various levels of tint. They are completely compatible with the entire RAM mounting system, can be adjusted any which way, and mounted virtually anywhere. [See RAM Mounts new Sun Visor] -- Posted Friday, May 1, 2015

Honeywell releases Dolphin 75e rugged handheld with either Windows Embedded 8.1 Handheld or Android 4.4
Honeywell Scanning & Mobility released the Dolphin 75e rugged handheld as the first of a next-generation of products running either Windows Embedded 8.1/10 Handheld or Android 4.4/5.0. Based on the powerful 2.26GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, the Dolphin 75e uses capacitive multi-touch on its 4.3 inch display, has five sensors, a dedicated 1D/2D imager, fast 802.11ac WiFi, dual high-res cameras, and Voice over IP. [See description, analysis and specs of the Honeywell Dolphin 75e] -- Posted Thursday, April 30, 2015

IDC: Samsung reasserts global smartphone shipment lead with focus on lower-cost models in 1Q2015
According to the International Data Corporation (IDC), vendors shipped a total of 336.5 million smartphones worldwide in 1Q2015, up 16.7% from the 288.5 million units in 1Q14 but down by 10.9% from 377.5 million in 4Q14. In the overall mobile phone market (smartphones plus feature phones), vendors shipped 458.9 million units worldwide, flat from the 459.3 million units shipped in 1Q14. Samsung led in smartphone markets share with 24.5%, followed by Apple with 18.2%. Lenovo, Huawei and LG Electronics fill the top 5, each with about 5% share. [See IDC media release] -- Posted Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Full review: innovative, affordable MobileDemand xTablet Flex 8
With their new xTablet Flex 8 8-inch tablet, MobileDemand breaks new ground by combining a modern, competent Intel Bay Trail-powered Windows 8.1 tablet with a specially designed and preinstalled case that provides very respectable ruggedness. The whole package, including the industrial-grade briefcase carrying handle and heavy duty handstrap costs less than an iPad mini 3! Yet, the 1.6 pound tablet's specs are impressive. Quad-core Z3775 CPU, 4GB RAM, 64GB storage, 10-point capacitive multi-touch, and a 1280 x 800 pixel IPS display. [See full review of the MobileDemand xTablet Flex 8] -- Posted Tuesday, April 28, 2015

VDC Research: Rugged mobile market eyes rebound in 2015
According to a new report by VDC Research, the rugged mobile market, although flat overall in 2014 compared to 2013, saw significant year-over-year growth in the second half of 2014 and particularly in Q4. VDC says that although the rebound has been fueled almost entirely by the US market with several large-scale rollouts in the retail and transportation/logistics sectors, positive momentum is beginning to show in other regional markets, and that rugged Android has been a key storyline with major enterprise customers overcoming their tension by placing big bets on these solutions. [See VDC Research media release] -- Posted Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Getac announces significant upgrades to company’s fastest-selling F110 rugged tablet and V110 rugged convertible notebook
Getac released the updated V110 rugged convertible and the updated F110 rugged tablet. The second generation F110 and V110 products each feature a 5th generation Intel "Broadwell" processor, Intel HD Graphics 5500, an 8-megapixel rear camera, a front HD webcam and an updated LumiBond 2.0 touch screen that can be configured for use with gloves or with direct exposure to rain. Available processors are the Intel Core i5-5200U, i5-5300U, i7-5500U or i7-5600U. The V110 provides battery life of up to 13 hours of operation, and the F110 up to 12 hours of operation. -- Posted Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Handheld Group strengthens management with industry veteran Jim Rimay
Handheld Group, a global manufacturer of rugged mobile computers, announced the appointment of Jim Rimay as new Vice President of Sales for its North American subsidiary. Rimay, who has joined the Handheld US management team, has decades of experience as an executive and sales manager in the rugged computing industry. Rimay most recently held a position with Motion Computing. Prior to this, he served as President of Getac North America for six years. He is also the former Vice President of Americas Sales with Walkabout Computers, a developer of Microsoft Windows-based ruggedized tablet and PCs. [See Handheld media release] -- Posted Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Xplore secures order for additional 3,400 Bobcat tablets
Xplore Technologies announced it received additional purchase orders in excess of $9 million for the delivery of 3,400 fully-rugged Bobcat Windows series tablets and docks. The tablets will be used by field service technicians in the telecommunications provider customer’s construction and engineering divisions. [See media release] -- Posted Saturday, April 25, 2015

Scottish ambulance service to use 1200 Getac T800 rugged tablets for emergency operations
Getac reports that the Scottish Ambulance Service has signed a deal with leading ICT supplier Terrafix to use Getac’s T800 fully rugged thin and light Windows 8.1 tablets within its fleet of emergency vehicles. Each ambulance will be equipped with two tablets - one for use in the front of the vehicle for mobilisation and routing, and the other positioned in the rear of the vehicle, but remaining portable to be used as a method of recording Electronic Patient Report Forms. [See media release] -- Posted Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Juniper Systems: The future of drones in data collection
In honor of Earth Day, Juniper Systems presented a discussion in their Get Rugged blog on the future of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and whether they may take over certain tasks done with rugged handhelds today. [Read what Juniper Systems product managers Josh Egan and John Florio have to say about UAVs]. -- Posted Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The NAUTIZ X1 ultra-rugged handheld now with Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5
Over the past few years, rugged equipment manufacturers have generally introduced dual OS-capable devices first with Windows and then also with Android. The Handheld Group is doing it the other way around with its ultra-rugged Nautiz X1 handheld and enterprise smartphone (see our full review). The IP67-sealed Nautiz X1, which has a 4-inch procap display and weighs just 6.3 ounces, was launched with Android and is now also available with the ubiquitous Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5 OS that provides OEMs and enterprises with application portability between Windows Mobile 6.5 and Windows Embedded Handheld devices. [See Handheld Nautiz X1 product page] -- Posted Tuesday, April 21, 2015

AAEON's new RTC-900B 10.1-inch Windows tablet offers toughness and practicality on the go
AAEON, a developer of industrial computing solutions, announced the launch of the 10.1-inch WXGA RTC-900B rugged Intel Atom E3825 powered Windows 8.1 tablet with capacitive multi-touch and Corning Gorilla Glass protection. Designed for use outdoors or in hazardous environments, the 2,7-pound tablet features a scratch, vibration and IP65 water-proof design, optional 900 nits display, as well as battery life of up to 7 hours. There's Wi-Fi, 3G/4G WWAN, Smart Card reader, NFC, a 5mp camera, as well as microSD and USB 3.0. Designed for logistics and fleet management, the RTC-900B, which was honored with the 23rd Taiwan Excellence Awards, opens cloud computing options and provides real-time data for advanced fleet management purposes. [See AAEON RTC-900B product page and spec sheet] -- Posted Tuesday, April 21, 2015

ARBOR releases rugged ultra-small Intel Bay Trail-powered "jack-of-all-trades" industrial Box PCs
ARBOR Technology announced the release of the IEC-3300. Based on Bay Trail Intel Celeron SoC and Atom E3800 family processors the IEC-3300 series is an ultra-small Boxed Chassis System designed for a wide range of industrial applications. With its small footprint, dustproof design, and operating temperature range of -4°F to 131°F, the IEC-3300 is an extremely versatile offering for warehousing, transportation, and factory floors. [See ARBOR IEC-3300 product page] -- Posted Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Datalogic reports preliminary sales revenue Q1 2015
Datalogic reported preliminary sales revenues for the first quarter of 2015 of 122.3 million Euro ($131.2 million), with a growth of 13% compared to the first quarter of 2014 (+4% at constant exchange rates) and down slightly compared to the fourth quarter of 2014, due to the seasonal effect. [See media release] -- Posted Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Datalogic executive recognized for lifetime achievements in retail technology and industry growth
Datalogic announced that Matt Schler, their Vice President New Technologies, received the prestigious Richard Dilling Award from AIM, the Association for Automatic Identification and Mobility. The Award is considered the AIDC industry’s highest recognition for lifetime achievements that have furthered industry growth through significant applications and new technological developments. Mr. Schler joined Datalogic, then Spectra-Physics, 38 years ago and is currently responsible for leading the New Technologies Team within Datalogic Labs. [See media release] -- Posted Monday, April 20, 2015

Xplore Technologies acquires Motion -- How it came about
Today I listened to the full Investor Call broadcast Xplore held on April 16 about its acquisition of Motion Computing, and a lot of things are clearer now (listen to it here). So here's a more complete picture of what happened. [...read more] -- Posted Friday, April 17, 2015

Xplore Technologies acquires Motion -- What it means
On April 16, 2015, Xplore Technologies and Motion Computing announced that Xplore was acquiring Motion. This was not a total surprise as both companies are in the rugged tablet computer market, both are pioneers in tablets, and both are located within ten miles from each other in Austin, Texas. And yet, the announcement came as a surprise to me. [... read more] -- Posted Thursday, April 16, 2015

Janam introduces XM2-RFID for Rail
Janam introduced the XM2-RFID for Rail, a compact, rugged keyboard PDA with RFID reader and industrial-grade scanner. Based on Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5, Janam's new handheld RFID reader is primarily targeted at the North American freight and transportation industry which currently uses over 1.3 million railroad cars equipped with automated equipment identification (AEI) RFID tags. [See description, analysis and specs of the Janam XM2-RFID for Rail] -- Posted Thursday, April 16, 2015

Xplore Technologies to acquire Motion Computing
Two pioneers in rugged mobile tablet computing are joining forces as Xplore Technologies announced it has agreed to acquire Motion Computing. Xplore has been a driving force in ultra-rugged tablets since 1996, Motion burst on the market in 2001 as a primary provider of enterprise and healthcare market tablets. Both have recently expanded their offerings with complementary tablet products. Xplore (fiscal 2014 revenues of $36 million) and Motion (unaudited fiscal 2014 revenues of $83 million) are both headquartered in Austin, Texas, within ten miles of each other. “Nearly fifty percent of Motion revenue comes from outside the United States,” said Mark Holleran, president and COO of Xplore. “Leveraging the mature distribution channels that Motion has developed over the last 10 years, Xplore will significantly expand its international reach. “Motion is excited about what this combination brings to its customers and business partners,” said Peter Poulin, CEO of Motion. “The capital backing of Xplore supports a robust product pipeline and customer service capabilities that are critical to enterprises with whom Motion has had long standing relationships.” RuggedPCReview wishes the combined companies luck and success. [See press release] -- Posted Thursday, April 16, 2015

Xplore blog: things to consider when choosing rugged tablets
A new entry in Xplore's blog discusses four points to consider when choosing rugged tablets for mobile workforces. They include the need for security that's equal rugged, being open to different OS options, the necessity for implementation testing, and the importance of mobile device management. [See Xplore blog entry] -- Posted Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Full review: Samwell SR820s rugged Bay Trail-powered tablet
The Samwell RUGGEDBOOK SR820s represents a major performance upgrade to Samwell's long-running, popular 8.9-inch SR820 Windows tablet platform. RuggedPCReview.com testing showed that users of the original SR820 can expect a massive speed and responsiveness improvement, while new users will find in the upgraded, quad-core Intel Bay Trail-powered SR820s a field-proven, extremely rugged tablet that can handle both legacy and new deployments with ease. [See full review of the Samwell RUGGEDBOOK SR820s rugged tablet] -- Posted Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Motion Computing: Article on Field Worker Connectivity
Motion Computing published a reprint of an article run in the November/December 2014 issue of Electricity Today magazine. The article, entitled "Field Worker Connectivity -- Moving mobile technology to the job site," represents a nicely illustrated overview of applications, tips, issues, opportunities, and dos/don'ts of field deployments in electric utilities and similar industries. [View reprint] -- Posted Monday, April 13, 2015

Panasonic 4K Toughpad receives updates, much lower price
While most users consider 10-inch tablets the norm, Panasonic's Toughpad 4K tablet, initially launched in 2013, has a 20-inch screen. That means four times the display real estate. Better yet, the display offers 4k resolution, 3840 x 2560 pixel! But while everyone loved the razor-sharp display, few liked the $5,999 price tag. That's changed now. Panasonic introduced a much appreciated update that includes a switch from 3rd gen to 5th gen Core processors, HDMI 2.0, and, best of all, a much lower price. The updated Panasonic Toughpad 4k, which has a magnesium alloy frame enclosed in a reinforced glass fiber case, will cost US$2,999 when it becomes available in July. [See Panasonic media release] -- Posted Monday, April 13, 2015

Full review: 2nd generation Handheld Group Algiz 10X
The Handheld Group gave its ultra-rugged 10.1-inch Algiz 10X Windows tablet a significant technology upgrade that includes a quad-core Intel Celeron N2930 processor with integrated Intel HD Graphics and ancillary technology, much faster wireless, USB 3.0, and a much better display. RuggedPCReview tested the 2nd gen Algiz 10X and found an overall 2X performance improvement as well as better battery life. [See full review of the Handheld Group Algiz 10X] -- Posted Saturday, April 11, 2015

Rugged computing gear in the movies
It's always nice to see some of our favorite rugged computing gear in blockbuster movies. Currently showing: Panasonic Toughbooks and Xplore iX104 rugged tablets in "Furious Seven." -- Posted Saturday, April 11, 2015

What happened in rugged computing 5 years ago? April 2010
In April of 2010, Intel unveiled the Intel Atom-based rugged convertible Classmate PC (which we don't think ever went anywhere). We reviewed the big, tough Tadpole Topaz laptop by General Dynamics Itronix, Juniper System's formidable TK6000 rugged handheld, and Samwell's original SR820 rugged tablet. We wrote about Waterproofing rugged computing equipment, commented on the Microsoft Pocket PC's 10th anniversary ("It could have and should have been a contender"), and that Microsoft just had moved Windows Mobile into the Windows Embedded group. We marveled at Toshiba's new 200GB 2.5-inch hard disk, and also at Psion Teklogix' made-over UK office. [See RuggedPCReview news April 2010] -- Posted Tuesday, April 7, 2015

RuggedPCReview.com's best traffic month ever
March 2015 was RuggedPCReview.com's highest traffic month ever. According to our ISP, for March 2015, RuggedPCReview served 1.48 million hits, 162,000 pages, 63,250 visits, and 38,400 unique visitors. -- Posted Tuesday, April 7, 2015

AMREL launches line of fully rugged displays
Rugged computer supplier AMREL branched out by launching the MOJAVE line of fully rugged displays. Display sizes include 10, 15, 19, 22, 24, 40 and 46 inches. Independently certified for MIL-STDs 810 and 461, MOJAVE displays are designed for military command center, in-vehicle, and stand-alone applications as well as in industrial settings such as Oil & Gas, mining, and logistics. "While Mojave fully rugged displays are new to the American market, they have been successfully used by European and other defense forces for some time," stated Kalvin Chen, AMREL's Vice President of Operations. [See AMREL MOJAVE displays] -- Posted Monday, April 6, 2015

Windows 7 still leads by a very wide margin
According to Net Applications, Windows 7 continues to rule the desktop with a 58% marketshare. In second place, surprisingly, remains the by now ancient Windows XP with 17%, solidly ahead of Windows 8.1 with 10.6%. No other major Windows or Mac OS release even reached 4%. [See Net Applications Desktop OS Market Share] -- Posted Thursday, April 2, 2015

LAPD to start deploying rugged body cameras
According to the LA Times, Los Angeles police officials said that the department has received its first batch of Taser AXON body cameras and hopes to deploy the new technology this summer. The 3.5 ounce ruggedized and weatherized cameras have an operating temperature range of −4°F to 122°F, provide 12 hours of battery life, a 130 degree wide-angle lens, and can be worn on shirts, belts pockets or mounted on windshields. The cameras list for US$399 and record 640 x 480 VGA video at 30 fps. [See LA Times article, the AXON camera product page, and the evidence.com site] -- Posted Wednesday, April 1, 2015

New ARBOR COM Express Compact module with single-chip Intel Core i7-4650U processor
ARBOR Technology, a provider of embedded computing solutions, announced the release of the EmETXe-i87U2 COM Express Compact Type 6 module supporting 4th Generation Intel Core processors. The 1.7GHz dual-core i7-4650U used in the module is a low-power single-chip solution with a maximum turbo frequency of 3.3GHz, integrated chipset, Intel vPro, and Intel HD Graphics 5000. Despite increased performance, the maximum thermal design power (TDP) is a mere 15 watts. See ARBOR media release and ] -- Posted Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Handheld NAUTIZ X8 with Android now shipping
Handheld Group announced that they have started shipping the Android version of their popular Nautiz X8 handheld. Handheld says that the fully rugged Nautiz X8, with its compact design and large 4.7-inch capacitive multi-touch screen, has received an overwhelmingly positive response from reviewers and customers alike. [See Handheld Nautiz X8 page, and RuggedPCReview's report on the Windows version of the Nautiz X8] -- Posted Wednesday, April 1, 2015

ADLINK introduces COM Express Basic Type 6 module with AMD embedded R-Series APU for HD graphics
ADLINK Technology, a global provider of cloud-based services, intelligent gateways, and embedded building blocks for edge devices that enable the Internet of Things (IoT), today introduced the Express-BE, a COM Express Basic Size Type 6 computer-on-module based on the 2nd generation AMD Embedded R-Series APU (Accelerated Processing Unit, which combines the CPU & GPU on a single System-on-Chip, or SOC) with A77E FCH, delivering power efficiency and high definition visuals to high-performance medical imaging applications. [See ADLINK media release] -- Posted Tuesday, March 31, 2015

SDG Systems enhances EPX Barcode Framework for Android, adding Honeywell and Intermec driver support
SDG Systems, a leader in system and application software integration for Android on enterprise platforms, has enhanced the EPX-Barcode (EPX-B) software in its Enterprise Platform eXtension Framework software solution for Android. SDG has created EPX-B hardware drivers to support Honeywell and Intermec barcode scanning engines on Android. With EPX-B, Android OEMs and ODMs can select from an increasing number of scan engines meet their system requirements. [See SDG Systems EPX-B Barcode Scanning for Android page] -- Posted Tuesday, March 31, 2015

JLT Mobile Computers adds terminal emulator to its line of rugged computers
JLT Mobile Computers announced new solutions for its rugged computers to emulate networked terminals. The terminal emulator, Freefloat Access from Freefloat, connects JLT rugged computers to IBM mainframes (3270), AS/400 (5250), UNIX (VT 100/220), Linux (ANSI) and SAP systems (ANSI). It is developed specifically to deliver an optimized solution for integrating bar codes, 2D codes or RFID in existing legacy host systems, WMS systems like Manhattan or ERP systems like SAP. JLT also provides a virtual keyboard for customizing the user interface, language, typeface and font size. -- Posted Monday, March 30, 2015

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