Labor Day 2017: Honoring the Great American Mobile Worker!

Group Mobile would like to invite mobile workers to visit our website, here you will find a large selection of hardware and a suite for professional services perfectly suited for mobile industries!

Do you know the history of Labor Day in the United States?

We all know about Labor Day. After all, who wouldn’t want to be informed about an extra day off work? Just because we know that the day is a rest from our labor doesn’t mean we know the true history behind Labor Day. Here’s a quick overview of why we celebrate Labor Day.

Labor Day got its start in the late 1800’s, when union leaders in New York City decided that they wanted to host a massive festival for workers across the city. Because Labor Day was not yet a national holiday, in order to attend those laborers would have to give up a day’s wages. Early in the first Labor Day celebration—which was held on September 5th, 1882—few people turned out. Over the course of the day, more and more people joined the festivities and by the day’s end the rally boasted 10,000 people!

News of this celebration of hard-working Americans and all our labor force has contributed to the nation spread, and in 1887 Oregon became the first state to declare Labor Day an official holiday. It took just under a decade for the festivities to gain traction across the country, and in 1896 President Grover Cleveland declared the first Monday in September as an official national holiday to celebrate American laborers.

This year on Labor Day, Group Mobile is honoring mobile workers! The world’s mobile worker population will reach 1.3 billion in 2016, representing 37.2% of the total workforce. Mobile workers, virtual workers, freelancers, independent contractors, and other terms have been used to describe those of us who more or less works anytime, anywhere. And this type of work is becoming a new norm around the world, so the growth of mobile workers is likely to continue. Such workers often work from multiple locations, and use at least three devices. Mobile workers carry their work in their pockets or carrying case, powered by a multitude of applications. Group Mobile would like to invite mobile workers to visit our website, here you will find a large selection of hardware and a suite for professional services perfectly suited for mobile industries!

Three different Getac devices are in stock and ready to ship in 48 hours, the Getac V110 convertible laptop, F110 rugged tablet and S410 semi-rugged laptop. These rugged computers are three of the most popular computers manufactured by Getac with the most popular custom features on the market.

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Best Fully Rugged Handheld Computers of 2016!

You might be wondering where to start when selecting a rugged handheld for your organization. That’s exactly why we have created this list of the best fully rugged handheld computers of 2016!


Do you want to coordinate your work in real time? Do you want access to business systems, voicemail, customer information, important data,  and email no matter where you are in the field, or warehouse? Are you tired of your crew spending too much of the day tethered to a desk rather than freely moving around the property, supervising employees, or helping guests? We want to help you with these frustrating pain points by directing attention onto ruggedized handheld computers by showcasing our choice of 2016’s best rugged handhelds on the market today.

Why buy a rugged handheld computer and not a consumer-grade device?  We feel the most important factor is overall cost — who doesn’t like to save money! Getting total cost of ownership (TCO) as low as possible requires organizations to deploy devices that will lead to maximum reliability and productivity in their work environment. Consumer-grade devices often don’t last a year when deployed to support mobile operations resulting in extremely high failure rates not to mention large repair, maintenance, and replacement costs. At the other end, ruggedized mobile computers routinely last four years or more even in challenging industrial environments. For example, a study by VDC compared the life cycles of rugged and non-rugged mobile computers used for enterprise operations and found 38.5 percent of commercial grade devices had been replaced within two years of being deployed, compared to 7.8 percent of rugged mobile computers, and after year three, 82.6 percent of the original non-rugged devices had been replaced, compared to just 18.2 percent of ruggedized devices. Rugged devices provide a TCO advantage because they have longer replacement cycles, and result in less breakdowns, repair expenses, and lost productivity while in service.

According to VDC research, mobile workers lose an average of 75 minutes each time their mobile devices fail. This leads to lost revenue in field sales and service operations, production delays, and potentially missed shipments in plants and distribution centers, shelf replenishment, and customer service problems in retail, and potential overtime in all environments to make up for the lost work time. Field service, public safety, retail, production and distribution, enterprise, and manufacturing are all work environments that will reap many benefits by implementing rugged handhelds into the hands of their crew.

You might be wondering where to start when selecting a rugged handheld for your organization. That’s exactly why we have created this list of the best fully rugged handheld computers of 2016!

Panasonic Toughpad FZ-E1

The Panasonic Toughpad FZ-E1 rugged handheld is an enterprise-class handheld tablet with voice and data connectivity — designed for mission-critical mobile workers. The Panasonic Toughpad FZ-E1 rugged handheld computer is built on the Windows Embedded 8.1 Handheld operating system.  With a broad range of configuration options available in their class, industry-leading reliability and enterprise-grade feature sets, the Toughpad FZ-E1 is the ideal tool for a host of usage scenarios, including delivery and routing, inspections, inventory management, field service and sales, public safety evidence collection, and facility management. With a 14-hour hot-swappable battery, FIPS 140-2 Level 1 security, and sunlight-readable HD touchscreen that work even with gloves, the rugged Toughpad FZ-E1 will make any mobile worker more efficient and more productive. Available with dual SIM slots and certified on leading mobile carrier networks, plus 4G LTE mobile broadband for voice and data connectivity. Standard on the Panasonic Toughpad FZ-E1 is Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, near field communications (NFC), GPS, and Bluetooth 4.0.
Learn more about the Panasonic Toughpad FZ-E1

Trimble Juno T41 juno-android

The Trimble Juno T41 handheld computer is a rugged, all-in-one device that reduces total cost of ownership compared to durable or consumer-grade smartphones. The Juno T41 will make workers more efficient than requiring workers to repeatedly handle at least two: a rugged handheld computer and a cellular phone. The Trimble Juno T41 rugged handheld computer offers combined feature options to provide customers the handheld that meets their specific needs in the field: Enhanced GPS, 1D/2D barcode imaging, SmartPhone capability or not, choice of Windows or Android operating systems, and Ultra-High Frequency RFID capabilities. Learn more about the Trimble Juno T41…

Juniper Archer 2archer2

The Juniper Archer 2 rugged handheld is built with a large IllumiView high-visibility display, perfect for work in direct sunlight. The Archer 2  has exceptional connectivity capabilities, including enhanced GNSS performance, improved photo and video capture, built-in 1D/2D barcode scanner, along with Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, cell modem, serial, and USB connectivity features — also available with CDMA for use on the Verizon network. The speedy Juniper Archer 2 rugged handheld computer has a 1.0GHz processor, and custom Overtime Technology resulting in a battery power of twenty plus hours! This tough Archer 2 handheld runs smoothly in everything from freezing cold to sweltering heat. Carrying an IP68 rating and tested to MIL-STD-810G for water, humidity, sand and dust, vibration, altitude, shock, and temperature — the Archer 2 will take you where you need to go.
Learn more about the Juniper Archer 2…
anglepa700Unitech PA700

The Unitech PA700 Android handheld computer features a large 4.7″screen as well as a high-resolution, making for a vibrant display and easy enterprise integration. Users can download consumer-grade applications in the Play store or use Square to process payments. The PA700 Android handheld survives multiple 4-foot falls to concrete undamaged, even when landing directly on the screen.  The Unitech PA700 rugged handheld is highly customizable to meet the needs of a large variety of data collection tasks. With an integrated 1D CCD barcode scanner, the PA700 can be used to manage inventory, check prices, and even monitor productivity or customer service levels. The PA700 is surprisingly powerful and advanced for an industrial handheld computer, it is based on 1.5GHz Texas Instruments OMAP 4470 processor, with 1GB of RAM, and 512MB of Flash for the unit’s Android (Jelly Bean) 4.1.1 OS platform and applications. Storage can be augmented by up to 32GB via a microSDHC Card slot. Learn more about the Unitech PA700…

“Mobile Computing TCO Models: Secure a Strategic Competitive Advantage During the Recession,” VDC Research Group, May 2009.













Introducing the Trimble Nomad 1050 Rugged Handheld! New Trimble Nomad 1050 Series is here!
More power, more connectivity, more barcode capability!

Offering more functionality with the existing wide range of configuration options, the popular Nomad rugged handheld computer series has been updated and expanded. 

The new Trimble® Nomad® 1050 series handheld includes options for high-speed 1D/2D barcode imaging technology and 3.75G dual mode GSM / CDMA connectivity for either AT&T or Verizon data plans, fully cloud-capable.

The Nomad 1050 fully rugged handheld is designed for many industries and offers customization options including keypad, connectors and specialized functionality. It’s tested for more than 15 hours of continuous use in the field before recharge so field workers can count on computing power even on very long shifts.

The Nomad 1050 handheld offers a wide variety of models. There is even a version designed to connect to RS-232 Serial ports, for older machinery and peripherals in the field.

  • Outdoor rugged design complies with military standards (MIL-STD-810G and IP68) for drops, vibration, humidity, altitude, and temperature extremes
  • Sunlight viewable touchscreen display presents graphics and maps in vivid detail
  • Integrated wireless capabilities including 2-4 meter GPS, Wi-Fi, 3.75G dual-band GSM/CDMA connectivity, and Bluetooth
  • 1D/2D barcode imaging, with built-in capability to recognize and sort dozens of barcodes at once
  • Wi-Fi Alliance Certification to ensure interoperability with other WLAN products
  • Autofocus 5MP camera with geotagging to capture color images in the field and store their locations
  • 15-hour, hot-swappable Lithium-Ion battery to reduce downtime
  •  Choice of keypads and connectors (boots) 

Learn more about the Trimble Nomad 1050 rugged handheld…

Spotlight on the Juniper Allegro 2 Rugged Handheld!

Allegro 2 Field PC

Ideal for outdoor or industrial environments! 

The Allegro 2 Field PC is powered by the Microsoft Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5.3 operating system. The rugged Allegro 2 is completely sealed against dust and water, giving it an IP68 rating. It is also tested to MIL-STD-810G for water, humidity, sand and dust, vibration, altitude, shock, and temperature. The rugged Allegro 2 features a 4.2″ Sun-to-Shade™ high visibility backlit LCD display with a projected capacitive touchscreen. It also has a full numeric and QWERTY keypad with 6 user-assignable keys. In addition, the Allegro 2 comes with a a 1.0GHz ARM Cortex A8 i.MX53 processor, 512MB RAM, and 8GB flash storage.

The Allegro 2 rugged handheld comes standard with integrated Bluetooth and Wi-Fi 802.11b/g. An optional GPS receiver is fully integrated and offers 1-5 meter accuracy for mapping and navigation applications. The Allegro 2 rugged handheld also offers an integrated 5MP camera and a 3.75 GSM modem. It operates for an incredible 20 hours per charge, and only takes a quick 2-4 hours to fully charge. The Allegro 2 is an ideal handheld for outdoor or industrial environments. Learn more about the Juniper Allegro 2 Field PC…

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