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Scan handle transforms rugged tablet into barcode scanning powerhouse
MobileDemand has designed a scan handle attachment for the new xTablet T8650 rugged tablet. The optional accessory snaps directly to the back of the device to enable fast and ergonomic barcode scanning using the rugged tablet’s built-in 2D barcode scanner. The Scan Handle, which connects via Bluetooth, is powered by a swappable battery, providing up to 90 hours of continuous use on a single charge. [See MobileDemand media release and watch xTablet T8650 Scan Handle demo video] -- Posted Thursday, February 16, 2017

Avalue presenting seamless smart retail solution at EuroShop 2017
Avalue Technology, an embedded solution provider and an associate member of Intel Internet of Things Solutions Alliance, will be joining one of the world’s largest retail trade show, EuroShop, at Düsseldorf, Germany, on March 5-9, 2017. Visit Avalue’s Café-Boutique at Hall 7, Booth A36 to experience seamless retail solution. Avalue’s omnichannel retail solutions include modules such as in-store marketing, customer satisfaction, customer behavior analysis, point of sale, store management and business analytics. [See Avalue media release] -- Posted Wednesday, February 15, 2017

GammaTech to feature newest rugged computers at the AFCEA West 2017 Conference
GammaTech announced it will be partnering with Transource to showcase their latest DURABOOK line of rugged computers for leading military personnel at the AFCEA West 2017 Conference in the Transource booth (#1137 and #1139). The conference will take place from February 21-23 in the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA. Meeting or exceeding most difficult Military Standards, DURABOOK tablets and PCs are designed for demanding environments and can withstand the most hostile, toughest military applications. Whether in actual combat or preparing for it, these rugged devices offer power, performance and reliability to meet the needs of today’s military personnel. [See GammaTech media release] -- Posted Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Sony develops next-gen camera image sensor for mobile devices
Interested in the future of cameras integrated into mobile devices? Sony just announced a new 3-layer stacked 21-megapixel CMOS image sensor with DRAM for smartphones and the like. The sensor captures still images of fast-moving subjects with minimal focal plane distortion as well as 4k/60fps video and super slow motion movies at up to 1,000 frames per second. [See Sony media release] -- Posted Tuesday, February 14, 2017

GammaTech to show rugged computers designed for healthcare professionals at HIMSS 2017
GammaTech announced the company will be partnering with Lund Industries to showcase their DURABOOK line of mobile rugged computer options for medical professionals at HIMSS 2017 in the Lund Industries booth, #3203. The HIMSS 2017 Annual Conference will take place February 19-23 in the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. GammaTech’s DURABOOK line of rugged computers will be mounted to Lund Industries’ DataCart products, resulting in state-of-the-art care carts ideal for use in medical situations such as telemedicine, behavioral health, stroke and nursing home use, where dependable technology can ensure that the professional’s attention will be focused on the patient. [See GammaTech media release] -- Posted Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Xplore fulfills Initial $1.3M order to enable world’s first Android tablet-based vehicle safety and emissions system
Xplore Technologies announced that it has fulfilled an initial $1.3 million order for its XSLATE D10 tablet PCs and is in the process of deploying them as part of the first rugged tablet-based vehicle safety and emissions system ever built for a public or private-sector emissions safety program. The completely mobile system, which is also the first to leverage an Android device, exclusively relies on Xplore XSLATE D10 fully rugged tablet PCs to power the field and back-office workflows of vehicle safety and emissions programs across the United States. [See Xplore media release] -- Posted Monday, February 13, 2017

VIA to showcase Smart Transportation Solutions
VIA Technologies announced that it will be showcasing its latest Smart Transportation Solutions at the 2017 Embedded World Exhibition and Conference being held this March 14-16 in Nuremberg, Germany. The VIA booth #2-551 is in Hall 2 of the Nuremberg Exhibition Center. Highlights on display at the VIA booth include a broad spectrum of commercial-grade systems, HMI starter kits, and IoT acceleration platforms that can be rapidly customized for in-vehicle and in-station applications. See VIA media release] -- Posted Thursday, February 9, 2017

Handheld Group announces Algiz 8X rugged Windows tablet
Handheld Group announced their new Algiz X8 rugged Windows 10 tablet, designed for modern field workers who require a powerful, portable computer for mobile tasks. Powered by an Intel "Braswell" N3710 quad-core processor, the Algiz 8X has a bright (600+ nits) 1280 x 800 pixel 8-inch procap wet/glove-capable multi-touch display with active pen support, can handle extreme environmental conditions, and provides extensive onboard connectivity and a "backpack" system for custom features. [See Handheld media release and RuggedPCReview's description, analysis and specs of the Handheld Group Algiz 8X -- Posted Wednesday, February 8, 2017

MediaTek introduces 16nm octa-core Helio P25
MediaTek announced the launch of its 64-bit MediaTek Helio P25, the newest addition to the MediaTek Helio P series mobile processor family. The new chipset, which clocks up to 2.5GHz, combines a 16nm ARM Cortex-A53 Octa-core processor with MediaTek Imagiq image signal processor technology (ARM Mali-T880 dual GPU, 4k video supported) and dual camera features (up to 24mp or 13mp+13mp). [See MediaTek press release and Helio P25 product sheet] -- Posted Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Stealth.com launches a new Lineup of rugged fanless Mini PCs
Stealth.com (a Sparton company) has launched a new lineup of rugged fanless Mini PCs. The company's most comprehensive offering to date, the new LPC-800 series is versatile, robust and designed for a variety of demanding environments and applications. The LPC-800 series consists of 4 small form factor models; The LPC-810 is the smallest and lightest, the LPC-830 a mid-size system equipped with more storage and I/O functionality and LPC-860 which offers the highest performance in the series and lastly the LPC-862 which expands on the LPC-860 with two expansion slots. See Stealth media release] -- Posted Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Kyocera DuraForce PRO rugged smartphone wins iF Design Award 2017
Kyocera announced that its Kyocera DuraForce PRO rugged 4G LTE smartphone with a super wide view HD (1080p) Action Camera received the iF DESIGN AWARD 2017. Built not just to survive in harsh environments, DuraForce PRO is shockproof, drop-proof, and dustproof, with IP68 sealing and MIL-STD-810G tested protection against dust, shock, vibration, temperature extremes, blowing rain, low pressure, solar radiation, salt fog, humidity, immersion, temperature shock and icing/freezing rain. [See Kyocera media release and DuraForce Pro product page] -- Posted Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Motorola Solutions reports full-year 2016 financials
Motorola Solutions reported 2016 full-year sales of USS$6.04 billion, up 6% from US$5.69 billion in 2015. 2016 operating earnings were US$1.07 billion, up 7% from 2015's US$994 million, with 2016 net earnings of US$560 million vs. US$640 million in 2015. The product vs. services sales breakdown was about 60:40. For 2017, Motorola Solutions expects revenue growth of 1-2%. [See Motorola Solutions financials media release -- Posted Saturday, February 4, 2017

Xplore reports their fiscal Q3/2017 financials
For Q3 of their fiscal 2017 financials, Xplore Technologies reported revenue of US$24.5 million, compared to US$27.0 million for the same quarter a year ago. Xplore reported net income for the quarter of $219,000 compared to net income of $786,000 for the three months ended December 31, 2015. As far as revenue goes, Xplore said the numbers reflect increased demand for multiple Xplore platforms, offset slightly by production capacity constraints caused by orders weighted heavily toward XSLATE D10 and Bobcat devices. [See Xplore media release] -- Posted Friday, February 3, 2017

What happened in rugged computing 5 years ago: February 2012
February 2012 was a busy month in rugged computing! DAP opened a second US office and previewed their V1010 vehicle computer. Motion expanded its presence in the UK with a new Country Manager. Xplore reported their first-ever profitable quarter, Intermec posted $850 million in revenue for the year and launched the CV41 rugged forklift computer. Juniper added a HazLoc version of its Mesa, Psion a Neo handheld with UHF RFID, and Trimble introduced a new gen of its rugged Juno GIS handhelds. Android started to make a move: Harris introduced the RF-3590 rugged Android tablet, Motorola the LEX 700 mission-critical Android handheld, and and Winmate introduced the Android-based 4.3-inch E430M handheld. AMREL received a quality award, the US Air Force selected the Getac B300 for QEB fully rugged laptop category, and Panasonic reported on its 3,500+ unit Navistar Toughbook deployment. [See full January 2012 archive] -- Posted Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Crystal Group White Paper on specialized rugged electronics
Crystal Group, a designer/manufacturer of combat-proven rugged commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) systems, announced the availability of a new white paper that provides system engineers with an overview to understand why ruggedized electronics are critical components of Direction Finding and Locating Systems. [Crystal Group White Paper section rehistration and download] -- Posted Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Handheld Group upgrades ultra-rugged ALGIZ RT7 tablet
The Handheld Group announced it has upgraded its popular 7-inch Algiz RT7 rugged Android tablet to Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) and doubled RAM to 2 GB. These upgrades will also apply to the Algiz RT7 eTicket used in public transportation fare collection and ticket validation. Jerker Hellström, Handheld Group CEO, said that “Android 6.0 is a vast improvement over 5.1 for our enterprise customers, increasing data security and adding features designed specifically for mobile workforces employing Android. And the performance-enhancing RAM increase ensures our customers have the power they need for complex field tasks.” [See Handheld Group media release] -- Posted Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Juniper launches economically priced dual-SIM, IP68 rugged 4.7-inch Android handheld
Juniper Systems has launched the Cedar CT5 rugged smartphone as a more powerful and technologically more advanced successor to its earlier CT4. The 4.7-inch Gorilla Glass 3-protected 8-ounce handheld runs Android 6.0 "Marshmallow" on a 2GHz Octa-core ARM Cortex A54 processor, has dual cameras (5 and 13mp), FCC-approved 2G/3G/4G LTE, 32GB Flash, microSD, PTT button, dedicated GPS, IP68 ingress protection, and a powerful 16 whr battery. [See description, analysis and specs of the Juniper Systems Cedar CT5 rugged handheld.] -- Posted Monday, January 30, 2017

Getac reports strong December sales
According to Digitimes, ruggedized computing device maker Getac Technology reported consolidated revenues of US$64.9 million for December 2016,up 1.62% on month and 16.2% on year. Revenues for Q4/2016 increased 12.8% sequentially and 18.2% on year to US$188.4 million, the company's highest quarterly figures in eight years. For all of 2016, revenues amounted to US$637.6 million, up 11.1% from the prior year. -- Posted Monday, January 30, 2017

Case Study: Handheld Group Algiz 10X emergency response system improves efficiency for ambulance workers
Sweden is improving its emergency healthcare efforts with Paratus, a modular solution built on Handheld's Algiz 10X rugged tablet. Swedish emergency responders are using the Algiz 10X emergency response tablet to send critical status updates to hospital workers as they happen, increasing emergency healthcare efficiency and improving patient outcomes. [Read Algiz 10X emergency response system improves efficiency for ambulance workers] -- Posted Thursday, January 26, 2017

Commercial mobile tech jumps to military deployment with rugged tablets
DT Research points out that commercial-grade level tech has proved to be a boon across a wide range of civilian industries. It provides low-cost production of mobile devices, and has made mobile technology more affordable than ever. However most commercially produced mobile devices cannot withstand the physical demands of military deployment. To meet this need, a new breed of tablet has emerged; it combines the best features of commercial-grade tablets with a new form of ruggedization that meets exacting military standards. [Read more Rugged Tech Talk with DT Research] -- Posted Thursday, January 26, 2017

Rugged computing experts offer economically priced, full-featured, field-ready IP68-sealed 7-inch Android tablet
Juniper Systems has released the Cedar CT7G rugged 7-inch Android 6.0 tablet to meet customer demand for a lower cost, ruggedized Android line that would serve as a more suitable alternative to fragile consumer devices for outdoor applications. Powered by the "world mode" quad-core MTK6735 platform, the IP68-sealed tablet targets geomatics industry and geospatial technology customers, and should be interesting to anyone seeking an economy-priced rugged Android tablet. [See description, analysis and specs of the Juniper Systems Cedar CT7G] -- Posted Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Xplore Technologies expands worldwide service organization
Xplore Technologies announced that it has completed a significant expansion of its global support and service organization in line with its growing global customer base. Over the last 12 months, the company has added four new Service Depots, three new Authorized Service Providers, and more than 10 toll-free numbers to connect rugged tablet customers in every region with the Customer Care Center for technical support and warranty processing. [See Xplore media release] -- Posted Tuesday, January 24, 2017

New VIA platform accelerates Smart Signage innovation
VIA Technologies unveiled their new VIA VAB-630 HMI system platform, create to accelerating the deployment of smart signage installations in retail, office, and factory environments. Combining a 3.5” SBC motherboard with an optional 10.1” touch panel screen, the VIA VAB-630 provides advanced compute, graphics and video features for interactive multimedia applications in kiosks, signage displays, and factory automation. Functionality can be further enhanced with the integration of optional wireless communication modules, including a combination USB Wi-Fi and Bluetooth module or miniPCIe 3G module. [See VIA media release and VAB-640 product page] -- Posted Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Winmate releases "slim" Series of G-WIN rugged Panel PCs
Winmate's G-WIN rugged panel computers have been available and deployed around the globe for years. Now the company has added the S65 line of "slim" G-WIN panel PCs. Sealed to IP65 standard and using waterproof M12 connectors for all wired I/O, the S65 "slim" models are available in four display sizes (7, 10.1, 12.1 and 15 inch). All but the 7-inch model are available either in Wintel configurations (Intel N2930 Bay Trail + various versions of Windows Embedded) OR ARM configurations (Freescale i.MX6 + Android or various Linux distros). [See RuggedPCReview's analysis, description and specs of the Winmate G-WIN S65 "slim" Series] -- Posted Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Full review: DT Research DT301S 2-in-1 enabled rugged tablet
2-in-1 enabled rugged Windows tablets are coming on strong, combining powerful, productivity-oriented tablet hardware with matching detachable keyboards designed for real work. RuggedPCReview performed an in-depth analysis and review of the DT Research DT301S, an IP65-sealed, Intel Skylake-powered 10.1-inch tablet that can instantly provide full laptop functionality without the extra bulk and weight of a permanently attached keyboard. [See full review of the DT Research DT301S] -- Posted Thursday, January 19, 2017

Panasonic announced Android-based Toughpad FZ-A2
Over five years ago, Panasonic introduced their original Toughpad, the Android-based FZ-A1. The world wasn't quite ready for an iPad-sized rugged Android tablet at the time, but now it is. The new 10.1-inch full-HD, Intel Atom x5-Z8550-powered Toughpad FZ-A2 shares much with the tablet part of Panasonic's Windows-based 2-in-1 Toughbook CF-20, but in a lower-end configuration and running Android 6 Marshmallow. [See description, analysis and specs of the Panasonic Toughpad FZ-A2] -- Posted Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Full review: Juniper Systems Mesa 2 ultra-rugged Windows tablet
RuggedPCReview performed a detailed examination of Juniper Systems' Mesa 2, the company's first "full" Windows device, and found it to be a supremely competent, very configurable, Intel Bay Trail-powered 7-inch capacitive multi-touch tablet with a sharp, bright display, excellent battery life, and the kind of trust-inspiring ruggedness and sealing that means field workers won't have to baby their gear. The Mesa 2 is available in several versions, including barcode, RFID, GEO, and HazLoc. [See full review of the Juniper Systems Mesa 2] -- Posted Monday, January 16, 2017

Panasonic releases 2-in-1 12.5-inch Toughpad FZ-Q2
Panasonic introduced the Windows-based 12.5-inch Toughpad FZ-Q2 as both an upgrade and enhancement to its prior Toughpad FZ-Q1, as well as a re-positioning of the platform to a 2-in-1 convertible/hybrid. As a member of Panasonic's family of enterprise-grade rugged tablet computers, the upgraded Toughpad Q2 thus further bolsters its position as a "pro" tablet with a larger display, extra features, and now 2-in-1 convertible functionality. [See description, analysis and specs of the Panasonic Toughpad FZ-Q2] -- Posted Sunday, January 15, 2017

Taking the gloves off: drop testing Surface Pro 4 cases
A lot of folks are starting to claim they're "meeting MIL-STD-810G." Problem is, that statement alone means very little as the MIL-STD-810G simply issues testing guidelines. The rugged tablet folks at MobileDemand, who do know a thing or 50 about ruggedness testing, decided to do some of their own comparison testing. Ouch. [See MobileDemand Surface Pro 4 rugged case drop test blog and video] -- Posted Friday, January 13, 2017

Xplore Technologies and CLS America partner to launch the Thorium X SatCom rugged Android tablet
Xplore Technologies has partnered with CLS America to launch the Thorium X satcom rugged tablet system. The Thorium X is built on Xplore's XSLATE D10 Android rugged tablet PC. Xplore received an initial order from CLS for 1,000 XSLATE D10 units, plus follow-on orders as needed. The giant advantage of the Thorium X is that it can communicate where there is no WiFi or cell coverage. According to Michael Kelly, VP of CLS America. “Thorium X allows people to stay connected via satellite 100% of the time, and at a fraction of the cost of satellite phones.” [See Xplore/CLS America media release and Thorium X web page] -- Posted Friday, January 13, 2017

Panasonic Europe numbers
A Panasonic UK release yields this information: For 2015, Panasonic claims a 66% share of rugged notebook and convertible revenue in Europe, as well as a 59% rugged tablet revenue share. Panasonic also claims 1,000 partners across Europe and 30 registered ISVs, and states that 77% of its European Toughbook and Toughpad revenue came through the channel. [See Panasonic media release] -- Posted Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Oregon Department of Transportation deploys DT Research purpose-built GNSS rugged tablets for construction projects
DT Research announced the successful deployment of DT391GS rugged GNSS tablets for the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT). The DT391GS tablets with Intel Bay Trail dual-core processors are used as inspector positioning tablets with the critical hardware and software needed for line and grade determination on stakeless highway construction projects. “ODOT selected the DT Research tablet as it was the only device on the market that provided dual frequency GNSS in a rugged Windows based device,” Chris Pucci, Construction Automation Surveyor at the Oregon Department of Transportation. “The tablets have been very well received by our construction inspection personnel.” [See DT Research media release] -- Posted Monday, January 9, 2017

Winmate announces M800 Windows Tablet PC for public safety, security, point-of-sale and vehicular applications
Winmate announced the M800BW, a compact, rugged, lightweight 8-inch Windows Tablet PC for public safety, security, point-of-sale and vehicular applications. Powered by a quad-core Intel "Braswell" Pentium N3710 chip, the M800 weighs just 2.4 pounds, offers capacitive multi-touch (including glove/rain.stylus modes), and can be mounted almost anywhere. Also available is a special expansion box that provides vehicle power, a DB9 serial port and CAN bus support. [See RuggedPCReview's description, analysis and specs of the Winmate M800] -- Posted Thursday, January 5, 2017

FLIR announces rugged pocket-portable thermal camera
FLIR announced the FLIR C3 rugged thermal camera designed to be the go-to tool for building inspections, facilities maintenance, HVAC, or electrical repair. The slim touchscreen camera fits easily into pockets and is tough enough to go anywhere. Capable of quickly finding hidden problems, documenting repairs, and sharing images over Wi-Fi, the US$699 can do streaming video and includes FLIR Tools professional reporting software for Mac or PC. [See FLIR media release] -- Posted Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Advantech to acquire majority stake in Kostec
Advantech, which is now about a US$1.3 billion company and is said to command almost 30% of the global industrial computer market, announced it plans to acquire a 60% stake in Korean medical display supplier Kostec in a move to expand its presence in the medical care market. -- Posted Wednesday, January 4, 2017

What happened in rugged computing 5 years ago: January 2012
In January 2012, we added Korean company Bluebird's entire line of Pidion rugged handhelds. Motorola Solutions reported full-year 2011 sales of US$8.2 billion and profits US$858 million. GD Itronix said its rugged Android-based GD300 handheld had been deployed to Afghanistan with elements of the 75th Ranger Regiment. GD Itronix also released the GD4000 semi-rugged notebook. NDP DisplaySearch said that wide viewing angle LCDs were on the move. Fujitsu released the TeamPoS 7000 POS advanced touch terminal. 3M introduced the 3M SmartPen, Datalogic created the Datalogic ADC (Automatic Data Capture) division, and Escort Radar announced the SmartOffice rugged tablet. We reviewed the Winmate G570Z Windows mini-tablet and the Getac B300 with its new 2nd gen Core processor. Psion upgraded its XT15 rugged handheld, DT Research its DT430 POS handheld, DAP its M100 handheld, and Getac beta-tested Android on its rugged PS236 handheld. [See full January 2012 archive] -- Posted Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Wacom's new Bamboo stylus with Active ES and Microsoft Pen support getting closer
There was a long period of time when the ubiquitous Wacom pen worked on every device with a Wacom digitizer in it, without a battery at all. But that was before the emergence of capacitive multi-touch drove even Wacom to come up with an active electrostatic pen, and before Microsoft bought the other major active pen technology, n-trig, and compatibility pretty much disappeared. However, Wacom now announced it is putting the final touches on a new stylus, developed under a licensing agreement with Microsoft, that will support both their own Active ES Pen protocol and the Microsoft Pen Protocols. Now add to that the Universal Stylus Initiative (see our report) and we're at a point where, overall, things are a bit confusing and perhaps less compatible than they ought to be. [See Wacom media release] -- Posted Tuesday, January 3, 2017

U.S. Army orders thousands of Getac S410 semi-rugged notebooks for medical tracking system
The Army Medical Communications for Combat Casualty Care (MC4) product management team has placed an order for 3,750 Getac S410 semi-rugged notebooks. The notebooks will be used to help digitally capture medical treatment data in operational environments, enhance continuity of care, and enable a comprehensive lifelong electronic health record for Service members. MC4 selected the S410 semi-rugged notebooks as an integral part of its overall MC4 System for two reasons; its high performance and configurable feature set; and the long-standing relationship Getac has established as a trusted advisor to the organization. [See media release and RuggedPCReview's report on the Getac S410] -- Posted Tuesday, January 3, 2017

HazLoc Primer
Despite of its crucial importance to the safety of equipment and personnel, the hazardous location (HazLoc) market is poorly understood outside the small circle of people who are directly involved with it. Even insiders often struggle with describing what "HazLoc" really means, what "intrinsic safety" is, and what all the various classifications pertaining to hazardous location safety mean. In general, it's assumed that "HazLoc" is something military or something with poisons and perhaps industrial waste. For a better understanding, see our new HazlLoc Primer, prepared with the help of BARTEC, a world leader in explosion protection. [See HazLoc Primer] -- Posted Friday, December 30, 2016

Speed Demon Top 10: Rugged Tablets
By and large, performance matters in computers as much as it does in vehicles and a lot of other machinery and items we use in our daily lives. Performance, of course, isn't everything. Unless you're a race car driver and need so and so much performance to be competitive, the extra cost of the highest possible performance is a luxury rather than a necessity. What it boils down to is getting as much performance as is needed. That said, we love performance and so we're listing the "speed demons" among the rugged tablets we've tested over the past several years. Gold, Silver and Bronze galore. [See Speed Demon Top 10: Rugged Tablets] -- Posted Thursday, December 29, 2016

Getac expects rugged PCs to drive 2017 revenue growth
According to DigiTimes, Getac Technology chairman James Hwang aims to increase Getac's global market share for rugged industrial computing devices from the current 16-18% to 30% in three years. Hwang also indicated that half of Getac's rugged device revenue comes from US sales. And that Getac is supplying fiberglass plastic chassis to the world's top five notebook vendors (except Apple). [See DigiTimes article] -- Posted Wednesday, December 28, 2016

ARBOR launches 8-inch Tablet POS with dual-OS platform
ARBOR Technology announced the availability of the ARBOR Gladius G0830, a versatile point-of-sales system solution combining the advantage of both mobile and fixed POS. Designed for retail, warehousing and hospitality, inventory management, payment processing, customer data gathering and staff tracking, the Gladius G0830 Gladius has a special that dock that provides MSR, chipcard, and smart card reading, as well as additional wired connectivity. The G0830 tablet can also used with an optional pistol grip that more than doubles battery capacity. The G0830 was selected for the Taiwan Excellence Award 2017, Computex Best Choice Award 2016 in the smart retail category in Taipei, and also won the Mobility for Business Award 2016 for the best terminal innovation in Paris. [See ARBOR media release and RuggedPCReview's assessment of the Gladius G0830] -- Posted Tuesday, December 27, 2016

MobileDemand: Why should enterprises go with Windows 10?
Windows 10 adoption happened at a much brisker pace than that of Windows 8. The fact that Windows 10 was free of charge initially certainly helped, but it's also an altogether better OS. In a recent blog, MobileDemand answers the question why enterprises should go with Windows 10. [See MobileDemand blog] -- Posted Saturday, December 24, 2016

Technavio report lists top five rugged vendors 2016-2020
Technavio has published a new market research report on the global rugged device market from 2016-2020. According to it, the global rugged device market was valued at USD 4.36 billion in 2015, consisting of defense and military (42.7%), commercial (23.8%), government (19.3%) and industry (14.2%). According to the report, the top 5 rugged device vendors 2016-2020 are Amrel (which will surprise them as they left the business in 2016), Getac, Honeywell, Panasonic and Zebra. Technavio also broke down the market as 27.8% semi-rugged, 53.2% fully rugged, and 19% ultra-rugged. [See media release] -- Posted Wednesday, December 21, 2016

KARI selects Zebra Technologies to enhance retail supply chain operations
Zebra Technologies announced the deployment of 2,000 Zebra MC2100 mobile computers to cover all KARI shoe stores in Russia. The deal will enable KARI, one of the largest shoe retailers in Eastern Europe, to increase the quality of service and effectively manage inventory. The Zebra МС2100 is integrated into KARI’s internal stock-balance management system and its centralized database, allowing users to effectively control KARI`s supply chain in real time. [See Zebra media release] -- Posted Monday, December 19, 2016

Dell partners with Taipei to create IoT Innovation Lab
DigiTimes reports that Dell Taiwan has partnered with the city of Taipei to establish the Taipei IoT Innovation Lab, looking to enable the city to become a Living Lab for smart city technology. Dell will provide complete end-to-end technology solutions and resources to the Taipei government's IoT ecosystem, allowing IoT startups access to resources to test concepts and turn them into solutions. Prior to the lab in Taipei, Dell established labs in California, the US, Ireland and Singapore to assist its clients to develop, test and build IoT solutions. -- Posted Thursday, December 15, 2016

Enterprise Mobility and Explosion Protection: Keep Your Eyes Open When Shopping for Hardware!
With the ongoing quest for cost-effective productivity enhancing measures, there's an increase in demand for intrinsically safe mobile computing gear, the safe operation of which requires far more than mere certification documentation. Improper deployment can have life-threatening consequences, and ultimately the responsibility for proper use is with the user. [Read "Enterprise Mobility and Explosion Protection: Keep Your Eyes Open When Shopping for Hardware!" by Johannes Buhn of BARTEC] -- Posted Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Zebra launches updated TC70x ultra-rugged handheld with either Android or Windows 10 IoT Mobile Enterprise
Now that Microsoft Windows 10 IoT Mobile Enterprise is finally here to replace the old Windows Mobile/Embedded Handheld, industry leaders are starting to offer rugged handheld hardware that supports both of the operating systems. The latest example is Zebra's updated TC70x ultra-rugged touch computer. Newly equipped with hexa-core Snapdragon processors and a slew of tech enhancements, the 4.7-inch handheld with integrated industrial-grade scanner is targeted at various enterprise deployments. [See description, analysis and specs of the Zebra TC70x] -- Posted Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Getac posts strong November sales
DigiTimes reports that Getac Technologies had consolidated revenues of US$64 million for November 2016, up 27.5% compared to November 2015. Year-to-date revenues through November are US$519 million, up 10.53% from the first 11 months of 2015. -- Posted Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Zebra and IoT leaders identify "Intelligent Enterprise" as decade's most impactful trend
Zebra Technologies announced that global leaders from healthcare, retail, transportation and logistics and manufacturing validate the "Intelligent Enterprise" as the defining trend of the decade for industries globally. Less than six months after introducing its vision for Enterprise Asset Intelligence, Zebra, in partnership with the Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard (TECH) assembled 40 leading executives, industry experts and policymakers for the 2016 Innovation Symposium: The Intelligent Enterprise. A whitepaper summarizes the outcomes of the discussion along with considerations paramount to the successful adoption and deployment of IoT solutions and how organizations can harness their full potential. [Access TECH whitepaper] -- Posted Monday, December 12, 2016

Xplore receives follow-up rugged tablet order
Xplore Technologies announced that one of the nation’s top 10 electric power and natural gas utility companies has placed a $1.7 million follow-on order for XSLATE B10 fully rugged tablets, bringing the customer's total investment in Xplore solutions to more than $2.7 million in 2016. [See Xplore media release] -- Posted Monday, December 12, 2016

Janam launches XG3 with Android
Janam Technologies announced that its XG3 rugged mobile computer is now available with Android, making for a secure, flexible and collaborative platform to help organizations work smarter and faster. The XG3 is a gun-shaped rugged mobile computer designed from scratch as a workhorse based on tried-and-true, yet technologically up-to-date, technology, and capable of handling substantial abuse on the job. The XG3's 3.5-inch screen is super-sharp (229 ppi), the gun-style form factor is optimal for many applications, and the XG3 is available with industrial-grade 1D or 1D/2D integrated scanning. The availability of Android adds a secure, rich and familiar user experience option that may well enhance productivity at the point of activity. [See Janam media release and Janam XG3 product page] -- Posted Thursday, December 8, 2016

GammaTech DURABOOK S15AB with large 15.6-inch screen
When it comes to laptops, sometimes nothing other than a really big screen will do. GammaTech reminds that its DURABOOK S15AB is currently the only 15.6-inch semi-rugged notebook on the market. RuggedPCReview examined the S15AB in detail earlier this year, found it an exceptionally well constructed machine with very good performance from its Intel Broadwell processor, full-shift battery life, and we loved that large, bright, semi-matte display. [See GammaTech media release and our full review of the DURABOOK S15AB] -- Posted Thursday, December 8, 2016

JLT Mobile selected by Poland's largest container facility
JLT Mobile Computers announced it has delivered 47 of its JLT VERSO+ 10 rugged mobile vehicle computers to the new T2 deep-water terminal at DCT Gdansk in Poland, the nation's largest container facility, and the only deep-water terminal in the Baltic Sea region. The rugged mobile vehicle computers, supplied by JLT partner Autepra, have been installed on Kalmar T2 terminal tractors. Running the Navis N4 Terminal OS, they are part of DCT's effort to open a second 650 meter deep-water berth at the T2 terminal, which will double the handling capacity of DCT Gdansk. [See JLT Mobile media release and JLT VERSO+ 10 product page] -- Posted Wednesday, December 7, 2016

ARBOR announces conformal coating services
ARBOR Technology announced its automated conformal coating service. Conformal coating relates to applying coating materials to electronic circuits in order to protect them against failure resulting from moisture, temperature extremes, mold, friction, dust or chemicals. In contrast to other methods of coating, conformal coating produces a uniform, repeatable layer of protection, exactly what's needed for maximum reliability under trying environmental conditions. [See ARBOR media release on conformal coating] -- Posted Tuesday, December 6, 2016

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