The Workabout Pro from Psion Teklogix is a Windows CE .NET-based handheld, and the first rugged device in its class that can support WAN, 802.11b and Bluetooth simultaneously. It also integrates with RFID, and is targeted toward mobile computing, supply chain logistics and retail markets. The Workabout Pro measures 8.7 by 3 inches, is only 1.7 inches thick, and weighs in at 16 ounces. Price: Starting at $995.
Pop-Up in Case of Emergency
Codespear’s SmartMSG promises to quickly broadcast messages to large groups of users without relying on e-mail. SmartMSG securely sends information via pop-up message to any device, from desktops to pagers, so that critical messages are more likely to be read immediately. Messages can be broadcast via network address or user name to an entire personnel base or designated user groups with just a few clicks. Pricing begins at $50 per user.
Follow the Digital Road
TailWind Solutions’ FieldSpace 2.0 is a client-based software program that controls and tracks information for workers within regulated industries. FieldSpace accesses digital files via a standard Web interface and allows content to be automatically stored, played, updated, expired and monitored on mobile platforms even when not continuously connected. The program also provides secure audit trails for all documentation in compliance with regulations across industries. Price: Enterprise solutions start at $10,000.
PrintMobile 1.0 promises corridor warriors an easy solution to the problem of printing documents while away from their desks. PrintMobile assigns an e-mail address directly to a printer; the printer checks its inbox, translates the e-mail and prints the document from the printer closest to the user. E-mail addresses can be associated with network printers using the PrintMobile administration tool. Price: $895 for the server, printers start at $89.
Info on Demand
OnDemand Software’s WinINSTALL provides a single source for all information about software packages, conflict assessment checks and inventory, plus the ability to relate all this information to machines in your network. The latest release of WinINSTALL 8 expands those capabilities along with: a new single task-based console, a unified database, multicast replication, patch management and upgraded levels of notification and reporting. Price: $15 to $18 per managed machine.
Sending Signal to Base Station
The original Wireless Matrix Mobile Base Station combined satellite, cellular and 802.11b in a wireless modem for vehicles. The MBS2 builds on that, incorporating GPRS and new interface options, including USB and Ethernet ports, for better flexibility. The MBS2 also features an omni-directional antenna. Price: NA.
A Secret Decoder Ring
Fiberlink’s Extend360 wants to eliminate the security risks associated with remote access. By streamlining connections and security into a single user interface, Extend360 promises mobile workers remote connectivity while complying with corporate policies. The Web-based portal promises IT managers centralized control. Extend360 also supports 3G networks with Active Transport Notification. Other key features include: end-to-end credential encryption, intelligent software updates, business intelligence reports and intelligent VPN selection. Price: $6 to $9 per user/month.
Nucleonet’s Ultima provides integrated data network security regardless of applications, protocols or network specifications. After it hooks into your company’s Ethernet network, it can centralize all authentication, access supervision, task sharing, network connection, network division, encryption, VPN and firewall procedures. The small grey box works with all modern operating systems and doesn’t require any application updates. Price: $50 to $75 per user.