Mobile 3D box dimensioning is finally here!

written by: Pascal Borgstijn, Business Development Manager @ AAEON Europe

Imagine you no longer need to tape measure boxes anymore,

you just let the mobile computer tell you what the dimensions are in addition to the traditional handling it will do for you such as scanning the barcode and uploading the information in real-time.

The cost benefits of the new AAEON 7” RTC-700B with Intel® RealSense™ 3D camera are clear:

  • No more tape-measuring which costs a lot of time;
  • No more “guesswork” to counter the time restraint of tape measuring and thus losing revenue e.g. by shipping a box bigger than invoiced to the receiver;
  • Clarify early in the packing area if the packaged load will still fit in the designated truck eliminating unnecessary trips to the wrong loading dock;
  • No need for large and expensive dimensioning machines with limited flexibility, just a Bluetooth/Wi-Fi enabled scale at a fraction of the costs (if you need to weigh at all).

Check out the video below and let us know how we can help you improve your logistics workflow:

https://youtu.be/1tIxTtZsiH8

 

For more info on our full Rugged Tablet portfolio, please go to www.rtc-tablet.com

Visit us at Embedded World in March 2017

Once again in 2017 – from 14 – 16 March – Embedded World , the leading international fair for embedded systems in Nuremberg, will be the place to be when it’s all about the following themes: security for electronic systems, distributed intelligence, the Internet of Things, e-mobility, energy efficiency and much more. Here, with around 1,000 expected exhibitors, you will find the world’s largest range across the embedded systems value-added chain and we are there!

Tradeshow Information

Venue:   Exhibition Center Nuremberg, Nuremberg, Germany

Date:     March 14-16, 2017

AAEON Booth:  1-310

 

Press Conference Information

Date:     March 15, 2017

Time:    12:00 – 13:00

Venue:   Room Hong Kong, NCC East, 2ed Floor, Messezentrum Nuremberg

Speaker: Fabrizio Del Maffeo
Topic: UP Bridge The Gap: The Embedded & Innovators Platform
 During the press conference, Fabrizio Del Maffeo, Managing Director of AAEON Europe and Founder of UP Bridge the Gap, will introduce UP product family. 
(UP, UP2  and evolutions), its ecosystem and the value of UP platform for the embedded developers, the professional makers and the innovators.

 

Forum I Information

Date:     March 14, 2017

Time:    14.00 -14.30

Venue:   Hall 3A, Booth 3A-511

Speaker: Fabrizio Del Maffeo

Topic:  UP – The IoT Embedded Platform for Industrial Makers and Innovators
UP is a unique platform for Industrial makers and Innovators.
The boards, the community, the ecosystem and the shop give to user a powerful environment to share, create, produce and sell their solutions.
During the presentation we also give an overview to UP product family from the first generation based on Intel Cherry Trail – UP Board – to the latest version – UP Squared –based on Intel Apollo Lake and MAX 10 Intel FPGA (formerly Altera).

 

Forum II Information

Date:     March 15, 2017

Time:    11:30 – 12:00

Venue:  Hall 4, Booth 4-422

Speaker: Marco Barbato & Nico Schuster
Topic:  Off-the-Shelf Embedded Computers Vs Customized Embedded Computers: How to chose
We will give you a quick overview of most common form factor, from single board computers to computers-on-module, show the development process and cost for x86 customized solution and finally the most common criteria to select between standard single board computer, modular computer, semi-customized, customized computer for your application.

 

We hereby warmly invite you to a free visit. Simply use the eCode

* Redeem voucher Link :    click here

* Voucher Code:     B344366

We are delighted to present to you our latest products, technologies and services. We will be pleased to take the time to provide you with comprehensive advices.

We are looking forward to your visit!

With best regards

AAEON Europe Team

 

Can a Rugged Tablet survive an avalanche?

Write: Pascal Borgstijn, Business Development Manager Europe for Rugged Tablets

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Last week we at AAEON Europe had our annual Channel Partner Conference. It was held in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc in France, and it is a mesmerizing place. Next, to the productive meetings in the morning done by ourselves as well as some of our Ecosystem partners, there was a time in the afternoon and evening for fun activities, drinks, and great food.

Being responsible for the RTC Rugged Tablet product portfolio, I thought this would be an ideal location to put our latest addition, the 11.6″ RTC-1200SK, to a real test. The first day of activities we were quite high up (approx 1,400 meters) and it was blistering cold (at least -12°C). Everybody suited up for the occasion and were good sports about it.

Due to the cold, not a lot of people were able to take pictures with their smartphones as these just died…

To prove a point about the ruggedness of our tablets, I was brave enough to give the RTC-1200SK an active part in an activity called “Avalanche Rescue”.

Did the RTC-1200SK pass the test? See for yourself:

 

 

New RTC-1200 series most complete yet

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AAEON’s new RTC-1200SK series, 11.6″ (Windows 10) rugged tablet computer will give you the power and functionality of a full panel PC or HMI but then in a mobile way:

  • Up to 1000 nits full sunlight readable display
  • 1D/2D Barcode Scanner
  • NFC reader
  • 1 x COM &  1 x Ethernet port
  • 3 x full-size USB ports (of which on is USB 3.0)
  • 1 x HDMI
  • Integrated hand strap and shoulder strap
  • Kensington lock
  • 2 x Hot-swappable batteries
  • Intelligent multi-charging station for up to 4 of the hot-swappable batteries
  • Vehicle docking station offering wide-input voltage charging, 4 x USB, 1 x Gigabit Ethernet, 1 x COM-port and two pass-through antenna connectors for GNSS and WWAN

The RTC-1200SK is a true mobile HMI, with its’ various I/O’s and designed to be customized to the customers’ exact needs.

Some example applications:

  • Use it as a true Mobile HMI / Mobile Panel PC on the factory floor or offshore site by utilizing the up to COM, Ethernet & full-size USB options;
  • Pinching your eyes when working with your traditional mobile computer in your construction needs looking at a small screen? Explore and amend your construction blueprints on-site using the most of the 11.6″ fully sunlight readable display;
  • Log in via NFC and make your rounds as a field service engineer in sunshine, rain, and snow profiting from the IP65 rating and its’ wide temperature capability even using your gloves utilizing the “Rain/Glove mode”;
  • Use it as a Vehicle PC in Heavy machines such as excavators, shovels or dozers;
  • Mount it on your forklift for your intralogistics purposes;
  • It will not protect you against a bullet in law enforcement, but you don’t have to think twice dropping the RTC-700 in the case of an emergency.

Interested? Contact us today or request a demo via one of our partners (all RTC models).

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Meet Us @ SPS 2016!

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Invitation // SPS 2016

AAEON cordially invites you to the SPS IPC Drives on 22-24 November in Nuremberg, Germany. SPS IPC Drives is the exhibition for electric automation technology. It covers all components down to complete systems and integrated automation solutions.

As we  are expanding our Internet of Things solutions portfolio, and will be addressing numerous target markets by closely cooperating with our eco partners in Smart Home, Building Management, IIOT, Machine Vision and Smart Metering. Live demonstrations will also be set up at the our booth to give visitors an early glimpse on the market segment mentioned above.

In addition, we will be presenting the UP2 (UP Squared), the most powerful maker board ever, is based on the latest Intel® technology; formerly known as Apollo Lake. It boasts the Intel® Celeron N3350 and Intel® Pentium N4200 with Altera FPGA MAX® 10 onboard.

Discover more possibilities with AAEON’s solutions at the SPS 2016 Booth 8-404 !

Redeem your entry voucher!

Hope to see you there!

AAEON //  Booth 8-404//  SPS 2016

 

Your how-to guide for building intelligence into your vending machine fleet

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by Jose Avalos

Are you looking to get more value out of each vending machine? Adding connectivity and intelligence to your existing vending machines can pay off big time, from slashing maintenance costs with remote management to boosting revenue with cashless payment and payment flexibility. You can also integrate modern retail tools (e.g., discounts, coupons, campaigns, loyalty schemes) into your vending environment.

When vending machines are connected to the Internet, you can take advantage of cloud services, data analytics, and new opportunities to grow revenue. However, chances are high that you are operating many different types of vending machine, from a range of manufacturers, and each one using a different approach. Retrofitting machines for intelligent vending is a relatively low-cost way to completely revolutionize what they can do. By retrofitting, you can build a fleet of vending machines that uses a common set of off-the-shelf embedded PC hardware and software that are accessible through one Web management interface.

How to get your retrofit started

Retrofitting existing machines does call for a few special considerations. Before starting the process, you will want to choose technology that will result in a smooth rollout and future upgradability. Here are four key questions to guide your path forward:

1. Can you upgrade quickly? Every hour your machines are down is revenue wasted. Your retrofitting process needs to be fast, so you can get your machines back up and running.2. Can you flexibly deal with different types of vending machines? Many current fleets rely on a patchwork of machine types and manufacturers. Reaping the rewards of retrofitting starts with ensuring those disparate systems can be effectively retrofitted.

3. Will your machines and data be secure? Not only do you need to protect customer payment data, but you will also want to protect valuable information about sales.

4. Can you easily scale to additional machines or add new features? Many operators test the waters by adding intelligent vending to just a few machines at first. If all goes well, you will soon want to roll out to hundreds, or even thousands, of vending machines. Plus, as new forms of payment become popular, you will want to make sure your solution can incorporate them.

Roles and responsibilities in the process

Marketing
Marketing should lead the charge for a vending machine upgrade. It should highlight the value of new features that will help increase operational efficiency and create new business opportunities (e.g., digital signage). The marketing manager can analyze the benefits of new features such as digital display signage, remote price programming, stock sales analysis, etc.

Operations
The operations manager/field services manager also plays an important role. It falls to that person to determine the return on investment (ROI) of investing in a retrofit kit. They must highlight to the CEO and board the savings possible in machine maintenance costs as well as the improvement expected in machine efficiency and sales. They will also want to demonstrate that remote monitoring can lead to greater predictive maintenance and, hence, a reduction in truck/van rolls.

Solution provider
Securing a retrofit kit solution provider is the next key piece in the retrofit process, so it is important to be prepared. The operator should have a maintenance cost plan that outlines the potential benefit shortfall (e.g., cost saving), while also identifying potential new income generators (e.g., signage). Moreover, they need to provide a clear overview of the machine types involved. Capturing such details is fundamental to ensuring an effective proposal from the solution provider that meets needs and expectations.

Keep in mind that the right solution provider should offer a complete solution spanning hardware, local software, a cloud solution and connectivity. It should also offer consultancy services because each implementation is different. The solution provider should act as a partner, addressing issues including hardware lifespan (e.g., boards, Intel® chips), hardware warranty, hardware roadmaps, hardware capability (e.g., headroom for future features), software engineering capability, software and systems integration capability and the hardware OEM reputation.

If the right solution provider is engaged and the steps are undertaken properly, companies can expect to see a profit increase of 5 percent to 20 percent, depending on the machines themselves, the market and other variables. In some cases, adoption of a simple telemetry system led to savings in maintenance costs of 30 percent through improved route efficiency, product restocking, and part swaps.

Simplifying your retrofit with Brainy

To address these considerations, AAEON and Emutex have developed an intelligent vending solution called Brainy that is specifically for retrofits. With fast implementation and sophisticated remote management tools, Brainy can lower your total cost of ownership. Plans are already in the works to deploy Brainy across thousands of vending machines globally with some of the largest operators.

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The 6 Steps of an Effective Retrofit

Understanding the order of requirements is crucial to a successful retrofit. The Brainy solution, which can serve as the foundation for any vending machine, simplifies steps 3 through 6.

Step 1: Define the business plan, highlighting potential ROI and areas of improvement with existing vending machines.
Step 2: Evaluate the target vending machine and determine the retrofit functions required to achieve improvements.
Step 3: Conduct a feasibility study with the Brainy solution provider.
Step 4: Create a proof of concept by integrating and adapting Brainy technology.
Step 5: Run a field trial, monitoring predefined functions and improvement targets.
Step 6: Implement the business plan.

 


Emutex’s ubiworx* software provides valuable business intelligence with analytics both at the edge and in the cloud, making it easy to identify the best-selling products by location, sales velocity and much more. In addition, Brainy features full connectivity, including cellular (GSM/3G/4G), Wi-Fi and Bluetooth* Low Energy (BLE), so operators can communicate with machines anytime and anywhere. Live inventory tracking, active machine sensors, and video surveillance allow operators to monitor the status of all installed machines, minimizing the time and cost of maintenance. You can even control spirals and motors to resolve jams and other problems remotely.

Brainy from AAEON consists of an UP Board that features a low-power Intel® Atom™ x5 quad-core processor and a vending module that supports the most common vending machine interfaces and protocols. By adding Intel® RealSense™ technology, you can collect demographics about your customers through facial recognition and be sure your machines are dispensing the right products. Depending on whether other mechanics of the machine need to be modified, Brainy can be installed in as little as a few hours.

Because it is based on the Intel® Reference Design for Intelligent Vending, Brainy helps operators protect customer payment and sales data. All data from the vending machine to the cloud are encrypted through Intel® Advanced Encryption Standard New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI). Once you have installed Brainy in a few machines, you can easily scale it across your entire fleet or add new features as they become available. From making sense of sales data to keeping on top of stock levels, intelligent vending gives you control and business insights never before possible. To learn more about Brainy intelligent vending solutions, click here.


JOSE AVALOS is the Global Visual Retail Director for Intel Corp. in the Internet of Things Group. He and his organization are responsible for delivering Intel’s solutions for digital signage, interactive kiosks, intelligent vending and dispensing, intelligent shelving and interactive white-board platforms, as well as initiatives to fuel the growth of these Industries.

New RTC-700 series most modular in the world

AAEON’s new RTC-700 series, 7″ (Android 5.1 or Windows 10) rugged tablet computer, rides the burgeoning trend of modular design, featuring optional accessory modules which can be swapped out for the utmost in versatility. You can now create the perfect fit for your application by choosing and combining the following (integrated) accessories:

  • 1D/2D Barcode Scanner module
  • Magnetic Swipe Card and/or Smart Card Reader module
  • NFC reader
  • COM & Ethernet port module
  • COM, Ethernet, and full-size USB port module
  • VESA mountable docking station offering charging, 4 x USB, 1 x Ethernet and 1 x COM-port
  • Integrated hand strap or carry bag
  • Multi-charging station for up to 4 of the hot-swappable batteries

 

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Some example applications:

  • Use it as a true Mobile HMI / Mobile Panel PC on the factory floor or offshore site by utilizing the up to 2 x COM, 2 x Ethernet & 2 x full-size USB options;
  • Pinching your eyes when working with your traditional mobile computer in your logistics needs looking at a small 4.5″ screen? Go for the 7″ screen without increasing the size of the device and still have the opportunity to scan all your 1D and 2D barcodes;
  • Make your home deliveries, scan the barcode on the box plus record any damages on the fly with the high-res camera with flash;
  • Log in via NFC and make your rounds as a field service engineer in sunshine, rain, and snow profiting from the IP65 rating and its’ wide temperature capability even with the COM & Ethernet or Barcode Scanner module option;
  • Use it in transportation as a HMI for the bus driver or eTicket validator in trains.
  • It will not protect you against a bullet in law enforcement, but you don’t have to think twice dropping the RTC-700 in a case of an emergency.

Interested? Why not get one from our online shop (700B model only) or request a demo via one of our partners (all RTC models).

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