Consumer smart phones don’t last long in many field-based work environments — not because service contracts are too short, but because the phones aren’t tough enough to withstand drops on concrete, lack adequate battery life or don’t have enterprise scanning capabilities. Now there’s a new option for mobile workers in Honeywell’s enterprise hybrid device (EHD), the Dolphin 70e Black.
Rugged and Smart
The rugged smart device was created for traditional auto-identification and data capture customers who want something sleeker and lighter than a typical AIDC industrial device, but need something tougher than a consumer-grade phone.
The Dolphin 70e Black is targeted to meet the needs of the growing mobile workforce, which is projected to reach 1.3 billion by 2015 according to IDC Research. Field professionals can go from the warehouse to the job site and provide better, faster service because of the enhanced communication capability of the smart device.
A nurse in a hospital can downsize from carrying a phone, pager and scanner to a single device that goes from triage to office. For retail workers, the device can access product information, look at inventory or be used to call another employee inside or outside the store for assistance.
John Waldron, president of Honeywell Scanning & Mobility says, “Dolphin Black reflects two device trends in today’s industrial world: consolidation and consumerization. Workers and enterprises are looking for a single device that can do the work of several. They also want their devices to be as intuitive and easy to use as their personal mobile phones and tablets, but rugged enough to survive the environment of today’s mobile professional.”
Input from many of Honeywell’s customers guided product development and led to many of the features to improve enterprise productivity, security and durability. Among them are:
The Dolphin Black will be available with Windows and Android operating systems in February 2013.
- IP67 rating allows for submersion in water, and device is completely dust-proof
- Enterprise-class area-imaging scanner
- Large 4.3-inch capacitive touch display that can be viewed in direct sunlight
- Up to 12 hours of battery life with a user replaceable battery
- At 7 ounces and around 0.75 inches thick, is lightweight and compact enough to fit in a worker’s pocket.