May 10, 2017

Making a Match: How to Select the Right Router + Rugged Tablet for Reliable In-Vehicle Wi-Fi

by Bob Ashenbrenner

There are many in-vehicle connectivity platforms to consider for public safety use; though most customers who choose to install a mobile gateway for their vehicle data needs do so because of the breadth and performance of available features sets. ... Continued

May 03, 2017

The Automation “Handshake”: How Mobile Devices Make It Happen

by John Graff

We all know that manual, repetitive work has long been a target of automation. But high-skill activities that require interaction with machines will also benefit from automation; or, perhaps better described as the act of converting skilled workers into information workers.... Continued

Apr 24, 2017

Yes, You Can Deploy Best-in-Class Mobile Solutions without Breaking the Bank

by Cliff Adams

Despite the diligence in their market research and the proven business case for rugged tablets, too many manufacturers, utilities, public safety agencies and other field-based organizations are making mobile PC decisions at the mercy of a misleading sticker price. ... Continued

Apr 20, 2017

Should You Opt In or Out of Today’s Growing Mobility Options?

by Bob Ashenbrenner

Just because an option is offered, maybe even promoted, doesn’t mean that it is a good option for you. Even in price-sensitive situations. So how do you sift through all of the mobile device and software options on the market today to successfully filter out the ones that you definitely need, and definitely don’t? ... Continued

Apr 12, 2017

How Sweet It Is: The “Android Champion” XSLATE D10 Rugged Tablet Gets a Boost from Marshmallow OS Upgrade

by John Graff

Last month, Google released the results of its latest platform usage tests and revealed that Marshmallow 6.0 is the most widely used OS on Android devices. And we can only expect those usage rates to continue their upward trend thanks to an upgrade made to Xplore’s flagship Android tablet last week. Here's why... ... Continued

Apr 04, 2017

Solving for X: How Manufacturers Must Use Mobility to Keep Moving Forward

by Mark Holleran

Though the key to successful manufacturing modernization will ultimately be a very intricately-married network of digital and physical systems, it has become clear that mobile computing technologies will be the central enabler of any data-driven supply chain operation moving forward. ... Continued

Mar 28, 2017

Back to the Future: What is Industry 4.0?

by admin

Though it’s hard to foresee the future, one thing is certain: Manufacturers and warehouses/DCs need to transition to fully paperless facilities sooner than later to keep pace with new omni-channel business models, greater customization requirements and higher volume production demands. That’s why mobile investments are now considered urgent and mandatory. ... Continued

Mar 23, 2017

Other Voices: Don’t walk into the “Industry 4.0” tech trap

by Mark Holleran

The only constant in manufacturing, warehousing and distribution is change: changing market conditions, production schedules, inventory levels, etc. Adding to these is the looming shift to Industry 4.0 technology architectures, or the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).... Continued

Mar 21, 2017

Disconnected Mobile Workers: A Bottom-Up Proof That Purpose-Built Devices are Better

by Bob Ashenbrenner

Companies have experienced difficulties deploying mobile technology as of late. Specifically, they’ve been plagued by connectivity issues – which is troubling considering that the whole point of mobility is to extend critical workflow applications anywhere workers need to go.... Continued

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