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Microsoft Q1 2015: almost US$1 billion in Surface sales
Microsoft posted its Q1 2015 financials with revenue of US$23.2 billion (up 25% from Q1 2014) and net income of US$4.54 billion. Sales included US$908 million from Surface tablets, boosted, according to Microsoft, by the Surface Pro 3 momentum. While that's not much compared to Microsoft's overall sales volume, almost a billion in revenue from Surface, a much maligned platform, is quite substantial, especially when compared to vertical market tablet manufacturer tablet volumes. [See Microsoft Q3 2015 financials] -- Posted Thursday, October 23, 2014

Increase in cleanroom regulations drives need for rugged tablets
Xplore Technologies points out in a bog entry that an increase in cleanroom regulations is driving the need for rugged tablet computers. That's because cleanrooms have to follow very narrow temperature and humidity control bands and other life safety regulations, meaning that many cleanroom workers have to use computer devices that are at least IP67 rated. [See Xplore blog] -- Posted Thursday, October 23, 2014

Xplore wins telecomm provider deals
Xplore announced that it received more than $6 million in purchase orders for the deployment of its fully-rugged Bobcat Windows tablet. The tablets will be used by field service technicians in the telecommunications provider’s construction and engineering divisions. That's on top of an additional multi-million dollar order for their RangerX Pro fully-rugged Android tablets to be used by network construction technicians out in the field. [See Xplore press release] -- Posted Wednesday, October 22, 2014

New ADLINK Haswell and Bay Trail modules inexpensively boost performance in existing COM Express Type 2 systems
ADLINK announced the release of two new series of COM Express Type 2 modules designed to boost functionality and performance of existing COM Express Type 2 projects with minimal cost. The Express-HL2 is based on 4th gen Intel Core i7/i5/i3 processors, the cExpress-BT2 on Intel Atom E38xx series or Celeron J1900/N2920 chips. -- Posted Wednesday, October 22, 2014

AMREL includes MIL-STD-1553 functionality for mobile avionic solutions into their rugged handheld, tablets and laptops
Rugged computer maker AMREL announced that it now offers a full line of turn-key avionics solutions with integrated MIL-STD-1553 cards. MIL-STD-1553, which defines the mechanical, electrical, and functional characteristics of a serial data bus, is often used in spacecraft on-board data handling. By integrating MIL-STD 1553 AMREL provides its customers with a range of options for communicating with aircraft for troubleshooting, diagnostic systems, and data loading. [See AMREL press release] -- Posted Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Full review: The Handheld Group's handy, multi-talented Nautiz X1 rugged Android-based mobile computer
What the Handheld Group offers with the Android-based Nautiz X1 is an ultra-compact mobile computer that also provides most of the power, features and functionality of the leading consumer smartphones, but in a package that is much tougher than any of them. Equipped with a crisp WVGA 800 x 480 pixel 4.0-inch capacitive multi-touch display, the Nautiz X1 can reliably and efficiently perform data capture and data communication tasks out there in the field. And also serve as a smartphone that won't ever break. [See full review of the Handheld Group's Nautiz X1 -- Posted Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Getac upgrades S400 semi-rugged laptop
Getac introduced an upgraded version of its popular S400 semi-rugged laptop. The third generation models can be equipped with a choice of four Intel "Haswell" i3/i5/i7 processors (see detailed comparison), with the top-of-the-line i7-4610M offering, according to Getac, a 53% performance improvement over the fastest prior gen S400. The new models also benefit from integrated Intel HD Graphics 4600, RAM up to 16GB, and faster WiFi (802.11ac). Despite the updates, the S400 G3 starts at the same US$1,699 as the prior model. [See Getac S400 G3] -- Posted Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Rugged SSDs for extreme applications
SMART High Reliability Solutions announced its HRS-S3 2.5" SATA 6Gb/s SSD for industrial temperature applications. Designed and tested per MIL-STD-810 to operate in high shock and vibration applications at industrial operating temperatures of -40°F to +185°F, the HRS-S3, which is available in capacities from 60 to 960GB, is also certified for operation at altitudes up to 80,000 ft. [See press release] -- Posted Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Doctor says mHealth apps useless
Health IT Outcomes quotes Australian health expert Dr. George Margelisas saying, “The health app world is still very immature, despite the plethora of apps out there," and "“There is a strong need for better education of developers and healthcare professionals on developing models of care that utilize the technology effectively.” Dr. Margelis explains that in order to create useful apps, designers must have a background in the medical field or at least some knowledge of the area they intend to design an app. [See Health IT Outcomes article] -- Posted Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Motorola Solutions launches rugged Symbol TC70 Android-based Touch Computer with 4.7-inch auto-sense procap display
Motorola Solutions launched the Symbol TC70 Touch Computer, a rugged Android 4.4-based handheld with a 4.7-inch 1280 x 720 pixel Gorilla Glass-protected auto-sense capacitive touch screen that offers both effortless multi-touch as well as glove touch and a precise capacitive stylus. IP67-sealed and able to handle 6-foot drops, the Symbol TC70 also offers industrial grade 1D/2D scanning, NFC, MSR, WorkForce Connect Push-To-Talk with three microphones and a very loud speaker, long battery life, as well as the company's Mx enterprise and security extensions to Android. [See Symbol TC70 product page and RuggedPCReview's description, analysis and specs of the Motorola Solutions Symbol TC70] -- Posted Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Swiss company offers rugged high-speed GigE Vision camera
A couple of weeks ago we published a review of an Advantech industrial PC capable of receiving simultaneous high-speed input from eight GigE Vision type industrial cameras. Today, Switzerland-based AOS Technologies released the super-rugged GigE Vision compliant H-EM 501 high speed camera, using just one cable and recording at up to 90fps in 1080p resolution and up to 300fps in SVGA. Geared towards aerospace and defense applications, the camera can easily handle extreme operating conditions. [See AOS Technologies H-EM 501 product sheet] -- Posted Monday, October 20, 2014

Datalogic preliminary Q3 2014 sales up 3.6%
Datalogic reports Q3 2014 revenues of €116 million, up 3.6% from Q3 2013. Datalogic's Automatic Data Capture division (which includes the former Datalogic Mobile) saw its revenues grow by 12.6% to €76.9 million compared to Q3 2013. For the first nine months of the year, preliminary sales revenues reflect the gradual improvement achieved by all divisions in A3, and came in at €340.1 million, with a growth of 2.8% compared to the first nine months of 2013. [See Datalogic financials press release] -- Posted Monday, October 20, 2014

GammaTech to display at IACP, Orlando, FL Oct 26-28
GammaTech Computer Corp. announced it will showcase its DURABOOK line of mobile rugged tablets, notebooks and convertible PCs during IACP 2014 — the 121st Annual International Association of Chiefs of Police Conference and Law Enforcement Education and Technology Exposition — in booth 2230. The expo will take place from October 26-28, 2014 in the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fl. GammaTech will display a variety of computing solutions with customizable features that meet the unique needs of today's public safety professionals. [See IACP Conference] -- Posted Monday, October 20, 2014

Review: Advantech TREK-674 for mobile surveillance projects
Fleet management and mobile surveillance systems need specialized rugged computers as well as matching displays. And they need to be able to collect and process the video input from multiple cameras. RuggedPCReview.com is taking a detailed look at the Bay Trail-powered Advantech TREK-674 compact industrial computer, which includes an embedded Stretch S7 H.264 video hardware encoder, and the TREK-306DH touch display. [See review of the Advantech TREK-674 and TREK-306DH] -- Posted Sunday, October 19, 2014

ADLINK launches 4-ch simultaneous 16bit 2ms/s USB dAQ module for high-speed data acquisition
ADLINK Technology announced its new USB 2.0 data acquisition module. The USB-1210 supports four 16-bit channels of simultaneous sampling at up to 2 MS/s per channel, and ensures zero data loss in long-term data acquisition thanks to 256MS deep onboard FIFO. The USB-1210 delivers maximum performance with the simplicity and portability of USB connectivity, resulting in an optimized solution for portable high-speed data acquisition. [See ADLINK press release] -- Posted Thursday, October 16, 2014

Bsquare and Aava Mobile introduce MobileV reference design for rugged handhelds and tablets
Bsquare and Aava Mobile announced the release of MobileV, a complete hardware and software reference design for OEMs building durable and rugged class handhelds and industrial tablets. MobileV combines Microsoft Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry Pro with Aava Mobile Intel board reference designs based on the quad-core Bay Trail Z3745 chip, along with Bsquare software. MobileV is sold as a package of production-ready reference designs and licenses. The reference design shown by bSquare had a 4.7-inch 1280 x 720 multi-touch screen with pen support, with IP67 sealing, 5-foot drop spec, GPS, NFC, LTE, 5 sensors, etc. [See press release, MobileV product page, and MobileV data sheet.]
-- Posted Wednesday, October 15, 2014

2015 IoT Conference to be held in Santa Clara
IoT Developers Conference, the only technical conference and exhibition focused on practical implementations of IoT technologies, will take place May 6-7, 2015 in Santa Clara, Calif., at the Hyatt Regency. Building on its earlier successes, the IoT DevCon will once again join forces with the Multicore DevCon and will include two days of technical training, hands-on demonstrations, and a friendly and constructive environment for networking. -- Posted Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Full Review: Bay Trail-powered 10" Samwell Ruggedbook PC-751
With the second generation Ruggedbook PC-751, Samwell offers a tough, economical Windows tablet suitable for a very wide range of applications. Powered by a dual-core 1.33GHz Intel "Bay Trail" E3825 processor, the 3.3-pound PC-751 provides a good balance between performance and battery life, has a bright and sharp 10.4-inch resistive touch screen, and has generous onboard connectivity with four USB ports, LAN, VGA, audio and even a serial port. [See full review of the Samwell Ruggedbook PC-751] -- Posted Monday, October 13, 2014

Juniper System announces next gen Allegro 2 rugged handheld
Juniper Systems announced the Allegro 2, a new and significantly enhanced and optimized generation of the company's long-running line of Allegro rugged handheld computers. According to Juniper Systems, the Allegro 2 was “designed for the data-intensive,” with special attention paid to engineering and design. The new Allegro 2 has a larger, higher resolution display, uses procap, is faster, has more storage, better GPS, faster WiFi, a new keyboard, much longer battery life, and it's now IP68 sealed. [See RuggedPCReview's description, analysis and specs of the Juniper Allegro 2] -- Posted Monday, October 13, 2014

CMAA National Conference Oct. 19-21, 2014 in San Francisco
The 2014 National Conference of CMAA, a premier event for the construction/program management industry, is being held October 19-21, 2014 at the Marriott Marquis, San Francisco, CA. [See CMAA National Conference & Trade Show] -- Posted Monday, October 13, 2014

Full review: Advantech AIIS-1240 PoE Compact System
A special treat: RuggedPCReview analyzed Advantech's AIIS-1240, a compact industrial computer with desktop-class processing power designed specifically for machine vision projects. The AIIS-1240 can provide Power over Ethernet to four industrial cameras for numerous automated optical inspection applications. [See full review of the Advantech AIIS-1240 PoE Compact System] -- Posted Friday, October 10, 2014

Crystal Group offers online Total Cost of Ownership calculator for rugged servers
Crystal Group Inc, a manufacturer of rugged COTS computing hardware, published an online Total Cost of Ownership calculator on its website. The TCO calculator allows input numerous hard and soft costs for both ruggedized, and non-ruggedized hardware, and then provides a graphical breakdown of costs over the life of the system, allowing the user to determine which type of hardware they should be purchasing. The calculator harvests potential customer data, of course, and it's targeted at servers, but it's certainly interesting to compare rugged vs. non-rugged costs. [See Crystal Group's TCO calculator page] -- Posted Thursday, October 9, 2014

ADLINK announces alliance strategy for integrated networking and communications, opens tech demo room
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), announced the opening of a demo room—developed in collaboration with Intel at ADLINK's Shanghai Operations Center—as the kick-off event for a newly signed collaborative technology strategy. [See ADLINK press release] -- Posted Thursday, October 9, 2014

Datalogic unveils latest integrated solutions line-up at PACK EXPO 2014
Datalogic, a global leader in Automatic Data Capture and Industrial Automation markets and producer of bar code readers, mobile computers, sensors, vision systems and laser marking equipment, announced it will show at PACK EXPO 2014 (Chicago, Illinois, Nov 2-5) cutting-edge, live demonstrations on a working conveyor designed to simulate real pharmaceutical and food & beverage production environments. Attendees who visit Datalogic booth N-6104 at Chicago’s McCormick Center will get an opportunity to see the products in action. -- Posted Thursday, October 9, 2014

Xplore Technologies announces additional military order
Xplore Technlogies announced that it received a multi-million dollar purchase order for its iX104C5 M1 ultra-rugged Windows tablets as part of an ongoing military program that utilizes the tablets for field data collection. This purchase order follows previous orders for iX104C5 M1 ultra-rugged Windows tablets from the same customer. [See Xplore press release] -- Posted Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Hewlett Packard to split into two companies
Hewlett Packard announced plans to separate into two new publicly traded companies. Hewlett-Packard Enterprise will include HP's enterprise technology infrastructure, software and services businesses, while HP Inc. will have the current company's PCs and printers under the existing logo. In terms of financials, both halves will start out roughly equal -- each about $58 billion sales, $6 billion operating profit. Let's hope this works out better than when Motorola split into Motorola and Motorola Solutions. As for impact on the rugged industry, HP customers can currently buy Getac rugged notebooks and tablets under HP's 3rd party solutions program, which will likely stay with HP Inc. [See HP press release] -- Posted Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Review: Advantech TREK-520 rugged in-vehicle computer for fleet and mobile resource management
RuggedPCReview took a detailed look at Advantech's very compact rugged and very compact RISC-powered TREK-520 in-vehicle computer, designed for local fleet management and mobile resource management applications. The easily installed system can interact with vehicles and sensors, and offers superior wireless connectivity with dedicated external antennae. Used in conjunction with fleet management software it's an inexpensive way to streamline operations, optimize vehicle use, and reduce errors, fuel usage and overall costs. [See full review of the Advantech TREK-520 in-vehicle computer] -- Posted Monday, October 6, 2014

What happened in rugged computing 5 years ago: October 2009
In October 2009, Handheld Group introduced the ultra-rugged Nautiz X7, Aaeon Technology the rugged RTC-1000 tablet, and Dell a toughened version of its XT2 convertible, the XT2 XFR. Intermec offered "cash for clunkers," a liberal trade-in program. Infoworld said WindowsMobile's future looked increasingly uncertain. We at RuggedPCReview found that the new Windows 7 looked remarkably like Vista with a new name. MobileDemand introduced a smaller rugged Tablet PC, the xTablet T7000. The Statistics Center-Abu Dhabi bought Intermec CN50 handhelds. We did a full review of the small Datalogic Memor with its "speedy, modern PXA310 processor," and also examined the Samwell Ruggedbook SR800. On the bleeding technology edge, Getac offered multi-touch on its V100, Fujitsu Lifebook the T4410 multi-touch convertible, and Motion Gorilla Glass on its C5/F5, and we wondered if 3D, the hot thing on TVs, would soon be on handhelds via a new 3M optical film. [See September 2009 archive] -- Posted Sunday, October 5, 2014

Full review: MobileDemand's thin-and-light xTablet T1400
The 2.4-pound xTablet T1400 10.1-inch tablet not only considerably expands MobileDemand's product reach from its traditional rugged application areas, it also advances the state-of-the-art with its combination of bright, super-high resolution capacitive multitouch display and next-gen "Bay Trail" processor in a thin and light, but sufficiently hardened package that should have great appeal to a wide variety of customers. [See full review of the MobileDemand xTablet T1400] -- Posted Thursday, October 2, 2014

ADLINK announces new ETX Computer-on-Module as a drop-in replacement for existing ETX systems
ADLINK released a new ETX computer-on-module based on the Intel Atom E3800 SOC Series, ranging from the single-core 1.4GHz E3815 to the quad-core 1.9GHz E3845, and including up to 4 GB non-ECC 1333/1066 MHz DDR3L memory. The ETX-BT supports all the legacy I/O of previous ETX modules and extend the service life of expiring ETX-based systems for another seven years. ETX-BT is also equipped with ADLINK’s Smart Embedded Management Agent (SEMA) for remote monitoring, and control​ of embedded devices via SEMA Cloud Services. [See ADLINK press release] -- Posted Thursday, October 2, 2014

Honeywell announces new global performance partner program, award winners at 2014 EMEAI Partner Conference
Honeywell announced its new global partner program and award winners from the 2014 EMEAI partner conference in Prague. Themed “Leading Change,” the conference was the first combined partner event for Honeywell since the integration with Intermec. With more than 1,200 partners represented worldwide, the event included more than 650 partner attendees from across the EMEIA region. Unveiled at the event was Honeywell Scanning & Mobility’s new global Performance Partner Program, designed to allow for simplified processes, improved ease of doing business for partners and increased opportunities for collaboration. The program will begin January 1, 2015. [See Honeywell AIDC press release] -- Posted Thursday, October 2, 2014

Motion Computing releases CL920, next generation of successful CL-series of rugged tablets
Motion Computing released its next generation of CL-series mobile technology. The Motion CL920 Rugged Tablet Platform includes a 69% faster Windows-based 10.1”rugged tablet, powered by an Intel Pentium N3540 processor, along with a line purpose-built accessories for service contractors, manufacturing and retail distribution. Integrated features like 4G LTE and SnapWorks by Motion further streamline the work day. [See Motion press release and RuggedPCReviews' description, analysis and specs of the Motion CL920] -- Posted Wednesday, October 1, 2014

RuggedPCReview welcomes Cedar Tree Technologies as its newest industry sponsor
Cedar Tree Technologies has joined the RuggedPCReview industry sponsor family, thus helping us spread the word of the uses and benefits of ruggedized computing equipment, and generating the detailed product reviews our organization is known for. Launched by the founders of Juniper Systems, Cedar is where ultra-ruggedness and affordability meet. Cedar provides rugged handheld computers equipped with the power and versatility of Android to professionals in a wide variety of markets. Initial products include the CT7 tablet, CT4 handheld/phone, and CMP1 MiniPhone. -- Posted Wednesday, October 1, 2014

APTA Expo 2014 Oct. 13-15, Houston TX
APTA Expo 2014, the annual conference and exhibit of the American Public Transportation Association, will take place October 13 to 15 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, TX. Of names you find on RuggedPCReview.com, exhibitors include Acrosser, Beijer Electronics, Fujitsu, Handheld Group, NEXCOM, O'Neil, Panasonic, Toshiba, etc. Acrosser alerts to its special APTA Expo microsite that promises to tell all you need to know about fleet management. -- Posted Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Lenovo acquires IBM x86 business
Lenovo announced it acquired IBM's x86 business for about US$2,1 billion. Having already bought IBM's laptop and desktop divisions in 2005, Lenovo is now a US$39 billion company. What Lenovo gets with the purchase is essentially IBM's x86-based server business. Over the last few years, HP and IBM have battled for the top spot, with Dell a strong third. -- Posted Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Juniper Systems and Soil Instruments partner for superior geotechnical monitoring
Soil Instruments Limited has partnered with Juniper Systems to provide a superior geotechnical monitoring system using rugged computers and geotechnical engineering instrumentation to improve field activities in the structural and earthworks industry. Specifically, pairing Juniper Systems’ Archer 2 rugged field computer with Soil Instruments’ Digital Inclinometer Systems offers field engineers with a truly robust measuring and data collection system. [See Juniper press release] -- Posted Wednesday, October 1, 2014

DAP Technologies introduces small, rugged, powerful V1000 VERSO vehicle-mount computer
DAP Technologies announced the V1000 VERSA, a compact, versatile GPS- and wireless-enabled 10-inch, IP65-sealed fixed-mounted computer for demanding applications. Available with either an Atom D2550 or an Intel "Haswell" Core i5 processor, the sunlight-viewable panel can be used in the harshest environment, yet is powerful enough even for HD video streaming, GEO calculations and real-time data manipulation. [See DAP VERSO page and RuggedPCReview's description analysis and specs of the DAP Technologies V1000 VERSO] -- Posted Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Juniper Systems and Effigis provide easy, inexpensive sub-meter GPS accuracy
Juniper Systems and Effigis, a Montreal-based geomatics solutions provider, have partnered to provide a powerful, yet inexpensive solution to easily capture and post-process GPS data to attain sub-meter accuracy. Effigis’ OnPOZ Precision Positioning Software suite takes advantage of the superior GNSS performance Juniper Systems’ Archer 2 rugged handheld provides to collect high-accuracy GPS data. [See Juniper press release and OnPOZ product sheet] -- Posted Tuesday, September 30, 2014

2014 Design-Build Conference & Expo
Motion Computing alerts to the 2014 Design-Build Conference & Expo, October 6-8, 2014, in Dallas, TX. The Design-Build Conference & Expo is the largest national gathering of the year for the design-build market and the only event centered exclusively on design-build. For two decades, design-build practitioners, specialty contractors, and public and private owners have gathered annually for the Conference & Expo. Continuing to grow each year, the Design-Build Conference & Expo features nearly 2,000 attendees and exhibitors from across all design and construction sectors. [>> read more..] -- Posted Monday, September 29, 2014

How the GoPro phenomenon came about, and why it matters
On September 29, 2014, GoPro announced the GoPro Hero 4 and also a new basic GoPro camera. This is relevant for anyone dealing with ruggedized computing gear and using technology in the field for a number of reasons. But first, what exactly is GoPro and why do their products matter? [>> read more...] -- Posted Monday, September 29, 2014

GoPro announces new Hero action cameras
GoPro announced three new cameras, those being the top-of-the-line Hero 4 Black (US$499), the Hero 4 Silver (US$399), and a new basic camera, just called Hero (US$129). Most important features: the Hero 4 Black can do 4k/30fps, 2.7k/50fps and 1080p/120. The Hero 4 Silver seems to have roughly the same capabilities as the old Hero 3 Black but includes, a first for GoPros, an integrated LCD. The new entry-level Hero can do 1080p/30fps and 720p/60fps and is built directly into a waterproof housing. [See GoPro press release] -- Posted Monday, September 29, 2014

Streamlining transportation and logistics – warehouse to store
From the warehouse to the store, transportation and logistics are complex ecosystems that rely on fast, reliable and secure communications. The right system will automate every step of the process from inventory management to order fulfillment and asset tracking, creating a connected and cohesive structure. [>> read more] -- Posted Friday, September 26, 2014

Getac fastest growing partner in HP's 3rd party solution program
Getac announced it is celebrating its success as the fastest growing solutions provider in Hewlett-Packard’s Third Party solution program. Through the program, enterprise and industry-specific organizations can purchase Getac-branded rugged notebooks, convertibles, tablets, handhelds and in-vehicle solutions through HP’s direct sales teams and channel partners. The expanding need and demand for rugged computer solutions has made Getac the fastest growing partner in the program since it joined in 2009 and saw a 43% increase in sales in the last year alone. [See press release and Getac products at HP] -- Posted Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Upcoming free webinar by Juniper Systems: Achieving sub-meter GPS accuracy on a budget
Juniper Systems invites you to an upcoming webinar: Achieving Sub-Meter GPS Accuracy on a Budget. In the webinar, their GIS experts will demonstrate how easy it is to a) collect field data using EZTag CE, an inexpensive GIS-mapping software packed with functionality, b) achieve sub-meter accuracy on collected data with a simple post-processing software called EZSurv, and c) import & export existing data from your GIS, including custom attributes. The webinar will take place September 25, 2014, 11AM to 12noon MDT. [Free registration here] -- Posted Tuesday, September 23, 2014

F4 Tech announces easy-to-use mobile forest inventory solution
F4 Tech, which makes the Flint and Forge Echo lines of rugged mobile computers, announced the release of its newest software offering, SilvAssist Mobile software. The app presents foresters a simple work flow solution for field data collection and which the company feels is the easiest to use mobile Forest inventory solution on the market today. [See F4 Tech press release] -- Posted Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Rugged devices aid data collection in oil fields
Great article by tech writer Brian T. Horowitz on Tech Page One on the use of ruggedized mobile laptops in oil fields, and how they can help data collection and in many other capacities. [See Rugged devices aid data collection in oil fields -- Posted Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Handheld launches the ultra-rugged capacitive touch 4.7-inch Nautiz X8 with Windows Embedded Handheld or Android 4.2.2
Handheld Group announced the launch of its Nautiz X8 rugged mobile computer, which features a large, bright 4.7-inch capacitive multi-touch display, IP67 sealing, a very wide operating temperature range, 12 hour battery life, and an extension cap expansion system. The Nautiz X8 is available both in Windows Embedded Handheld and Android 4.2.2 versions. [See press release and RuggedPCReview's description, analysis and specs of the Handheld Nautiz X8] -- Posted Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Full review: GammaTech Durabook R8300
RuggedPCReview conducted a full review of the GammaTech Durabook R8300, the first fully rugged notebook computer sold under the Durabook brand. The R8300 is also a direct replacement for earlier General Dynamics Itronix GD8000 and GD8200 rugged notebooks, Twinhead/GammaTech having been the OEM for those machines. The R8300 includes a variety of technology, performance and ruggedness updates that freshen up the platform while retaining complete backward compatibility with prior model infrastructures, programming and peripherals. [See full review of the GammaTech Durabook R8300] -- Posted Monday, September 22, 2014

The unpredictable nature of screen sizes
It's a mad, mad, mad world as far as the screen size of mobile devices goes. To witness, for smartphones, 4.7 inches or so now seems the least customers will accept, and 5.5 inches or larger is better. When Apple introduced its iPhone 6 (4.7 inch) and iPhone 6+ (5.5 inch), the demand was such that both Apple's and AT&T's websites couldn't keep up. Dial back a couple of decades to the dawn of handhelds. The first Apple Newtons and Tandy/Casio Zoomers and such all had displays...[read more] -- Posted Sunday, September 21, 2014

GammaTech releases rugged 11.6-inch Haswell-powered Durabook R11 Windows tablet
GammaTech introduced the thin and light, yet still fully rugged, Durabook R11 tablet, an elegant 11.6-inch capacitive multi-touch design geared towards field deployment in in any sector and environment. Powered by Intel Haswell i5 and i7 processors, the Durabook R11 offers 1366 x 768 resolution, an optional digitizer pen, USB 3.0, and a wealth of options including 4G LTE, NFC/RFID, MSR reader and 1D/2D scanner. [See description, analysis and specs of the GammaTech Durabook R11] -- Posted Thursday, September 18, 2014

Janam introduces rugged 5.9-inch Android tablet for enterprise and mobile workforce applications
Janam announced the launch of their Android-based rugged XT1, perhaps the handiest and lightest of currently available rugged tablet offerings. Powered by a 1.5GHz OMAP4470 processor, the XT1 has a 5.9-inch capacitive multi-touch screen and weighs just 13 ounces. The XT1 blends advanced consumer phone technology with enterprise-relevant key features such as ruggedness, sealing, industrial-grade barcode scanning and rapid battery recharging. [See Janam press release and RuggedPCReview's description, analysis and specs of the Janam XT1] -- Posted Thursday, September 18, 2014

Handheld Nautiz X4 rugged mobile computer now with Android
Handheld Group announced that its Nautiz X4 rugged mobile computer, launched earlier this year, is now available with Android as well. "The Nautiz X4 has become the obvious choice for mobile workers in a wide range of industries thanks to its ultimate mobility with true field functionality in a handy package and at a very attractive price," said Johan Hed, Product Manager Handheld Group. "To offer our customers a wider choice, we now introduce the option to get a Nautiz X4 with either Android 4.2 or Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5." [See Handheld press release] -- Posted Wednesday, September 17, 2014

DigiTimes: New Android tablets compete on value-added features, not just price alone
DigiTimes reports that an overview of the IFA 2014 show in Berlin showed that Android tablet vendors are moving from low price wars on to offering value-added in the form of 3D cameras, rugged features, higher resolution touch panels, faster communication, etc. They also report that, likely in response to ever-larger smartphones, new tablets now usually have 8 instead of 7-inch screens, and that the price of small Windows tablets has fallen about US$100 this year alone. -- Posted Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Mountain Leverage Named a Vocollect 'TSP Premier' Partner by Honeywell
Mountain Leverage, a U.S.-based total solutions provider for supply chain logistics, announced that it has achieved Vocollect PartnerNet Total Solutions Provider (TSP) Premier partner level with Honeywell. Honeywell’s Vocollect voice-enabled workflow performance solutions have nearly a million voice-enabled workers worldwide. -- Posted Tuesday, September 16, 2014

RuggedPCReview blog: The unpredictable nature of screen sizes
It's a mad, mad, mad world as far as the screen size of mobile devices goes. To witness, for smartphones, 4.7 inches or so now seems the least customers will accept, and 5.5 inches or larger is better. When Apple introduced its iPhone 6 (4.7 inch) and iPhone 6+ (5.5 inch), the demand was such that both Apple's and AT&T's websites couldn't keep up. [read more] -- Posted Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Arbor officially releases Gladius 5 in the US
ARBOR Technology officially introduced its Gladius 5 rugged IoT handheld in the US. Designed for various applications in mobile POS, field service and public safety, the Gladius 5 is equipped with an MT 6589 Quad-core Cortex-A7 CPU and running Android 4.2. The IP65-sealed device has a 5.5-inch 1280 x 720 procap multi-touch screen with Gorilla Glass, RFID/NFC, dual SIM card slots, 5 sensors, 1D/2D barcode scanning and WLAN/WWAN/BT wireless. [See description, analysis and specs of the ARBOR Gladius 5] -- Posted Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Datalogic's Skorpio X3 rugged mobile computer chosen by major French supermarket chain
Datalogic announced that Zero Gachis has chosen the Skorpio X3 mobile computer as an integral component of their smart labeling solution in French supermarkets. This solution is designed to efficiently identify products with short expiration dates nearing the end of their shelf life, and accurately re-label with current marked down pricing. [See press release] -- Posted Tuesday, September 16, 2014

MobileDemand: NASCAR team replaces laptop and handheld with rugged Windows tablet
MobileDemand reports in its blog that one of the top teams in NASCAR with drivers in both Sprint Cup and Nationwide, realized that their two-device laptop and scanner combination wasn't as efficient and immune to abuse as they'd like and now use rugged Windows tablets with integrated barcode scanners, while still being able to communicate directly with their SQL database and Microsoft Office. [See MobileDemand blog] -- Posted Monday, September 15, 2014

Socket Mobile releases updated SDK with Apple iOS 8 support
Socket Mobile released the latest version of their Cordless Hand Scanner (CHS) Software Developer Kit, SocketScan SDK version 10.1. The latest version includes many new feature’s and benefits and is also compatible with Apple’s latest iOS 8 operating system. The new SDK provides support for Socket Mobile’s model 8Qi 2D barcode scanner announced earlier this quarter. The 8Qi is the smallest and lightest 2D barcode scanner available in the market today. [See press release and Socket Mobile Developer Program Registration] -- Posted Friday, September 12, 2014

Handheld’s Nautiz X4 data collector now certified by Verizon Wireless
Handheld Group announced that Verizon Wireless has granted carrier certification for its Nautiz X4 rugged handheld computer. The Nautiz X4 is a rugged, fully portable handheld device designed to offer efficient data collection and communication capabilities for fieldworkers. The Verizon-ready Nautiz X4 is available now for $1,399 MSRP (1D scanner) or $1,549 MSRP (2D imager). [See press release and our review of the Handheld Nautiz X4] -- Posted Friday, September 12, 2014

RAM Mounts features rugged mounting solutions for DAP Technologies tablets and panels
RAM Mounts is featuring their ultra-rugged mobile computer solutions for securing DAP Technologies tablets and panels to virtually any warehouse vehicle including sit down, standing and extended reach forklifts, pallet jacks and much more. The unique ability of RAM to absorb damaging shock and vibration plus its fully adjustable positioning features can't be matched by any other mounting method. [See RAM Mounts for DAP Technologies mobile computers] -- Posted Thursday, September 11, 2014

ViA launches inexpensive, rugged, ultra-reliable fanless ViA ARTiGO A1400 dual-display signage system
VIA Technologies announced the VIA ARTiGO A1300, a rugged ultra-compact fanless quad-core E-Series-based system with a VIA VX11PH Media processor, rich connectivity and networking features designed for a wide range of dual-display signage, kiosk, menu board, HMI, and other IoT applications. Capable of playing two 1080p videos or four 720p videos at the same time, its two HDMI ports can operate independently, enabling multimedia content to be displayed at different resolutions, pixel depths, and refresh rates. [See VIA ARTiGO A1300 page] -- Posted Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Apple introduces new iPhones, Apple Pay, and Apple Watch
Apple introduced the iPhone 6 with a 1334 x 750 pixel 4.7-inch screen and the iPhone 6+ with a 1920 x 1080 pixel 5.5-inch screen. Powered by a new A8 chip and M8 co-processor and running iOS 8, the new 802.11ac and NFC-equipped iPhones, which can be pre-ordered on Sept. 12 and ship on Sept. 19, have powerful new cameras with optical image stabilization, will come in 16GB, 64GB and 128GB versions, and start at US$199 (4.7") and US$299 (5.5") with 2-year contract. Apple also announced Apple Pay for secure payments via finger touch and NFC. And Apple announced the US$349 Apple Watch, available early 2015, which has a novel crown and sensor driven user interface and works in conjunction with iPhone 5 and 6. Judging by Apple stock movement, Wall Street seemed excited over the new iPhones, very excited over Apple Pay, but not excited over the watch. -- Posted Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Xplore RangerX Pro fully-rugged tablets deployed for network construction technicians
Xplore Technologies announced that they have received an additional order for approximately 1,500 RangerX Pro fully-rugged Android tablets that will be used by a major U.S. telecommunications provider’s field technicians in its construction division. “We believe that the RangerX Pro fully-rugged Android tablet is the best Android solution in the market today. It is the perfect solution for our customers’ technicians in the field” said Mark Holleran, president and chief operating officer for Xplore Technologies. “This order is a follow on order from an existing telecommunication’s customer and we are pleased to see this key relationship expanding.” -- Posted Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Dell unveils the Latitude 14 Rugged
Dell has complemented its line of "Rugged Extreme" notebooks with the new Latitude 14 Rugged. Available with Intel "Haswell" i3, i5, or i7 processors, Dell's new tough laptop has a 1366 x 768 pixel 14-inch display, optional discrete nVidia graphics, exceptional onboard I/O, and a vast array of configuration options. Do note, though, that despite the new model's name, this is Dell's semi-rugged entry (and successor to the E6430 ATG) in the 14-inch class, which means IP52 sealing, 3-foot drop spec to provide "protection from dust, water and the elements." It is essentially a built-down version of Dell's 14 Rugged Extreme, and is compatible with all of the rugged line's docks and peripherals. [See description, analysis and specs of the Dell Latitude 14 Rugged] -- Posted Monday, September 8, 2014

Winmate releases next-gen industrial Android PDA, now with replaceable, more powerful battery
Winmate's rugged 4.3-inch E430 Android handheld platform has been quite the success. The company is following up with a 3rd generation, the E430RM2 that now has a replaceable battery with larger capacity, easier access to expansion card slots, and productivity-enhancing new accessories. [See description, analysis and specs of the Winmate E430RM2] -- Posted Monday, September 8, 2014

Motorola Solutions and ET1 Android tablets help sports bar chain increase average table revenue
Motorola Solutions reports how a Quebec-based restaurant chain was searching for a way to increase table income and improve customer satisfaction and is now using Motorola Solutions technology to reduce waiting time for ordering and receiving food and drinks. That includes Motorola’s ET1 Android tablet for mobile order-taking. [See Motorola Solutions press release and case study video.] -- Posted Monday, September 8, 2014

Samsung Galaxy Tab Active
Samsung announced the Galaxy Tab Active, which the company calls their "first tablet built specifically for business," designed with input from vertical market customers. It's basically a toughened-up version of the 8-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 4, one that sports impressive IP67 sealing and a 4-foot drop spec. But what can customers interested in a more rugged consumer tablet really expect from it? [See description, analysis and specs of the Samsung Galaxy Tab Active] -- Posted Sunday, September 7, 2014

German Forest Service uses Juniper Systems' Mesa Rugged Notepad to manage sustainable forests
Junipr Systems announced that one of Europe's most influential forest services, the Hessen-Forst Enterprise in Hessen, Germany, recently purchased 580 of Juniper Systems' Mesa Geo Rugged Notepads to manage the nearly 1.7 million acres of forests in Hessen. Hessen forests are unique in that they are managed in a way that makes them completely sustainable. Trevor Brown, Natural Resources Market Manager at Juniper Systems, said, "With the level of detail with which they manage their forests, it is essential that they have a high-quality data collection tool that is easy to use and has reliable GPS performance under heavy tree canopy. The Mesa Geo fills that need perfectly for them.” [See Juniper Systems press release and Data Management Keeping German Forests Sustainable blog entry]
-- Posted Friday, September 5, 2014

The growing sales of "phablets"
According to a new forecast from IDC, worldwide phablet shipments (smartphones with screen sizes from 5.5- to less than 7-inch) will reach 175 million units worldwide in 2014, passing the 170 million portable PCs expected to ship during the same period. In 2015, total phablet volumes will top 318 million units, surpassing the 233 million tablets forecast to ship in 2015. -- Posted Thursday, September 4, 2014

Florida county uses Getac F110 rugged tablets for fire rescue squad
WEAR TV reports that Escambia County (Florida) Commissioners have approved the purchase of 60 new mobile electronic devices for Escambia County Fire Rescue. The Getac F110 tablet, will be installed in the passenger side of all Escambia County Fire Rescue fire trucks. [See WEAR TV report] -- Posted Thursday, September 4, 2014

Added: ARBOR Gladius G1056
With their rugged Gladius G1056, ARBOR Technology took Intel's Mobile Clinical Assistant concept design with its integrated handle and optimized it for use in the field. That includes extra protection, four USB ports, RS232 serial, LAN, VGA and even DisplayPort. The Gladius G1056 is powered by a dual-core AMD G-Series APU, has a large 10.4-inch AFFS+ resistive touch screen plus active pen, and can be equipped with dual 5mp cameras, RFID, and 3.75G WWAN. [See description, analysis and specs of the ARBOR Gladius G1056] -- Posted Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Xplore gets follow-up order from military
Xplore Technologies announced that it received a million dollar plus purchase order as part of an ongoing military program. "This order is the latest in a series of purchase orders from this U.S. military program involving the delivery of several thousand devices," stated Mark Holleran, Xplore’s President and Chief Operating Officer. [See Xplore press release] -- Posted Wednesday, September 3, 2014

RuggedPCReview welcomes ARBOR Technology Corp. as its newest industry sponsor
ARBOR Technology has joined the RuggedPCReview industry sponsor family, thus helping us spread the word of the uses and benefits of ruggedized computing equipment, and generating the detailed product reviews our organization is known for. ARBOR Technology, founded in 1993, is a Taiwan-based designer and manufacturer of embedded and rugged computing products and services. The company has a worldwide sales and support network with offices located in China, the US, France, Italy, Germany, the UK, Australia, South Korea, Singapore and Malaysia. -- Posted Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Brenham, Texas, battles heat, crime, mobility challenges with Motion Computing rugged tablets and RAM mounting solutions
Motion Computing announced that The City of Brenham has achieved a 30% cost savings by replacing its old mobile communications and data technology throughout its police and fire vehicles with Motion’s Windows-based rugged tablets and RAM mounts. Among the elite 5% of Texas law enforcement agencies long recognized by the Texas Police Chiefs Association Foundation for its Best Practices in operational standards, this Texas municipality acknowledged the need to modernize its mobile workforce capabilities when officers started complaining about the bulkiness and poor performance of its previous in-vehicle equipment. [See Motion news release and video case study] -- Posted Tuesday, September 2, 2014

What happend in rugged computing 5 years ago: September 2009
In September 2009, Itronix introduced Gobi 3G into its rugged notebooks and tablets. We reviewed the Dell Latitude XT2 convertible with multi-touch. RAM introduced the RAM Tough-Hub. Motion Computing began using the superior Hydis AFFS+ display in its improved rugged F5 tablet. The Nikon-Trimble joint venture introduced the Windows CE-based Nivo "Total Station." Psion offered cash for "Data Collection Clunkers." DAP Technologies began using Windows Embedded instead of just Windows CE in its rugged tablets. There were rumors that Fedex would deploy 100,000 Motorola MC9500 rugged handhelds. Getac added the PS236 GPS handheld. Wyse launched "Project Borg" and Fujitsu added multi-touch to its Lifebook T5010. VDC announced that Motorola had 40% of the total market for rugged handhelds, Intermec less than 20%, and Psion Teklogix and LXE each less than 10%. [See September 2009 archive] -- Posted Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Motorola Solutions becomes Symbol again?
The good folks at UK-based Rugged and Mobile reported in their blog that Zebra Technologies would change the name of their Motorola Solutions division-to-be back to Symbol. So... Motorola bought Symbol, split itself into a phone and a solutions business where Google then bought the phone side just to sell it off to Lenovo, while Motorola Solutions bought Psion, just to then see the entire solutions side then being sold to mobile printer maker Zebra. Good move to change the name back to Symbol, which presumably will then also include what's left of Psion. -- Posted Sunday, August 31, 2014

GammaTech adds spill-proof DURABOOK P24 all-in-one
GammaTech announced it has added a series of all-in-one computers to its DURABOOK lineup. Recognizing the need for large-display workstations more durable and damage-resistant than consumer technology, GammaTech created the Intel Haswell-powered DURABOOK P24. The P24 has a 1920 x 1080 pixel 24-inch display with optional 10-point multi-touch, internal UPS, is just 1.4 inches thick, and at 13.6 pounds weighs barely more than a (smaller) iMac21. The P24 is has been MIL-STD-810G tested for vibration and work in temperatures up to 104°F, and its front-panel is spill proof, making it suitable for demanding business/enterprise as well as healthcare deployments. [See P24 product page] -- Posted Thursday, August 28, 2014

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VIA VIPRO VP770
RAM Mounts for Panasonic U1
Panasonic Toughbook H1
DRS ARMOR X10
Fujitsu LifeBook U820
Fujitsu LifeBook P1630
RMT DAP CE8640B
Xplore iX104C4
Sonim XP1 rugged phone
Motorola VC6096
Advantech TREK-775
Fujitsu Stylistic ST6012
Panasonic Toughboook F8
Panasonic Toughboook T8
Advantech VITA-350E
Lenovo ThinkPad X200t
Psion Teklogix NEO
NEC PNC
GETAC P470
Intermec CK3
Motion LE1700
HP Elitebook 2730P
Xplore Technologies iX104C4
Two Technologies Hydrus
Motion Computing F5
Juniper Allegro MX Field PC
Aceeca MEZ1500
2 Technologies Jett.eye
Electrovaya SC-4000
Secure Comm Lynx
Secure Comm Orion
Fujitsu LifeBook T1010
Fujitsu LifeBook T5010
RMT Duros
Advantech MARS-1030
GETAC B300
Panasonic CF-U1
Datalogic Kyman
Averatec Voya 6400
Lenovo ThinkPad X61
LXE VX3XPlus
Advantech MARS-3100S
LXE MX3XPlus
Motorola MC75
GETAC E100
Advantech MARS-3100R
Handheld US M3 Mobile
Trimble GeoExplorer 2008
NEXCOM 2100 Series
Averatec Voya 4600
Averatec Voya 4400
DT Research WebDT 520
Panasonic Toughbook W7
DRS ARMOR C12 full
Gateway C-141
GETAC B300
GETAC P470
General Dynamics Sectera Edge
DRS ARMOR X10
DRS ARMOR C12
Dell Latitude XFR D630
GD-Itronix Duo-Touch II
AMREL MRK8
Casio DT-X7
LXE Tx700
LXE Tx800
Roper Mobile Duros
DT Research WebDT 310
DT Research WebDT 360
Psion Teklogix ikôn Rugged PDA
Intermec CV30
Intermec CV60
Wyse X90Le thin client
Ricoh 500SE
Intermec CK61EX
Fujitsu Lifebook P1620
GETAC E100
Panasonic CF-30 update
Metrologic SP5700
MobileDemand xTablet T8700
Data Ltd DLI 8300
Dell Latitude XT Tablet PC
Toshiba Portege R500
Juniper Systems Archer
LXE MX8
Intermec CK32IS
Intermec CN3
Dell ATG D630
Symbol MC35
Psion Teklogix WorkAbout Pro G2
4P FDA600
4P FDA300
GETAC V100
HHP Dolphin 7850
Trimble Nomad 800
LXE HX3
Augmentix XTG630
Trimble Nomad 800 preview
Datalogic Skorpio
Datalogic Pegaso
Datalogic Memor
Datalogic Jet
Trimble Juno ST
CATCHER CCAP
GD-Itronix GoBook MR-1
GD-Itronix GoBook VR-2
MobileDemand xTablet T8600
GD-Itronix DynaVue Technology
Toshiba Portege R400
GETAC A790
Outdoor readable screens 07
Talla-Tech RPDA-57 Juno ST
Talla-Tech Tacter-31M
Fujitsu U8240 UMPC
Panasonic CF-08
GETAC M230
Socket SoMo 650
Motion Computing LE1700
Symbol/Motorola MC35
Motorola MW810
Motorola ML910
The UMPC end of 2006 (PDF)
PacStar 3500
Psion Teklogix 8515
Motion Computing C5
Toshiba Portege R400
Panasonic CF-19
Panasonic CF-30
Dell Latitude ATG
Toshiba Tecra M7
Electrovaya PowerPad 95
Otterbox 7000
Symbol WT 4000 Series
Electrovaya SC-3100
WalkAbout Hammerhead Xtreme
ViewSonic V38r
Itronix GoBook XR-1
MobileDemand xTablet T8600
Itronix Hummer
Twinhead Durabook D13RI
Toshiba Tecra M4
Twinhead N15RN
Itronix GoBook VR-1
Motion LS800
Xplore iX104C2
TDS Ranger 500X

PDFs of full reviews
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Advantech MARS-3100R
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Advantech TREK-775
Advantech VITA-350E
Datalogic R Series
DT Research WebDT 520
GETAC 9213
GETAC A790
GETAC B300
GETAC B300X
GETAC E100
GETAC M230
GETAC P470
GETAC X500X
GETAC PS236
GETAC PS535F
GETAC V100
GETAC V110
GETAC V200
GD-Itronix Duo-Touch II
GD-Itronix DynaVue
GD-Itronix MR1
GD-Itronix GD6000
GD-Itronix Tadpole Topaz
GD-Itronix VR2
GD-Itronix XR1
Handheld Algiz 7
Handheld Algiz 10
Handheld Algiz XRW
Handheld M3 Mobile
Handheld Nautiz X3
Handheld Nautiz X5
Handheld Nautiz X7
Juniper Systems Archer
Juniper Systems Allegro MX
Juniper Systems TK6000
Motion F5
Motion F5v
Motion F5t
Motion CL9000
Motion LE1700
Motion J3400
Motion J3500
MobileDemand T8700
MobileDemand T8600
MobileDemand T8600 update
Logic Instrument FieldBook
RMT DAP CE8640B
RMT SwitchBack
RMT DUROS 1214
RUGGEDBOOK SR800
RUGGEDBOOK SR820
RUGGEDBOOK SR858
Winmate I880
Winmate I980
Winmate IA80
Winmate V280
Xplore iX104 XC6
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