4 Benefits of 4G LTE — How It’s Taken Place On the Forefront of American Life

4G LTE networks, combined with increasingly powerful mobile devices, enabling platforms, and enterprise applications, allow employees to work almost anywhere and make decisions much faster, resulting in significant productivity improvements.

Over the last decade or so, mobile computing has taken a place on the forefront of nearly every facet of American life. Whether your business is public safety,  field service, manufacturing, transportation, or construction the ability to quickly access the internet and use connected devices is indispensable. That means we need access to the latest in network technology. That’s where 4G LTE comes in, and while it’s been around since about 2010, it’s still being improved upon.  LTE stands for “Long Term Evolution”, and true to the name, it’s still evolving. According to the International Telecommunication Union, 4G technology is supposed to reach download speeds of 100 Mbps. That’s what 4G LTE networks are “evolving” toward. While they may not quite be there yet, they are the fastest mobile networks on the commercial market today — 4G LTE provides some significant benefits for mobile computing. Sierra Wireless offers a comprehensive portfolio of wireless devices, including 2G, 3G, and 4G embedded modules and gateways which are seamlessly integrated with our secure cloud and connectivity services.

Today, 96.2 million people work using mobile, and according to International Data Corporation (IDC), “the U.S. mobile worker population will grow at a steady rate over the next five years — to 105.4 million mobile workers in 2020. By the end of this projected period, IDC expects mobile workers will account for nearly three quarters (72.3%) of the total U.S. workforce.” 4G LTE networks, combined with increasingly powerful mobile devices, enabling platforms, and enterprise applications, allow employees to work almost anywhere and make decisions much faster, resulting in significant productivity improvements.

Here are four benefits of 4G LTE:

Speed

Speed might be the biggest benefit of 4G LTE networks. The last generation 3G networks had a download speed that capped at about 200 Kbps or 0.2 Mbps, which is 1/500th the max speed that 4G LTE networks can potentially reach. Even if they don’t, however, just half of 4G LTE’s possible 100 Mbps is leaps and bounds ahead of what 3G could put out at its absolute peak.

The benefits of this speed increase are obvious. It allows us to get more done, enjoy more entertainment, or work more efficiently. Essentially, the speed of 4G LTE allows us to get much more out our time and our laptops and rugged tablets than we ever could have hoped to before.

All IP

While the titanic boost in speed might be the most obvious benefit of 4G LTE networks, it’s not the only one. Until the advent of 4G LTE, most cellular networks were circuit switched. To avoid getting too technical, let’s just say that circuit switched networks were far less efficient than the “Internet Protocol” or “IP” based networks that 4G LTE uses.

Better Audio/Visual Quality

One of the most common uses of mobile computing devices involve communication of some sort. Along with text communications like IM or SMS, phone calls and video calls are also some of the most common uses for mobile devices. 4G LTE allows for far better quality sound and video. This is the result of the switch from circuit switched networks to IP based networks.

The reason that circuit switched networks cause lower quality audio and video is because they only offer narrowband communications. This is what caused voices to sound echoed over older phones, and also why mobile video chat was chopping and pix-elated until the advent of 4G LTE. Basically, narrowband is just a type of telecommunication that carries voice on a narrow band of frequencies. It’s specifically the band that is set aside for radio services by the FCC. It works well enough if all you need to do is talk on the phone, but it can’t keep up with today’s more technologically demanding mobile computing needs especially for industries such as law enforcement where data communications must be at its finest.

Network Administration

If you’re on the business end of mobile computing, then you’re probably pretty concerned with the financial benefits. Luckily, they are numerous. With circuit switching networks, once a phone call is established, the circuit stays connected whether or not anyone on the call is speaking. On the other hand, IP networks are much more flexible and can share resources far more efficiently. This, along with the vastly improved speed means there are significant financial benefits to using 4G LTE networks.

For more information on mobile computing contact one of Group Mobile’s industry leading technology experts.

Xplore Xslate D10 Fully Rugged Android Tablet — Gets a Big Boost From Android Marshmallow Upgrade!

The new Android 6.0.1, Marshmallow OS improves the battery life of the Xplore XSLATE D10 rugged tablet more than 10 percent, extending the use time beyond 8 hours. A hot-swappable second battery option provides up to 22 hours of continuous work time.

The recent Google upgrade to Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow is the most widely used operating system on Android devices, exactly why the Xplore Xslate D10 fully rugged Android tablet is now loaded and ready to go with this new operating system. So, why does this matter? Android Marshmallow has several new features that make rugged tablet functionality even better. With the surge of mobile workers today these critical upgrades will make employees more productive and efficient — who doesn’t want that?

Check out the reasons this new upgrade is pretty darn “sweet” —

  • The upgrade to Android Marshmallow on the Xslate D10 provides critical security, power management and mobile device management enhancements that aren’t as uniformly accessible with other operating system options.
  • Numerous enhancements made to Android for Work and Voice Assist APIs with Marshmallow mean that the rugged tablet’s users enjoy faster application responsiveness and, subsequently, greater worker efficiency. The expanded data security and encryption features make the tablet’s overall appeal rating and the return on investment rise  — especially when the built-in security features such as biometric and SmartCard/CAC authentication options are jointly considered. The power, performance, and security Marshmallow offers will significantly increase mobile worker productivity.
  • The new Android 6.0.1, Marshmallow operating system improves the battery life of the Xplore XSLATE D10 rugged tablet more than 10 percent, extending the use time beyond 8 hours. A hot-swappable second battery option provides up to 22 hours of continuous work time.blog-android-for-work-Sep30-side

Why buy the Xplore Xslate D10? — It may seem like you’re saving money when you buy a less-expensive off-the-shelf tablet PC for your military, factory, manufacturing company, public safety, energy, transportation, or field service. However, put a  non-ruggedized tablet to work on an oil rig, in a warehouse, on a fleet truck without shocks – or anywhere water, dust, vibrations, fuels, grease, or salt fog are prevalent and the device will fail in a short amount of time.

When deciding on what to buy, an Android rugged tablet proven to work well within the work environment can notably improve your entire mobility solution’s total cost of ownership and improve your bottom line.

Contact one of Group Mobile’s rugged mobility specialist today to customize a mobile computing solution to suit your exact user requirements.

Rugged Mobile Devices for Outdoor Computing

Using an rugged mobile computing device that’s up to the task of working outdoors saves money in the long run, thanks to lower repair and replacement costs.

Harsh weather shouldn’t be a barrier to using mobile computers on-site. A rugged device that can stand up to an unpleasant environment is a huge help for inspections, surveying, temporary checkpoints, emergency services, journalism, and crowd management. Using a device that’s up to the task saves money in the long run, thanks to lower repair and replacement costs. A ruggedized device lasts longer because it can:

  • Survive falling on hard surfaces.
  • Withstand extremes and sudden changes of temperature.
  • Go out in rain and snow without damage.
  • Present a readable display in sunlight.

When choosing a mobile device for regular outdoor use, you should look for two important ratings. A good IP (ingress protection) rating tells you that liquids and particles can’t get inside it. MIL-STD-810G certification indicates that it can survive rough treatment such as dropping and temperature changes. These are a few of the rugged mobile computers we offer that will stand out in a demanding outdoor environment:

Trimble Nomad 1050Nomad-Mud-Forest

This tough little Windows device, less than 7 inches long and weighing 21 ounces, is built to survive in any environment. With its IP68 rating, it can shrug off hours under water, and its MIL-STD-810G rating means it will survive drops and bumps. Its color touchscreen is readable in sunlight, and it includes a numeric keypad for ease of data entry. Its battery will keep it running for up to 15 hours without recharging.

The optional integrated GPS has many uses in the field, and the barcode scanner option allows reading from any angle or orientation.

Xplore XSLATE R12R12_thumb-2_530_350_s_c1

Lightweight yet rugged, the XSLATE R12 is well suited for outdoor work. It features a 12.5 inch wide-angle sunlight-readable display and the Windows 10 Professional operating system, Its construction includes a rubberized enclosure, magnesium alloy frame, and Gorilla Glass screen for extreme durability. Users can operate it either through the touchscreen or the optional clip-on keyboard.

The XSLATE R12 is drop resistant per MIL-STD-810G, and its IP54 rating makes it resistant to dust and splashed water. It comes with an integrated fingerprint reader for security. At less than 3 pounds, it’s easy to carry wherever it’s needed.

MX50_Facing_LeftGetac MX50

The MX50 mini-tablet boasts that it’s “built for the battlefield,” and it will stand up to the harshest outdoor environments. In spite of its rugged design, it weighs just 14 ounces and is 7.4 inches long, so it comfortably fits in a pocket. Its Gorilla Glass screen is sunlight-readable and provides a broad viewing angle. It’s certified for MIL-STD-810G and MIL-STD-461F. Rated at IP67, it will keep out all dust and withstand liquids short of deep or sustained immersion.

Being designed with an eye to possible capture by the enemy, the MX50 features NSA-quality security with Trivalent Data protection. Sensitive data will stay safe.

FZ-A2_Aviation_MUBA0359Panasonic Toughpad FZ-A2

With its 10.1-inch backlit screen and Intel Atom processor, this Android 6 tablet delivers a lot of power in a tough package. Its touch screen works even in the rain or with gloves, or you can use the included stylus. It’s rated for MIL-STD-810G and IP65, so it will stand up to almost anything. The battery lasts for 9 hours and is hot-swappable, making it well suited for extended use away from power outlets.

Its equipment aids in gathering information at a site. The 8MP rear-facing camera allows on-site photography, and a digital compass sensor is included. Available options include GPS, a barcode reader, and a SmartCard reader.

A Kensington cable lock slot helps to secure against theft. and the tablet’s security suite keeps its data safe in the event that it is lost or stolen.

These are just four of the many rugged mobile computers Group Mobile offers which will provide excellent performance and durability in harsh outdoor environments. Contact us to learn more about these and all the other rugged mobile solutions and mobile technology lifecycle services Group Mobile offers.

Brother Mobile Printers — Designed to Improve Efficiency, Boost Productivity, and Enhance Customer Satisfaction

Whether you are a warehouse associate, manager of a distribution company, construction worker, architect, field service worker, or a traveling salesperson, having the ability to print on demand is highly valuable.

Do you need to print documents in the field? Group Mobile carries many mobile printing solutions for complete scanning and printing capabilities with on-the-go workers in mind. Mobile printers and scanners are extremely portable and can be mounted in vehicles or carried in a small bag or briefcase. Whether you are a warehouse associate, manager of a distribution company, construction worker, architect, field service worker, or a traveling salesperson, having the ability to print on demand is highly valuable. Group Mobile specializes in the full mobile office solution —make your mobile office complete with a mobile printer or scanner.

Quickly and easily print barcodes, receipts, durable labels, invoices, reports, e-citations, and much more. There are many benefits of having a true mobile office will help you save time, reduce errors, and cut costs. With the rise in popularity of mobile devices have come mobile printers that can handle varied information, including files received over various wireless platforms. 

Mobile professionals can use tablets, laptops and handheld devices to create documents on the go. For some, printing documents in the field can be a tricky task. Handheld devices, with their minimal operating systems, don’t always have built-in printing options. Laptops can print, but only if the user can locate a printer, connect to it and install the proper driver. The other alternative is saving a document to disk or flash drive and visiting a copy shop.

The Brother PocketJet 7 is compatible with most PCs, laptops or palmtops running the Windows operating system. At barely over 10″ long and 1 pound in weight, the PocketJet 7 fits easily into your briefcase, computer bag, or can be quickly mounted in any vehicle or small work area.

If scanning capabilities are what you are looking for, consider the Brother DSmobile 720D portable duplex scanner. This scanner is ideal for capturing two-sided business documents, as well as receipts, business cards, embossed plastic cards, invoices, photographs, and more. Simply connect to a computer via the included USB cable, and you are ready to go — Getting organized has never been so simple.

Another mobile printing option we highly recommend is the Brother RuggedJet RJ4040 printer can be used for a wide range of receipt and label printing applications in public safety, field service, route accounting, manufacturing and warehouse markets and more. RuggedJet RJ-4040 printers feature USB, serial, and Wi-Fi wireless interfaces, a wide selection of resident and downloadable fonts, support for the major linear and 2D barcodes, optional magnetic card reader, and much more. The Brother RuggedJet mobile Wi-Fi printers are the first portable label/receipt printers to be Apple AirPrint certified. AirPrint expands the RuggedJet’s benefits beyond being fast, tough, and having an exceptional warranty.

If you are looking to create a complete mobile office, contact one of our industry experts today. We can assist you in the design and installation of your mobile office to fit your exact user requirements at a budget you can afford.

Six Critical Advantages of Rugged Computing Devices

Rugged devices are selling because that’s what professionals across a wide range of industries prefer, industries in which failure is not an option, including construction, the military, transportation, healthcare and manufacturing, among others. From oil rigs in Texas to military installations across the globe, rugged devices dramatically outperform conventional consumer equipment.

 

Sales of rugged devices — including fully and semi-rugged laptops, tablets, handhelds, and smartphones — are on the rise, this in spite of aggressive attempts by non-rugged competitors to counter the trend.  That’s the conclusion of a VDC Research report published in Field Technologies Online:

“Rugged tablets are the only truly mobile PCs that have proven capable of adapting on demand to the variations encountered in rapidly changing business and environmental climates. And that is why they are still the preferred mobile PC form factor despite aggressive attempts by notebook, handheld, and hybrid manufacturers to disrupt rugged tablets’ track record.”

The reasons rugged sales are climbing while the overall market for tablet computers is cooling off (with falling sales for the last 3 consecutive years) are several, as noted below.  But the simple fact is that rugged devices are selling because that’s what professionals across a wide range of industries prefer, industries in which failure is not an option, including construction, the military, transportation, healthcare and manufacturing, among others.  From oil rigs in Texas to military installations across the globe, rugged devices dramatically outperform conventional consumer equipment.

Here are six key advantages of rugged computing devices:

  1.  A Dramatically Lower Failure Rate

Even though they must perform in harsh environments, rugged devices have a failure rate of just 2%, dramatically lower than the 12% failure rate of non-rugged devices.  In industries like healthcare and public safety, failure is about more than money.

  1.  An Expanded Lifecycle

Rugged devices last longer.  On average, a non-rugged device has a lifespan of two to three years.  A rugged device typically lasts about six years, which means they need to be replaced less frequently.

  1.  Performance in Extreme Climates

Rugged devices remain fully operational in temperatures from zero to 122 degrees Fahrenheit.  Non-rugged devices in cold climates must be left indoors, or inside a heated vehicle, until the ambient temperature climbs above 32 degrees.  In hot climates, non-rugged devices may fail entirely.

  1.  Enhanced Communications Capability

Rugged devices are often equipped with embedded cellular, GPS, and Wi-Fi modems.  When the mobile device is docked in a vehicle, it can turn off embedded radios and pass signals through the dock hardware to roof-mounted antennas (what’s known as a “radio pass-through”).  Non-rugged devices do not include this enhanced communications capability.

  1.  Rugged Ability

Rugged devices are called rugged for a reason—they are far more resistant to harsh conditions.  Rugged devices are benchmarked in accordance with the U.S. Military Standard 810G (MIL-STD-810G). These grueling standards test rugged devices along a wide range of parameters, such as surviving drops from heights, shock impact, extreme temperature, and liquid, particulate, and humidity resistance.  In other words, rugged devices, unlike their non-rugged counterparts, remain operational in extreme conditions, a key advantage for end users in the industries for which they’re manufactured.

  1.  Embedded Options for Enhanced Functionality

Rugged mobile computers are manufactured to permit a variety of embedded options to increase functionality.  Common embedded options include radio frequency ID card readers, insertable card readers, barcode scanners and magnetic stripe readers.

Conclusion

Professionals in public safety, healthcare, the oil and gas industry, the military and homeland security, construction, and utilities can’t risk using devices that are likely to fail in harsh environments, or if they’re dropped or exposed to extreme weather conditions.  They rely on rugged devices for uninterrupted performance and enhanced communications in the conditions in which they work, every day.  Given their critical advantages over non-rugged tablets and handheld devices, it’s not surprising sales of rugged computing devices continue outpace those of non-rugged devices.

To learn more about our full, end-to-end mobile technology solutions, including fully- and semi-rugged laptops, tablets and handhelds and smartphones, contact us today.

Getac F110, RX10 and T800 Fully Rugged Tablets — A Review

Getac intently listens to customers and finding new ways to improve product and solve pressing problems many organizations are facing within their own network infrastructure.

Getac has made a big splash in the world of rugged mobile computing. Many law enforcement agencies, state and local government agencies, fire departments, healthcare facilities, utility companies and many more have adopted Getac devices to improve productivity and stay in step with the new technology available today. Getac intently listens to customers and finding new ways to improve product and solve pressing problems many organizations are facing within their own network infrastructure.

Getac rugged tablets and rugged laptops have proven to be an industry leader in rugged mobile computing. Since 1989, Getac has been providing rugged computing solutions for demanding professionals in extreme environments. Getac offers an extensive rugged computing product lineup including convertibles, tablets, laptops and handheld computers.

Getac has made several technological breakthroughs that improve the performance and safety of using computers in dangerous environments including:

  • QuadraClear sunlight readable display screens.
  • Night vision without goggles.
  • Advanced power saving technology.
  • Industry’s first resistive multi-touch display for use with gloves.

Today, we are discussing three Getac fully rugged tablets: Getac F110, RX10 and T800.

Getac F110 Fully Rugged Tablet

The Getac F110 rugged tablet was designed to be about the size of a typical piece of paper. This rugged computing device is a popular choice for in-vehicle deployment, manufacturing, public safety, military, home and building inspection, and many more. The Getac F110 has opened the door for many organizations to solve pressing internal mobile computing problems. With an 11.6-inch display, 6th generation processor, amazing graphics and dual batteries for extremely long days in the field, the Getac F110 tablet is sure to impress any mobile worker. F110_HD_880_373

Getac designed the F110 tablet with a revolutionary LumiBond 2.0 touchscreen display which bonds the display glass with the touch panel and LCD, creating a single pane that is more reliable and exceptionally durable. The F110 rugged tablet features four touch modes: Touch-Rain, Glove or Pen mode, or an optional digitizer mode — included is a hard-tip stylus allowing users to capture signatures, take more precise notes in the field, drawings, form entry and maps. Another incredible feature on the Getac F110 rugged tablet is the battery power — how many field service professionals do you know that lose power in the field which in turn results from lost information, decreased productivity and user frustration. Getac thought of it all when they designed the F110 with two hot-swappable batteries for potentially limitless battery power. This feature allows users to remove one of the two removable batteries and replace it with a fresh battery without shutting down the device.

Getac RX10 Fully Rugged Tablet

The Getac RX10 is a feature-filled rugged tablet with a built-in ergonomic handle designed specifically for field service. The RX10 has multifactor authentication including password protection, radio-frequency identification (RFID), a fingerprint reader and a smartcard reader. Confidential documents will stay safe and secure with the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0 and Absolute DDS software . RX10_glovetouch

For vehicle deployments, the RX10 can be configured with tri pass-through antenna ports, allowing mobile workers to simultaneously connect high-gain GPS, wireless WAN and wireless LAN roof-mounted antennas for expanded signal range while in the field. A detachable rugged keyboard and kickstand allow users to transform the RX10 to a two-in-one device, a design trend growing in popularity, all working together for accurate data input in the field.  The RX10 rugged keyboard is easy to clean and features a backlight function and IP54 dust and water protection. A wide range of accessories make this rugged RX10 tablet an excellent mobile computing tool for field, sales, service and inventory management.

Getac T800 Rugged Tablet

The Getac T800 fully rugged tablet is designed for comfortable one-handed operation, the T800 features a thin, ergonomic design, a nice sized touchscreen for easy viewing, and best-in-class battery life with an optional hot-swappable SnapBack battery for potentially limitless power in the field. The Getac T800 is an ideal solution for field service workers, technicians, construction workers, officers collecting field data and more. T800

Vehicle mounts from Gamber-Johnson and Havis allow tri-pass-through antenna ports to synchronously connect to high-gain WWAN, WLAN and roof-mounted GPS antennas. The sunlight-viewable LumiBond 2.0 display provides a responsive 10-point touch experience along with a 170-degree viewing angle and 16:10 aspect ratio for optimal reading from virtually any angle. Rain, glove and pen touch modes provide just the right sensitivity for writing and signing on the Getac T800 tablet.

To learn more on Getac rugged tablets and how Group Mobile can assist you in implementing an affordable mobile solution, contact one of Group Mobile’s technology experts.

 

 

 

6 Critical Areas that Benefit from Automated License Plate Recognition

ALPR will enhance law enforcement and investigative capabilities, expand the collection of relevant data, and expedite the time consuming process of comparing vehicle license plates with lists of wanted, stolen and other vehicles of interest.

Automated License Plate Recognition, also known as ALPR, captures a license plate image, transforms that image into alphanumeric characters using character recognition software, compares the plate number to license plate numbers in critical license plate number databases, and alerts law enforcement if and when problems arise.

ALPR for Law Enforcement

Law enforcement personnel need real-time data, with ALPR they have just that. ALPR technology gives them real-time data without the tedious manual process of researching license plate numbers one by one. ALPR technology drastically improves efficiency and effectiveness for officers trying to identify vehicles of interest–a stolen car, an abandoned car, a vehicle associated with a robbery or child abduction.

ALPR technology helps law enforcement with investigative and interdiction activities. Police officers can use ALPR technology with fixed or mobile equipment. With such advanced technology, you’ll need a rugged laptop or tablet devices that integrate smoothly — devices that better withstand hazards associated with law enforcement and public safety work.

ALPR for Airports

With the obvious need to increase security at airports, many are turning to ALPR technology to monitor precisely who enters onto airport property. ALPR security offers instant alerts and provides real-time data to those responsible for keeping airline passengers and personnel safe.

In addition to bolstering airport security, ALPR enhanced devices track and provide automatic inventory of available parking spots, helping customers get where they need to go with less time-consuming hassle.

ALPR for Healthcare Facilities

When it comes to medical treatment, seconds matter. ALPR technology can monitor available parking, alert and receive incoming notifications from emergency personnel and law enforcement, and can communicate the presence of nefarious individuals and alert the right people.

With the right network and technology in place, ALPR provides a common operating platform for multiple sites or healthcare locations, giving medical personnel instant information on potential dangers, helping emergency personnel know the best location for their purposes.

ALPR for Traffic Solutions

ALPR doesn’t have to always be about preventing crime. With a camera, illuminator, processor and modem integrated in a single rugged enclosure, traffic control can recognize plates at high speed, function with both single and double lane zones, automatically enforce traffic infractions, and reduce costs associated with toll-booth monitoring.

ALPR is perfect for spotting critical traffic safety issues, such as school zone infractions, school bus stop arm enforcement, passenger vehicle moving violations, and driving in prohibited lanes. ALPR technology helps with traffic flow analysis, making roads and highways safer.

ALPR for Property Managers

Property managers are entrusted with keeping tenants and their property safe. This important aspect of property management becomes easier with ALPR technology.The moment an unwelcomed visitor drives past a security camera, ALPR technology sends an alert.

No more need for security guards to undergo the tedious and inefficient task of manually recording each license plate number that passes. This allows security personnel to do their jobs more effectively. It also helps property managers monitor traffic flow and encourage community policing.

ALPR on Schools and Campuses

Students need to feel safe while at school. Large campuses often run like a city within a city. Most colleges and large school districts maintain their own police forces or partner with local law enforcement and transportation to maintain safety. ALPR technology helps campus police and local law enforcement officers identify potential threats, such as sexual predators or vehicles not allowed on campus.

Providing ALPR Solutions

Installing ALPR technology at parking facilities and other critical areas keeps individuals safe, but only if your current technology is reliable and integrated properly.

Group Mobile knows exactly what you need to design and implement the right ALPR solution. Group Mobile specializes in providing a perfectly customized mobile solution for every customer, contact one of our solutions experts for more information.