Industrial vs. Consumer Grade Access Points

Back in January, we had a brief discussion about ruggedized versus consumer grade Mobile Devices. Shortly after that, I was making customer calls with one of Wavelink’s Platinum Reseller Partners, and an IT manager at a large multi-national retailer told me he was considering purchasing Consumer Grade APs for several of his new store roll outs in the coming year. His motive was to save money by purchasing the lower cost access points and wanted to know if he could still manage the APs with Avalanche.

There is a fair amount of unbiased material available on the web that compares the various features and benefits of Industrial or Enterprise grade APs vs. Consumer grade APs, such as the Best Practices article from BizTech Magazine or this recent Wavelink Technology Tidbit. What I wanted to do here was share my answer to his question about AP management. (more…)

Datalogic/Avalanche Video via POS of America

Just came across this Datalogic/Avalanche video via POS of America. Thought everyone might like it… enjoy!

Some Information Nuggets From the Road

We are on the road much of this week attending some conferences, but I wanted to respond to a question that we routinely were asked during our Avalanche 5.0 Webinars last week. So, in between sips of coffee and this fine, fine hotel bagel, I’ll answer a question we had with regards to the mapping tool.

Mapping feature available in Avalanche 5.0

Enhanced WWAN capabilities via new Mapping Feature

Several people wanted to know if  customers or end-users have to purchase a license through a 3rd party mapping solution, or if the feature is hosted/built in to the Avalanche 5 cost. The answer is rather short, but there is no additional charge for the mapping functionality and there are no 3rd parties involved at all.

Anyway, you can preview Avalanche 5 and also learn more on the mapping feature if you missed the Webinars. We’ll be back later in the week with a new Tech Tip, since you all seemed to like the last one so much (highest views for a post yet). If you have any questions that you’d like asked, let us know!

Good Webcast From VDC Research

We sat in on a webcast from VDC research the other day, and I think you’ll find it very informative and interesting. The webcast, titled “Will Market Interest in Mobile Managed Services Convert to Customer Contracts for Mobile Managed Services in 2010?”, explores the topic of mobile managed services and you can download the slides, or view the recorded webcast here. Check it out and tell us what you think.

Wavelink Tech Tip: Localizing CESecure with a Universal yet Local Server Test.

We ran into an interesting challenge recently, trying to configure Wavelink Avalanche’s CESecure, for a large national retailer. Just to review, CESecure provides device side security to Mobile Devices by requiring user authentication to gain access to the Mobile Device, as well as providing the ability to lock a device that is lost or stolen, and even encrypting or deleting sensitive data after the device has been locked.

The retailer wanted the CESecure client to use a local “Server test” to determine whether or not to lock the device, but they didn’t want to have to maintain a different configuration for every one of their stores, which number in the hundreds. We came up with a pretty ingenious solution using a wildcard in the configuration of the server address and it turned out that this wildcard syntax was already supported in the product… click here to continue reading the entry.

2009 Partner of the Year Awards

We’re excited to announce our 2009 Partners of the Year this afternoon. For now, you can read the release here, but below is a quick rundown of the winners:

We have worked with these Partners extensively, and would like to extend our congratulations towards their efforts in 2009, and our continued relationship throughout 2010!

Wavelink in Las Vegas

Here is a picture of Peter Cannon (Senior Product Manager) at our booth (booth 600) during the Motorola Channel Partner Expo morning session. We are showing Avalanche 5.0, so if you are around, stop by and say hello.

While you are at it, mention the Somewhat Secret Giveaway and claim your special gift!

If you’re at the event, share your thoughts and pictures with us here.

Avalanche 5.0 Wins Network Products Guide Award

As we’ve previously blogged about, we are coming closer and closer to the public release of Avalanche 5.0. It’s nice to see that all the hard work is already beginning to pay off with the announcement that Avalanche 5.0 won the Wireless Broadband Mobility Innovation Award from Network Products Guide. You can read our announcement here, and also read the full review here.

Thanks Network Products Guide!

Also, this is shaping up to be a busy week, so make sure you are subscribed to receive email alerts when we add new posts. You can sign-up to the right of this post. We’ll be back later and try to add some pictures from the Motorola Channel Partner Expo.

What can Tiger Woods Teach Us About Security?

Came across this Blog article discussing what we can learn about mobile device security from Tiger Woods. While the piece is largely geared towards mobile phone devices (and not ruggedized handheld mobile devices), its principles are the same and the context which the author presents the material is, at the least, going to get a smile or two.

The Somewhat Secret Giveaway Details

As we mentioned earlier in the week, we are giving away 20 secret prizes to those who follow us on any of our Social Networking sites at next week’s Motorola Channel Partner Expo, which is hosted at the fabulous Aria Resort & Casino.

Now, keep in mind there are only 20 to giveaway, so you’ll need to act fast. We’ll be handing them out to anyone who mentions they heard about the giveaway via our Blog, Twitter or Facebook during Monday evenings reception (5:30 – 7:00pm). So stop by booth 600 Monday night and collect yours… we really think it will be something you’ll like come Tuesday morning.