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GammaTech changes name to Durabook Americas
GammaTech Computer Corporation, the North American branch of Twinhead International Corporation, today announced it has changed its name to Durabook Americas, Inc. The new name reflects the company's longstanding focus on the DURABOOK brand as well as changing market conditions that emphasize the need for reliable, purpose-built, mobile computing solutions. [See press release] -- Posted Thursday, February 22, 2018 by chb

Xplore rugged tablet chosen as primary computing console for state-of-the-art thermal validation system
Xplore Technologies Corp. (NASDAQ:XPLR) today announced that it has received purchase orders totaling more than $2.4 million for Xplore F5m rugged tablet PCs from one of the largest manufacturers of advanced sensing technologies and innovative embedded measurement solutions in the United States. The OEM has chosen the clean-room approved F5m to serve as the dedicated computer console for its new advanced thermal validation system. [See Xplore press release] -- Posted Wednesday, February 21, 2018 by chb

RuggON announces the Rextorm PX501 tablet, a versatile and rugged Jack-of-all-Trades
RuggON Corporation, a leader in the design and manufacturing of ruggedized computing products, launched the third generation Rextorm PX501 for any data collection, control, and management application, even in the harshest environments. The Rextorm PX501 is equipped with a powerful Intel Core i5 Kaby Lake processor, a range of seamless connectivity and data capture options, and a touch screen display with bright, 1000 nits, sunlight readable display. Thanks to its massive battery life, ubiquitous GNSS coverage, and custom accessories allow for maximum mobility and off-base operation, while being backed by RuggON's hallmark uncompromising ruggedness, it allows for extended off-base operation. [See RuggON press release] -- Posted Friday, February 9, 2018 by chb

Xplore: Is the business market finally folding on laptops?
In its always interesting blog, Xplore Technologies discussed the position of the laptop in today's business markets. The latest market numbers show that traditional laptops are no longer the “one” computer that can go anywhere – or that professionals really want to lug around everywhere. This is driving OEMs to increasingly invest in 2-in-1 tablet designs that can serve as laptop replacements – and research shows that businesses are buying into these tablet-based alternatives given the numerous benefits to both end-users and IT (i.e. the business’ bottom line). [See Xplore bog] -- Posted Thursday, February 8, 2018 by chb

Full review: ARBOR Technology G60 Mobile Inspection Assistant with integrated thermal imaging
Arbor Technology's G60 "Mobile Inspection Assistant" is quite unique. Yes, it's a rugged Android handheld computer and phone, but it's also so much more. Integrated FLIR-based thermal imaging allows all sorts of inspection work where detection of heat signatures is required for the job. An internal mPCIe expansion slot means there can be both public and private mobile broadband communication. Optional via expansion modules include a high speed or long range barcode reader, UHF reader, and a laser distance reader. We're impressed. [See full review of the ARBOR G60 Mobile Inspection Assistant] -- Posted Thursday, February 8, 2018 by chb

Refined Toughbook 20 delivers more features, more value in a rugged 2-in-1 package
Panasonic, an industry leading manufacturer of mobile computing solutions that are purpose-built for the way people work, announced the U.S. launch of the latest 2018 version of its popular and critically-praised 2-in-1 detachable laptop, the Toughbook 20. At only 3.9 pounds, this fully-rugged laptop is perfect for today's workers on-the-go, with the features and rugged construction to keep working, no matter what challenges it meets. Now equipped with a refreshed processor — the Intel Core i5-7Y57 processor with Turbo Boost up to 3.3 GHz, the Toughbook 20 laptop is more capable than ever before. And with a 256GB SSD standard on all models — and an option to expand to 512GB — workers can store more data on-the-go and access it with the speed they need. [See Panasonic press release] -- Posted Wednesday, February 7, 2018 by chb

U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center launches DT Research rugged tablets
DT Research, the world's leading designer and manufacturer of purpose-built computing solutions for vertical markets, today announced that the U.S Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) has selected the DT Research DT311 Rugged Tablets for deployment to U.S. Navy personnel working at various shipyards across the country. The purpose-built tablets designed by Silicon Valley-based DT Research can be used for technical maintenance management, warehouse and fleet inventory control, field testing and training, and other field-office data operations. With seamless office-to-field workflow, productivity significantly improves, increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of personnel. [See DT Research press release] -- Posted Tuesday, February 6, 2018 by chb

IDC: tablet unit sales dropping, but detachables grow
According to IDC, the worldwide detachable tablet market was 49.6 million units in Q4 2017, down from 53.8 million in Q4 2016. Of those, detachables grew about 10% to 6.5 million, which means that pure tablets dropped from about 48 million to 43 million. Apple remained the clear leader both in Q4 2017 and for all of 2017. But in Q4, Amazon passed Samsung. Overall, the big 5 (Apple, Amazon, Samsung, Huawei and Lenovo) grew even more dominant, accounting for 2/3 of all tablets in 2017. [See IDC press release] -- Posted Monday, February 5, 2018 by chb

Trimble announces new MX9 mobile mapping system for surveying, engineering and geospatial professionals
Trimble announced the release of the Trimble MX9 mobile mapping solution. The Trimble MX9 combines a vehicle-mounted mobile lidar system, multi-camera imaging and field software for efficient, precise and high-volume data capture for a broad range of mobile mapping applications such as road surveys, topographic mapping, 3D-modeling and asset management. [See Trimble press release] -- Posted Monday, February 5, 2018 by chb

DRG predicts total PCs and tablets per user will peak in 2019
Daniel Research Group, a market research firm specializing in forecasting technology markets announces the publication of its United States Personal Device 2018-2022 Forecast 2017 Q4 Updated Report. The report is available on DRG's website, Overall, the report sees a decline both of traditional laptops and desktop PCs, but a significant increase in convertible PCs. On the tablet side, DRG sees a sharp decline in pure tablets and moderate growth in detachables. Stephen Daniel, President of DRG, said, "Detachable Tablets and Convertible Mobile PCs provide the same basic functionality and will merge into one form factor -- Hybrid PCs. [See Daniel Research Group] -- Posted Wednesday, January 31, 2018 by chb

Panasonic’s latest ATEX Zone 2 certified fully rugged Windows tablet designed for versatile mobile computing in potentially explosive industries
Panasonic announced the latest version of its popular ATEX certified, 10.1 inch fully rugged Windows tablet with up to 14 hours battery life and even more computing power. The Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1 ATEX tablet has been certified for above ground, Zone 2 Working Space use in potentially explosive environments*, such as the chemicals, oil and gas industries. [See Panasonic press release] -- Posted Wednesday, January 31, 2018 by chb

Handheld announces CAN bus module for ALGIZ 8X rugged tablet
Handheld Group today announced a CAN bus expansion module accessory for its ALGIZ 8X ultra-rugged tablet. The module allows the ALGIZ 8X to communicate directly with machines and appliances using the CAN bus communication protocol. Designed for the automotive and industrial control industries, Handheld's new CAN bus expansion module facilitates efficient communication between the 8-inch Algiz 8X rugged tablet computer and devices that operate over a CAN interface, such as sensors, controllers and actuators. The CAN interface has a high tolerance for electromagnetic interference, making it ideal for use in vehicles. [See Handheld Group press release] -- Posted Monday, January 29, 2018 by chb

Panasonic accelerates push into rugged handheld market with appointment of global technology provider ScanSource in Europe
Panasonic today appointed global technology provider ScanSource to help accelerate its growth in the European rugged handheld market. ScanSource has been a long-time partner with Panasonic in the United States and will bring its extensive experience to support Panasonic's business in the rugged handheld market, where it aims to build on its leadership in the European rugged notebook and rugged tablet market. [See Panasonic press release] -- Posted Thursday, January 25, 2018 by chb

Cool Technologies Mobile Generation (MG) systems to integrate Panasonic Toughpad rugged tablets
Cool Technologies, Inc. (OTCQB:WARM), an innovator in efficient mobile power generation and thermal dispersion technologies, announced today that the company's Mobile Generation systems will incorporate Panasonic Toughpad rugged tablets to run Cool Tech's patented (HAST E899WO) MG software system. This application is the first example of Cool Technologies using Panasonic devices. [See Cool Technologies press release] -- Posted Tuesday, January 23, 2018 by chb

Xplore improves full-year revenue outlook on strong december quarter sales, customer wins and robust backlog
Xplore Technologies Corp. (NASDAQ:XPLR) today announced it expects revenue for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2018, to be approximately $85 million, at the high end of its previously announced revenue outlook of $75 to $85 million. This confidence is the result of preliminary fiscal third quarter revenue of $23.8 million, strong backlog entering the fiscal fourth quarter and continuing sales wins. [See Xplore press release] -- Posted Friday, January 19, 2018 by chb

Ulcer and wound treatment revolutionised by new technology combining GPC 3D WoundCare software and Panasonic rugged tablets
The effective treatment of patients suffering from debilitating pressure ulcers, burns and other wounds is being revolutionised by new 3D imaging software that runs on rugged Panasonic Toughpad tablets and has been developed by Swansea-based health informatics company GPC. Running on a lightweight, yet rugged Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1 Standard tablet with an integrated Intel RealSense 3D camera, the 3D WoundCare software captures the ulcer image using a simple point and click process. [See Panasonic press release] -- Posted Tuesday, January 16, 2018 by chb

Full lineup of Xplore rugged tablet solutions now available for purchase through GSA IT Schedule 70
Xplore Technologies Corp. (NASDAQ: XPLR) announced that its full portfolio of rugged, fully rugged and ultra-rugged mobile computing solutions is now available for purchase by government agencies through Solvix Solution's General Services Administration (GSA) IT Schedule 70 contract #GS-35F-088HA / 47QTCA18D002C. Federal, state and local agencies looking for a highly secure and fully-featured computing experience will now benefit from the fast, easy procurement of Xplore's 10" and 12" tablet-based "mobile office" systems. They will also benefit from the expert guidance of Solvix Solutions, a Woman-Owned Small Business (WOSB) that has successfully supplied the U.S. Government with top quality workforce technologies for more than 3 years. [See Xplore press release] -- Posted Wednesday, January 10, 2018 by chb

Intel announces 8th Gen Core processors with integrated Radeon graphics
It's been eight years since Intel began integrating their own Intel HD graphics right into their processors. Many thought that would be the end of separate graphics subsystems, but that didn't turn out to be the case as graphics-intensive applications continued to require dedicated graphics cards. As a result, "discrete" graphics modules are often available as an option in rugged laptops. Now Intel announced 8th generation Core processors with AMD Radeon RX Vega M graphics. Will this bring greatly improved graphics performance to mobile systems? Probably not just yet, as the new chips start at 65 watt DTP (thermal design power), far more than the typical 15 watts in modern high-performance rugged laptops and tablets. [See Intel press release] -- Posted Monday, January 8, 2018 by chb

Featured blog: Juniper Systems' Get Rugged
Juniper Systems' Get Rugged blog has been around for almost five years. Juniper started it as a way for discussing the data collection industry and related news, goings-on at their company, and helpful how-to’s, among many other topics. Recent blogs included Creating a Topographic Survey with the Mesa 2 Rugged Tablet, Water Asset Mapping in Accordance with the New Jersey Water Quality Accountability Act, Android AOSP: What You Need to Know, and The Geode Sub-meter GPS Receiver Put to the Test Under Dense Forest Tree Canopy. [See the Juniper Systems Get Rugged blog] -- Posted Sunday, January 7, 2018 by chb

Global mobile industry ready to start full-scale development of 5G NR
The 3GPP TSG RAN Plenary Meeting in Lisbon successfully completed the first implementable 5G NR specification. AT&T, BT, China Mobile, China Telecom, China Unicom, Deutsche Telekom, Ericsson, Fujitsu, Huawei, Intel, KT Corporation, LG Electronics, LG Uplus, MediaTek Inc., NEC Corporation, Nokia, NTT DOCOMO, Orange, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., Samsung Electronics, SK Telecom, Sony Mobile Communications Inc., Sprint, TIM, Telefonica, Telia Company, T-Mobile USA, Verizon, Vodafone, and ZTE have made a statement that the completion of the first 5G NR standard has set the stage for the global mobile industry to start full-scale development of 5G NR for large-scale trials and commercial deployments as early as in 2019. [See Intel/3GPP press release] -- Posted Tuesday, January 2, 2018 by chb

Need for Speed — AMG takes the lead with RuggON rugged tablets
RuggON Corporation, a supplier of fully rugged computers, announced their sponsorship of the German Haribo Racing Team which is part of the customer racing program of Mercedes-AMG Motorsport. Pit crews are using the RuggON PX-501B rugged Windows tablet for vehicle diagnostics, on-the-spot repairs, and vehicle tuning on the famed Nürburgring race course in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. Sharing the racing team's emphasis on reliability, performance, and durability, the RuggON PX-501B proved to be a perfect complement to Mercedes-AMG's supercars. [See RuggON news] -- Posted Thursday, December 21, 2017 by chb

Pentium Silver and Gold
Intel, seemingly, will stop at nothing to make their byzantine processor lineup even more, well, byzantine. The company has now announced Pentium Silver and Gold processors, where the Gold varieties use big Kaby Lake cores whereas the Silver versions are now based on "Gemini Lake" (which is the successor to Apollo Lake, which was the successor of Braswell, which was the successor of Bay Trail). There are actually also Celeron-branded new chips in Gemini Lake. Intel's idea here seems to use Celeron and Pentium to offer something that covers the big gap between high-end Atom and low-end Core processors, both in terms of cost, performance, power usage and features. For a table of the new chips, see here. [See Intel press release] -- Posted Monday, December 18, 2017 by chb

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Xplore Technologies announces the retirement of Phil Sassower as Chairman
Xplore Technologies Corp., (NASDAQ:XPLR), a global leader in rugged computing, today reported the retirement of Philip S. Sassower, 77, as chairman of the board, and his concurrent resignation from the board of directors. During more than 12 years of tenure, he served as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer. Earlier this year, he stepped down from his role as CEO. [See Xplore press release] -- Posted Wednesday, October 18, 2017 by chb

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

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

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

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

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

Full review: MobileDemand xTablet T1150
With the xTablet T1150, MobileDemand adds a third option to its 10-inch rugged tablet lineup. The T1150 represents the top-of-the-line among the trio (the other two being the low-end Flex 10A and the mid-range T1550), offering additional refinement and performance as well as options not available in the lower-end products. conducted a full review of the MobileDemand xTablet T1150, and found it a compelling package for anyone who needs Windows on tough jobs, even those that require high-level sealing, high resolution, GPS, and industrial-grade scanning. [See full review of the MobileDemand xTablet T1150] -- Posted Friday, September 29, 2017 by chb

True Story: How Field Service First Got a Handle on Mobility (Thanks to Hospitals)
Many rugged laptops have attached handles, and carry handles are available for some rugged tablets as accessories. But there are some rugged tablets that have a handle built right into their design. That goes back well over a decade when Intel researchers, ever interested in exploring new markets for their chips, came up with what they called the "Mobile Clinical Assistant" reference platform, or simply MCA. in 2007, Motion Computing was the first to convert the concept into a product, the Motion C5. Others followed, and Motion, now part of Xplore, continues the C5/F5 tablets with integrated handles to this day. The whole story is explained in Bob Ashenbrenner's article True Story: How Field Service First Got a Handle on Mobility (Thanks to Hospitals) on Xplore Technologies' blog. [Read True Story: How Field Service First Got a Handle on Mobility (Thanks to Hospitals)] -- Posted Wednesday, September 27, 2017 by chb

Getac's next gen F110 fully rugged tablet provides maximum performance and multi-layer security in 'right size' form factor
Getac is introducing its 4th generation F110 fully rugged tablet, one of the company's best-selling mobile devices. Designed to help field service professionals meet the demands of extreme working environments, the F110 combines Intel® Kaby Lake processors and new multi-layer security features with a fully rugged design to create the best performing and most secure fully rugged tablet in the market. [See Getac press release and RuggedPCReview's description, analysis and specs of the Getac F110] -- Posted Tuesday, September 26, 2017 by chb

Xplore secures yet another multi-million-dollar Android rugged tablet order from top telecommunications provider's fiber optic division
Xplore Technologies Corp (NASDAQ: XPLR) announced that one of the largest broadband and wireless telecommunications companies in the United States has placed a new $2.6 million follow-on order for Xplore XSLATE D10 tablets to support the ongoing expansion of its Fiber Optic Services Division workforce, which first standardized on the custom-engineered tablet platform in August 2016. It is the only fully rugged Android mobile device that offers full computing capabilities and the HDMI-in port technicians need to conduct high speed network quality tests at the time of install. [See Xplore press release] -- Posted Tuesday, September 19, 2017 by chb

Xplore secures million-dollar rugged tablet order from Latin American law enforcement agency
Xplore Technologies Corp (NASDAQ: XPLR) announced that one of the largest Latin American police forces has placed an order totaling more than $1 million for Xplore XSLATE B10 fully rugged tablets, vehicle docks and accessories. The 10.1" Intel-powered XSLATE B10 was the only rugged tablet solution on the market that could meet the law enforcement agency's strict performance standards and ergonomic requirements. [See Xplore press release] -- Posted Tuesday, September 12, 2017 by chb

Handheld launches blog at
Handheld Group, a leading supplier of rugged mobile computers, announced the launch of its new blog, RUGGEDINFORMER.COM. will serve as a resource for mobility professionals, field technicians, IT managers, and others who are engaged in workforce mobilization. It will be a resource to learn more about rugged computers and stay informed about mobility news and emerging rugged technologies. [See Handheld Group press release] -- Posted Friday, September 8, 2017 by chb

Airline swaps pen and paper for Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1
European cargo airline West Atlantic is transforming life for aviation crew, who formerly used pen and paper to keep on top of logistics, by equipping them with Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1 rugged tablets. The result is a better and more efficient working day in the form of saved time, increased user-friendliness and better overview. [See Panasonic Europe press release] -- Posted Tuesday, September 5, 2017 by chb

Review: Kingston IronKey S1000 FIPS 140-2 Level 3 compliant secure flash drive
USB flash drives are being sold by the hundreds of millions every year. They are terrific and everyone loves them. But they are also a major security risk and a primary source of data breaches. The solution is secure, encrypted USB keys compliant with FIPS 140-2 Level 3, which is mandatory for governments at any level and those who are doing business with government. RuggedPCReview is taking a detailed look at the
Kingston IronKey S1000 line of rugged, heavy-duty USB keys that truly protects your data. [See Kingston IronKey S1000 — for when you need a rugged, heavy-duty USB key that truly protects your data]
-- Posted Tuesday, September 5, 2017 by chb

Intel's 8th-gen U Series Core processors
On August 21, Intel announced what the company calls their 8th Generation Intel Core processors. For now that's just four chips, the i5-8250U and i5-8350U, and the i7-8550U and i7-8650U (see here). From what we can tell, these remain 15-watt 14nm chips with the same 7th gen Kaby Lake architecture, which already was only a minor advance over 6th gen Skylake. What has changed, though, is that these four chips are all quad-core/eight thread systems, so whatever software takes advantage of that will be significantly faster. But what about battery life with all these extra cores? Intel says it's "uncompromised," and that's likely because the new chips run at a much lower base frequency (albeit higher turbo boost) than the equivalent Kaby Lake processors. So what we'll likely see will be the availability of 8th gen chips as high end options. But, for now, 8th gen doesn't look "must have." -- Posted Tuesday, September 5, 2017 by chb

Dell releases updated rugged tablet: state-of-the-art, lighter, sharper, more secure, and much faster
Talk about timing. A mere couple of weeks after we published our long term review of Dell's original Latitude 12 Rugged Tablet, Dell released its successor, the Latitude Rugged Extreme Tablet. The new model is much more powerful than the original and yet can last considerably longer between charges thanks to higher capacity batteries. Its considerably sharper display will be well received, as will be the addition of a USB Type C port, and the noticeably lighter weight. The new kickstand makes the tablet an even better 2-in-1 solution. [See Dell press release and RuggedPCReview's description, analysis and specs of the Dell 7212 Rugged Extreme tablet] -- Posted Tuesday, August 29, 2017 by chb

Long term review: Dell Latitude 12 Rugged Tablet
Dell has relatively quietly established itself as a major provider of rugged laptops, convertibles and tablets. RuggedPCReview has had the opportunity to have a Dell Latitude 12 Rugged Tablet in the office and for everyday use on the desk, on the road, and in the field. The tough Dell tablet turned out to be a pleasant, competent and totally trouble-free companion and productivity tool. [See long-term test and review of the Dell Latitude 12 Rugged Tablet] -- Posted Tuesday, August 15, 2017 by chb

DT Research: Why the military needs purpose-built tech from trusted solution providers
In a recent blog entry, DT Research explains why when it comes to military computing, rugged tablets provide the best bet for successfully achieving a variety of goals, including protecting data and troops deployed in response to in-theater conflicts. The military does not need the added threat of dropped communication and not being able to reliably access detailed plans. [read DT Research blog -- Posted Tuesday, August 15, 2017 by chb

An inside look at R&D: Panasonic Toughbook put to the test
Makers of rugged mobile computers test their products in accordance with various ruggedness testing procedures described in documents such as the MIL-STD-810G. Most of the time, testing is done by specialized third party testing labs, but market leaders generally also do their own testing in their own labs. Panasonic just issued a blog post and video that covers how Panasonic ensures that its mobile devices live up to the promise of rugged reliability. [See An inside look at R&D: Panasonic Toughbook put to the test] -- Posted Monday, August 14, 2017 by chb

Xplore Technologies reports profitable first quarter results
Xplore Technologies announced revenues of US$20.0 million for Q1 of their fiscal year 2018, reflecting increased sales of rugged tablets as well as resolution of previously disclosed supply chain constraints (up from US$16.5 million for Q1 2017). Q1 2018 showed a net profit of US$239k compared to a net loss of US$1.7 million in Q1 2017. For fiscal 2018, Xplore continues to anticipate revenue to range between $75 million and $85 million and also anticipates multiple profitable quarters and positive cash flow for the full fiscal year 2018. [See Xplore press release] -- Posted Thursday, August 10, 2017 by chb

Xplore rugged tablets driving data collection efforts for net zero deforestation project in Colombia
Xplore Technologies. (NASDAQ: XPLR) announced that its XSLATE D10 Android rugged tablets are being used as the primary data collection platform for the Net Zero Deforestation Project currently underway in the rainforests of Caquetá, Colombia. The project, a joint-effort between the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) and The Nature Conservancy local office, aims to map and analyze the spatial and demographical implications of the deforestation process occurring in the region. [See Xplore press release] -- Posted Tuesday, August 8, 2017 by chb

DT Research and Phase II deliver rugged tablets for Mobile IT for defense teams
DT Research, a leading designer and manufacturer of purpose-built computing solutions for vertical markets, announced that along with Phase II in booth T13 (RTO Consulting), they will showcase rugged tablets for mobile IT at the AFCEA Technet show in Augusta GA from August 8th to 10th. [See DT Research press release] -- Posted Tuesday, August 8, 2017 by chb

IDC: tablet market declines in Q2/2017
IDC reports that worldwide shipments for tablets declined 3.4% year over year in 2Q17, reaching 37.9 million. The decline included detachable tablets. "There's been a resetting of expectations for detachables as competing convertible notebooks offered a convincing and familiar computing experience for many," said Jitesh Ubrani, senior research analyst with IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Device Trackers. Of market leaders, Apple sold 11.4 million tablets for the quarter, up 14.7% over Q2/2016. Samsung stayed at 6 million. [See IDC release] -- Posted Tuesday, August 8, 2017 by chb

Group Mobile launches website dedicated to Getac rugged mobile computing products
Group Mobile, a rapidly expanding premier provider of innovative, full-service mobile technology solutions today announces the launch of a new microsite dedicated to Getac rugged devices and accessories. Getac's business includes rugged notebooks, rugged tablets and rugged handheld and mobile video system devices for military, police, fire, utility, insurance and field-service customers. The microsite will provide Getac and Group Mobile customers with a faster and more flexible way to shop for Getac rugged devices and accessories online. [See Group Mobile press release] -- Posted Wednesday, August 2, 2017 by chb

Our tribute to GammaTech's 30 year Anniversary
GammaTech Computer Corporation is celebrating its 30th anniversary this month, July 2017. That's amazing longevity in an industry where big names come and go. And it marks GammaTech as one of the pioneers in an industry and technology that truly changed the world. So congratulations, GammaTech, on your 30th anniversary, and for contributing so much to making computers durable, tough and rugged enough to hold up out there on the job and in the field. And for keeping them affordable. Best of luck for the future. You have much going for yourselves. [Read GammaTech celebrates its 30th anniversary] -- Posted Monday, July 31, 2017 by chb

DT Research blog: Military-grade rugged tablets answer the call of duty
A recent DT Research blog describes how purpose built rugged tablets for the military meet a variety of challenges faced daily by military personnel on or off base, in an office setting or a demanding environment. High-grade, cutting edge technology is nothing new for the US Armed Forces, but rugged tablets are becoming more popular across branches and bases, on land, in the air, and at sea. [See Military-grade rugged tablets answer the call of duty] -- Posted Monday, July 31, 2017 by chb

Utah State University Engineers Without Borders students use Juniper Archer 2 to identify dangerous arsenic levels in Peru
Arsenic is a carcinogen, increasing cancer rates for those who ingest it. Found at high levels in the groundwater in a number of countries, a group of seven Utah State University engineering students left for the Puno region of Peru, just north of Lake Titicaca, to work toward eliminating the problem. After data collection training from members of the Juniper Systems team and extensive arsenic removal research prior to the trip, students worked to identify arsenic levels through sample mapping and removal exploration. [Read full blog post] -- Posted Monday, July 31, 2017 by chb

Xplore secures new workforce mobility project with major telecommunications provider
Xplore Technologies announced that it has secured multiple orders for its high performance XSLATE R12 rugged tablet PC part of a new multi-year project with one of the largest telecommunications providers in the United States. The long-time Xplore customer is now equipping its Outside Plant Engineers with the Intel®-powered 2 in 1 tablets, office docks and accessories as part of a division-wide mobile technology upgrade that began this month. The XSLATE R12 will replace standard-issue corporate laptops and replicate the paper-based planning workflows that have been used for years. Xplore expects ongoing orders over the next several quarters in support of this project. [See Xplore press release] -- Posted Thursday, July 27, 2017 by chb

Full review: RuggON PM-311B 7-inch rugged tablet
Small rugged tablets are increasingly used in all sorts of field-based data collection and data verification deployments. With their Blaxtone PM-311B, RuggON offers a tough and exceptionally versatile rugged tablet platform that has uses in numerous public safety, government, military, industrial and commercial applications. With a footprint no bigger than that of an iPad, the PM-311B fits almost anywhere, yet offers full Windows 10 IoT Enterprise features, performance and capabilities. RuggedPCReview examined the PM-311B in detail and found it an exceptionally versatile tool of impeccable quality. [See full review of the RuggON PM-311B] -- Posted Tuesday, July 25, 2017 by chb

DT Research and ITG bring purpose-built rugged tablet solutions to defense health market
DT Research, the leading designer and manufacturer of purpose-built computing solutions for vertical markets, and Integration Technologies Group (ITG) announced the companies will showcase several models of the Rugged Medical Tablets in the ITG booth #509 at the Defense Health Information Technology Symposium (DHITS), Orlando, FL, USA — show July 25-27 in Orlando. [See DT research press release] -- Posted Tuesday, July 25, 2017 by chb

Switch to PCIe SSDs helps updated Xplore R12 rugged tablet shatter benchmark performance records
Xplore Technologies' rugged 12.5-inch XSLATE R12 tablet was already among the fastest devices RuggedPCReview has ever tested. Now Xplore raised the ante once again by switching to an even faster Kaby Lake processor and, most importantly, switch from SATA to PCIe solid state disks. The result is absolutely blazing PassMark benchmark performance. The updated XSLATE R12 is half again as fast as the predecessor model, and the overall fastest device we have tested in the RuggedPCReview lab. [See Xplore press release and Hot-rodding the rugged tablet — Xplore Technologies presents super-high performance version of its sleek, lightweight 12.5-inch R12 Kaby Lake Windows tablet] -- Posted Tuesday, July 18, 2017 by chb

Panasonic works with Volkswagen to deliver a next generation production line mobile testing solution for the automotive manufacturer
Volkswagen and Panasonic have collaborated to create a new rugged and versatile Automotive Mobile Test Solution (AMTS). Christoph Lach, Project Manager, at Volkswagen AG explained: "The AMTS is based on the Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1 tablet and it meets our production requirements. We use the hardware for commissioning the control units in the vehicle. We have the option of connecting to an external vehicle communication interface, which enables us to communicate with the vehicle, but we can also load the UPS-Client from the vehicle. The steering wheel holder meets all the requirements we had here in the group, which means it's compatible with every steering wheel." [See Panasonic press release] -- Posted Thursday, July 13, 2017 by chb

Xplore collaborates with Microsoft to accelerate Internet of Things solutions
Xplore Technologies Corp announced it has joined Microsoft Azure Certified for Internet of Things (IoT), ensuring customers get IoT solutions up and running quickly with hardware and software that has been pre-tested and verified to work with Microsoft Azure IoT services. Microsoft Azure Certified for IoT allows businesses to reach customers where they are, working with an ecosystem of devices and platforms, allowing for faster time to production. [See Xplore media release -- Posted Wednesday, July 12, 2017 by chb

Juniper’s “Mapping Blitz” helps Bear River Land Conservancy maintain important habitat
In its latest blog entry, Juniper Systems relates how Juniper staff worked with members of the Bear River Land Conservancy to aid in the conservation of important habitat along the Bear River. Using the Geode Sub-meter GPS Receiver, the Mesa 2 Rugged Tablet, and the Allegro 2, a handful of our rugged handheld enthusiasts mapped updates and information on important plants, large debris, fence lines, and more while getting additional hands-on experience using Juniper’s data collection solutions. [See Juniper’s “Mapping Blitz” Helps Bear River Land Conservancy Maintain Important Habitat] -- Posted Tuesday, July 11, 2017 by chb

IOGEAR KeySlate Ultra-Slim Bluetooth 4.0 Keyboard
Tablets have changed the world, and 2-in-1 designs are broadening their appeal even more. But often the usefulness of both tablets and 2-in-1s comes down to having a good keyboard. That's what (among lots of other cool stuff) the folks at IOGEAR provide, great keyboards for tablets. We tested their iOS version and loved it (they offer versions for Android and Windows as well) . [See review of the IOGEAR KeySlate Ultra-Slim Bluetooth 4.0 Keyboard, with some contemplations about keyboards in general] -- Posted Saturday, July 8, 2017 by chb

Habey's fully adaptable touch screen controls
Habey USA is promoting what the company calls "fully adaptable touch screen devices". These look like standard consumer tablets from the front, have 7 to 12.1-inch screens, come with ARM and Intel chips, resistive or capacitive touch, and use a variety of operating systems. From the back, they look more like small Panel PCs, offering plenty of configurable, customizable connectivity. As such, these devices can serve as friendly user interfaces for any number of embedded systems and devices. [See Habey media release] -- Posted Thursday, July 6, 2017 by chb

Getac introduces powerful, fully rugged, highly configurable Windows tablet with a big, bright 14-inch screen
Sometimes one just needs a big screen on the job, and that's why Getac introduced the A140 14-inch tablet. The super-bright display offers capacitive multi-touch and a hard tip capacitive stylus. Customers have an option of four Intel Skylake Core processors. There's plentiful onboard I/O and the A140 can be configured with integrated scanning, RFID, various security options, as well as custom interfaces. [See RuggedPCReview's description, analysis and specs of the Getac A140] -- Posted Tuesday, June 27, 2017 by chb

Panasonic Europe introduces 12-inch "business-rugged" Kaby Lake-powered 2-in-1 hybrid Toughbook XZ6
On and off, Panasonic brings some of its Japanese domestic market Let's Note notebooks to other parts of the world under the Toughbook brand. That's the case with the Toughbook XZ6, an impressive state-of-the-art 12-inch 2-in-1 hybrid. There's 2160 x 1440 resolution, an Intel "Kaby Lake" Core i5-7300U chip, optional active pen, full-scale mechanical keyboard, and exemplary connectivity. The XZ6 doesn't rival a real Toughbook in ruggedness, but it's a lot less expensive than a Toughbook 33 with which it shares many specs. [See RuggedPCReview description, analysis and specs of the Panasonic Toughbook XZ6 -- Posted Tuesday, June 27, 2017 by chb

MOBIL-INN picks ARBOR IoT-800 to equip Brittany waste management vehicles with iSmartCollect solution
Beautiful French Brittany works hard to preserve its beauty. That includes equipping a growing number of recycling and waste collection vehicles with Mobil-Inn's iSmartCollect solution that simplifies collection management, including seasonal variations, smart control, and circuit modifications, reducing operating costs via real-time maps sharing, human and material resource management, and route modification. On the hardware side, Mobil-Inn chose ARBOR Technology's IoT-800 Android terminal. [See ARBOR media release and RuggedPCReview's report on the ARBOR IoT-800] -- Posted Monday, June 26, 2017 by chb

9 Ways to Create and Maintain a Successful Business Partnership
Juniper Systems has one of the best and most active blogs in the rugged mobile computing market. In a new article, Juniper's marketing writer Sarah Keyes describes how building and maintaining business partnerships takes time, patience, and understanding. When maintained correctly, partnerships can act as one of the driving factors of success and revenue. The key is understanding how to keep the relationship healthy and flourishing, while implementing these understandings into day-to-day interactions. [See Juniper Systems' 9 Ways to Create and Maintain a Successful Business Partnership] -- Posted Friday, June 23, 2017 by chb

New screen coating makes reading in sunlight a lot easier
Screens on even the newest phones and tablets can be hard to read outside in bright sunlight. Inspired by the nanostructures found on moth eyes, researchers have developed a new antireflection film that could keep people from having to run to the shade to look at their mobile devices. The antireflection film exhibits a surface reflection of just .23 percent, much lower than the iPhone's surface reflection of 4.4 percent, for example. Reflection is the major reason it's difficult to read a phone screen in bright sunlight, as the strong light reflecting off the screen's surface washes out the display. [See press release and full article: "New Screen Coating Makes Reading in Sunlight a Lot Easier. The Secret? Moth Eyes -- Posted Friday, June 23, 2017 by chb

MyScript Launches Next-Generation MyScript Developer
MyScript, a pioneering market leader in accurate, high-performance handwriting recognition and digital ink management technology, announces the enhanced MyScript Developer portal. The completely redesigned platform better enables developers to build next-generation applications that leverage digital writing across all popular OS platforms. The enhanced developer program eliminates the cost of entry for developers and reduces application time-to-market. Developers experience no cost to gain access to MyScript’s digital writing technology and to test the applications prior to release. [See MyScript press release] -- Posted Tuesday, June 20, 2017 by chb

Xplore to lead $16M+ workforce mobilization project with major telecommunications provider
Xplore Technologies announced that it has received the first orders under a mobile workforce technology refresh agreement that is expected to exceed $16M over the next two years. The Construction & Engineering Group at the long-time Xplore customer, one of the largest telecommunications service providers in the United States, is standardizing on XSLATE B10 Fully Rugged Tablet PCs and accessories as the primary mobile computing platform for thousands of field-based professionals across the U.S. [See Xplore press release] -- Posted Tuesday, June 20, 2017 by chb

Full review: MobileDemand xTablet T1550 rugged Tablet PC
Ruggedness in mobile computers comes at a price, and that can keep customers away. That's why for some time now, MobileDemand has been offering a variety of economically priced rugged tablets. An example is the Intel Cherry Trail-powered 10.1-inch Windows 10-based xTablet T1550. RuggedPCReview examined the T1550, which starts at US$999, in detail and found much to like. Such as solid construction, good connectivity, useful productivity options (including industrial-grade scanning), a good display, and impressive ruggedness. [See full review of the MobileDemand xTablet T1550] -- Posted Thursday, June 15, 2017 by chb

Fire and EMS departments meet critical mobility needs with DURABOOK R11 rugged tablet
GammaTech Computer Corporation, the North American branch of Twinhead International Corporation, today highlighted recent sales to Fire and EMS departments across the United States. These public safety agencies are turning to the DURABOOK R11 rugged tablet as a cost-effective solution that addresses critical needs for performance, functionality, and reliability. Fire and EMS departments in North Carolina, Oregon, Minnesota, Colorado, Washington, Louisiana, South Carolina, and California recently purchased the DURABOOK rugged tablet. [See GammaTech press release] -- Posted Friday, June 9, 2017 by chb

DT Research unique 2-in-1 Medical Tablet Cart System delivers unmatched flexibility for Mobile Point-of-Care
DT Research, a leading designer and manufacturer of purpose-built computing solutions for vertical markets, announced the DT313-MD, a 13.3" medical tablet system mounted on a slim-line, lightweight cart. The purpose-built system offers maximum computing mobility in a variety of medical environments. Healthcare professionals can efficiently monitor, record and retrieve patient information with the anti-microbial DT313-MD tablet, which includes DT Research's signature hot-swappable battery pack to avoid downtime in time-critical situations. [See DT Research press release and RuggedPCReview's description, analysis and specs of the Medical Tablet Cart System] -- Posted Monday, June 5, 2017 by chb

Xplore reports fiscal 2017 financials
Xplore Technologies reported financials for all of their fiscal 2017 that ended ended March 31, 2016. For the entire fiscal year 2016, Xplore reported record revenues of US$77.9 million, down from US$100.5 million for fiscal 2016. There was net loss of US$2.6 million for the full year, compared with a net loss of US$0.36 million in 2016. Xplore reported revenue of $16.9 million for fiscal Q4, 2017, compared to $20.6 million in the year-ago fourth quarter. CEO Mark Holleran stated: “Fiscal 2017 was a transformative year for Xplore, characterized by fully integrating and refining the acquired Motion product lines, working through industry-wide disruptions that affected our first and fourth fiscal quarters, rebuilding of our sales team and a 21% reduction in full-year operating expenses. [See Xplore financials release] -- Posted Thursday, June 1, 2017 by chb

Full review: Handheld Algiz 8X ultra-rugged Windows tablet has completed a full review of the Handheld Group's Algiz X8 rugged Windows 10 tablet, designed for modern field workers who require a compact, powerful tablet computer for mobile tasks. Powered by a Intel "Braswell" N3710 quad-core processor, the fanless Algiz 8X has a bright (600+ nits) 1280 x 800 pixel 8-inch procap wet/glove-capable multi-touch display with optional active pen support, can handle extreme environmental conditions, and provides extensive onboard connectivity and a "backpack" system for custom features. [See full review of the Handheld Group's Algiz 8X] -- Posted Friday, May 26, 2017 by chb

History repeats itself: it's now the Surface Laptop
So the long awaited Microsoft Surface Pro 5 has finally been unveiled as the "new Surface Pro." In its media release, Microsoft calls it "the next generation of the iconic product line and the most versatile laptop on the planet. The new Surface Pro delivers the most performance and battery life in a laptop that is this thin, light and quiet." [ more] -- Posted Tuesday, May 23, 2017 by chb

Panasonic recalls 280,000 tablet PC battery packs due to fire risk
The Japan Times reports that Panasonic is recalling nearly 280,000 battery packs used in its tablet PCs after multiple reports that they have burst into flames. The electronics maker said it received 16 reports of the battery pack used in rugged-use FZ-G1 tablets having combusted between March 2015 and this April, including 12 in North America and one in Japan. It received no reports of injuries. [See Japan Times article and Panasonic FZ-G1 Mk1-2-3 Product Issue page] -- Posted Monday, May 22, 2017 by chb

Panasonic announces Toughbook 33 in the US
Panasonic US announced the Toughbook 33, a 2-in-1 device that the company calls a fully rugged detachable laptop. The Intel Kaby Lake-powered (Skylake for those who want to run Windows 7) 12-inch CF-33 will be the replacement of the venerable Panasonic Toughbook CF-31 that, against rising competition, had ruled the rugged laptop roost for a good many years. Pricing starts at US$3,649. [See Panasonic press release and RuggedPCReview's description, analysis and specs of the Panasonic Toughbook 33] -- Posted Friday, May 19, 2017 by chb

Hoover picks Panasonic Toughpad tablets to support its service and repair engineers
To deliver on its vision of world class customer service with industry leading service and repairs, Hoover is upgrading its field service application and replacing the mobile devices its engineers use with Panasonic Toughpad tablets. Hoover decided to upgrade its existing FieldAssist service management application to the latest Windows 10 version and develop its own bespoke modifications to meet its needs. The upgrade also provided Hoover with the opportunity to re-examine its choice of mobile device for the engineers. [See Panasonic press release] -- Posted Thursday, May 11, 2017 by chb

Complete Tablet Solutions awarded sixth Texas DIR Contract
Complete Tablet Solutions (CTS) is an Austin, TX-based company focused on delivering productivity-enabling technologies as an approved vendor on Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) Cooperative Contracts Programs since 2013, holding six contracts and listed on two additional OEM DIR contracts. CTS is authorized to sell various rugged computer hardware, tablet computers, situational awareness software peripherals, accessories and deployment services, to DIR customers, delivered as a comprehensive solution. [See CTS press release] -- Posted Wednesday, May 10, 2017 by chb

Juniper Systems: Which RFID reader option is best for you?
In their latest blog Juniper Systems says a common question they get is "Which RFID frequency should I use?" The answer, they say, is usually "it depends" as everyone's needs are different. So Juniper lists eight questions they'd ask any prospective customer. The answers help providing the tools a customer needs, without overpaying for features that would't be useful for them. [See Which RFID reader option is best for you?] -- Posted Wednesday, May 10, 2017 by chb

Getac ZX70 fully rugged tablet simplifies one-handed operation for mobile field professionals
Engineered to meet the growing needs of mobile transportation and field service professionals, the new Getac ZX70 is a 7" fully rugged Android tablet designed for comfortable one-handed use in remote and challenging environments. Rugged to the core, its IP67 and MIL-STD 810G certification with best-in-class battery life allow it to go wherever you need it to. The ZX70 is also protected by Getac's industry-leading three-year, bumper-to-bumper warranty. [See Getac press release and RuggedPCReview's description, analysis and specs of the Getac ZX70] -- Posted Tuesday, May 9, 2017 by chb

Full review: Handheld Group Algiz 10X 10.1-inch rugged Windows tablet with tech update and fresh new look
The third generation Handheld Algiz 10X addresses the needs of anyone who's been looking for a tough, rugged Windows 10 tablet for demanding work even under extreme environmental conditions, and one with a bright, sharp display large enough to comfortably work on. RuggedPCReview examined this latest version of the Algiz 10X that now comes with full-HD resolution, glove and rain-capable capacitive multi-touch, concurrent GNSS, an optional active stylus, the LTSB version of Windows 10, and a fresh and modern new look. [See full review of the Handheld Algiz 10X] -- Posted Thursday, April 27, 2017 by chb

Law enforcement agencies adopting DURABOOK rugged laptops and tablets
GammaTech announced it ended 2016 with broad sales to Law Enforcement customers across the country. The DURABOOK R11 tablet, SA14 semi-rugged laptop, and R8300 fully rugged laptop were purchased by Police and Sheriff departments in Missouri, Connecticut, Georgia, Texas, California, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Arizona, and Washington. Customers include the Denver PD, DeKalb Country Marshall's Office, Sweetwater PD, South San Francisco PD, Branson PD, Clallam County Sheriff, Chino Valley Police, Falls Township PD, Liberty County Sheriff and Pecos County Sheriff. [See GammaTech media release] -- Posted Wednesday, April 26, 2017 by chb

Xplore expands price and performance range of the XSLATE R12 rugged tablet series
Xplore Technologies announced that it has added two additional CPU options to its XSLATE R12 rugged 12.5-inch Windows tablet. In addition to the Intel Core i7-7500U and Core i5-6200U processors initially available, Xplore has now added the Core i7-7600U at the high end and the Celeron 3865U at the low end. This gives the R12 series a wider performance range as well as a wider price range. The Celeron-powered tablet starts at US$2299 while the Intel Core i7 vPro version starts at $3299. When RuggedPCReview tested a Core i7-7500U version of the R12, it clocked the overall fastest PassMark benchmark numbers we had ever seen on a rugged mobile device. The i7-7600U powered new version should be faster yet. [See Xplore media release and RuggedPCReview report on the Xplore XSLATE R12] -- Posted Wednesday, April 26, 2017 by chb

RuggON announces versatile Intel Skylake-powered 12.1-inch rugged in-vehicle terminal
RuggON announced that it is expanding its ruggVMC line of vehicle-mount computers with the new VX-601. Built around a superbright 12.1-inch with either resistive or capacitive touch, the Intel Core i5-6300U powered vehicle-mount runs wither Windows 7 Embedded or Windows 10 Iot and offers an unusually broad array of wired and wireless connectivity. A very wide input power range, ignition sense, remote wake, and integrated backup battery power good for 1.5 hours make the VX-601 suitable for a very wide range of vehicle and field deployments. [See RuggON media release and RuggedPCReview's description, analysis and specs of the RuggON VX-601] -- Posted Tuesday, April 25, 2017 by chb

DT Research rugged tablet awarded C1D2 certification for safe operation in potentially hazardous environments
DT Research announced that its DT301 rugged tablet has been tested and Class 1 Division 2 Certified to operate safely in hazardous areas where flammable gases, vapors or liquids may be present within sufficient quantities to be explosive or ignitable. The C1D2 certification is recognized as the most widely accepted non-incendive standard in North America for products used in hazardous environments. "As a company specializing in purpose-built solutions for vertical markets, we strive to adhere to the highest standards required in a broad set of industries," said Daw Tsai Sc.D., president of DT Research. "We are proud to add the C1D2 certification to the robust features of the DT301 rugged tablet, making it a viable solution in many more environments." [See DT Research media release and RuggedPCReview analysis of the DT301] -- Posted Tuesday, April 25, 2017 by chb

Tablet EX Gear offers ingenious tablet chest packs
Tablets are great and increasingly used in the field, but you can't just stick them in a pocket like a smartphone. Realizing that, the crafty folks at Tablet EX Gear are offering a variety of tablet chest packs designed not only to easily stow away a tablet, but also providing space for whatever gear and peripherals you want to take with, and to make using the tablet easier. Very clever. Almost everyone working with a tablet in the field needs this. [See the Tablet EX Gear site] -- Posted Tuesday, April 25, 2017 by chb

Juniper Systems releases the Mesa 2 Rugged Tablet with Android OS
Juniper Systems, provider of ultra-rugged field data collection solutions, recently announced the release of its latest product, the Mesa 2 Rugged Tablet running Android 5.1. This handheld aims to provide a solution for those seeking a versatility of Android, without sacrificing the durability and precision the Mesa 2 is known for. [See Juniper Systems media release] -- Posted Tuesday, April 25, 2017 by chb

Mobile Demand and Phantom Controls SAM present the next generation fire truck
Operating fire trucks used to be a very manual thing. But MobileDemand and the folks at Phantom Controls proved that you can teach old dogs new tricks. They retrofitted an old St. Louis fire truck with their SAM (Scene Apparatus Manager) automated fire pump system to open and close valves, set the pressure for the pressure governor, select intakes for water supply, and alert the crew if there are any problems. It allows the truck operator to focus on the crew, their safety, and instantly set or reallocate pressure where and how it's needed. The truck itself has a panel PC, the operator uses a MobileDemand xTablet T8650 rugged tablet PC with Phantom Controls SAM software. The system will be demonstrated at FDIC 2017, April 24-29 in Indianapolis. For a great video on how it works, see this Facebook video (184,000 views as of 4/24!!!). -- Posted Monday, April 24, 2017 by chb

Xplore secures $2.2 million order from new division at major global telecommunicationsprovider
Xplore Technologies announced that one of the nation’s largest telecommunications service providers has chosen to replace the standard laptops and Toughbooks previously used by its Digital Electronics Group (DEG) with Xplore XSLATE B10 Fully Rugged Tablet PCs. The initial order from DEG is valued at $2.2 million, with additional follow-on orders from the telco’s DEG, as well as other business units, anticipated as part of the customer’s multi-year commitment to standardize its field teams on Xplore rugged tablets. [See Xplore media release] -- Posted Thursday, April 13, 2017 by chb

L-com launches new line of premium armored M12 cable assemblies
When rugged gear must be connected out there in the field, waterproof screw-on or bayonet M12-style connectors are often used instead of standard I/O ports. But what about the cable itself? Is it strong enough? To make sure it is, L-com Global Connectivity, a manufacturer of wired and wireless connectivity products, has released a new line of armored M12 cable assemblies for use with industrial Ethernet, test equipment, I/O connectivity, sensors and actuators, and industrial control and factory automation. The inner cable jacket is resistant to oil, UV sun rays, weld splatter and is rated for 600V. Stainless steel armor protects the cable from damage and features 1,500 PSI of crush resistance. [See L-com media release] -- Posted Thursday, April 13, 2017 by chb

Getac financials and outlook
According to the Taipei Times, Getac chairman James Hwang told an investors’ conference that he expects Getac’s 2017 revenue to increase by 5-10% from 2016's NT$20.4 billion (US$666.5 million), driven by the mechanical components and rugged computer systems. In 2016, 47% of revenue, US$313 million, came from rugged systems, and Hwang said revenue from rugged systems could surge by a double-digit percentage 2017 on increasing orders from existing clients and Windows 10 conversion demand. [See article] -- Posted Friday, April 7, 2017 by chb

Xplore now ships rugged XSLATE D10 tablet with Android 6.0.1
Xplore Technologies announced its flagship Android rugged tablet, the 10.1-inch XSLATE D10, is now available with the upgraded Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow operating system. With Android 6.0.1, battery life improves over 10%, lasting beyond full shifts, and up to 22 hours with an optional second battery. Marshmallow also brings several enhancements to the Android for Work and Voice Assist APIs, each may yield greater worker efficiency and application responsiveness. [See Xplore media release] -- Posted Tuesday, April 4, 2017 by chb

Review: Getac T800 Gen 2 ultra-rugged Windows 10 tablet
The T800 is Getac's entry into the compact 8-inch rugged tablet market. Its footprint is just a little larger than that of an iPad mini, making it easy to carry around and stow almost anywhere. RuggedPCReview takes an extended look at this highly configurable, state-of-the-art Windows 10-based capacitive multi-touch tablet that can handle 6-foot falls and plenty of punishment. [See review of the Getac T800 Gen 2 ultra-rugged tablet] -- Posted Friday, March 24, 2017 by chb

Panasonic’s new rugged 2-in-1 detachables reflect European market demand for hybrid mobile devices
Panasonic Europe notes that a new IDC whitepaper predicts that IT buyers will be equipping their mobile workforces with more detachable mobile devices in 2017. With an increased awareness of the need for data entry and content creation to improve productivity, the predicted screen size sweet spot for these devices will be displays of 12-13.3 inches. Which pretty much describes the recently introduced fully rugged 12-inch Panasonic Toughbook CF-33 and the semi rugged 12.5-inch Panasonic Toughpad FZ-Q2. Both are 2-in-1 detachables offering the best of both worlds with tablet and notebook functionality in a single business device. [See Panasonic media release] -- Posted Friday, March 24, 2017 by chb

GCSS-Army Deploying 9,783 Getac F110 G3 Rugged Tablets
The Global Combat Support System branch of the U.S. Army (GCSS-Army) has ordered 9,783 Getac F110 G3 rugged tablets with docking stations. After a thorough vetting process, GCSS-Army determined the Getac F110 G3 would be the best new rugged tablet to replace several aging and outdated Army management information systems across tactical logistics environments within the Army’s Active and Reserve components as well as the National Guard. The Getac F110 G3 tablets will ultimately be used to capture UID data using its built-in barcode reader to provide unprecedented asset visibility. [See Getac media release] -- Posted Tuesday, March 21, 2017 by chb

Added: Handheld Group Algiz 10X Gen 3
Product description and specs of the heavily updated 3rd generation of the Handheld Group's ultra-rugged Algiz 10X tablet now available on RuggedPCReview. Major updates include switch to 1920 x 1200 pixel, 16:10 aspect ratio, 10.1-inch display; switch to capacitive multi-touch with glove and rain modes; addition of optional active pen; switch to u-blox NEO-M8N positioning; and switch to Windows 10 Enterprise LTSB. [See description, specs and analysis of the Handheld Group Algiz 10X] -- Posted Monday, March 20, 2017 by chb

Global tablet shipments below 40 million in Q1/2017
According to DigiTimes, global tablet shipments in Q1/2017 will be less than 40 million units for the first time since Q2/2012. For all of 2016, tablet shipments were 183 million units. -- Posted Tuesday, March 14, 2017 by chb

Xplore expands scope of rugged tablet deployment with top 10 U.S. electrical power and natural gas utility company
Xplore Technologies has received a new $750K expansion order from one of the nation’s top 10 electric power and natural gas utility companies, bringing the value of the multi-year field service mobilization initiative to more than $3.5M to-date. These additional XSLATE B10 fully rugged (IP65) tablet PCs and in-vehicle docking solutions will be deployed to the nuclear plant and material logistics groups, among others, to facilitate service dispatch, deliver asset intelligence to infrastructure assessment teams, and improve the efficiency and coordination of repair crew actions. [See Xplore media release] -- Posted Monday, March 13, 2017 by chb

RuggedPCReview blog: Are "mobile" sites really needed?
A few days ago I used one of the readily available website analysis tools to check The resulting report gave me a stern "site not mobile-optimized" lecture. "Mobile-optimized," of course, refers to the fact that sites on the one-size-fits-all world wide web are being viewed on a very wide range of devices with a very wide range of screen sizes. And it is certainly true that viewing a webpage on a 27-inch display is a very different experience from viewing it on a 4.7-inch smartphone... [read blog article] -- Posted Friday, March 10, 2017 by chb

U.S. Navy awards Patriot Technologies. a large-scale rugged tablet contract for naval shipyards
Patriot Technologies announced a five-year blanket purchase agreement awarded by the Defense Information Technology Contracting Organization-Scott Field Office for the US Navy to procure rugged tablet computer designed by DT Research, a designer and manufacturer of purpose-built computing solutions for vertical markets. The US Navy selected the DT311 rugged tablets to deploy to personnel working at various shipyards for technical maintenance management, warehouse inventory control, field testing and training, and other field data operations. See media release] -- Posted Wednesday, March 8, 2017 by chb

Getac introduces MX50 5.7-inch secure, rugged Android tactical tablet for armed forces
Getac introduced its first rugged tactical tablet, built from the ground up, for combat-ready military forces, including dismounted warfighters, elite enforcement agencies and Special Forces military units. The Android-based, Intel x5-Z8350 powered 5.7-inch tablet is heavily ruggedized and will meet the Common Criteria ISO/IEC 15408 computer security certification as well as the NSA’s Commercial Solutions for Classified (CSfC) guidelines and Data-at-Rest (DAR) requirements. [See Getac media release and RuggedPCReview's description, analysis and specs of the Getac MX50] -- Posted Tuesday, March 7, 2017 by chb

Disruptive innovation?
In a recent Xplore blog, Bob Ashenbrenner postulates that "if you want to get things done, don’t let innovation (or tech) become disruptive." As we are continuously bombarded with new technology and pressure to rethink and innovate, do we perhaps focus too much on change and reinventing, and not enough on reaping the benefits from tried-and-true methods and technology? Good questions, and certainly something to think about. [See If You Want to Get Things Done, Don’t Let Innovation (or Tech) Become Disruptive (Part 1)] -- Posted Friday, March 3, 2017 by chb

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