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Congrats to Xplore Technologies: 20 years of rugged tablets, and only rugged tablets
At the January 1997 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, I walked into the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center on the lookout for something — anything — new and exciting in tablets or pen computers. Sure, Microsoft had announced Windows CE at the Fall Comdex in response to Apple’s Newton Message Pad and the emerging “Palm Economy,” and our bi-monthly Pen Computing Magazine was doing well. But, by and large, handhelds and tablets were very far removed from the booming world of desktop computers and laptops and printers and the latest of absolutely-must-have PC software. But there, amidst all of the glitzy, glossy booths of mainstream computing was… an even glitzier and glossier booth by a company I had never heard of. They called themselves Xplore Technologies, and they were thinking big... [Read Congrats to Xplore Technologies: 20 years of rugged tablets, and only rugged tablets] -- Posted Monday, August 29, 2016

OLED not likely to replace LCD
According to DigiTimes, the Chairman of LCD maker Innolux doesn't think that OLED will replace LCD for mainstream display panels due to lower cost-to-performance ratio and lower reliability. He does see market niches for OLED in smartphones, wearables and VR due to lower cost. Longer term, he sees promise in Micro LED. [See DigiTimes article] -- Posted Monday, August 29, 2016

Review: ARBOR Technology ARES-1230/1230-E/1231 fanless embedded controllers
When it comes to embedded fanless controllers — the usually hidden Box PCs that control all sorts of things and make them work — sometimes you need a lot (or a whole lot) of I/O in a fanless embedded controller PC, sometimes you don't. It's good to have choices. And that's what ARBOR Technology provides with their ARES-1230/1231. [See review of the ARBOR ARES-1230, 1230-E, and 1231] -- Posted Friday, August 26, 2016

VDC Research on the global market for enterprise tablets
VDC Research issued a new report entitled "The Global Market for Enterprise Tablets." While VDC Research sees the overall tablet market to shrink some over the next five years, they project the rugged tablet market to slightly grow from US$590 million in 2016 to US&624 million in 2020. VDC Research projects that while Windows will remain the primary OS in rugged tablets, Android will gain significant growth. Competition between consumer grade and rugged tablets in enterprise Line-of-Business deployments remains fierce, with protective cases currently the most popular accessory. And what's the most important enterprise deployment selection criterion? Battery life. [See Executive Brief of The Global Market for Enterprise Tablets] -- Posted Thursday, August 25, 2016

Eastpointe Fire Department switches to Dell
C&G Newspapers reports that the Eastpointe, Michigan, Fire Department is replacing their old Panasonic systems with Dell Latitude 14 Rugged computers. C&G reports that the department's current computers are not compatible with the new CLEMIS (Courts and Law Enforcement Management Information System) Computer Aided Dispatch system that will go live in September. [See C&G article] -- Posted Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Xplore blog: Buying accessories to fit the tablet, or vice-versa?
It's a chicken or the egg thing. Some may say the inclination to select a rugged tablet first — and then hope you can find the right mounting design to support it in your forklift or patrol car — is all wrong. That it’s more logical to think about the accessories needed to support your workflows first... and then decide which mobile computers should be shortlisted. Who's right? [Read The Mounting Debate: Do You Buy Accessories to Fit the Rugged Tablet, or Vice Versa?] -- Posted Monday, August 22, 2016

Zebra scores IDSA International Design Excellence Award
Zebra Technologies announced that the TC8000 enterprise mobile computer has been named a Gold winner in the 36th annual International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) conducted by the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA). The TC8000 — competing against over 1,700 design projects from 30-plus countries in IDEA 2016 — is a rugged handheld mobile computer with an innovative design that has proven to increase productivity and reduce fatigue for workers in highly intensive barcode scanning environments. [See Zebra media release and RuggedPCReview's description, analysis and specs of the Zebra TC8000]
-- Posted Monday, August 22, 2016

Review: Advantech SOM-5897 COM Express module
COM Express modules measure just 4.9 x 3.75 inches and are used to power all sorts of embedded systems where toughness and reliability matter. We tested the SOM-5897 that is available with no fewer than nine different Intel Skylake i7, i5, and i3 processors, as well as Xeons and a Celeron. Ours came with a Core i7-6820QE, and it became our new benchmark performance king, faster than any mobile rugged system we ever tested, and faster than our production desktops. Quite impressive. [See review of the Advantech SOM-5897 COM Express module] -- Posted Thursday, August 18, 2016

Wavelink terminal emulation available on Janam’s XG3 rugged mobile computers
Janam Technologies announced that customers of its XG3 rugged, gun-shaped, mobile computer now have access to a custom Wavelink Terminal Emulation client. Wavelink TE allows more than 10 million mobile devices worldwide to access, manage and maintain connections to host system applications, enhancing IT staff and mobile workforce productivity,and allowing organizations to spend less time on support and more time on improving operational efficiencies. [See Janam media release] -- Posted Thursday, August 18, 2016

Xplore receives US$13.5 million follow-on order for Android-based XSlate D10 rugged tablets
Xplore announced that one of the largest broadband and wireless telecommunications companies in the United States has ordered more than 9,000 XSLATE D10 fully rugged tablet PCs. With this $13.5 million investment, the customer intends to completely eliminate the use of laptops by its fiber optic service division. Xplore says that after extensive field testing, the XSLATE D10 rugged tablet was the only mobile computing solution with the flexibility and adaptability to meet the division’s field-service performance standards and Total Cost of Ownership target. [See Xplore media release] -- Posted Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Review: Winmate FM10 modular vehicle-mount PC
The 10.4-inch FM10 is part of Winmate's modular lineup of Intel Bay Trail-based vehicle-mount computers for use in a wide variety of commercial, industrial and government applications. Winmate used a cost-saving approach via common docks, system units, peripherals and accessories. Unlike many panel computers, the FM10 can be operated either on vehicle power or use its own internal battery, allowing for seamless move between vehicles and locations, as well as occasional use as a self-contained mobile tablet. [See full review of the Winmate FM10 modular vehicle-mount PC] -- Posted Monday, August 15, 2016

DT Research All-in-One medical-cart computers first to power continuous data access at Point-of-Care
DT Research announced the DT590 Series of All-in-One Medical-Cart Computers, integrating small and inexpensive hot-swappable batteries to facilitate mobility for healthcare applications. The DT590 series — available in 19, 22, or 24-inch versions with a Intel 5th Generation Core or Celeron processors — boasts a 3-bay hot-swappable battery system for zero downtime work environments to increase mobility over traditional workstations and decrease costs and maintenance associated with medical cart systems. [See DT Research media release and RuggedPCReview's description, analysis and specs of the DT590 Series] -- Posted Monday, August 15, 2016

Review: Advantech's multi-talented rugged MIT-M101 Windows tablet
Sometimes, what's needed is a rugged, speedy, unique and modern Windows tablet designed for a wide range of applications, both indoors and outdoors. And that's what we found the 10.1-inch, procap, Intel Bay Trail-powered MIT-M101 tablet from Advantech to be. It's a no-nonsense, expertly made multi-purpose platform equally well suited to demanding applications in the field as in clinical environments and mobile patient care settings. [See full review of the Advantech MIT-M101 rugged tablet] -- Posted Monday, August 15, 2016

Success report: University of Minnesota researchers choose Surface tablets in MobileDemand rugged case
The University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities is home to the Freeman Lab, an academic biological research group of professors and students who are constantly exploring the in’s and out’s of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics, investigating interesting enzymes made by bacteria and fungi that play a role in making antibiotics. When they decided it was time replace pens and paper as their main source for data recording, the Freeman Lab chose the Microsoft Surface 3 with a MobileDemand rugged case as their perfect solution. [See MobileDemand success story] -- Posted Monday, August 15, 2016

Xplore reports fiscal Q1/2017 financials
Xplore Technologies announced revenues of US$16.5 million for Q1 of 2016 (down from US$24.04 million for Q1 2016). Q1 2017 showed a net loss of US$1.7 million compared to a net loss of US$224k in Q1 2016. For fiscal 2017, Xplore continues to anticipate revenue to range between $85 million and $95 million, reflecting the impact of what the company believes is a temporary global slowdown in the rugged tablet market and shipment delays experienced during the first fiscal quarter. [See Xplore financials] -- Posted Thursday, August 11, 2016

Why we take things apart and show what's inside
At RuggedPCReview, we take things apart. We open up handhelds, tablets, panels, notebooks and industrial PCs. We dissect them methodically, documenting our progress, jotting down observations and commentary. What we find inside a product becomes part of our detailed reviews, including pictures of the insides and of interesting details. [read more] -- Posted Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Review: Tablet Technologies ConkerTab NX10 with Pixel Qi
Assume you work outdoors a lot, in the blazing sun. And you need a computer for your work. If you use a laptop or tablet with a conventional display, even if it's one of the best, chances are you may not a happy camper. But there are a very few tablets that have a special "Pixel Qi" display that works in direct sunlight, the brighter the better. One of them is the 10.1-inch, Bay Trail-powered ConkerTab NX10 from Tablet Technologies in the UK. [See full review of the ConkerTab NX10 with Pixel Qi display] -- Posted Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Xplore rugged tablets now available to Pennsylvania's public sector agencies via COSTARS
Xplore Technologies announced that its complete portfolio of Xplore and Motion by Xplore rugged tablet PC solutions is now available for purchase through the COSTARS Cooperative Purchasing Program in Pennsylvania. The COSTARS IT Hardware Contract 003-437 awarded to Xplore VAR partner Allegiance Technology now enables all Pennsylvania state and local government agencies — including law enforcement, EMS, and fire departments — to directly purchase any of Xplore’s ultra-rugged, fully rugged or rugged tablet PCs and accessories through Allegiance without additional authorization. [See Xplore media release] -- Posted Wednesday, August 3, 2016

IDC: tablet shipments down 12% in Q2 2016 with market shifting from media consumption to productivity
According to IDC, worldwide tablet shipments, including detachables, were 38.7 million in Q2 of 2016, down 12.3% year over year as vendors begin to refocus product lines and consumers hold off on purchases. 65% were Android-based, 26% Apple iOS-based, and 9% Windows-based. IDC sees early signs of change as the Android vendor list has contracted and champions of the OS have begun to offer Windows-based products, hedging against the decline of Android slates. In terms of unit sales, Apple boosted its leadership to 25.8%, ahead of faltering Samsung (15.6%) and hard-charging Lenovo, Huawei and Amazon. "Others" is down from 48.2% to 42.4%. [See IDC media release] -- Posted Monday, August 1, 2016

Advantech sales, profits up first half of 2016
Industrial computing device maker Advantech reported first half of 2016 revenues of NT$20.79 billion (US$660 million), up 10% from first half of 2015, and net profit of NT$1.46 billion (US$46.3 million), up 10% on year. -- Posted Monday, August 1, 2016

RuggON rugged tablet helps Artemis Racing optimize America's Cup performance
On the case study front, Artemis Racing, a professional sailing team with a long tradition and Swedish heritage, sealed the preliminary victory at America’s Cup World Series Chicago, a global classic sailing race from June 10 to 12, 2016. Remaining consistent throughout all four rounds of the race was key to achieving the victory, and RuggON's Intel Broadwell-based 10.1-inch PX-501B helped in tracking and recording data and performance throughout the practices. [See RuggON case study and RuggedPCReview's detailed assessment of the RuggON PX-501] -- Posted Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Juniper Systems: Using the Mesa 2 rugged tablet as a desktop PC
With the great proliferation of smartphones and tablets, more and more work is being done on mobile devices. But there will always be a need to sit down in an office and work on a full keyboard and a large desktop screen. A recent blog by Juniper Systems' Katelyn Heiner describes how to use the company's super-rugged Mesa 2 Windows 10 tablet as a desktop PC. [Read How to use the Mesa 2 rugged tablet as your desktop PC] -- Posted Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Xplore: When rugged tablet displays show their true colors
In a new blog entry, Xplore's Tom Kost mused, "Unfortunately, the loose definition of 'outdoor viewable' and the wide variations of display technology used within each mobile device class make a confident decision challenging sometimes without seeing a laptop or tablet’s true colors for yourself — in the actual outdoor working environment, not a simulated one." That, of course, is ever so true, and Tom's article is a good trigger to think the outdoor viewability issue through again. [Read When rugged tablet displays show their true colors] -- Posted Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Full review: ARBOR Gladius GT-500 rugged 5-inch Android handheld computer with WorldMode communication
While ARBOR Technology Corp. already has the sleek 5.5-inch Gladius 5, with the new IP67-sealed Gladius GT-500 the company offers a more substantial, more field-oriented Android 5.1-based handheld computing device with industrial-grade scanning for tough jobs in even the most challenging environments. Built around the MediaTek "WorldMode" MT6735 smartphone platform, the dual-SIM Gladius GT-500 merges 2G, 3G and 4G communication technologies and is capable of seamlessly roaming across high-speed 4G LTE networks uninterrupted. [See full review of the ARBOR Gladius GT-500] -- Posted Monday, July 25, 2016

Verizon to acquire Yahoo
After rejecting a US$45 billion offer from Microsoft back in 2008, Yahoo's operating business is now being acquired by Verizon for just US$4.8 billion, a quarter of what Facebook paid for WhatsApp. Verizon bought AOL last year and will integrate Yahoo into AOL. Interesting how the mighty internet companies have fallen and are getting snapped up by telcos. [See Verizon media release] -- Posted Monday, July 25, 2016

Unitech first to be certified for Android version of IntelliTrack Stratus
IntelliTrack and Unitech America announced the official certification of the new Stratus Mobile Inventory App on Unitech’s PA700 and PA692A rugged handheld computers, providing customers a powerful, yet easy to use cloud-based inventory control solution. [See Unitech media release] -- Posted Saturday, July 23, 2016

Corning unveils Gorilla Glass 5
Seems like only yesterday that we spoke with Corning's Dr. Nagaraja Shashidhar in 2009 about their Gorilla Glass, on the occasion of Motion being the first to use Gorilla Glass in a tablet. By 2010, Gorilla Glass was used in 200 million phones, and by 2012 in over a billion. Gorilla Glass 2 (2012) was thinner, Gorilla Glass 3 (2013) more scratch-resistant, and Gorilla Glass 4 (2014) was "twice as tough." Now, Corning introduced Gorilla Glass 5, which provides better protection against breakage from everyday drops. Corning said that "In lab tests, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 survives up to 80% of the time when dropped face-down from 1.6 meters onto rough surfaces." [See Corning media release] -- Posted Friday, July 22, 2016

GammaTech adds detachable keyboard option to Its popular DURABOOK R11 tablet
GammaTech announced the addition of an optional detachable keyboard for its 11.6-inch DURABOOK R11 rugged tablet. "Rugged mobile tablets, such as our DURABOOK R11, make it possible to have the Internet, high-definition cameras, spreadsheets, GPS capability, and more at users' fingertips, no matter where their jobs take them," stated Tom Wang, GammaTech president. "Add in a keyboard, and that handy tablet now acts like a laptop, with all of the pluses of easily using word processing programs, updating files, and writing emails at the job site thrown in." [See GammaTech media release] -- Posted Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Microsoft's Q4/2016 financials
Microsoft reported revenue of US$20.6 billion and a profit of US$3.1 billion for its Q4/2016. Of revenue, Productivity and Business Processes (Office, Exchange, etc.) contributed $7.0 billion, Intelligent Cloud (Azure, Windows Server, etc.) $6.7 billion, and More Personal Computing (Windows, hardware, Xbox) $8.9 billion. Revenue from Surface tablets was up 9% to $4.1 billion. Which is just abut the size of the entire worldwide rugged computing market. [See Microsoft media release] -- Posted Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Demand for metal injection hinges to grow, along with 2-in-1 hybrid devices
DigiTimes reports that demand for injection molding-made (MIM) hinges is expected to grow as many upcoming 2-in-1 devices will use them. According to research firm Canalys, despite an overall 16% on-year decline in PC shipments, 2-in-1 device shipments will grow 13% this year. -- Posted Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Unitech releases Verizon 4G LTE/XLTE certified rugged Android PA700V indoor/outdoor handheld
Unitech is not just for inside the proverbial "four walls" anymore. The company announced it has partnered with Verizon to bring Verizon 4G LTE and XLTE to its rugged Android-based high-resolution 4.7-inch PA700V data collection tool. The PA700V has an integrated 1D/2D imager, is IP65-sealed, offers a wide operating temperature range, and can handle 4-foot drops. [See description, analysis and specs of the Unitech PA700V] -- Posted Monday, July 18, 2016

SoftBank buys ARM
SoftBank, the Japanese telecom and internet company that, among many acquisitions, once bought the storied Comdex tradeshow and then also Sprint, announced they are buying ARM for about US$31 billion. Chip architectures licensed from ARM, of course, power most smartphones, tablets, smartwatches and similar in the world. -- Posted Monday, July 18, 2016

Preview: DT Research DT311H
With the large-screen 11.6-inch capacitive multi-touch DT311H, DT Research offers a high-performance Intel Broadwell-powered thin-and-light Windows tablet for complex applications that require extra screen real estate. An optional active digitizer with high-precision pen is available as well. And the addition of a 2-in-1 version of the DT311H makes the platform that much more attractive [See RuggedPCReview's description, analysis and specs of the DT Research DT301H] -- Posted Monday, July 18, 2016

Preview: DT Research DT301S
With the handy and compact 10.1-inch capacitive multi-touch DT301S, DT Research offers a state-of-the-art, Intel Skylake-powered thin-and-light Windows tablet that's tough enough to be deployed in vast array of applications that require more than run-of-the-mill consumer tablets can provide. And the addition of a 2-in-1 version of the DT301S makes the platform that much more attractive [See RuggedPCReview's description, analysis and specs of the DT Research DT301D] -- Posted Monday, July 18, 2016

DT Research announces two ultra-rugged 2-in-1 tablets
DT Research announced new 2-in-1 ultra-rugged versions of its 10.1-inch DT301 and 11.6-inch DT311 series. Built to withstand extreme outdoor environments, the slim, lightweight designs with numerous customizable options are also well-suited for the office with water-resistant detachable keyboards, full 1920 x 1200 pixel capacitive multi-touch displays, IP65 sealing, internal hot-swappable batteries, and advanced hardware-software security. [See DT Research media release] -- Posted Monday, July 18, 2016

U.S. Army Reserve expands deployment of DT Research's ultra rugged tablets
DT Research announced the U.S. Army Reserve is expanding use of the DT311H rugged tablets into other army facilities to support training missions and other logistics. This marks the second Army Reserve contract for Rugged Tablets that DT Research has been awarded this year. “We are delighted that the Army Reserve has decided to leverage our Ultra Rugged Tablets within additional environments,” said Daw Tsai Sc.D., president of DT Research. “The U.S. Army Reserve sets a high bar for hardware and software solutions with many specialized requirements and their expanded deployment of our DT311H tablets underscores our commitment to deliver the highest quality purpose-built computing products in the industry.” [See DT Research media release] -- Posted Monday, July 18, 2016

Janam teams with FieldStack to empower retailers
Janam Technologies LLC announced that its XM5 has been selected as the preferred rugged mobile computing platform for retailers using FieldStack’s lean retail software that provides inventory automation as well as optimization of the POS experience, e-commerce, loyalty programs and staff management. Doug Lloyd, Janam VP of Global Sales Operations said, “It is very gratifying when the strengths of a product like the XM5 – specifically, its small size, light weight, blazing fast computing speed, all-day battery life and best-in-class barcode scanning – come together to support a winning software solution like the one from FieldStack.” [See Janam media release] -- Posted Thursday, July 14, 2016

Disk drive maker Seagate to cut 6,500 jobs
Venerable hard disk maker Seagate reported preliminary Q4 of US$2.65 billion. The company said it shipped 37 million hard drives with an average capacity of 1.7TB per drive, making for a record 62 exabyte capacity, up 46% year-over-year. Seagate's plan, however, includes reducing the global headcount by about 6,500 employees, or 14% of its global headcount by the end of fiscal year 2017. [See Seagate media release] -- Posted Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Handheld Group introduces rugged Nautiz X2 enterprise-level Android smartphone with integrated scanning
Handheld Group introduced the Nautiz X2, an iPhone 6s Plus-sized rugged Android "Lollipop" device designed to merge contemporary smartphone sophistication with enterprise-level capabilities and toughness as well as industrial-grade 1D or 1D/2D integrated scanning. [See Handheld Group media release and RuggedPCReview's description, analysis and specs of the Handheld Nautiz X2] -- Posted Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Consumer Reports: Samsung S7 Active fails water resistance test
Samsung claims its Galaxy S7 Edge smartphone is IP68-sealed and can handle 5 feet of water for 30 minutes. Consumer Reports put that to the test. When they removed the phone, "the screen was obscured by green lines, and tiny bubbles were visible in the lenses of the front- and rear-facing cameras. The touchscreen wasn’t responsive." A second sample failed as well, and the phones were ruined. [See Consumer Reports release] -- Posted Friday, July 8, 2016

Rugged computers tame wind’s hard-knock work conditions
Windpower Engineering & Development published an article entitled "Rugged computers tame wind’s hard-knock work conditions," written by Tom Wang, president of GammaTech Computer Corporation. Mr. Wang describes how working in remote and sometimes hostile conditions presents unique challenges that make garden-variety portable computers or tablets almost useless in the middle of a wind farm, on land or at sea. -- Posted Thursday, July 7, 2016

Dell retreating from Android
According to PC World and c|net, Dell has stopped selling Android devices and is directing its focus on upcoming 2-in-1 Windows hybrids. Which means that, unlike in Smartphones where Android has a dominating marketshare, in tablets it's going back and forth between Windows and Android. -- Posted Thursday, July 7, 2016

GammaTech introduces highly customizable ultra-rugged, Broadwell-powered all-in-one military PC
Field computing hardware available to military and homeland defense customers is often quite obsolete. That's where GammaTech's new Intel Broadwell powered DURABOOK V10BB all-in-one military PC comes in. Providing no fewer than 24 programmable buttons and astounding ruggedness specs, the V10BB skillfully merges state-of-the-art tech with legacy standards and requirements. [See GammaTech media release] and our description, analysis and specs of the DURABOOK V10BB] -- Posted Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Premio introduces three families of rugged fanless PCs for embedded applications
Premio has introducee three families of rugged fanless PC for machine automation, security surveillance, IOT gateway, outdoor signage player, etc. Offerings include the RCO-1000 Series, RCO-3000 Series and RCO-6000 Series Fanless PC series, which incorporate Intel Bay Trail, Broadwell-U and Skylake processor support respectively. All models support extended operating temperature (-25 to 70C), 9~48VDC input with over/under-voltage and reverse polarity protection, 5Grms vibration and 50G/11ms shock protection, and cable-less design. -- Posted Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Janam supports Asian elephant conservation efforts
Janam Technologies announced that Trunks & Leaves, a non-profit organization focused on the ecology and conservation of wild Asian elephants, is using the Android-powered XT1 rugged mini-tablet from Janam to more efficiently capture data about how human activities affect wild elephants in Sri Lanka. Janam’s XT1 allows Trunks & Leaves research biologists to work more efficiently – ultimately generating faster results and providing more time for additional data gathering and analysis. [See Janam media release] -- Posted Thursday, June 30, 2016

Xplore reports record revenue for fiscal 2016
Xplore Technologies reported financials for all of their fiscal 2016 that ended ended March 31, 2016. For the entire fiscal year 2016, Xplore reported record revenues of US$100.5 million, up 136% from US$42.6 million for fiscal 2015. There was net loss of US$0.36 million for the full year, compared with a net loss of US$0.25 million in 2015, attributable in part to expensed integration costs related to the Motion acquisition. Note that fiscal 2016 revenue benefited from a significantly expanded product line, as well as new addressable markets and global sales capabilities through the Motion acquisition in April 2015. Xplore is now #2 in global rugged tablet marketshare. [See Xplore financials release] -- Posted Thursday, June 30, 2016

Zebra introduces comprehensive wearable computing solutions for enhanced warehouse worker productivity
Zebra Technologies introduced Total Wearable Solutions, a dedicated family of wearable technology components aimed at making hands-free, speech-directed scanning and picking more accurate, more comfortable, and more productive. Centered around the Android-based WT6000 wristmount industrial computer, the solution includes quick-connect headsets, a variety of ring-style 1D and 2D scanners, and dedicated software to pull it all together. [See Zebra news release and RuggedPCReview's description, analysis and specs of the Zebra WT6000] -- Posted Thursday, June 30, 2016

Logic Supply's World's grimiest PC contest
Look at what the ever-inventive folks at Logic Supply (the guys who make all those bright-orange industrial PCs) are doing now. They're giving away a CL100 Fanless Mini PC to the person who submits the best picture of their dusty, dirty, or otherwise gross computer and includes the hashtag #GoFanless. They want to highlight the benefits of fanless computing, and what better way than to show just how grimy fanned PCs can get. The contest is live now at www.logicsupply.com/go-fanless and runs until August 10th. [See how you can enter the contest] -- Posted Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Non-incendiary Juniper Mesa 2 for hazardous locations now available for purchase
Juniper Systems reports that their non-incendiary Mesa 2 Hazloc, designed for use in hazardous locations, is now available for purchase. Certified Class I, II, and III, Division 2, the Mesa 2 Hazloc can be used safely in areas where explosive gases, liquids, vapors, dusts, or fibers and flyings may be present. [See Juniper release] -- Posted Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Getac announces significantly enhanced 2nd generation of its compact, rugged 8.1-inch T800 tablet
Getac announced the next-generation Getac T800, an enhanced version of its compact IP65-sealed 8-inch tablet designed for one-handed operation. Now with an Intel "Cherry Trail" processor and a variety of tech improvements, the new version switches to a sunlight-readable IPS display with perfect viewing angles, hard-tip stylus, glove and wet modes, and beefed-up security. [See description, analysis and specs of the Getac T800 G2] -- Posted Tuesday, June 28, 2016

DigiTimes: Getac expects strong second half of year
According to DigiTimes, Getac Technology chairman James Hwang is optimistic about the second half of 2016. He expects the replacement trend in the enterprise sector brought by Windows 10 to be the main growth driver of Getac's revenues, in addition to developing solutions that include software, hardware and services, and the police surveillance cloud computing platform, Veretos that has already been adopted by police departments in South Carolina and Minnesota. -- Posted Friday, June 24, 2016

MEN launches dedicated Rail and Public Transport site
German MEN Mikro Elektronik announced it has launched a website specifically dedicated to rail and public transport technologies and solutions. MEN has been developing solutions for the railway market since the mid 1990s, having been certified to the IRIS railway quality management system in 2009. Their public transport product offering benefits from their core competencies such as robust and safe designs, modular concepts, and flexible FPGA architectures. [See MEN Rail and Public Transport site] -- Posted Thursday, June 23, 2016

AMREL partners with Airbus Defense and Space for easy access to geospatial data for GEOINT operations
AMREL announced it is partnering with Airbus Defense and Space to integrate GATOR (Geospatial Appliance Targeted for Operational Response) into a rugged one-box laptop solution called the GATOR Rugged Geospatial Laptop. In the most difficult and demanding areas of the world, this encapsulated geospatial server enables easy access to geospatial data even when the internet isn’t available. [See AMREL media release] -- Posted Thursday, June 23, 2016

Foxconn's strategy to get Sharp back on track
DigiTimes reports that at an investors' conference, Foxconn presented a plan on how to get Sharp back on track. That includes a) converting patents into actual products, b) taking a critical look at expensive joint ventures, and c) evaluate individual employees instead of just teams. -- Posted Thursday, June 23, 2016

Rugged Computing Case Studies: The Power to Save Lives — Handheld technology helps develop reliable electricity sources for healthcare in developing countries
Healthcare is essential to human survival. Access to trained practitioners, clean facilities, and vital medications and supplies makes the difference between life and death, especially in the developing world. But effective modern healthcare requires electricity. Without reliable power, the best doctors and clinics can be left helpless. Thanks to forward-thinking work from Great Lakes Energy and the powerful mobile technology of the rugged Handheld Algiz 7 tablet, rural healthcare clinics in Rwanda are helping create a model for efficient, dependable energy production that will save lives. [See case study] -- Posted Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Janam certifies Century Software
Janam Technologies, announced that it technically certified Century Software’s TinyTERM Enterprise mobile application access software for its Android-based XM5, XM70, XT1 and XT2 rugged mobile computing solutions. This validation helps ensure system interoperability between Janam’s Android-based rugged mobile computers and legacy host applications running on IBM and UNIX servers. [See Janam media relese -- Posted Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Quanmax releases OPS module-based multi-touch panels
Quanmax, a Taiwan-based embedded computing technology provider, announced their MoniQ Series of OPS-module-pluggable 10-point multi-touch flat panel monitors in 15, 17 and 19-inch versions. OPS (Open Pluggable Specification) is an Intel standard created to cost-effectively develop, deploy, manage, upgrade and maintain various size panel PC systems in digital signage and numerous other applications. [See Quanmax media release and MoniQ-1500/1700/1900 product page] -- Posted Monday, June 20, 2016

Case study: Stainless steel industrial PCs control and display processes in the production of flavors
Silesia Gerhard Hanke GmbH & Co. KG — a German-based producer of food flavors with subsidiaries in 18 countries — relies on dustproof and waterproof hardware that also has completely smooth surfaces without any gaps or joints to keep bacteria, fungi, and other microorganisms from hiding and growing, and potentially spoil or damage the valuable flavors. They found it in the noax Steel Series line of rugged computers which, running SAP-based application software, are used for various operation and process visualization tasks. [See the noax Technologies case study Stainless steel industrial PCs control and display processes in the production of favors] -- Posted Monday, June 20, 2016

Xplore rugged tablets chosen as German premium automotive manufacturer’s primary mobility solution for 12+ years
Xplore Technologies reported it is celebrating its collaborative mobility achievements with one of Germany’s biggest premium automotive manufacturers. For more than 12 years, the automotive manufacturer has been placing continuous orders for Xplore rugged and ultra-rugged tablet PC solutions to mobilize multiple workflow applications within its factory and warehouse environments. Thousands of enterprise-ready Xplore XC6 series tablets (see our review) and Motion F5m by Xplore tablets (see our review) have taken the place of inefficient paper-based processes, delivering the future-proof flexibility and scalability the customer required of its mobility solution as manufacturing technology designs have evolved. [See Xplore media release] -- Posted Saturday, June 18, 2016

Winmate shows E500 rugged, modern, well-equipped, highly configurable 5-inch industrial Android PDA
For customers who need more than a smartphone in a case but less than a full-blown industrial handheld, Winmate introduced the E500RM8 industrial PDA. Featuring 1280 x 720 resolution on a 5-inch procap display, the E500 runs Android 5.1 on an octa-core ARM Cortex A53 processor, can be equipped with an industrial-grade scanner, fingerprint reader and Smart Card reader. [See description, analysis and specs of the Winmate E500RM8 industrial Android PDA] -- Posted Friday, June 17, 2016

ARBOR adds 8-inch IoT-800 compact panel PC
ARBOR Technology introduced the compact Android-powered IoT-800 with an 8-inch capacitive multi-touch screen for emerging Internet of Things projects as well as Point-of-Sale/Service deployments, retail, hospitality, and a myriad of other other projects that require a compact, friendly, versatile panel to interact with all sorts of systems. [See description, analysis and specs of the ARBOR IoT-800] -- Posted Thursday, June 16, 2016

Getac sees May sales increase
According to DigiTimes, Getac Technology reported May 2016 sales of US$47.8 million, up almost 10% from May 2015. Getac is expected to see its sales grow steadily in the second quarter after it signed an agreement with Ingram Micro to sell its ruggedized PC products in western Europe. DigiTimes also mentioned a 5-year contract Getac signed with DHL for handling Getac's logistics and after-sale services in Europe. -- Posted Thursday, June 16, 2016

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