News Feature | February 12, 2014

Data Collection and Mobility News From January 2014

Bernadette Wilson

By Bernadette Wilson


Each month, Business Solutions reports news on business in the channel. This month in Data Collection and Mobility news, Panasonic releases a new fully rugged tablet, TEKLYNX launches TEKLYNX CENTRAL 4.0, and AML introduces a new rugged, wireless handheld terminal.

Panasonic Rugged Tablet Includes Configuration Options 

Panasonic released the Toughpad FZ-M1, a fully rugged tablet with a fourth generation Intel Core i5 processor. The tablet runs Windows 8.1 Pro, and it has configuration options including dedicated GPS, bar code reader, and Ethernet or serial port. Users can also choose to add near-field communications (NFC), SmartCard reader, UHF RFID, or magnetic stripe reader. The fanless tablet weighs only 1.2 pounds, and the standard configuration is only 0.7 inches wide. It can withstand drops from up to 5 feet and is IP65-rated for dust and water resistance. Its 7-inch, daylight-readable display features an antireflective screen treatment, and the 10-point multitouch screen can also be used with an optional stylus for signature capture and other applications. It also features 4G LTE (long-term evolution) multicarrier embedded wireless broadband connectivity.

TEKLYNX Launches Enterprise Labeling Solution

TEKLYNX has launched TEKLYNX CENTRAL 4.0, the new version of its enterprise labeling software solution. Enhancements to the new version include user interface updates that allow businesses to customize the application to align with corporate brand standards. The new version also includes search boxes for all fields and enhanced data integrity checks to enforce formatting standards. The update enables the application to interact with external databases to deliver work order and product information to the printing interface. Users can select multiple database records using new DataGrid functionality and print them in a single batch. The solution also allows organizations with complex label design and management needs — including those with multiple locations — to centrally manage their labeling processes.

AML Offers Triton Handheld Terminal

AML introduces the Triton, a rugged, wireless handheld terminal designed for terminal emulation applications. The company, a manufacturer of bar code and data collection products, updated features of the previous generation’s model for Triton. These features include a backlit LCD display, Wi-Fi radio technology from Summit Data Communications, and a keyboard protected with clear epoxy. The terminal also includes new SE965 bar code scan engine technology from Motorola, multiple interface options, and the option to use either a graphical-based or a text-based menu system.