Why are consumer tablets not fit for industrial work?

To the regular user, a consumer tablet is a great tool for entertainment, communication, learning and convenience. However, the average consumer doesn’t have to worry about the same durability specifications that a commercial user requires. If you are considering integrating a mobile tablet into your operations with the goal of streamlining processes and procedures, it is important to be fully aware of the total cost of ownership and differences between a consumer tablet and one built specifically for rugged environments:

1.Durability and Long Term Support: One of the key differences between a tablet from a big-box store and the tablets designed for use in the field is the amount of wear and tear they can be expected to withstand. A standard tablet used on a construction site or in a warehouse will undoubtedly encounter countless hazards that could compromise the performance of the device: Dust, debris, moisture, drops to rough surfaces, and temperature variation, to name a few. Making the investment in a tablet that is designed for the conditions in which it will be used saves time and money. It also ensures operations won’t stall due to device failure.

2.Variation of Functionality: Today, many rugged tablets come enterprise ready, equipped with full Windows operating systems, and applications tailored to meet the demands of specific industries. Across enterprise, rapid processing, reliable communications, and robust system memory are essential.

3.Rugged Design: Consumer tablets offer few options for customization. In industrial applications however, flexibility is a must when it comes to peripherals, I/O ports, and mounting options. AAEON models offer custom-designed vehicle docks with quick-release functionality, multiple I/O ports including serial, micro USB, micro SD, audio, and standard USB, along with integrated 1D/2D barcode scanners and optional RFID readers.

4.Total Cost of Ownership: The sticker price of a consumer tablet may initially seem lower than the price of a rugged tablet, but when comparing tablets, consider the true cost, or total cost of ownership (TCO). When a device fails, mobile workers lose 50 to 80 minutes of productivity on average. This is significant when you take into account that productivity loss represents roughly 40% of a tablet’s TCO. When a tablet is not built for industrial environments, the risk for damage also increases, and thus so does the cost over the long term. In fact, TCO decline as the ruggedness factor of a tablet increases. According to research by Venture Development Corporation, the TCO for rugged mobile devices over 3-5 years, is 15 percent lower than a non-rugged device.

Bottom line:

When considering whether to purchase a consumer tablet or rugged tablet for your work site, consider these risks and rewards. Saving a few dollars on the initial investment is most likely not worth the replacement cost, functionality compromise and productivity loss related to not having the proper tablet in place for the job. By selecting a tool that fits the form and function workers need to complete their work correctly, rugged tablets are a significant asset in keeping demanding work environments connected and efficient.

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Enable Intelligent Vehicles with AAEON’s BOXER-6301VS Embedded Box PC

(Taipei, Taiwan)June 17, 2015 —AAEON®, a major developer of industrial computing solutions, presents the BOXER-6301VS Embedded Box PC, a rugged, embedded computer specifically designed for in-vehicle usage.

Acknowledging some of the most common scenarios present inside a vehicle, the BOXER-6310VS is built with a number of features that can effectively overcome these problems/limitations. One such example is protecting the computer from constant power fluctuations.

Unlike a normal power supply, vehicular power supplies are often subjected to wide fluctuations during vehicle operation. For instance, a surge might occur during startup; voltages might drop drastically as the onboard devices are powered up (load dump); interference from noise and stray voltages may be present as devices are used. This ISO-7637 and E-mark- certified rugged computer incorporates surge protection, power on/off delay, low voltage battery protection, and critically low voltage battery protection as measures to counter these unpredictable conditions and prevent electrical damage.

Another feature tailored for the vehicular environment is easing the installation and maintenance of the vehicle’s onboard devices through Power over Ethernet, or PoE, technology, which helps reduce the amount of cabling required by using only a single wire for both power and data transmission. Compared to the traditional method of connecting the onboard devices, such as cameras and sensors, PoE makes the task of installing and maintaining the devices simpler while driving down costs in the process.

Other features aiding vehicle operators include swappable hard drives for downloading captured footage conveniently after a day’s operation and a CANbus interface so that many of the vehicle parameters, such as engine status, mileage and fuel conditions, can be monitored easily and in greater detail. The BOXER-6310VS’s connectivity options enables the captured video footage or data to be sent wirelessly through 3G/4G/WiFi networks during an incident allowing for real-time assessment of the situation from a command and control center.

“We looked closely at today’s demands for intelligent vehicle technologies. That close examination crystallized into the BOXER-6301VS”, said Ray Chang, Product Manager of AAEON’s Panel Appliance and Automation Division. “We will be rolling out variants of the controller, like one with more CANbus in the future, to handle the requirement for more devices in intelligent vehicles”.

For more information about the BOXER-6301VS, please visit, http://www.aaeon.com/en/p/bus-truck-box-computer-boxer-6301vs/

AAEON Highlights Versatility with RTC-700C Rugged Tablet

AAEON®, announces the latest entry in the company’s RTC-700 tablet series, the versatile RTC-700C.

Powered by an Intel® processor running a Windows 8 operating system, the RTC-700C incorporates hardware features most conducive for implementation in wide-ranging applications. A series of optional accessories are also available for expanded functionalities.

The tablet’s multiple wireless capabilities, such as 3G/4G, WiFi, Bluetooth™ and GPS, offer great incentive for applications such as fleet management and law enforcement, as data can be captured and processed in real-time, making tasks such as instantaneous vehicle positioning and data transfer, among others, possible.

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Outdoor usage is facilitated with a 7”, sunlight readable, Gorilla Glass screen. Coupled with an IP-65-rated, MIL-STD-810G-compliant enclosure and wide-temperature support, the tablet is a fitting candidate for applications in the military sector and field inspections, where rough handling and intrusion from water and dust are prevalent.

Additional functionalities are supported with an assortment of optional accessories: Barcode scanners can be used in warehouses for quick and easy stock checks. Smart card (CAC) readers can be deployed in Military and intelligent retail environments. Docking stations can be placed in convenient locations for extended implementation.

“We interpret the “Design for All” philosophy as “one design for all situations”, said Cindy Lu, Product Manager of AAEON’s Rugged Mobile Computing Division. “Given this tablet’s versatility, the RTC-700C can be utilized in a variety of situations, just like a Swiss Army knife”.

For more information about the RTC-700C, please visit, http://www.aaeon.com/en/p/7-inches-rugged-tablet-computer-rtc-700c/

AAEON Unveils Intel® Pentium® and Celeron® Processors N3000 (codename Braswell) based Hardware Solutions

(Taipei, Taiwan) June 2, 2015 —AAEON®, a major developer of industrial computing solutions, today unveils the upcoming GENE-BSW5 subcompact board and FWS-2260 network appliance, the company’s first two offerings with the latest Intel® SoC lineup.

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Manufactured with the cutting-edge 14 nm process, power consumption of both products has been further reduced to 6W, as compared to 10W of their predecessors which utilizes the previous generation SoCs. Support for greater memory speeds and I/Os are also incorporated in the new chips to introduce some of today’s most wanted technological features to the mainstream market.

The GENE-BSW5 3.5’’subcompact board, successor to GENE-BT05, will be capable of handling 3 independent displays from the board’s HDMI, VGA, and LVDS options with the chip’s new graphical enhancements, improving upon the support for 2 displays of the older iteration. The chip’s support for more I/O also helped the new board to sport 6 COMs, 4 USB 3.0 and 1 USB 2.0 ports.

Also benefitting from the improved I/O support is the FWS-2260. Not only can more SATA and USB ports be incorporated, but the chip’s improved memory support also allows faster RAM to be used. The SoCs also come with enhanced security features that make network appliances a much more safe and secure equipment in an IoT environment.

“The new architecture targets two prominent aspects in today’s computing landscape, UHD videos and IoT, with improved video rendering capabilities and network security features” said Jonathan J Luse, Intel Senior Product Line director. “Being one of the early SoCs based on 14nm, we hope the new generation of Intel’s products helps our partners in winning new designs”.

For more information about the GENE-BSW5 and FWS-2260, please visit, http://www.aaeon.com

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