Advantech announced first half 2014 revenues of US$580 million, up 20% from the first half of 2013, with net profit of US$79 million, up 18.9% from the same period last year. ARBOR Technology suggests powering mobile POS as well as warehousing, transportation and medical applications with their new ARBOR Gladius 5 rugged IoT handheld. Handheld Group announced the compatibility of the Handheld Algiz 10X ultra-rugged tablet computer (see our review) and Spillman Technologies mobile integrated public safety software. Motorola Solutions announced Q2 2014 results with sales of $1.4 billion, down 7% from Q2 2013 primarily due to lower sales in North America, Asia Pacific and the Middle East.
The Unitech PA700 is a rugged industrial handheld with a large 4.7-inch 1280 x 700 pixel high-res capacitive multi-touch display.
Though Android dominates the smartphone market and has a very strong position in tablets, until now Google's OS platform was not available for desktops and conventional notebooks (the Chromebook with its limited offline functionality doesn't really count). Winmate's newly posted inventory management application video featuring their rugged M101B tablet. The latest Juniper Systems blog reports how a log scaler in Idaho became instrumental in saving lives in a big-rig accident that also involved a fierce fire, and how the log scaler's old Juniper Allegro CX rugged handheld, running Elecdata log scaling software, became partially melted, but still worked after the event (which had a good ending). Winmate announced that their rugged Panel PCs are now available with Intel "Haswell" 4th generation Core processors. Datalogic announced it is inaugurating its new 23,680-sf manufacturing operation in Brazil, their first in Latin America. The Streetsboro Gateway News reports that the Streetboro police department will get Getac F110 tablets for its police cruisers. ADLINK Technology, which provides cloud-based services, intelligent gateways, and embedded building blocks for Internet of Things (IoT) projects, announced its sponsorship of the Cornell University Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (CUAUV) team's entry into the 17th Annual International RoboSub Competition held at the Space and Naval Warfare Command Research facility in San Diego, CA.
Panasonic's Toughpad FZ-M1 is a fully rugged Intel Core i5-based Windows tablet with a 1280 x 800 pixel 7-inch IPS capacitive multi-touch display that can handle gloves and liquids. Those nice, friendly people at Juniper Systems in Logan, Utah, can be really mean and twisted when it comes to testing their own rugged handhelds. Microsoft Global Security (MSGS) officers spent too much time monitoring and enforcing parking policies on Microsoft corporate campuses.
Datalogic announced preliminary sales revenues for Q2 2014 of 115.8 million Euro, roughly the same as they were for Q2 of 2013. Motion Computing announced that Western Farmers Electric Cooperative (WFEC) has improved operational accountability and reporting by extending its Esri geospatial information system (GIS) into the field onto Motion Rugged Tablets with Blue Dot Mobile Field Service Solutions. Winmate announced the addition of several new wide-screen products into their Intel Bay Trail-based Panel PC lineup. With the DLI 9008, Data Ltd offers a remarkably light and handy, yet still rugged, Intel Bay Trail-powered tablet computer primarily intended for retail and hospitality deployment. Datalogic added the Elf Healthcare PDA, which clads the (otherwise mostly unchanged) legacy Elf electronics into a chemically resistant plastic enclosure that won't get harmed by most major cleaning agents. Xplore Technologies announced that it has secured its first purchase order of more than half a million dollars for its Bobcat tablets from a leading U.S.
Motorola Solutions reports that Troy Design & Manufacturing, a Ford Motor Company subsidiary, is using Motorola FX9500 fixed RFID readers and AN200 RFID antennas integrated with Lowry Solutions work-in-process manufacturing software, TDM's "hands-off" RFID solution tracks vehicles from the moment they enter their cells and monitors and guides each step of its more than 150 daily vehicle conversions. In its latest mailing, Curtis-Wright Defense Solutions suggests jump-starting any technology upgrade program with the rugged DuraCOR mission computers from their Parvus division in Salt Lake City, Utah. Mi-Corporation, which is best known for its enterprise-class e-forms, announced that Doyle Security Systems is realizing significant expense control and productivity gains following the first four months using its new digital sales order entry system. Juniper Systems' GetRugged blog usually concentrates on specific applications and how-to posts, as opposed to more general contemplations. ABI Research estimates that the number of developers involved in Internet of Things (IoT) activities will reach 1.7 million globally by the end of 2014.
In their blog, MobileDemand lists Eight Reasons Why Route Sales Personnel Need a Rugged Tablet, and also reports on the rugged PC use by Ben E.
JLT Mobile Computers, developer of rugged computers for demanding environments, is celebrating 20 years of delivering rugged computers by awarding the customer of its 90,000th computer with a specially extended 20-Year Service Agreement. Motorola Solutions introduced the third generation of one of the industry's most successful mid-range rugged mobile computers.
The Gammatech Durabook S15H, successor to the company's earlier Durabook S15C, is a 6.6-pound notebook computer designed to be tougher and more durable than standard consumer notebooks, but without the extra size, weight and cost of a fully rugged design. Panasonic has expanded its relationship with Hendrick Motorsports with a new multi-year agreement that includes primary sponsorship of the No. Even professional users of rugged laptops, tablets and smartphones, are sometimes unsure of what defines a "rugged computer" and how the various tests to validate ruggedness are carried out. ADLINK Technology has released the NEON-1040 next-gen rugged camera as part of their ADLINK Vision platform. North Central Emergency Medical Services Cooperative (NCEMSC) has awarded Milwaukee based, TKK Electronics, with a major national contract for providing information technology which includes the Getac line of rugged computers. Every now and then we need to mention some of the truly useful gadgets that come into our lab, that we end up using all the time, and that a lot of our readers out there could probably use, too.
Another Advantech industrial board for embedded systems we reviewed is their tiny (95 x 95 mm) SOM-6894 COM Express Compact module that can be used with a variety of Intel 4th generation Core processors and drive up to three independent displays.
Smith Micro announced the release of two new QuickLink Mobility solutions targeted for enterprises and public safety agencies. It's always been our belief that docks should be just as rugged and well-sealed as the devices they are being used for. Panasonic announced an Intel "Bay Trail" Celeron N2807-powered version of the FZ-M1 7-inch rugged Windows tablet as a more affordable alternative to the standard FZ-M1 (see here).
NEXCOM announced it has upgraded its APPC series of rugged industrial panel PCs to the Intel Atom E3800 family of processors.
Magellan NAV 1000 shipped in May 1989 and revolutionized marine navigation with its handy size, portability, price and low power consumption. Juniper Systems' Mesa Rugged Notepad is being used with Turner Industries' MobileOps software solution for preventive maintenance. CipherLab announced it will exhibit at the FMI Connect 2014 show at McCormick Place, Chicago, June 10-13, 2014 at booth 3864. Juniper Systems reports it is headed to ACE14, the American Water Works Association's (AWWA) annual conference and exposition from June 8 a€“ 11. The Handheld Group's rugged Nautiz X4 is a multi-purpose data collection mobile computer with integrated keypad and industrial-grade scanner options.
Motion Computing announced Thames Water Utilities Limited will standardize on the Motion F5 Tablet PC for its above ground asset management, maintenance and field service operations. Hundreds of millions of tablets and smartphones have spoiled users who now want sleek state-of-the-art consumer technology out there in the field as well.
Datalogic announced it has deployed more than 600 Datalogic mobile computers for automotive safety systems manufacturer, Autoliv, across their European plants. Motorola Solutions announced the expansion of its portfolio of Android-based enterprise mobile computers with the availability of the TC55 touch computer for the Verizon network, along with new options for Google Mobile Services. If you have employees in the field performing maintenance, inspections, or installation of appliances, equipment, homes, machinery and more, you want a fast and safe way to collect payments once the job is complete without the hassle of paper invoices?
Getac announced it has upgraded its flagship X500 ultra rugged notebook and X500 rugged mobile server. I’m not going to say that getting a job in social media is easy, because it simply is not. Now that you’ve identified some of your (hopefully) future co-workers online, reach out to them. If you’re feeling gutsy, and you really want the job, ask them via DM or a LinkedIn message if they have any tips for you when applying.
Now you have to edit your resume to fit the job that you are applying for and draft your cover letter.
To be quite frank, during the application process employers don’t care why you want the job. Many people I know get so caught up in trying to sound professional that they become robotic. Here is the cover letter I used to apply at Lightspan Digital. I explicitly followed the instructions provided on the website. Getting a job in social media is not easy because there is a lot of competition, but if you do the things I outlined above, you’ll be leaps and bounds ahead of your competition. If you’ve got more questions for me or want me to take a look at your resume or cover letter, give me a shout. When I got one of those calls from DePaul asking for money, the guy and I went off on a tangent about how to do this exact thing (plus some face to face networking tips).


Digital Marketing ClassesLooking to get licensed to tweet or just figure out how better to manage your online marketing? Sixteen percent, or about one in six, of all e-commerce transactions will be on a mobile device. Android’s market share (51 percent) is higher than iOS (40 percent) in the US, which means that retailers have to support both platforms and multiple devices. Apps provide a much richer shopping and checkout experience than mobile sites, but not many retailers have adopted a solid mobile enterprise strategy yet.
Shoppers spend almost 33 percent more if purchasing on their tablets rather than on their smartphones: $329 versus $250. How much of the mobile traffic is coming from customers standing in the store looking up the products? I think the question is less about mobile strategy, and more about what to do when your omni-channel platform understands it is engaging with a customer, and the context with which that customer is interacting. The Mobile Enterprise blog is intended to provide you with thought-provoking content and a place to discuss significant issues.
Android and Apple's iOS, saw their combined market share swell to 96.4% for the quarter, leaving little space for competitors. Spillman serves more than 70,000 public safety professionals across the United States, including police departments, sheriffa€™s offices, communication centers, fire departments and correctional facilities.
Whereas Motorola Solutions used to break down financials into Government and Enterprise segments, the sale of the Enterprise business to Zebra Technologies in a $3.45 billion all-cash transaction means that from now on Motorola Solutions will report sales broken into Products and Services. That has now changed with the new HP SlateBook, a full-function, quad-core Tegra 4-powered notebook with a 14-inch 1920 x 1080 pixel 10-point multi-touch screen, and running Android 4.3. RhoMobile is a set of application development tools for creating OS- and device-agnostic enterprise-class mobile apps that now offers per-developer subscription pricing in an effort to allows developers to compare plans and use RhoMobilea€™s framework to deliver enterprise-class mobile applications without restrictions. The CS4070, which has a full-shift battery, can easily pair with in-room computers, laptops, tablets and workstations-on-wheels. This article describes the past and current situation of touch in rugged tablet computers, and why the technology employed by Panasonic in the FZ-M1 is so relevant.
Located in Jundiai in the state of SA?o Paulo, the plant assembles selected Automatic Data Capture product lines. It's a small deployment, but a spokesman's argument for tablets instead of notebooks is interesting: "There is not much change at this point in how the officers interact with the tablet vs. The CUAUV's Gemini submarine is powered by ADLINK's Express-HL COM Express computer-on-module with a 4th gen quad-core Intel Corea„? i7 processor.
And they even document their cruel and unusual treatment of their fine technology that surely deserves better than beaten up, clubbed, stepped on, scratched, tossed and run over.
To address this challenge, MSGS worked with IRSA Video to customize an automated License Plate Recognition solution. To improve the quality and reduce errors in these systems, Automotive OEMs and suppliers are requiring good diagnostic tools to detect and discover any failures which appear in automotive systems. Motion and WFEC will share details on the successful project at the Esri International Users Conference July 14-18 in San Diego. We examined the cost-efficient Advantech MIO-5271 that comes with a choice of two haswell processors (Celeron 2980U or Core i5-4300U).
The Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5-based Elf Healthcare PDA is equipped with the Datalogic patented "Green Spot" and a vibrating alert providing good read feedback while avoiding noisy beeps.
They include a move to a quicker 4th gen Intel "Haswell" Core i5, Windows 8.1 Pro, better battery life (up to 10 hours), an optional bridge battery, improved multi-touch that can handle rain and gloves, optional self-encrypting drives, a much higher resolution camera (8mp vs. Plant floor operations are much more fluid with reliable automated data capture, and the system is providing further insights into the facilitya€™s conversion capabilities. Externally virtually identical but with slightly different electronics, both versions have 14-hour hot-swappable batteries, FIPS 140-2 Level 1 security, and sunlight-readable HD capacitive 1280 x 720 pixel touchscreens that work with gloves. The company stresses how the modular, COTS-based, subsystems eliminate NRE costs and reduce time-to-deployment. Doyle Security Systems had successfully moved its entire paper-based sales order entry system to a digital system using Mi-Forms mobile forms software on iPads. The latest entry is no exception, explaining Futura Systems' GPSStaker, a new pole staking application. The size of the ecosystem is expected to exceed 3 million developers in 2019, approximately 10% of all software developers.
There are various near, far and long-range laser and imager options, a 6-foot drop spec, IP65 sealing, pistol grip, etc., making the 9700 an interesting candidate for all sorts of new and legacy applications. It reflects the quality built into every single PC the company manufactures, with many of the very first models still being used today. The Bobcat, which starts at US$2,199, adds a formerly missing piece that further broadens and expands Xplore's reach in the rugged market. It's a very solid, trust-inspiring machine with a large 15.6-inch wide-format display, good connectivity, and good day-to-day functionality. 24 team of four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion and current points leader Jeff Gordon. A truly rugged computer is so much more than just a normal computer wrapped in a tough outer case, as Handheld's CEO Jerker Hellström explains in this article. NCEMSC is a group of more than 3,800 emergency medical services (EMS) organizations in 49 states and several international provinces.
Our review board came with the low-end (but still part of Haswell) Celeron 2980U and gave us an opportunity to see how its performance compares to both high end Core as well as older Atom configurations.
QuickLink Mobile VPN for Android and QuickLink Unified Connection & Security Manager for Windows 8.1 provide flexibility and control to expand mobile security and connectivity to a variety of mobile devices beyond legacy Windows-based platforms. That's what RAM Mounts offers with their new RAM docking station for the Harris RF-3590 rugged Android tablet.
The Atom E3800 is part of Intel's Bay Trail lineup and consists of single, dual, and quad core embedded SoCs, based on Ivy Bridge Intel HD graphics. There weren't high-res maps that you could zoom and pan back then; the NAV 1000 just provided the user with an LCD readout of latitude and longitude expressed in degrees and minutes. It's for storage, but the warehouse is also inherently one of the most mobile environments. Ciperlab will show how their dedicated OS handheld can help with Intelligent Order Entry solutions or a Telxon replacement solution. Held in Boston, Massachusetts, ACE14 (see conference page) is a high-traffic attraction for professionals and vendors in the water industry. The F5 was chosen as the clear favorite in user testing with 86% preferring the Motion device over two alternatives.
As Autoliv aims to reduce traffic accidents and injuries with their products and systems, the company needed to optimize efficiency in production line and warehouse operations with state-of-the-art technology, fast operation, ease of use and robustness.
The Standard Configuration comes with GMS, which includes Google Maps, Gmail, the Google Play store, Google Search, Google Talk, and the Chrome browser.
By incorporating 4th-generation "Haswell" Intel Core processors and related technology, as well as discrete nVidia graphics options, the new X500 versions now offer state-of-the-art performance, an enormous benefit to the technologically advanced military and industrial customers who rely on speed and efficiency when working in some of the world's harshest and most demanding work environments. Though the case study is primarily about deploying Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus to the 3,400 employees of the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, the project also included providing patrol officers with rugged tablet PCs running Windows 8.1.
The introduction of Linux to the Yuma 2 tablet enables the mobile use of a wide variety of free and open source applications.
I have successfully landed two amazing jobs in the social media and content marketing world using this approach. There are an abundance of jobs on LinkedIn and groups dedicated to social media jobs on Facebook.
After saying hi, I let them know I was applying for the Digital Marketing Manager role and asked for any tips or advice.
This shows that you’re comfortable starting conversations online, which is a huge part of social media.
That’s right, you have to edit your resume for each job you apply for and write an entirely unique cover letter for each job. They strip any and all personality from their cover letters, and that is just about the worst thing you could do. I had always suspected I was taking more steps than the competition, but now that I am on the other side of the hiring table I know for sure.
So, if the site is optimized for easy browsing for smartphones but also optimized for tablet checkout, then it will reap the higher conversion. If the company is only using digital analytics, then they only get the numbers (site visitors, device used and so on), not what is actually happening during the user experience.


How many of the unconverted smartphone users actually move over to a computer to purchase what’s in their shopping cart?
The proof is very strong that video drives sales, so it’s time to get creative and begin incorporating video into the mobile experience. This may be low but could indicate that mobile isn’t directly converting, but is helping drive sales through another channel. Many others use anecdotal stories about mobile usage as a basis for their mobile strategy, or lack thereof, but analysts continually adjust their m-commerce forecast to account for rapidly increasing mobile customer behavior. It is our hope that you will want to share some of the posts you read on this blog with your friends, family and peers. In fact, Android alone accounted for 255 million devices, dwarfing even Apple's 35 million.
Philip Sassower, Chairman and CEO of Xplore, said, "We are extremely pleased with the year-over-year revenue growth of 41%.
The IP65-sealed device can handle 4-foot drops, has a wide operating temperature range, and was designed to meld contemporary smartphone functionality and ease of use with industrial-grade data capture and durability. Security officers interact with the system through the Getac B300 Ultra Rugged Notebook that runs IRSA-authored client software on Windows 8.1.
Each size screen is available in one of Winmate's three housing options: IP65 front-sealed, chassis or panel mount, or open frame. Note the innovative 5-in-1 module that attaches to the back of the tablet and offers scanning, RFID, MSR, keypad, and smart card reading.
With the Core i5, the 5.7 x 4 inch board has performance comparable to a high-end rugged mobile tablet or notebook. The railroad selected the fully-rugged Bobcat to help achieve cost savings and increased mobility in its yard operations by consolidating from a two-device model to a one device operation. This is certain to have a massive impact on the rugged computing and embedded systems markets. Its PICMG 1.3 compliant design based on half-size SHBs and SHB backplanes offers desktop PC functionality in a passive backplane implementation optimized for more demanding environments such as industrial automation, but also military, medical and telecom applications.
Smith Micro said that in many industries where field equipment must be ruggedized, demand for smaller form factors is driving rapid replacement of larger laptops to ruggedized Windows 8.1 and Android tablets and smartphones. Weighing just 2.5 pounds, the dock carries an IP65 ingress protection rating and can be mounted in numerous ways.
VDC reported that rugged mobile device shipments were US$5.4 billion in 2008, and predicted a bleak 10% decrease for 2009. In Booth #658, Juniper will show its rugged handheld computers, preferred by water professionals for their ultra-ruggedness and reliability. RuggedPCReview examined the Nautiz X4 in detail and found it to be a small and handy mobile computer well suited for reliable and efficient data capture and data communication tasks in the field, and one that fits right into most enterprise infrastructures.
The tablets will be rolled out as part of a phased introduction this summer to replace a fleet of legacy handhelds. In order to achieve this, Autoliv chose to deploy Datalogic Falcon X3, Skorpio X3 and Memor mobile computers to work with the new SAP system. RUGGEDBOOK will show four exciting new rugged Windows tablets based on state-of-the-art Intel Bay Trail and Haswell technology (for sneak previews, see Rugged Tablet PC 358, 751, 760, and 770).
The Professional Configuration does not include GMS and prevents Google data gathering of user location, keypad entries and search activities while providing customers with control of application and OS upgrades. And those tablets were Getac V110s, prominently featured in the YouTube video accompanying the case study. I am going to say that there are a few things you can do to easily set yourself apart from the crowd. Once you’ve identified your job target, here is what you need to do to get yourself noticed.
If you start sending Facebook requests to people you’ve never met, you might creep them out. I know, it sounds like a lot of work, but when you know what you want, the effort is worth it.
Eyes start to glaze over as soon as the buzzwords take over so keep them where appropriate but use words real people say where possible. Ideally, it would be a single development platform to work across all devices and browsers; not separate m-commerce, iOS and Android development projects.
IBM Tealeaf CX Mobile is designed to show retailers how users experience the mobile site and apps on a tablet or smartphone, showing how often a user has to scroll, change layout, zoom and other user struggle scenarios. If the mobile checkout is hard, then users are forced to either abandon the cart, move to a different screen or worse—go to a competitor’s site.
This omni-channel, multiscreen shopping experience is a great way to drive sales and improve customer experience, as well as discourage Amazon showrooming.
When I meet with this client, I hope to help them think through how to build a strong mobile strategy by rolling out new mobile solutions that drive higher traffic, conversion and larger average basket size.
We feel that while this blog is not going to provide all of the final answers, it will give you an excellent starting point for conversations around mobility issues.
Revenue in all major regions grew, with the largest percentage increases in Europe and Asia Pacific.
It's not a rugged product, but Android availability on desktops and laptops may change everything. Winmatea€™s next generation 8.4a€? tablet running Windows 7 was the perfect tool for the job. The original FZ-G1 scored some of the best benchmark numbers we'd seen, and these tech upgrades make it even quicker. The blog post explains how it works, and why Juniper's Archer 2 is the perfect hardware platform to run it on. 24 team in two Sprint Cup races annually and as an associate-level partner in all other events. We reviewed the Getac PS535F and reported that Getac expected to be the #2 rugged PC vendor by 2012.
The tablet, running Windows 8, will run Thames Watera€™s SAP and ClickSoftware asset and field management systems.
There's USB 3.0, a microSD card reader, mini DisplayPort, and a cover that's also a keyboard.
Other Linux distributions or releases are available by request, with volume commitment or engineering payment.
I absolutely love working in social media and content marketing, so why wouldn’t you? After a few small interactions with Mana, I tweeted directly at her and expressed my interest in the role. Many people struggle with writing cover letters because they don’t know how to talk about themselves so it takes a long time.
If you can’t be concise in your resume, why would I think you could write concise social content? Each user session can be replayed to show the user struggle as if a camcorder were on the user’s shoulder. What it all means is that Motorola Solutions will more or less return to its root business of radio and communications products and services, whereas the acquired Symbol and Psion rugged mobile computing operations go to mobile printer maker Zebra. It will mark the first on-car branding for Panasonic since joining Hendrick Motorsports as a technology partner in 2007.
As a result, a rugged PC mounted on a forklift can set you apart, says MobileDemand CEO Matt Miller. The Surface Pro 3, which starts at US$799 (but goes as high as US$1,949 for a loaded model) has a pen which, interestingly, is from N-Trig and not Wacom (N-trig also replaces Atmel for the Surface 3's touch capabilities). Here is how you should approach it: write your cover letter as though you are explaining to your best friend why you are clearly the best fit for the job. IBM has a great example of a travel site that increased revenue by $1 million per week after Tealeaf found a previously invisible checkout problem.
This brings to an end Motorola's attempts in mobile computing that included such interesting projects as the mid-1990s Marco and Envoy handhelds and the Forte CommPad rugged tablet. When the VP of Social Media tweeted they were looking for a social media manager, I was on it!



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