News Feature | August 13, 2014

Data Collection And Mobility News From July 2014

By Bernadette Wilson, associate editor, Business Solutions magazine
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Data Collection And Mobility News

Each month, Business Solutions reports news on business in the channel. This month in Data Collection and Mobility news, Datalogic introduces a healthcare PDA, SATO launches an RFID print and verify system for healthcare, Panasonic updates a semirugged laptop, and Motorola Solutions introduces a voice directed solution and an app development tool.

Datalogic Introduces The Elf Healthcare PDA

Datalogic now offers the Elf Healthcare PDA. Its enclosure is made of chemical resistant plastics, enabling it to withstand cleaning with disinfectant solutions commonly used in healthcare environments. As a part of the Elf PDA line, it also includes Datalogic’s “Green Spot” and vibrating alert, which provide good read feedback without sound. The PDA features a wide-aspect 2D imager, Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5 operating system, and both Laird/Summit embedded 802.11 a/b/g radio for enterprise-class mobile connectivity and Bluetooth Wireless Technology v2.0 with EDR (enhanced data rate). The PDA’s healthcare mobility applications include wristband identification, exam tracking, medication dispensing, bedside point of care and medication administration, specimen bar codes, blood bag traceability, and breast milk tracking.

SATO Launches RFID Print And Verify System For Healthcare

SATO Vicinity and SATO Healthcare have launched a new RFID print and verify system. It features the company’s PJM (phase jitter modulation) RFID technology that can identify large volumes of tagged items in any physical orientation. The system complements a line of integrated products consisting of PJM RFID printers, PJM RFID and bar code readers, and application software that enable the centralized management of these devices. The solution also offers grade evaluation of bar-code print quality. Other industry standards of RFID, such as UHF RFID tags and HF RFID tags, are also available.

Panasonic Updates Semirugged Laptop

Panasonic has upgraded its Toughbook 53 semirugged laptop. It includes a fourth-generation Intel Core i5 vPro processor, up to 15 hours of battery life, Windows 8.1 Pro Update or Windows 7 Professional (available through downgrade rights from Windows 8.1 Pro), and enhanced wireless connectivity with Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260 Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac. The laptop offers a 14-inch sunlight-readable optional touchscreen, anti-reflective and anti-glare HD display, and optional 4G LTE multi carrier mobile broadband with satellite GPS. It features a magnesium alloy case with handle, spill-resistant keyboard, and an independent third-party certification that it can withstand a 3-foot drop. Two models — one with a 500 GB 7200 rpm hard drive and a second with a 320GB 5400 rpm hard drive — are available. Applications include use by mobile workers in insurance, construction, and the military.

Motorola Solutions Unveils Voice-Directed Solution, App Development Tools

Motorola Solutions unveiled TekSpeech Pro, a voice-directed solution designed for warehouse, distribution center, and other logistics environments. It features a zero-training speaker-independent speech recognition engine. The solution has a flexible architecture, which enables Motorola PartnerEmpower partners to design end-to-end supply chain solutions that can be integrated with warehouse management systems (WMS) and enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems.

The company also announced the release of RhoMobile Suite 5.0, a set of application development tools for creating OS- and device-agnostic enterprise-class mobile apps. It is comprised of a complete set of tools for building, testing, debugging, integrating, deploying, and managing enterprise apps. A new price structure allows developers to use RhoMobile’s framework to deliver enterprise-class mobile applications without restrictions.

In addition, Motorola now offers a new wireless local area network (WLAN) offering, WiNG Express. It enables one access point (AP) to manage an entire network of 25 APs, eliminating the need for a controller appliance. With zero-touch deployment, the APs automatically discover each other, connect, and are loaded with a customer’s network profile, allowing a network to be up and running in minutes.

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