After 8 years on the WLAN market Zebra terminates the sale of successful Wi-Fi controller RFS6000 on May 21st, 2016.
Soti 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.
Zebra Technologies released recently a new enterprise Android based touch computer - TC8000.
TC8000 main features:
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.
Recently, 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.
In 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 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.
In 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.
At the end of summer 2015 Zebra will terminate the MC3100 series, ie. MC3100 batch and MC3190 WLAN versions, and also industrial gun terminals MC9190-G. Specifically, MC31xx have the last book dat set on August 28, 2015 and MC9190-G on September 14, 2015.
The MC3100 Series is superseded by MC32N0 mobile devices utilizing newer hardware components and improved batteries. The MC32N0 are available with Windows CE 7 and Android Jellybean. Windows Mobile is not available. All accessories (except the batteries) are compatible with a MC3100 Series.
The MC9190-G terminals are superseded by MC92N0-G with the same robustness and faster hardware. Currently, the MC92N0-G are available with Windows CE 7 and Windows Mobile 6.5.3. In the near future Android (KitKat) version should be released. The MC92N0 accessories are compatible with the MC9000 and MC9100 Series.
From the above it is clear that Android is finding its way to the industrial scanners and Microsoft mobile operating systems are retreating from the use. End of support for Windows Mobile 6.5.3 is scheduled from Microsoft for 2020, Windows CE 7 will be supported by a year longer. The question is, what changes in the market will feature mobile version of Windows 10 (if at all).
SOTI launched MobiControl version 12 with new features and improvements.
New Features include the following:
Here is the list of some other news related to the MobiControl v12:
SOTI licenses are available as perpetual, end user hosted and SOTI hosted.
Zebra announced the launch of software tools for staging of mobile devices with Android OS called StageNow.
StageNow is based on the idea of Rapid Deployment. Using barcodes scanned into StageNow client (with a new possibility of using NFC tags) you can setup wireless connectivity and stage mobile device with all necessary settings and applications. In addition, it is possible to do both OEM OS updates, wipe devices, enroll them to an MDM, change system settings like regional settings, certificates, system time, etc.
StageNow client will be preinstalled on devices with Android KitKat marketed during 2015. For staging devices with Jelly Bean will be possible to use the original Rapid Deployment Client that some features / options here will not be supported.
StageNow server will be available free of charge. Install will require just desktop Windows OS, not a Windows server.
StageNow is not intended as an MDM system, but only as a tool to ease the initial device staging.
StageNow will not support mobile devices with Windows Mobile OS (WinCE / WM) or devices from manufacturers other than Zebra.