Intermec CS40: Smartphone or Rugged Mobile Computer?

— September 23, 2010

Intermec, Inc. announced the CS40--a rugged mobile computer with the size and styling of a smartphone.
 
The CS40 provides a solution for mobile professionals that require high performance barcode scanning and mobile line of business applications.
 
Unlike consumer grade smartphones that yield low performance and high failure rates when force-fit into line of business applications, the CS40 is designed for mobile professionals who need versatile and reliable access and acquisition of information in real time, at the point of work. The CS40 enables business process transformation for mobile workforces in pre-sales, merchandising, field service, long haul, and truck load transportation.
 
The new solution empowers workers with efficiency, productivity, and uptime necessary to improve business processes and deliver a positive customer experience with:
--The ability to withstand multiple four foot drops to concrete on all corners and sides
--Protection against dust and liquid intrusion from any angle with IP54 rated sealing
--High performance 1D/2D barcode scanning through a true 2D imager
--Advanced 3.75G voice and data communications
--Three mega-pixel color camera
--Compatibility with the full line of Intermec mobile printers, SmartSystems, accessories, and peripherals
 
"The CS40 is an innovative field mobility solution that connects workforces to the enterprise with an unparalleled combination of performance and durability for Smartphone-sized devices," says David Krebs, Director Mobile & Wireless Practice, VDC Research. "The CS40 addresses a unique need in the market for fully functional smaller footprint mobile devices that are designed to support sustained operation of critical enterprise applications to maximize workforce productivity."
 
"Microsoft is firmly committed to providing enterprises with stable, powerful and flexible operating systems on the most advanced computing technologies," says Kevin Dallas, general manager of the Windows Embedded Business Unit at Microsoft. "The Intermec CS40 is a powerful example of what Windows Mobile 6.5 can deliver for customers."
 
In addition to running critical line of business applications that improve business processes, increase revenue, and reduce the TCO of a field mobility solution, CS40 support can be outsourced through Intermec's recently announced INcontrol managed services offering. INcontrol delivers integrated network and device management to remotely track assets, secure network investments, remotely manage and offer dependable performance at the lowest TCO.
 
"Businesses do not have the time or the money for employee downtime; they need reliable line of business applications operating on devices that can handle the rigors of inclement weather and accidental drops to non-cushioned surfaces, not smartphones that are built to run social networking applications and play music," says Pat Byrne, president & CEO of Intermec. "The CS40 and Intermec's broad portfolio of software, services, and peripherals provides the industry's first true comprehensive and seamlessly integrated business solution."

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