Wi-Fi – Ruggedized versus consumer grade. What are the differences?

As many of you have come to find out through the use of smartphones and PDAs with Wi-Fi, that getting connectivity can often be a headache.  Although 3G has reduced these woes through better coverage, the truth is that some devices just don’t want to connect to Wi-Fi when you haven’t got the luxury of 3G.

The symptoms are typically that your device connects and then drops the connection and then hunts for another.  And sometimes the connection looks promising – you have three or four bars and yet the device comes back and says “unable to connect”.  You shrug your shoulders, you move on and it was no big deal.

However, if this was your network and the device has to work, you’d be frustrated.  Now, in AIDC, this is precisely the case as it’s a critical business productivity tool on which you depend.  To help with this, these devices typically have a more industrial grade radio in them – it might be more sensitive or have greater power.  However, the design improvements don’t stop there.  (more…)

3 Emerging Themes in Retail Enterprise Mobility

With all the news last week from NRF, Paul Shiman, VP Marketing at Stratix discusses three main themes he sees emerging with enterprise mobility in the Retail space. He also links to another article by Matt Pillar of Retail Solutions Online which also touches on the subject. Good to see one of our 2008 Partners of the Year, Direct Source, mentioned in the article as well.

Green IT?

Saw this yesterday and wanted to get it posted, but wasn’t able to. Anyhow, the concept of “Green IT” is mentioned here and it made me wonder how many of you are familiar with it, and if so, do you think it will be a hot trend for 2010?

More figures on mobile security

Lots of information lately on the growth of the mobile device security marketplace. The latest from ABI Research focuses on the increasing levels and sensitivity of data being stored on smartphones, but it’s not hard to draw the same conclusion for any mobile device, whether it’s a smartphone, or mobile computer.

Good news from NRF today

NRF is reporting that retail spending was up in November and December. Do you find that surprising, or did you see it coming? Seems like there were a lot more shoppers out this year, so hopefully it continues.

TE 7.2 Screen Reformatter; Give us your feedback

We’ve posted a two-part video on how quick and easy it is to enhance old emulation screens with the TE 7.2 Screen Reformatter on our YouTube channel (You can even watch in HD!). We want to know what you think of it and also get your thoughts on Wavelink TE 7.2 in general.

So, what are your favorite features and have we captured just how easy it is to reformat screens?

LXE Factory enables Wavelink TE

Supplychainbrain.com article regarding Wavelink Terminal Emulaiton

http://www.supplychainbrain.com/content/nc/technology-solutions/rfid-wireless-bar-code-voice/single-article-page/article/lxe-expands-connectivity-offerings-with-wavelink/

Washing a Datalogic Scanner

A link to a video of someone cleaning the dust off of a DL scanner with a garden hose.  If you have similar videos of mobile device tests please send them along.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WRtUzaazP_Q

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Wavelink eLearning Now Available

We all know that conventional training often becomes repetitive, time-consuming and expensive as it involves travel and valuable time away from the office. Yes, the miles are a nice perk but by eliminating the costs associated with travel, you can save between 50 to 70 percent.

So, in an effort to continue providing cost-savings to our end-users and partners, Wavelink is pleased to debut eLearning, a collection of online training classes that delivers materials and product knowledge in a cost effective way. Something we know your boss will appreciate.

Just hop online at your convenience, we don’t even mind if you wear your jammies!  The prerecorded online classes cover the full range of Wavelink products from either a technical or sales perspective. For a list of classes, check out our website. Don’t see a class you’d be interested in? Let us know what training you would be interested in.

New Free Enterprise Mobility Report From Aberdeen

“More Mobility, Same Budget”

http://money.cnn.com/news/newsfeeds/articles/marketwire/0574351.htm