Advantages of a Ruggedized Mobile Computer

Posted by Bob Russell On October - 8 - 2009

Your choice of mobile hardware is critical to the success of your field mobility program

Our September 10 post focused on the total cost of ownership (TCO) of mobile devices and compared ruggedized handheld computers (also known as an Enterprise Digital Assistants) to consumer phones.  The following day, our September 11 post described ruggedized testing.

Motorola MC FamilyBeyond TCO and durability considerations, a ruggedized handheld computer has the following advantages over a consumer phone:

  • Operation under adverse weather conditions including temperature extremes, rain and screen readability in bright daylight.
  • Large, high-resolution color touchscreen displays.  Some devices such as the Motorola MC75 feature a full VGA (640 x 480) display. 
  • Integrated bar code scanner.
  • Highly configurable including Wi-Fi and/or WWAN radio options and variety of keyboard layouts.
  • Extended battery life to support a full shift of use.
  • Compatibility with largest number of field mobility applications including Field Services, Proof-of-Delivery, DSD Route Sales, Sales Force Automation, Push-to-Talk, GPS tracking and more.
  • Availability to buy the same device, the same OS as well as service and support over a multi-year period.
  • Wider range of accessories including portable receipt printers. Magnetic Stripe Readers and Mobile Payment Module, vehicle car charger / mounting options, holster and pistol-grip options and more.

Contact DecisionPoint Systems, Inc. to learn more about the advantages of a ruggedized handheld computer (Enterprise Digital Assistant) and which one is right for you. 

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