Selecting a mobile device for your field workforce? The choices can seem endless. Smart phones, tablets, laptops, industrial handhelds? BYOD? When it's time to upgrade, whatever strategy you choose, make sure you're selecting the right device for your work environment. Consider how the device will be used on a daily basis as well as the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) for the life of the devices, not just the upfront purchase price.
Depending on the type of work you do, using consumer-grade mobile devices can often introduce unforeseen complexities and hidden costs. Watch the short video below to learn more:
Not sure you're making the right selection? Reach out to an RMS associate to evaluate your options. We're happy to help you compare pricing, estimate your total cost of ownership for each device, or provide demo equipment for your workforce to evaluate.
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As of April 15th, 2014, Zebra Technologies has entered into a deﬁnitive agreement to purchase the Enterprise Business from Motorola Solutions for $3.45 billion. Both companies are leaders in Enterprise Automated Data Capture technologies and Enterprise Asset Intelligence. The transaction, which was approved by the Boards of Directors of both companies, is subject to customary closing conditions including regulatory approvals. The transaction is expected to be completed by the end of 2014.
RMS Omega holds key partnerships with both Motorola Solutions and Zebra Technologies. Watch a short video from Zebra Technologies, CEO, Anders Gustafsson about the acquisition:
RMS Omega is a Motorola Solutions Platinum Elite Specialist as well as a Zebra Technologies Premier Level Partner and Authorized Full Service Partner. We provide a full product line of enterprise technologies including software and service for both companies. Products include a wide variety of enterprise grade mobile devices, tablets, barcode scanners, printers, wireless infrastructure, RFID readers, specialty labels, tags, supplies, and accessories.
Read the full press release here.
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Contact us for more information about Zebra Technologies Printing Solutions or Motorola Solutions Enterprise Grade Mobile Computing, Scanning and Wireless Technology.
Featured Product -Motorola's New Ruggedized Touch Computer, The TC55
Small, sleek, and as easy to use as your smart phone.
To get the job done, workers need access to critical applications out in the field. They also want a business device that is every bit as small, sleek, and easy to use as their own personal smart phones, but today's smart phones fall far short of the feature set needed in business. The TC55 pocket-sized all touch computer has it all: smart phone ergonomics, good looks, and best-in-class practical business durability, combined with all the functionality workers need to work smarter and better serve their customers.
Enterprise-class comprehensive data capabilities help automate and reduce cycle times so that workers can capture virtually any type of data at the press of a button: 1D/2D bar codes in practically any condition, documents, photos, signatures, videos and NFC-based information. The best audio support in its class, with two front-facing speakers, two microphones, and noise canceling technology ensure crystal clear audio on both ends of a call. Plus, the TC55 is loaded with features that give it long-lasting durability, making it easy to achieve an average three-year lifespan.
Lower Total Cost of Ownership than your Typical Smartphone.
The TC55 is built for the enterprise. Get an up close and personal look, ask us about getting your hands on one today.
Get all the speeds and feeds - Download a specification sheet for the TC55.
4 ft./1.2 m drop - Military standard rating for reliability despite inevitable drops
IP67 -Survives submersion in water for 30 minutes
150 1.5 ft./0.5 m tumbles - Survives 300 consecutive hits in Motorola’s tumble drum
Corning Gorilla Glass 2 display/scanner exit - Prevents scratches and shattering when dropped
3-5 year average life cycle
Contact RMS Omega for more information! We're happy to answer your questions.
Emerging Trends in Mobile & Wireless Technology - October 22, 2013
RMS Omega is hosting an event for Industrial IT & Management Professionals on Oct. 22, 2013 at Mountain Branch Golf Club in Joppa, MD. During this event, industry professionals will have the opportunity to hear from leading technology providers about best practices and future technology trends, and get a little golf in before the weather gets too chilly!
We plan to start the day with a hot breakfast, a few educational sessions from Motorola Solutions, Zebra Technologies, Wavelink and Foxfire Software, then grab lunch and head out on the course!
And... Did we mention this event is FREE of charge?
Motorola’s MC3100 Mobile Computer Series includes a number of great features. It offers increased memory, compatibility with other mobile computers and devices, support for Microsoft Windows, and is very customizable to provide your business with the latest technology.
One More Feature
One additional feature that makes the MC3100 Series unique is the option to change keypads. Motorola MAX keypads can be changed or swapped out to best suit your business’ needs. If a keypad is damaged, it can be repaired or replaced with the mobile computer still in commission.
There are many types of keypads in existence, and different keypads work better for different work environments. If your business performs a large range of tasks, maybe you need all three. Motorola’s MC3100 comes with the following options:
- 38-key shifted alpha
- 48-key alpha numeric
- 28-key numeric
Contact us for more information about the MC3100 and its different keypad options.
Is Motorola’s MC9500-K the perfect mobile computer for you? The MC9500-K is a premium industrial-class rugged handheld computer. Not only is the MC9500-K rugged, but it’s sleek, light, and easy to grip - It’s also easy to use with one hand. Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better… you can swap out or change the device's keypad based on how you plan to use it.
Use what works best for you - Motorola offers a portfolio of modular customer-swappable keypads for increased application flexibility.
Different mobile computers have different keypad options because they are capable of preforming different tasks. You no longer have to choose a mobile computer based on its keypad! Thanks to Motorola MAX Keypads, the MC9500-K is available with 4 different keypads. Below are the 4 keypad options available for this device, allowing the user to have complete flexibility.
These keypads can be switched in only a few minutes. Being able to switch the keypads provides the greatest efficiency because if one keypad gets damaged the mobile computer can still be utilized.
Contact us to learn more about the MC9500-K and its interchangeable keypads.
Change keypads in minutes with Motorola MAX Keypad!
A family of six interchangeable keypads makes data entry easy for any type of application. If your data entry requirements change or the keypad is damaged, the modular architecture allows you to change the keypad in minutes.
Learn more about the different keypads available for Motorola's popular industrial mobile computer, the MC9190 series.
- Utilizes the same keypads as the MC9090-G
- Meets the needs of virtually any application – from heavy text entry to calculator-style numeric
- Keypads can be swapped in your back room in minutes
- Quickly swap and service keypads in the unlikely event of keypad damage
- Upgrade keypads to accommodate new business areas
Download a datasheet for Motorola's MC9190-G.
Take your pick! Motorola's family of six interchangeable keypads:
Contact us and learn more about the different options for your rugged mobile computers.
Usually when you hear the term “tablet” you think of the iPad, Android tablet, or another brand of consumer media tablets. Although tablets are often used for a consumer’s personal use, they can be used in your business as well.
Lucky for you, Motorola recently came out with a new tablet called the ET1 Enterprise Tablet. Unlike the iPad or other consumer tablets, the ET1 has been built to handle everyday business use while supporting enterprise class features.
Features & Benefits:
- Ultra-strong 7 in Gorilla® Glass touch screen
- High-speed Cellular/Wi-Fi wireless connections
- Options to easily add and build applications
- Built for multiple users with feature-level control
- Data is encrypted and secure whether on the devices internal drive or on removable media
- Enhanced Android Operating System
ET1 Examination – Outside to Inside
On the outside, the ET1 is extremely durable. It can withstand drops, spills and bumps. There is built in protection against cold temperatures in the winter and hot temperatures in the summer. The screen on the ET1 is made with Gorilla glass, making it virtually impossible to damage. So, even if you drop it, the screen will not shatter like a consumer grade media tablet. The iPad, for example, is notorious for having a cracked or shattered screen. While the screen is tough, it is still a touchscreen. In cold weather when the user may be wearing gloves, the touchscreen capability will still work.
There are several accessories that go along with the ET1.
For easy operation, the ET1 has an efficient and unique swivel hand strap allowing you to operate the tablet with only one hand. There are multi-slot charging cradles and battery chargers which are great for saving space and keeping your devices charged and ready. The ET1 also has user friendly replaceable and rechargeable batteries.
When you have a large workforce or limited budget, sharing devices can often save your business money. The ET1 has a multi-user log in option, a useful feature when you have multiple workers with different job functions or shifts.
If multiple people are using the same tablet, you'd think there might be a memory problem? A tablet is such small a device, that having a lot of memory space seems close to impossible. However, the ET1 can support extremely graphic intensive applications. You can also have up to 32GB of memory using the micro SD card slot.
The ET1's barcode scanner is able to capture information quickly and accurately. It takes less than one second to capture a barcode, which is faster than some barcode scanners themselves, let alone consumer tablets.
The ET1 also keeps your data secure. All information, whether on the devices internal drive or on removable media, is encrypted so it is safe and secure. With Bluetooth and wireless support, this tablet allows for easy communication with other people and devices.
The newest feature of the ET1 is its capability to connect to Wi-Fi and high speed cellular towers. It can connect to the high speed 4G network, and the 3G network. You can choose to use one or the other, or both! This feature does require a data plan, but it’s well worth it to have the high speed connection to enable maximum performance for your workforce.
So, where can I use this tablet?
This tablet can be used in a vareity of work envrionments including retail, transportation and distribution, mobile workforce, and even healthcare.
If you would like more information about the ET1 Enterprise Tablet, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
WERC (Warehousing Education and Research Council) is the Association for Logistics Professionals that offers different resources to professionals in the distribution field. WERC hosts a yearly conference that consists of different facility tours, presentations by speakers, discussion sessions, and trade shows.
RMS Omega will be attending the 2013 WERC Conference in booth #112. Stop by and ask us about Android!
This years annual WERC Conference is located at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel from April 28 – May 1. We will be featuring Zebra printers as well as Motorola’s MC45 and ET1 mobile computing solutions. Make sure to stop by our booth and ask us about running Android on your mobile devices!
In addition, RMS Omega's unique wireless services, such as Analysis & Optimization can improve your wireless connection. For more information, read about our specialized Analysis & Optimization services on our blog!
We hope to see you in Dallas!
Here's why YOU should attend the 2013 annual WERC Conference:
Motorola has come out with yet another great mobile computer – the MC 45. While the MC 45 is perfect for your mobile workforce it is also suitable inside the warehouse. It is very affordable and can give your workers the necessary real time information to get their job done efficiently and effectively. Its accuracy and quickness is ideal for busy workers on the go, and its durability is perfect for industrial environments.
Some features and benefits include:
- True field durability
- Advanced laser scanning technology
- GPS services in more areas
- Inside-Outside wireless connectivity
- Built-in support for OS-agnostic applications
MC 45 in the Warehouse and Beyond
Motorola’s MC 45 can be used and stored in warehouse environments. It can operate in temperatures as low as 14 degrees Fahrenheit and as high as 122 degrees Fahrenheit, and can be stored in temperatures ranging from -40 degrees to 158 degrees Fahrenheit. Great for trucks with refrigerators or warehouses with cold storage.
This mobile computer can also withstand drops and tumbles. It can survive multiple 5 foot drops and 500 1.5 foot tumbles.
In addition to drops and a large temperature range, this device can also handle dust and rain. It has a protective coating to protect it from any spills or dust that may get trapped inside. The device can also withstand vibrations that may happen on forklifts or other machinery within a warehouse.
The MC 45 has the best battery power in its class. The battery can last throughout an entire shift in all environments – even if it is constantly used.
Oftentimes in busy environments, it is difficult for the user to know when a barcode is actually scanned. To let the user know when the barcode has in fact been scanned, the mobile device will vibrate and light up so the user knows they have a positive scan. With this feature, there is no wondering whether something has been scanned or not, and it can prevent one item from being scanned multiple times.
In addition to the many features that make the Motorola MC 45 an effective solution, this particular device is also very affordable. More of its features can be found here. If you have any questions, please contact one of our experts!