Tools - March 2010

By  Susan Nunziata — March 01, 2010

Small & Bright
Fujitsu's mini notebook features the new Intel Atom Processor. The LifeBook MH380 has a starting weight of 2.97 pounds and sports a 10.1-inch HD display, webcam, Bluetooth, large hard drive and standard six-cell battery offering up to seven hours of battery life. It features Microsoft Windows 7 Starter OS and Atheros 802.11 b/g/n wireless connectivity. Price: $449.


Mobility Avalanche
Wavelink will have the latest version of its mobile device management and wireless infrastructure management software available later this spring. Wavelink Avalanche 5.0 provides a vendor-agnostic management solution with new features including device location mapping, additional WWAN enhancements, security compliance tools and a web-based console. The solution provides centralized configuration, deployment and management of mobile devices and wireless infrastructure across local and wide area networks. New location-based services enable users to gather GPS information, including lattitute, longitude, heading and speed of each mobile device being managed, which is then provided to IT in a Web-based map with street-level views. Prices: starting at $50 per mobile device, $90 per AP, 20% annual maintenance; bundle pricing and volume discounts available.


Tough Ergonomics
Datalogic Mobile's next-gen rugged PDA is due in April. Designed with the ergonomics, technology, and ruggedness to meet the needs of field service and sales, delivery, logistics, and retail, it features Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.5 OS and incorporates HF RFID support. Connectivity includes: cellular UMTS HSDPA; Summit embedded 802.11 a/b/g WiFi; and Bluetooth 2.0 EDR. Price: Unavailable.


Rugged Assistant
Honeywell debuts the Dolphin 9700 rugged PDA aimed at companies specializing in parcel delivery, route accounting, field services, and healthcare point-of-care applications. It offers signature-capture capabilities, bar code scanning, automated camera functionality, and assisted GPS turn-by-turn voice navigation. The device uses the Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.5 OS. Price: $2,000-$2,900.


Scan This
Unitech unveils the HT680 rugged handheld mobile computer designed for scan-intensive applications such as manufacturing, retail, logistics and transportation. It is IP54 rated and can withstand multiple 6-foot drops to concrete. Weighing less than 1 lb., it features Microsoft Windows CE 5.0 OS, Marvell PXA270 520MHz CPU, Bluetooth 2.0 and EDGE-GPRS connectivity as well as CCX4 WLAN roaming. Price: $1,390-$1,730.


Nexus Next?
Google offers the Nexus One smartphone manufactured by HTC with version 2.1 of its Android OS and a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset. Google is selling the device through its online store, and any GSM network SIM card can be inserted. It's also available via traditional carrier channels, including T-Mobile in the U.S. Price: $529 without carrier; $179 with two-year T-Mobile contract.


Tiny Communicator
Motorola's TEAM badge EWB 100 VoWLAN push-to-talk (PTT) device is designed for task-based retail associates, warehouse workers and others within the four walls. Weighing less than 2 oz., the EWB100 works over the enterprise WLAN without servers or PBX integration. It's IP-addressable, enabling integration with IP-based apps. Accommodates PTT for up to 32 talk groups. Price: $249.


Ultra Mobile
Constructed of durable carbon fiber and aluminium, the Sony Vaio Z Series weighs less than 1.45kg. Powered by the latest generation of power-efficient Intel Coreprocessors, every new VAIO Z Series model is shipped with Windows 7 Professional. The device also features VAIO Everywair 3G mobile broadband connectivity. The integrated NVIDIA GeForce GT330M graphics chipset with 1GB GDDR3 VRAM makes light work of media-rich documents and presentations. Price: $1,799.


Pay As You Go
AprivaPay Professional enables users to turn a smartphone into a full-featured credit card processing terminal. An optonal printer / mag stripe reader is also available. Transactions can be processed without network connectivity by securely storing encrypted transactional data and generating authorizations once network coverage resumes. It's available for Windows Mobile, Android, iPhone and BlackBerry platforms. Price: $15 per user per month.


WiFi Insights
VeriWave introduces WaveInsite, a over-the-air (OTA) performance and interoperability solution for WiFi networks. Network administrators can configure, conduct, and repeat a series of tests measuring the most important factors impacting the WiFi experience -- speed, throughput, goodput, loss, scalability, voice quality, and vendor/device interoperability. OTA testing is conducted and results collected from VeriWave's WaveAgent, a software utility loaded onto the end user's device. Price: 10 WaveAgent licenses start at $9,985.


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