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Zebra All Touch Terminal EmulationZebra and Wavelink introduced All Touch Terminal Emulation aka Wavelink Velocity version 1.2. Special focus is given to even better support of the TC8000 mobile device:

  • Macro support (eg. Auto log-in), key macros for global and individual screens
  • Support for non-US locales
  • Keyboard height is now programmable via the Velocity Console
  • Improved Velocity Console UI
  • Advanced scanning support - allows you to manipulate barcode data before it is passed to the host application
  • Scripting UI to easily write, configure import and export scripts
  • Web support with browser functionality supporting HTTP and HTTPS connections, meta tags and scripting

Contact us for a quotation on professional services related to ATTE/Velocity implementation and legacy WinCE/WM -> Android migration.

5 let podnikaniIn early May 2016 it has been five years since my entry into the business as a freelancer. During that time I worked on many interesting projects for customers both in the Czech Republic and the EMEA region. Among them are Tesco UK, Waitrose or Spanish Post (managed by Zebra/Motorola), or Faurecia Slovakia, Škoda Auto, Electropoli, Miele Technika, Smurfit Kappa and Brose. Not only them, but also all the other customers I would like to thank for their confidence! I am looking forward to work together also in the future!

motorola msp v3 smallJune 22nd, 2016 is the official End of Service day to MSP - legacy Motorola's MDM system. Customers who are still using this system cannot expect any updates or patches or even telephone or e-mail support from Zebra. Frankly, I think that MSP is a pity because for managing Windows CE / Windows Mobile device, it was - and still is - a great tool. I therefore intend to provide continued support on MSP, of course. However, for the future, particularly with a view to new types of devices and new operating systems, I would encourage customers to consider migrating to a new MDM tool like SOTI MobiControl.

After 8 years on the WLAN market Zebra terminates the sale of successful Wi-Fi controller RFS6000 on May 21st, 2016.

soti mobicontrol v13 smallSoti released MobiControl version 13.0. From the perspective of entriprose class MDM the most important change is the new way of working with software packages. Packages are not any more installed via Deployment Rules, but using profiles where you can specify not only the order of installation, but also a version of package used. Versions of packages in the profiles may be changed later without having to first remove the required profile and then re-create. From my point of view, this was a pain of the previous MobiControl versions.

Among other enhancements coming with MobiControl version 13 we can list the support of Android for Work, Windows 10 (Azure MDM enrollment), greater management capabilities on Sony devices (Certificate Management, Root Detection, Disable Cellular and NFC functionality) and improvement to the Self-Service Portal (SPP) . SPP allows end users to manage their mobile devices individually via a dedicated web interface and locate, lock, message or wipe devices if lost or stolen.

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Mobilní terminál Zebra TC8000Zebra Technologies released recently a new enterprise Android based touch computer - TC8000.

TC8000 main features:

  • Standard (1 GB RAM / 4 GB Flash) and Premium (1 GB RAM / 8 GB Flash) models
  • Processor Qualcomm 8060, 1.7 GHz
  • WVGA 4“ capacitive display
  • No physical keyboard
  • Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Multiple 2.4 m drop to concrete resistance
  • Powerfull 6700 mAh battery – withstands up to 3 shifts
  • Android KitKat 4.4.3 with proprietary Zebra Mx extension
  • Pre-installed and pre-licensed All Touch Terminal Emulation client (=Wavelink Velocity)
  • WorkForce Connect PTT Express and SimulScan
  • Zebra TC8000 touch computers in an IT rackIntegrated 1D or 2D bar code reader, 2D reader can be optionally standard or medium-range imager
  • 2D reader models feature a proximity sensor for automated triggering
  • Micro SD card slot
  • Premium TC8000 models feature more memory, a gyroscope, digital compass, color camera, and NFC reader for fast and easy tap-to-pair connections to Bluetooth accessories such as printers and scanners.

The TC8000 Series is not intended as Symbol MC92N0 replacement. The TC8000 is positioned above the MC9XXX in the premium hand held product category and is sold alongside the MC9XXX. There are no plans to incorporate a Windows version of the TC8000 or Long Range Laser (Lorax). However, a new Long Range Imager version will become available in Q2, 2016.There also will be a condensation resistant variant available for the TC8000 at the end of Q1, 2016. Accessories include batteries, one, four and five slot cradles, USB cabel and wired headset cables. Multi-slot cradles with optional mounting accessories may be installed into 19“ IT racks or on a wall.
 
Zebra and Wavelink see the main potential of TC8000 on any enterprise applications of All-Touch terminal emulation (ATTE, Wavelink Velocity).

The top specification and robustness of the TC8000 corresponds with quite high price of the product.

Wavelink Velocity ReformattingRecently, Wavelink released the first version of their new terminal emulation software called Wavelink Velocity for mobile devices running Android Jelly Bean and KitKat. Velocity fully leverages multitouch displays by taking the text-based information from the host system and converting it automatically into an intuitive mobile experience that is easy to navigate and use. For the first year of sales Wavelink has an exclusive agreement with Zebra that this software will be offered only for Zebra / Symbol mobile devices.

Like the legacy Wavelink TE client Wavelink Velocity also supports session persistence via Wavelink ConnectPro, license management via Wavelink License Emulation server etc. Speakeasy voice technology is not yet supported, but it is planned for the future.

The same software is also available through the Zebra channels as All-Touch Client. The product will be supported on the following Android devices: MC32xx, MC40, MC67, TC55, TC70, TC75 and ET1.

The original web client Wavelink Velocity allowing the web session persistence was renamed to Wavelink VelocityCE.

More information about Wavelink Velocity

Zebra Wi-NG 5 portfólioIn August 2015 Zebra released the next version of their Wi-NG 5 wireless platform - labeled 5.8. Let's introduce the news associated with it.

  • Zebra NSight - Network Visualization, Monitoring, Reporting and Troubleshooting
    • Visualizing network statistics and events - Simplified and unified network views based on user’s role. 20+ configurable widgets to view various trend charts and graphs on the network and user stats : utilization, bandwidth, client count and client mix, RF health/utilization, application visibility/usage by client/WLAN/AP/summary, etc.
    • Custom live updating dashboards for every role
    • Live troubleshooting tools — packet capture, wireless debug logs, TCP/IP ping and traceroute
    • Interactive floor maps with support for heat maps and the ability to visualize the RF attributes and identify issues / problems areas
    • Real-time and historic trend analysis to simplify network growth planning
  • Guest Access / Captive Portal Enhancements
    • Guest Self Registration
      • Device registration with (optional) one-time-password
      • User registration with email/mobile number as user identity
      • Passcode notification over Email and/or SMS
      • Customizable registration forms (name, email, mobile, member, location, age, custom, and more)
      • Opt-out option for guests
    • Social Authentication – Facebook and Google
    • Mobile friendly web portal with template customization (color, banner, preview)
    • External success URL
    • Analytics and capacity up to 2M user identity (storage/analytics supported on the platforms: NX-95XX, NX-96XX, VX-9000 and NX-75XX)
  • Application Visibility and Control
    • The Deep-Packet-Inspection engine on the Access Point such as 802.11ac AP (AP-7532, AP-7522, AP-7562) and on the Controllers (NX-5500, NX-7500, NX-9500, NX-9600), provides visibility and control over layer-7 applications right at the edge.
    • Facilitates detecting and classifying applications with support for dynamic signatures and the IT admins can leverage the application context to create effective rules to fine-tune access to the wireless network, providing service differentiation and network capacity planning.
  • Mobile Extension Enhancements
    • Coverage Hole Detection - Client Assisted Diagnostics enhancement that uses 802.11k standards and adds Zebra specific Wi-NG Extensions to provide report on potential wireless infrastructure issues. Works with Zebra Android devices MC18, MC40 and MC92N0
    • Roaming Optimizations
      • Assisted Roaming - Enhanced roaming for sticky clients with 802.11v standards support. Works with any client device that supports 802.11v.
      • Scan Assist and Fast BSS transition - Wi-NG Extensions to 802.11k and 802.11r standards to support faster scanning over DFS channels and fast roaming. Works only with Zebra Android devices MC18, MC40 and MC92N0.
  • Centralized EX3500 Management
    • Centralized EX-3500 Ethernet switch management from the NX and VX platforms
    • Adoption, provisioning and monitoring of EX-3500 switches along side WiNG APs for unified view of the network
  • Network feature enhancements
    • EAP Termination - Adds support to terminate EAP session on a Proxy RADIUS server and allow authentication on the external RADIUS for flexible deployment.
    • Increase max VLANs per WLAN - Increases the number of VLANs in a pool from 16 to 32 to support high density deployments
    • Traffic Shaping - Adds support for traffic shaping that can be applied to any locally bridged or tunneled traffic (both wired and wireless) through the device.
  • Client Bridge
    • Provides secure wireless connectivity to multiple devices without wireless interface.
    • Supported on the AP-6522 and AP-6562 platforms
  • Centralized T5 Management Enhancements
    • Additional monitoring and provisioning from the central NX/VX platforms including range command for the DSL ports, scheduled reload, VLAN override by RF domain, and show commands – show wireless clients, show MAC table

Access Point Zebra AP-7522EZebra has launched a portfolio of cheap Wi-Fi products, collectively called as Wi-NG Express. This is a series of 802.11n and 802.11ac access points, one physical and one virtual controller. Controllers are called Wi-NG Express Manager.
Access points are based on the existing types AP-6511, AP-6521, AP-6522, AP6562, AP-7502 and AP-7522 and can be identified by the letter E in the name of AP.
Wi-NG Express devices has not all of the options of traditional Wi-NG 5 (eg. missing CLI, there is no integrated WIPS, RADIUS AP etc.). But for small and medium-sized installations often enough. The main attraction is the price to compete SOHO manufacturers such as Netgear and Zyxel.

As with the "big" Wi-NG 5 the Wi-NG Express supports AP in the role of a virtual controller - the AP has an ability to control up to 24 additional APs of the same type. For larger networks (max. 1024 APs) there are NX7510E and VX9000E Express Managers available. They come with 64 pre-installed licenses. Express Manager is useful in an implementation of the centralized WLAN management at different locations or when using different AP types.
Configuration of Wi-NG Express is only possible via a web interface, which is similar to the classic interface of the AP-6521 with firmware 5.5.6 or later.
Products are not interchangeable, ie. classic Wi-NG 5 Controller cannot manage the Express AP and vice versa Wi-NG Express controller cannot control the Wi-NG 5 APs. The same about the virtual controllers.

symbol tc55In the Q2 of 2015 Zebra Technologies introduced the second generation of their industrial Symbol TC55 phones with Android 4.4 KitKat. You can choose between configurations without the scanner, the SE655 1D scanner or SE4710 2D imager. The device is supplied with a USB charging cable, but not the power supply. TC55 is offered with two-years Zebra OneCare maintenance contract that does not include comprehensive care. There are both configurations including support for Google Mobile Services (GMS) and Enterprise configurations without GMS.

Existing TC55 devices with Jelly Bean, can be upgraded to KitKat without the possibility of returning back to Jelly Bean.