Motorola Launches Rugged WiFi Enterprise Device

Motorola Solutions is introducing the MC55A0, a WiFi-enabled enterprise

handheld that the company is calling the industry’s most rugged. Designed for

customer-facing applications, outfitted with government-grade security features

and able to withstand 1,000 tumbles in a rotating tumble drum, the device

strives to marry field toughness with office efficiency.

Motorola developed the device for vertical markets such as health care,

manufacturing, hospitality, retail and government, and its feature list speaks

to this. The 3.5-inch color VGA display reportedly can be viewed in any

lighting conditions and paired with a number of keypads, including QWERTY or

numeric options. It can be cleaned with any household cleaner (a perk for

health care workers), supports voice and data over a WLAN, offers four scanner

options — for 1D and 2D bar codes, medium and high density bar codes and very

high density bar codes — and can come with a 3.2-megapixel color camera with

video capabilities.

Also supported are Web browsing, e-mail and the option of push-to-talk voice

calls with Motorola mobile computers, TEAM voice

over virtual LAN (VOVLAN) smartphones and

Motorola two-way radios. The MC55AO, announced Dec. 7, runs Microsoft Windows

Mobile 6.5 Classic and an 806MHz Marvell PXA320 processor. There’s 256MB of

RAM, 1GB of Flash memory and a microSD card

slot for 32GB of additional memory. Bluetooth 2.1 is also on board, along with

Motorola’s MAX MPA 2.0 device architecture

and a MAX Sensor that automatically rotates

the screen to portrait or landscape mode, depending on how the device is being

held. And when the device isn’t in use, the Sensor puts it to sleep, to

conserve the battery.

For more, read the eWeek article: Motorola Unveils MC55A0, ‘Most Rugged’ WiFi Enterprise Device.

CIO Insight Staff
CIO Insight Staff
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