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Full review: GammaTech DURABOOK SA14 R3
RuggedPCReview performed a full analysis of the GammaTech DURABOOK SA14 and found it to be a semi-rugged, super-solid notebook computer designed to be substantially tougher and more durable than standard consumer notebooks, but without the high cost of a fully rugged model. It's a very trust-inspiring, albeit rather heavy, machine with a bright, reflection-free 14-inch wide-format display, good connectivity, very good battery life, and excellent performance thanks to a recent upgrade to 7th generation Intel Core processors. [See full review of the GammaTech DURABOOK SA14 R3] -- Posted Friday, December 15, 2017

Datalogic introduces the Skorpio X4 mobile computer
Datalogic, a global leader in automatic data capture and industrial automation markets, is proud to announce the Skorpio X4 mobile computer representing the next generation of the highly-successful Skorpio mobile computer line from Datalogic. This rugged mobile computer is especially suitable for mobile commerce solutions in the retail environment both in-store and back-end receiving. [See Datalogic press release and RuggedPCReview's description, analysis and specs of the Datalogic Skorpio X4] -- Posted Wednesday, December 13, 2017

RuggON MT7000 all-in-one vehicle terminal
There's much efficiency to be gained from fleet management, asset management, and Electronic Logging (ELD) applications. The RuggON MT7000 all-in-one vehicle panel computer, available with either Windows 10 IoT Enterprise or Android, is an interesting and well-executed example of the rapidly growing class of IoT building blocks, devices that merge sensor, communications, processing and advanced human interface technologies to offer unprecedented tracking, control, and opportunity in organically connected IoT systems. [See description, analysis and specs of the RuggON MT7000] -- Posted Friday, December 8, 2017

Empowering the connected colleague
Interesting coverage of an Essential Retail webinar on the topic of connected retail. The webinar, sponsored by Datalogic, discussed the retail automation market that's worth almost US$11 billion per year and is set to rise by 10% annually up to 2022. [See Empowering the connected colleague] -- Posted Thursday, December 7, 2017

Featured blog: Rugged Tech Talk with DT Research
More and more rugged technology firms have blogs, and most do a great job in presenting basics, specifics and examples of rugged computing technology to their customers and interested parties. Today's highlight is on DT Research's Rugged Tech Talk with DT Research blog. Established in its current form in July 2016, the nicely formatted blog covers a new topic or issue on average once a week. Recent topics include 4 Benefits of Rugged Tablets for Construction Site Managers, How Rugged Medical Tablets are Revolutionizing Emergency Medical Services, The Three Types of First Responders Who Need Rugged Tablet Solutions, and Why 4G LTE is the Future of Tablet Tech Communications. [visit Rugged Tech Talk with DT Research] -- Posted Thursday, December 7, 2017

Full review: ARBOR FPC-7900 series of robust Intel 7th generation powered Box PCs with available PCI/PCIe expansion
Performance used to be a secondary consideration in industrial computers, but the emergence of Industry 4.0, the IoT, and factory automation have changed that. State-of-the-art performance must now be available in Box PCs, as well as the kind of extensive onboard I/O needed in industrial settings. ARBOR Technology's new FPC-7900 line of robust Box PCs offers all that, and also special form factors that can accommodate PCI expansion. [See full review of the ARBOR FPC-7900 series of high-performance industrial Box PCs] -- Posted Wednesday, December 6, 2017

McElroy selects Getac ZX70 fully rugged tablet to be a part of DataLogger® 6 solution for measuring accuracy and efficiency in pipeline fusions
McElroy, the leading manufacturer and innovator of pipe fusion equipment, has selected the Getac ZX70 fully rugged tablet, to be incorporated into the company's DataLogger 6 solution for quality assurance in the field. The ZX70 was ultimately selected for its lightweight, fully rugged design, Android 6.0 platform, custom RS232 adapter and exceptional customer service. [See Getac/McElroy press release] -- Posted Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Sonim raises $37 million in capital to extend leadership in ultra rugged phones
Sonim Technologies, maker of the world's toughest cell phones, today announced it has raised $37 million in capital from B. Riley Financial, Inc., a diversified financial services company, through its operating subsidiaries B. Riley FBR, Inc. and B. Riley Principal Investments, LLC. The funding includes $27 million of equity capital and $10 million of subordinated debt capital through a revolving credit facility. As a leading manufacturer of phones that will survive the toughest conditions, Sonim is poised for rapid growth across multiple industries, with a focus on the public safety sector. [See Sonim press release] -- Posted Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Case study: Handheld Group's Nautiz X8 assists explorer as navigation tool, weather station, phone and personal computer
Alex Bellini, an Italian explorer and environmental advocate, accompanied by Handheld Group Nautiz X8, journeyed across the largest glacier in Europe in winter 2016-2017 to raise awareness about the effects of climate change on our planet's frozen structures. Communicating with a support team, navigating remote landscapes and tracking weather patterns were all indispensable parts of Bellini's expedition. He used the weatherproof Nautiz X8 handheld as a navigation tool, weather station, phone and personal computer on his trek across Vatnajökull glacier, which covers approximately 5,000 square kilometers (1,930 square miles) of southeast Iceland. [Read Handheld Group's Nautiz X8 assists explorer as navigation tool, weather station, phone and personal computer] -- Posted Tuesday, December 5, 2017

What happened in rugged computing 5 years ago: Dec. 2012
In December 2012, we reviewed the Motion CL910 tablet and the SDG Systems Rampage 6, one of the earliest Android-based rugged handhelds which was based on Juniper Systems' Mesa. Sprint added the rugged Sonim XP STRIKE phone, Getac upgraded their V100/200 and B300 lines to 3rd gen Core processors, and Gammatech supplied their T7Q rugged tablets to Victory Police Motorcycles. Datalogic introduced the Lynx PDA, Xplore sold 900 iX104C5M rugged Windows tablets to the US military, and Honeywell acquired Intermec. [See full December 2012 archive] -- Posted Friday, December 1, 2017

Havis introduces upgraded universal laptop and tablet cradle line for a wide variety of devices
Havis Inc., a leading designer and manufacturer of in-vehicle mobile office solutions for mobile professionals, has announced a new, upgraded line of universal cradle solutions for a wide range of tablet and laptop models. The new generation of Havis universal cradles, which includes the UT-1000 Series, the UT-2000 Series, and the UT-301 Cradles, are lighter yet still ultra-rugged and allow for more mounting options. The new Universal Cradle line is made from high-performance, injection-molded materials and some feature a durable, powder coat painted top plate. The thin, low profile design of the cradles maximizes mobile office space and enhances visibility. The rugged construction of the Havis Universal Cradles allows for longer service life and future redeployments. The new Universal Cradle line is made from high-performance, injection-molded materials and some feature a durable, powder coat painted top plate. The thin, low profile design of the cradles maximizes mobile office space and enhances visibility. The rugged construction of the Havis Universal Cradles allows for longer service life and future redeployments. [See Havis press release] -- Posted Friday, December 1, 2017

Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality inspectors go fully paperless with Xplore's HazLoc-certified rugged tablets
Xplore Technologies Corp. (NASDAQ:XPLR) today announced that inspectors with the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) are now using the Xplore XSLATE B10 fully rugged tablets as their primary workstation in the office, vehicle and field. The State agency wanted to transition its field team to a fully paperless operating environment, and Xplore's C1D2-certified Windows tablets were the only mobile computers in their class that could safely be used in vehicle as well as in-hand at inspection sites where combustible gasses and flames are present. [See Xplore press release] -- Posted Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Global manufacturer Morganti Spa deploys Panasonic Toughpad rugged tablets to warehouse staff
Italian manufacturing company Morganti Spa, famous for the design and manufacture of power tools, workwear and safety devices found across building sites worldwide, has partnered with Panasonic to digitalize its former paper-based logistics department and arm its staff across three warehouses with fully rugged Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1 tablets. [See Panasonic press release] -- Posted Wednesday, November 29, 2017

IDC: Phablets to overtake regular smartphones by 2019, with Phablets expected to hit 1 billion units by 2021
IDC also published the latest issue of their Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker and says that overall smartphone shipments will steadily grow from 1.5 billion in 2017 to 1.7 billion units in 2021, with phablets (5.5 to <7 inch screens) outpacing total market growth by climbing from 611 million in 2017 to 1 billion units in 2021. IDC expects Android and iOS market shares to stay about constant (85% Android, 15% iOS). [See IDC press release] -- Posted Wednesday, November 29, 2017

IDC sees slow decline in PC device market next five years
International Data Corporation (IDC) forecasts a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of -2.0% for global shipments of personal computing devices (PCDs) — composed of traditional PCs (desktop, notebooks and workstations) and tablets (slates, detachables). Traditional PCs will drop from 260 million in 2016 to 248 million in 2021, due to a steep desktop PC decline. Tablets will drop from 175 million to 146 million, with only detachable tablets showing growth (from 21.5 to 37.1 million, with half being Windows-based). [See IDC press release] -- Posted Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Review: Teguar TRT-5180 12-inch rugged Windows tablet
Sometimes you need a tough Windows tablet with some extra screen real estate and plenty of connectivity for complex work in the field. Teguar's TRT-5180 is one of them, with a sharp 12.2-inch capacitive multi-touch screen with optional active pen, excellent onboard connectivity, an Intel 7th generation Core processor, and a very functional optional 2-in-1 keyboard and kickstand. And it's rugged enough to take on the job, wherever that may be. [See review of Teguar Computer's TRT-5180 rugged 12.2-inch Windows tablet] -- Posted Monday, November 27, 2017

Pegasus Airlines saves €135,000 per aircraft per year with Panasonic collaboration
Turkish low-cost airline, Pegasus Airlines, has enjoyed dramatic savings of €135,000 per aircraft, per year thanks to its partnership with Panasonic. The relationship, which has seen Pegasus Airlines' flight crews equipped with fully rugged Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1 tablets, coupled with Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) software, has resulted in annual savings of €11m thanks to reductions in paper, printing and copying costs as well as the crew's ability to work in a faster, more dynamic and cost effective manner. [See Panasonic press release] -- Posted Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Juniper Systems launches EmberEquine equine reproduction ultrasound solution
Juniper Systems announced EmberEquine, an ultrasound hardware/software system that allows equine veterinarians to examine and image unborn baby horses in a mare's womb as well as record and communicate pertaining data. The system consists of a special Juniper version of the Draminski 4VetJ Ultrasound screen and scanner and a Juniper Mesa 2 rugged tablet running Juniper's EmberEquine software. [See Juniper EmberEquine equine reproduction ultrasound solution] -- Posted Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Process optimization in the automotive industry: Volkswagen AG trusts in Getac's robust hardware
In close cooperation with Volkswagen AG, Getac has developed two robust, latest-generation computer solutions for use in international and group-wide vehicle diagnostics and other production applications. With the "Professional" diagnostic device, the VAS 6150E notebook based on the Getac S410 and the "Premium" VAS 6160E tablet based on the new Getac A140, the Volkswagen Group's workshops now have a new benchmark for the highly efficient diagnostics of vehicles for the VW, Audi, Skoda, Seat brands as well as for the VW utility vehicles. [See Getac press release] -- Posted Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Zebra Technologies participates in Senate hearing on advancement of Internet of Things
Zebra Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: ZBRA), the market leader in rugged mobile computers, barcode scanners and barcode printers enhanced with software and services to enable real-time enterprise visibility, participated in the Nov. 7 Senate hearing on advancing the Internet of Things (IoT) in rural communities before the Communications, Technology, Innovation and Internet Subcommittee. Mike Terzich, Chief Administrative Officer of Zebra Technologies, discussed how Zebra is a global leader in bringing enterprise IoT solutions to the Business-to-Business (B2B) and Business-to-Government (B2G) markets. Zebra leads the growing category of Enterprise Asset Intelligence which describes the ability of businesses to track critical assets within their operations and to know exactly what they are, where they are and their condition so they can make smarter, faster decisions that improve their bottom line.[See Zebra press release] -- Posted Monday, November 20, 2017

Case study: Fast, discreet radiation monitoring with Handheld Group's NAUTIZ X8 ultra-rugged mobile computer
Radiation is a naturally occurring process harnessed into many helpful applications, from medical imaging to food preservation to cancer treatment. But exposure can be very harmful to the human body. Hundreds of Handheld Group's rugged Nautiz X8 handhelds are currently deployed as part of the AT6101C backpack-style mobile spectrometer from Belarus-based ATOMTEX. These solutions are used to halt illicit trafficking of radioactive and nuclear materials at customs and border crossings, ensure radiation control at public events, and monitor many other worksites including nuclear facilities, building sites and scientific research environments. [Read Fast, discreet radiation monitoring — inconspicuous NAUTIZ X8 makes it easy] -- Posted Thursday, November 16, 2017

Tenth annual Zebra shopper survey reveals one-half of millennial shoppers better connected than retail associates
Zebra Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: ZBRA), the market leader in rugged mobile computers, barcode scanners and barcode printers enhanced with software and services to enable real-time enterprise visibility, today revealed the results of its 2017 Global Shopper Study, the 10th annual survey analyzing shopper satisfaction and retail technology trends. The body of research revealed that while 44 percent of surveyed shoppers are still not satisfied with staff availability and customer service, overall shopper satisfaction has significantly improved since the study's inception a decade ago. [See Zebra press release] -- Posted Thursday, November 16, 2017

The Juniper Systems Geode sub-meter GPS receiver put to the test under dense forest tree canopy
For most of us, most of the time it's better to be approximately right than completely wrong. That, however, doesn't apply to surveyors and other GIS professionals for whom to be "approximately right" simply isn't good enough. That's where sub-meter GPS receivers like Juniper System's Geode come into play. A recent entry in Juniper's ever interesting Get Rugged blog describes how the Geode was put to the test under a dense forest tree canopy. [See The Geode sub-meter GPS Receiver put to the test under a dense forest tree canopy] -- Posted Thursday, November 16, 2017

VIA announces VIA ARTiGO A630 enterprise IoT gateway system
VIA Technologies, Inc., announced the launch of the VIA ARTiGO A630, an ultra-slim fanless gateway system with flexible customization options for a broad spectrum of commercial M2M and IoT applications. "The VIA ARTiGO A630 bolsters our already diverse range of ARTiGO Series M2M and IoT gateway systems," said Richard Brown, VP International Marketing, VIA Technologies, Inc. "Providing a rich mix of connectivity and performance in an ultra-compact design that can be rapidly customized, will help customers speed time-to-market and unlock the full potential of their IoT deployments." [See VIA press release] -- Posted Thursday, November 16, 2017

DURABOOK improves performance, graphics, battery life and security of R8300 rugged laptop
GammaTech Computer Corporation, the North American branch of Twinhead International Corporation, today announced upgrades to its fully rugged DURABOOK R8300 laptop. The device now features Intel® 7th generation Core™ processors, improved graphics capabilities, increased battery life and the elevated security offered by Windows 10. The proven R8300 is used around the world by military forces, public safety agencies, and field service organizations, including companies in the oil & gas, logistics, utilities, and telecommunications markets. [See GammaTech press release and RuggedPCReview's description, analysis and specs of the DURABOOK R8300]
-- Posted Wednesday, November 15, 2017

The Dell Latitude Rugged Race
Ever since 1995, the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race sees a fleet of identical yachts sail around the world in eight legs. This year, the third stage, officially known as the Dell Latitude Rugged Race, started on October 31 with a dozen teams, all having Dell Latitude Rugged Extreme laptops on board, sailing almost 5,000 nautical miles from Cape Town towards Fremantle, Australia. Teams are expected there the fourth week of November. "As we continue to watch the brave crews and skippers of the Clipper Race, reasons for choosing Dell Latitude Rugged surface as they face gruelling race conditions and environments unfriendly to normal PCs," says Shannon Mackay, vice president Dell Rugged, Client Product Group. [See ​Skippers thoughts ahead of Dell Latitude Rugged Race 3] -- Posted Monday, November 13, 2017

Winmate launches 15-inch industrial Panel PC and display versions of its Multi-Touch Chassis series
With full computer functionality now so small that it can practically fit anywhere, it makes sense to offer displays both as monitors to be hooked up to an external PC and as fully integrated Panel PCs. Winmate is doing just that with its Multi-touch Chassis Series of industrial PCs and displays. There's the R15L100-PTC3 display version, the R15IB3S-PTC3 Windows-based Panel PC version, and the R15FA3S-PTC3 that runs Android 6.0. All measure a compact 13.9 x 10.8 x 1.8 inches and have an IP65-sealed front panel. [See Winmate Industrial Panel PC and Display with 15-inch Multi-touch Chassis] -- Posted Monday, November 13, 2017

JLT Mobile Computers selected by Steketee for smart farming precision agriculture solutions to increase farmers' efficiency
JLT Mobile Computers, a leading developer and manufacturer of reliable computers for demanding environments, announces that it has entered into a partnership with Machinefabriek Steketee B.V., who are using JLT VERSO+ 10 rugged computers to integrate their Smart Farming solutions for precision agriculture. Steketee is a leading developer of high-tech weeding and soil cultivation machines, used by arable farmers and horticulturalists worldwide. [See JLT Mobile press release] -- Posted Monday, November 13, 2017

Qualcomm Board of Directors unanimously rejects Broadcom's unsolicited proposal
Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) ("Qualcomm" or the "Company") today announced that its Board of Directors unanimously rejected the unsolicited proposal announced by Broadcom Limited ("Broadcom") on November 6, 2017. "It is the Board's unanimous belief that Broadcom's proposal significantly undervalues Qualcomm relative to the Company's leadership position in mobile technology and our future growth prospects," said Paul Jacobs, Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board of Qualcomm Incorporated. [Our take: Broadcom, a roughly US$16 billion semiconductor company launched a bid to buy Qualcomm, a roughly US$24 billion company semiconductor company in a deal worth over US$100 billion. Why? Because Qualcomm — which older readers remember as a then small company that purchased the popular Eudora email client in 1991 — holds numerous essential comms patents, makes the SnapDragon processors that power a large percentage of smartphones, and holds many keys to the upcoming move to 5G and beyond. So by taking over Qualcomm, Broadcom would get all this and control a major competitor. Can't blame them for trying.] [See Qualcomm press release] -- Posted Monday, November 13, 2017

Handheld Group appoints Myra Long as Director of Development
Handheld Group, a leading manufacturer of rugged mobile computers, today announced that Myra Long has been promoted to Director of Development. As Director of Development, Long is responsible for managing new product development, integrating improvements for existing products, and verifying build-processes. Long started with Handheld Group in a project management consultant role in 2011 and officially joined the Handheld team as a program manager in 2014. She brings expertise in military and mobile product research, development and management from Lockheed Martin, Oregon State University, SRI International and Hewlett Packard. [See Handheld press release] -- Posted Thursday, November 9, 2017

Xplore reports their fiscal Q2/2018 financials
Xplore Technologies reported Q2 financials for its fiscal year 2018. Revenue was US$22.7 million compared to US$20.0 million for fiscal Q2/2017. Xplore reported a net profit of $397,000 for the quarter, compared to a net loss of US$536,000 for the three months ended September 30, 2016. Xplore Acting CEO Tom Wilkinson said "We are pleased to significantly increase profitability on improved revenue in the second fiscal quarter, demonstrating the high operating profit leverage embedded in Xplore’s cost-efficient business model." [See Xplore media release] -- Posted Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Winmate launches modular EAC Mini IoT Gateway
With IoT — the Internet of Things — rapidly assuming ever greater importance, there is a mounting need for inexpensive, flexible gateway computers that can receive massive amounts of data from sensors and peripherals and pass it on to cloud servers from processing, interpretation and action. Winmate's new EAC Mini is such a modular device, capable of being stacked and configured in dozens of different configurations. [See description, analysis and specs of the Winmate EAC Mini IoT gateway] -- Posted Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Added: Honeywell Dolphin CT60
In mid October 2017, Honeywell launched their Dolphin CT60 handheld computer, a roughly iPhone8-sized, Android-based rugged smartphone and mobile computer. What's special here is not only the CT60's state-of-the-art technology, but it's also Honeywell's first on their new hardware and software "Mobility Edge Platform" that offers a long product lifecycle by supporting current and future Android versions. [See RuggedPCReview's description, analysis and specs of the Honeywell CT60] -- Posted Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Zebra Technologies to testify during Senate hearing on IoT advancement
Zebra Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: ZBRA), the market leader in rugged mobile computers, barcode scanners and barcode printers enhanced with software and services to enable real-time enterprise visibility, will testify on advancing the Internet of Things (IoT) in rural America to the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee's Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation and the Internet. [See Zebra press release] -- Posted Tuesday, November 7, 2017

First look: Getac EX80 intrinsically safe rugged tablet
With their new EX80, Getac announced its first-ever Class 1 Division 1 intrinsically safe device, the rugged 8-inch Windows 10-based EX80 tablet. It's a handy design with a bright IPS capacitive multi-touch screen, impressive ruggedness, and, of course, the kind of "intrinsic safety" that makes it safe to use in areas where there are flammable gases, vapors, dusts or fibers. [Read RuggedPCReview's description, analysis and specs (and an intrinsic safety primer) of the Getac EX80] -- Posted Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Getac EX80 fully rugged tablet is intrinsically safe and certified for Zone 0: ATEX, IECEx and UL913-certified for use in the most hazardous and explosive environments
Getac is introducing the EX80 fully rugged tablet, its first Zone 0 device -- ATEX / IECEx Zone 0 and UL913-certified (Class I / II Division 1) for use in environments with the highest risk of explosion. Zone 0 environments are deemed as areas where explosive gas is continuously present in the atmosphere or present for long periods of time. Designed for use in hazardous and explosive environments, including those found in oil & gas, petrochemical, manufacturing, and munitions depots, the Getac EX80 incorporates a sealed anti-static exterior with surface temperature control to limit the possibility of explosion due to electrostatic charges, hot surfaces, heat energy or friction. [See Getac press release] -- Posted Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Zebra Technologies announces Q3 2017 financials
Zebra Technologies reported sales of US$935 million in Q3 of 2017 compared to US$904 million in Q3 of 2016. Net sales in the Enterprise segment (i.e. what used to be the enterprise business of Motorola Solutions) were US$611 million in Q3 2017 compared with $605 million in Q3 2016. Net loss for Q3 2017 was US$12 million, compared to a net loss of US$83 million in Q3 2016. [See Zebra press release] -- Posted Tuesday, November 7, 2017

JLT Mobile adds the MT2010 rugged tablet for warehousing, logistics, transportation and port markets to its offering
JLT Mobile Computers, a leading developer and manufacturer of reliable computers for demanding environments, is adding the fully rugged MT2010™ tablet to its existing product portfolio. Offering the same high level of support and services that JLT is renowned for, the expansion leverages JLT’s extensive rugged tablet knowledge in response to customer demand and is in line with the company’s strategy to increase business value to existing customers. Target industries are warehousing, food and beverage, transportation, and ports, where JLT already has a strong position. [See JLT Mobile press release and RuggedPCReview's description, analysis and specs of the JLT MT2010] -- Posted Monday, November 6, 2017

5 reasons more healthcare professionals than ever choose medical tablets
In its October 26, 2017 entry, the "Rugged Tech Talk with DT Research" blog presents 5 reasons more healthcare professionals than ever choose medical tablets. DT Research argues that technological advances in healthcare pave the way for new, updated technologies in both consumer markets and almost every other field. In terms of treatment, diagnosis, and research, new discoveries in technology are almost always implemented in healthcare first. [Read 5 reasons more healthcare professionals than ever choose medical tablets] -- Posted Friday, November 3, 2017

Trimble introduces ISOBUS-compatible GFX-750 display system with advanced guidance controller for agriculture applications
Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) introduced the Trimble GFX-750 display system for agriculture applications. The display system comes with the simple-to-install, roof-mounted NAV-900 guidance controller featuring Trimble's most advanced multi-constellation GNSS receiver. The satellite coverage provides farmers with more robust signal availability which means more active working time — especially in hilly terrain. [See Trimble press release] -- Posted Thursday, November 2, 2017

What happened in rugged computing 5 years ago: Nov. 2012
In November 2012, Microsoft revealed pricing for its Surface with Windows 8 Pro tablets, NPD Group reported that Windows 8 was off to a slow start, and RuggedPCReview wrote about Windows RT's suitability for vertical markets. Getac upgraded its S400 semi-rugged notebook to 3rd gen Core processors, and Winmate began offering some of its handhelds and tablets with Android. Xplore reported US$7.5 million and Intermec US$193 million revenue for the quarter. We reviewed the Winmate M700D, the Panasonic Toughbook C2, MobileDemand's xTablet T1200, DAP's MT1010 tablet, and Getac's PS336 handheld. [See November 2012 RuggedPCReview archive] -- Posted Thursday, November 2, 2017

Xplore's Android rugged tablets driving warehouse management and inventory operations for one of world's top dietary supplement companies
Xplore Technologies Corp. (NASDAQ:XPLR) today announced that a global dietary supplement manufacturer has begun upgrading its forklift mobility solutions to the Xplore XSLATE D10 fully rugged Android tablet. The 10.1" Intel®-powered, forklift-mounted mobile computers now serve as the primary information source for a number of warehouse management workflows, including inventory picking. Additional XSLATE D10 orders are anticipated as the manufacturer continues to upgrade its mobile technology in other production and warehousing facilities. [See Xplore press release] -- Posted Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Zebra study: Nearly 50% of enterprises have only achieved half of their 'intelligence' potential
Zebra Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: ZBRA), the market leader in rugged mobile computers, barcode scanners and barcode printers enhanced with software and services to enable real-time enterprise visibility, today revealed the results of its inaugural "Intelligent Enterprise Index." This global survey analyzes where companies are on the journey to becoming an Intelligent Enterprise; how they are connecting the physical and digital worlds to improve visibility, efficiencies and growth. Forty-eight percent are on the path to becoming intelligent enterprises, scoring between 50-75 points on the overall index. Only five percent exceeded 75 points on the index. [See Zebra press release] -- Posted Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Group Mobile awarded multiple contracts to support recent win with large Arizona fire department
Group Mobile, a rapidly expanding premier provider of innovative, full-service mobile technology solutions today announced they have secured a contract with a large Arizona fire department. Group Mobile will be providing Getac rugged technology for approximately 100 vehicles in the fleet. [See Group Mobile press release] -- Posted Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Added: Second generation Getac S410 semi-rugged laptop
We added description, analysis and specs of the second gen Getac S410 semi-rugged notebook computer. The major difference between the original S410 and the second gen model is upgraded security (even an IR camera for face recognition login) and availability of no fewer than four different Intel 8th-generation quad-core processors. [See description, analysis and specs of the second generation Getac S410] -- Posted Monday, October 30, 2017

Zebra unveils new Android enterprise smartphone for small- and medium-sized businesses
Zebra Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: ZBRA), the market leader in rugged mobile computers, barcode scanners and barcode printers enhanced with software and services to enable real-time enterprise visibility, today introduced the TC20, a rugged, value-driven mobile computer designed to meet the specific needs of small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). [See Zebra press release and RuggedPCReview's description, analysis and specs of the Zebra TC20] -- Posted Thursday, October 26, 2017

Trimble reports Q3 2017 financials
Trimble reported Q3 2017 revenue of US$670 million, up 15% from Q3 2016. Net income was $55.7 million, up 42% as compared to the third quarter of 2016. Buildings and Infrastructure revenue was $214.5 million, up 13%. Geospatial revenue was $169.7 million, up 6%. Resources and Utilities revenue was $114.4 million, up 31%. Transportation revenue was $171.4 million, up 16%. [See Trimble press release] -- Posted Thursday, October 26, 2017

Added: New Datalogic Rhino II vehicle mount panel PC
Datalogic announced the Rhino II vehicle mount panel computer in early October 2017. The Rhino II replaces the previous Rhino 10 panel and comes in 10.4 and 12.1-inch versions, with a special "Freezer" version for ultra-low temperatures. The Rhino II can run either Windows Embedded Compact 7 (and soon Android 6.0) on an ARM Freescale platform, or the embedded versions of Windows 7 and Windows 10 on an Intel E3826. The standard versions now use capacitive multi-touch whereas the freezer versions stays with resistive touch. [See Datalogic press release and RuggedPCReview's description, analysis and specs of the Datalogic Rhino II] -- Posted Tuesday, October 24, 2017

DT Research announces first complete vehicle mount tablet solution purpose-built for first responders, field service and military
DT Research, the leading designer and manufacturer of purpose-built computing solutions for vertical markets, today announced a complete vehicle mount tablet solution that includes a 12.5 inch Full HD display tablet (optional 4K Ultra HD) with a slim folding keyboard cradle. This is the first rugged tablet and vehicle mount solution designed by one manufacturer to ensure guaranteed compatibility and seamless interoperability for superior information capture/transfer and mobile communications through a dual pass-through antenna. [See DT Research press release] -- Posted Monday, October 23, 2017

Tempered Networks' new rugged industrial IoT Gateway
Tempered Networks, Inc. announced its new HIPswitch 250 platform, the industry's first identity-based industrial IoT gateway, that cuts the cost and complexity of networking and security in half. By eliminating the need for APNs, Ethernet switches, internal firewalls, VPNs and separate cellular modems, the new ruggedized gateway appliance enables simple end-to-end private networks that are more secure and resilient than other alternatives. For the first time in the industry, IoT endpoints can be instantly provisioned in an overlay network regardless of location, without having to modify the legacy network. [See Tempered Networks' press release] -- Posted Monday, October 23, 2017

Xplore Technologies announces the retirement of Phil Sassower as Chairman
Xplore Technologies Corp., (NASDAQ:XPLR), a global leader in rugged computing, today reported the retirement of Philip S. Sassower, 77, as chairman of the board, and his concurrent resignation from the board of directors. During more than 12 years of tenure, he served as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer. Earlier this year, he stepped down from his role as CEO. [See Xplore press release] -- Posted Saturday, October 21, 2017

Getac’s Next Gen S410 Semi-Rugged Notebook Sets New Standards for Performance, Multi-Layer Security and Configurability
Designed to withstand the daily challenges facing today’s field technicians, Getac introduces its second generation S410 semi-rugged notebook, which maintains its best-in-class performance, security features, and MIL-STD-certified ruggedness. Along with its purpose-built configurability and slim and light form factor, the next generation S410 is the ideal workhorse for mobile professionals in public safety, insurance and other field service professions. [See Getac press release] -- Posted Tuesday, October 17, 2017

GammaTech DURABOOK SA14 semi-rugged laptop receives performance upgrades
GammaTech Computer Corporation, the North American branch of Twinhead International Corporation, today announced upgrades to its DURABOOK SA14. The globally respected semi-rugged laptop now features enhanced performance driven by Intel® 7th generation Core processors, updated graphics capabilities, and improved battery life. Purpose-built to meet a wide variety of mobile worker environments, the upgraded device is ideal for customers in public safety, field service, military, utilities, government, vehicle service, and other markets requiring semi-rugged reliability. [See GammaTech press release] -- Posted Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Honeywell introduces new hardware and software platform for its mobile computers, helping customers maximize their technology investments
Honeywell announced a new hardware and software platform for the next generation of its mobile computers, which are used globally by distribution centers, transportation and logistics providers, hospitals, and retailers to increase worker productivity and capture critical data. The Mobility Edge Platform comprises common hardware architecture and a suite of tools on which Honeywell and its partners will build future mobility solutions, which include rugged handheld computers, wearable devices, voice-directed technology, tablets and vehicle-mounted computers. [Our take:] This is relevant in two ways: 1) Honeywell strongly endorses Android with the Mobility Edge Platform, and also addresses Android's version fragmentation and obsolescence issue by supporting the current and the next three versions of Android. 2) The also announced Dolphin CT60 handheld only comes with Android; Windows has been dropped (the predecessor CT50 offered both) [See Honeywell press release] -- Posted Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Review: Tablet Technologies Conker NS6: 6-inch rugged full Windows 10 handheld
Big-screen smartphones are the norm now, so why not big-screen rugged handheld computers with integrated scanners? For that, Tablet Technologies offers the Conker SX6 with a very good 6-inch, 245ppi, 430 nits capacitive multi-touch IPS screen. It runs full Windows 10 on a quad-core Intel Atom X5-8350 chip, can be equipped with Zebra 1D or Honeywell 2D barcode readers, and is tough and rugged enough for any job in the field. [See review of the Tablet Technologies Conker NS6] -- Posted Monday, October 16, 2017

Review: Tablet Technologies Conker SX6: 6-inch rugged Android handheld
Big-screen smartphones are the norm now, so why not big-screen rugged handheld computers with integrated scanners? For that, Tablet Technologies offers the Conker SX6 with a very good 6-inch, 245ppi, 430 nits capacitive multi-touch IPS screen. It runs Android 5.1 on a quad-core SnapDragon chip, can be equipped with Honeywell 1D or 2D barcode readers, and is tough and rugged enough for any job in the field. [See review of the Tablet Technologies Conker SX6] -- Posted Monday, October 16, 2017

Datalogic announces the Rhino II Vehicle Mount Computer
Datalogic, a global leader in automatic data capture and industrial automation markets, introduces the Rhino II Vehicle Mount Computer (VMC) designed to survive the rugged use found in warehouse, factories and distribution environments. This new VMC is offered with a wide array of operating system choices including WEC7, Windows Embedded Standard 7 and Windows IoT. The WEC7 version offers a path for optional field upgrade to Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system. [See Datalogic press review] -- Posted Monday, October 16, 2017

Handheld US appoints new President and CEO
Handheld announced the appointment of a new President and CEO for its North American subsidiary, Handheld US. New Handheld US President and CEO Jim Rimay has served as Vice President of Sales for Handheld US since April 2015. He has decades of experience as an executive and sales manager in the rugged computing industry, including positions at Motion Computing, Getac North America, Walkabout Computers and DRS Tactical Systems. [See Handheld Group press release] -- Posted Saturday, October 14, 2017

Unitech MS650 ring scanner changes the barcoding game
The biggest news in barcode scanning is surprisingly small. Unitech America introduces the compact and wearable MS650 ring scanner. The MS650 scans all barcodes on paper and LCD screen surfaces, even highly reflective ones. It is similar to a companion scanner in that it works with your iOS or Android OS and easily pairs to any computer, tablet, ot smartphone. Slide the device onto your finger, adjust with the Velcro strap, and scan away while freeing your hands to hold other essentials. Transferring your data from scanner to computer can be done simply using Bluetooth or batch transferred via USB. [See Unitech press release and Unitech MS650 brochure] -- Posted Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Malin USA orders additional Xplore rugged tablets to support forklift maintenance technicians
Xplore Technologies Corp. (NASDAQ:XPLR) today announced that Malin USA has placed a new order for XSLATE R12 rugged tablet PCs to support the ongoing expansion of their highly remote workforce. The forklift service company first replaced their Netbooks with a previous generation of R12 tablets in 2014, and is now starting to upgrade to the new higher-performance XSLATE R12 model to facilitate a fully paperless maintenance operation. [See Xplore press release] -- Posted Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Windows 10 Mobile in maintenance mode
Windows 10 Mobile -- part of Microsoft's Windows 10 "unified core" project where applications have a single binary that can run on any device once they have been adapted to a class of devices -- was supposed to be Microsoft's Phone OS and also the replacement for the old Windows Mobile and Windows Embedded Handheld. Unfortunately, developers didn't fall in line and Windows 10 Mobile never really got out of the starting blocks. Microsoft's VP in the OS Group, Joe Belfiore, has now gone public with tweets saying that while Microsoft will continue to support the platform, "building new features/hw aren't the focus." Which we take as meaning that Windows 10 Mobile has now been relegated to maintenance mode. [See On MSFT story] -- Posted Monday, October 9, 2017

Revolutionary Crystal Group FORCE rugged servers debut at AUSA
Crystal Group, a leading designer/manufacturer of rugged and reliable computer hardware, will unveil its revolutionary new Crystal Group FORCE Rugged Server line at the 2017 AUSA Annual Meeting & Exposition in Washington, D.C., October 9th through 11th (booth 6514). Crystal Group's new Fully Optimized Rugged Computer Equipment is FORCE. The company's new FORCE rugged rack-mount servers marry the latest Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processors with high-speed networking, enhanced I/O, platform security, and thermal management in a modular, customizable high-performance computing (HPC) system to bring unprecedented processing power and flexibility to the battlefield. [See Crystal Group press release] -- Posted Friday, October 6, 2017

What happened in rugged computing 5 years ago: Oct. 2012
In October 2012, Trimble introduced the Yuma 2 tablet with a Pixel Qi display. Microsoft launched Windows Phone 8 that was supposed to work seamlessly with Windows 8 PCs, Microsoft Surface and the Xbox 360. Intermec opened Intermec Beijing Technology and launched the next gen CK3 rugged handheld.We wondered how suitable Windows RT might be for vertical markets (not very). Motorola Solutions had quarterly sales of US$2.15 billion, bought Psion, and announced the HC1 headset computer. Honeywell launched the elegant Dolphin 70e Black. Datalogic turned 40 and planned for 2014 revenues of US$680-700 million. Harris launched the InTouch RPC-200 rugged Android phone, Handheld the Algiz 10X, TabletKiosk the eo a7400 tablet, and GammaTech the Durabook T10L2 medical tablet. [See October 2012 RuggedPCReview archive] -- Posted Thursday, October 5, 2017

Datalogic introduced the 4.3-inch, Android-based Joya Touch A6 for Healthcare settings and applications
Healthcare settings have their special requirements for electronic gear, ranging from interoperability to security to ease of cleaning and disinfecting, and more. Datalogic introduced the handy Joya Touch A6 with integrated industrial-grade scanner and available pistol-grip to address a variety of healthcare needs in patient bedside care, lab, pharmacy, admittance, billing, etc. [See RuggedPCReview's description, analysis and specs of the Datalogic Joya Touch A6 Healthcare] -- Posted Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Xplore rugged tablets enable Haitoglou Bros SA to complete supply chain transactions 50% faster
Xplore Technologies Corp. (NASDAQ: XPLR) today announced that Haitoglou Bros SA has mobilized its warehouse operations using Xplore's secure R12 rugged tablet solution. The 12.5" Intel-powered mobile computers are enabling warehouse personnel to receive and place orders in real time using data being submitted and distributed up-to-the-minute via the connected Entersoft ERP software. [See Xplore press release] -- Posted Wednesday, October 4, 2017

JLT Mobile Computers delivers celebratory unit with exclusive 100,000-hour warranty to Volvo Car Body Components
JLT Mobile Computers, a leading developer and manufacturer of reliable computers for demanding environments, has reached a significant milestone in its company history with the production of the 100,000th rugged computer. The celebratory unit was presented in person to Mikael Hofflander, Project Manager, Volvo Car Body Components, by Per Holmberg, CEO, JLT Mobile Computers, during a ceremony at the JLT production site in Ronneby, Sweden. [See JLT Mobile press release] -- Posted Wednesday, October 4, 2017

ADLINK donates to Las Vegas Victims' Fund
Like many leading embedded systems manufacturers, ADLINK was in Las Vegas, preparing for the Global Gaming Expo (G2E), when the shooting tragedy happened. ADLINK said, "Like any corporate trade show, we had a budget set aside for various promotions at the show. With the recent tragedy at Mandalay Bay, we want to put our dollars to better use and help the victims of the Las Vegas Shooting. ADLINK has donated $5,000 to the verified Go Fund Me campaign of Clark County Commission Chair Steve Sisolak for the victims of Sunday night's shooting." -- Posted Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Zebra marks 35th anniversary of barcode printerline by introducing next generation of intelligent printers
Zebra Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: ZBRA), the market leader in rugged mobile computers, barcode scanners and barcode printers enhanced with software and services to enable real-time enterprise visibility, today announced the next generation of thermal desktop and mobile printers 35 years after introducing its first barcode printer known as the "Zebra® Printer". The new printers are enabled by Print DNA, a software suite of applications, utilities and developer tools. Zebra's new ZD420/ZD620 thermal transfer desktop printers, ZQ320 Series mid-range mobile printers and Print DNA software suite together help companies sense and analyze the status and performance of their printer fleet in real time. The new line of barcode printers and printer software deliver a superior printing experience through better performance, simplified remote management and easier integration. [See Zebra press release] -- Posted Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Trimble introduces high-performance T10 tablet for demanding survey field work and GIS applications
Trimble describes their new T10 tablet as a rugged, high-performance data processing platform with the power of a high-end laptop, a tool suitable for a variety of survey and Geographic Information System (GIS) applications and enhancing efficiencies for geospatial users in the field. And the T10 backs that up with a 10.1-inch 1920 x 1200 800 nits procap display with active pen option, Intel Core i7-6500U power, an available detachable keyboard for 2-in-1 use, and the kind of ruggedness needed in the field. [See description, analysis and specs of the Trimble T10] -- Posted Monday, October 2, 2017

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