Migration-ready rugged devices simplify the move to Android

Sectors that use rugged devices are dealing with a transition at the moment. As support for Windows Embedded Operating systems is phased out, the big move to Android is on. Some companies have started on that journey. Others are very much in the planning stage. And it’s shaking up the device market.
But the good news is – this is a great opportunity for companies to make positive changes to their mobility strategy that will set up their operation for years to come.

Out with the old…
For many across e-commerce, warehousing, distribution, and transport and logistics, grappling with the complexities of various devices, applications and infrastructure is a daily chore. If they could start from scratch, would they design the system (complete with limitations and issues) they’re using right now? Surely not. So, the idea of moving to a system that’s unified, simplified and future-ready is enticing. And that’s exactly the opportunity presenting itself right now.

In with the new
The move to Android can kickstart a new era for a company’s mobility strategy. It promises the power to say goodbye to today’s tangle and hello to a forward-looking approach – one that enables mobile solutions to be deployed across the business faster, with less risk and less cost. But right now, businesses are fearful of a disruptive transition. They are also looking for reassurance that their investments will bring the promised pay off. Choosing the right platform is a deciding factor. But equipping workers with the right devices is equally important, or productivity might not get the boost you’re expecting.

Build the future on a solid foundation
High on the wishlist for businesses is a single solution that offers enterprise security, streamlined device management and mobile worker productivity tools. Delivering all this and more is Honeywell’s Mobility Edge™ platform. This unified, dynamic hardware and software platform is an end-to-end solution that sweeps away issues with integration and inflexible technologies. It accelerates deployment, optimizes performance and extends lifecycle. For example, IT can validate new apps and updates once, then deploy across all devices, regardless of the form factor. And Mobility Edge also offers reassurance about transitioning to the Android operating system, so businesses using Windows-based operating systems can migrate at a pace that’s right for them. You can learn about Mobility Edge in this video.

Performance pressure
With the right platform sorted, it’s time to look at the other critical aspect – the rugged devices themselves. In highly competitive environments, customer satisfaction matters. Customers want on-time, accurate and flawless fulfilment every time, and the right device plays a significant part in making this happen. Honeywell has recently released a selection of new handheld computers, built on the Mobility Edge platform, that deliver accuracy, maximum uptime and optimised productivity.

The Honeywell Dolphin™ CT60
The Dolphin™ CT60 mobile computer is packed with features to keep workers connected and productive all day long. It provides anywhere, anytime, real-time connectivity to business-critical applications and fast data capture capabilities. The advanced network connectivity is ideal for large file transfers and video streaming. This is useful for workers out in the field who may need extra information to complete a job and employees on the shop floor who want to show a customer a product demo video. The Dolphin CT60 is as sleek as it is tough. It’s small enough to fit in your pocket, yet can survive multiple drops of 2.4 metres. It’s also IP-rated against dust and water immersion, protecting it from challenging environments. When it comes to scanning, the advanced 2D imager delivers best-in-class data capture on linear and 2D barcodes. There’s an optional scan handle, enabling workers to switch from a handheld position to a pistol grip – a welcome change during long shifts. And with Android OS, workers are greeted by a familiar interface from the start. Everything you need to know about the Dolphin™ CT60 is right here.

The Honeywell Dolphin™ CN80
A migration-friendly device, the Dolphin™ CN80 is an ultra-rugged, Android™-compatible handheld computer. It features full-touch capabilities, plus real keys for fast data entry at high transaction rates. This means the Dolphin™ CN80 is going to be extremely popular among the countless businesses that are transitioning from devices built on Windows® to devices built on Android™, and from keypad-centric devices to full touchscreens. Many legacy applications have not yet been updated for this new touch-centric world and for many use cases, keys remain vital for data capture. The Dolphin™ CN80 can help to bridge that gap, letting users choose the input method that suits their working day while remaining ready for the apps of the future. The Dolphin™ CN80 is also extremely tough. It can withstand 2.4-metre drops onto concrete, it’s IP-rated against dust and water, and can even shake off complete immersion. There are also cold storage options that can operate down to -30⁰C. But no matter how tricky the environment, efficiency is still optimised. Enhanced 1D/2D scanning with reading ranges of 0.15 to 15.2 metres is ideal for today’s warehouses. And superb battery life means long shifts, lots of talk time and plenty of GPS usage are no problem. It all adds up to fewer interruptions in the working day and greater productivity. Why not take a look at the Dolphin™ CN80 in action?

Get a handle on the future with Honeywell
Both these devices offer productivity-boosting technology, such as fast, accurate scanning that shaves seconds of each transaction. They also bring simplicity to the frequent tasks of software updates, training new employees and managing spare pools. What’s more, Honeywell Mobility Edge supports multiple generations of Android OS, giving these devices the longer lifecycle businesses demand.

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