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Enterprise tablet touts secure OS, rugged design

Posted: 13 Oct 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:tablet? wireless? enterprise?

Motorola Solutions Inc. has introduced the Enterprise Tablet (ET1) which has standard features such as a touchscreen UI and an app-for-that OS. The rugged tablet has a removable bezel that can be customized with company logos.

The tablet is part of a family of wireless terminals that allow firefighters to see around corners, buyers to visualize their entire supply chain, and salesmen to assess their inventory, display product features, and make sales by scanning barcodes and credit cards, noted Motorola Solutions.

"Our tablet puts the familiarity and popularity of the consumer-class iPad into in a nearly indestructible device using Wi-Fi to provide situational awareness to enterprises like retailers, health care, hospitality, factory floor and other users within the four walls of a business," stated Suhas Uliyar, chief solutions architect in Motorola Solutions' mobile computing division. "Future wireless wide-area-network versions will also target service organizations, direct store delivery and other field-mobility personnel."

Made to operate continuously, 24/7, the ET1 has extra-thick Corning Gorilla glass to survive repeated drops without damage. A secure software system allows the ET1 to be shared among personnel who can instantly login between shifts to re-provision it with authorized applications. A separate charging station allows hot swapping of battery packs with up to 15 minutes to make the switch without memory loss.

Motorola ET1

Motorola Solution's ET1 will only be sold to businesses who supply sales personnel with on-the-spot wireless pre-purchase information, demos and other POS functions.

The ET1 runs what Motorola Solutions calls a 'hardened' secure version of Android OS, and comes with a suite of built-in applications familiar to its Windows-based handheld users. Enterprises can personalize the OS for their businesses, including assisted selling, mobile point of sale (POS), manager electronic dashboards, planogram management and item locator.

Motorola announced an HTML5 app development environment called RhoElements that allow applications that run on ET1 under Android or Motorola's wireless devices running Windows Embedded Handheld or Embedded Compact OS.

A full palette of accessories enable ET1 to address nearly any enterprise application including Bluetooth-connected bar-code scanners, mobile-payment readers, mobile printers and a variety of hand-straps, belt-holsters and man-purses. Available with Motorola's Service-from-the-Start comprehensive warranty coverage, the ET1 will be available in 4Q11.

- R. Colin Johnson
??EE Times

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