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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.

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 logoSOTI launched MobiControl version 12 with new features and improvements.

New Features include the following:

  • Device Configuration via Profiles
    A Profile is a named collection of device configurations that represent a user persona or common configurations. Profiles provides the following enhancements to device configuration:
    • Improves visibility of device compliance by providing a versioned installation status of a Profile across all targeted devices.
    • Assign a profile to devices matching properties such as manufacturer, model, OS version, installed applications, etc.
    • Assign a Profile to devices where the associated user is a member of one or more LDAP groups. Exclusion of members based on LDAP groups is also available.
    • Schedule deployment and subsequent revocation of a Profile.
    • Extended security model provides greater flexibility for administrative roles to manage specific Profiles.
    • Optionally delegate the installation of a Profile to the device user through the “Profile Catalog”.

  • Enhanced Device Enrollment
    • Reduces the need for multiple Add Device Rules by mapping LDAP groups to Device Groups in a single rule.
    • Provides a single enrollment URL for end users to initiate enrollment with on-screen step-by-step enrollment instructions for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone.
    • Restricts enrollment to approved OS versions.

  • MobiControl Stage
    MobiControl Stage is a rapid provisioning solution that allows for immediate “out-of-the-box” device set up. MobiControl Stage supports rapid staging for Android and Windows Mobile/CE.
    • Expedites the enrollment and initial provisioning by scanning barcodes to configure network connectivity and download the MobiControl device agent.
    • Reduces bandwidth overhead by provisioning devices directly from a local HTTP or FTP server.

  • Zebra Printer Integration
    MobiControl 12 introduces support for managing Zebra Wi-Fi and Ethernet-connected printers including:
    • Distribution of configurations such as network, printer labels, fonts, etc.
    • Maintenance tasks such as firmware upgrades, executing test prints, and gathering logs etc.
    • Configuration of alerts based on various printer attributes.
    • Must download the SOTI Connector from Zebra and purchase the Zebra Professional Services

Here is the list of some other news related to the MobiControl v12:

  • MobiControl Manager has been discontinued and is no longer supported or compatible with MobiControl 12.
  • Anonymous authentication to the Web Console has been removed. Users will be prompted to provide a password for a default account with the username Administrator if console security was not enabled prior to upgrade.
  • Support has been discontinued for Pocket PC and Smartphone 2002 devices with MIPS, SH3, SH4 and eVC3 processors.
  • Removed the ability to disable SSL for Agent communication.
  • Added option to delete devices from the Web Console when un-enrolled by the end user.
  • Adds Android+ support for BQ, Kyocera and Sony
  • The following device configuration features were added to Motorola/Zebra EMC devices via Device Feature Control payload:
    • Certificate Installation
    • Disable Hardware Keys
    • Disable USB Mass Storage
    • Disable USB Debugging

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.

On December 5th, 2014 Zebra will terminate sales of Motorola / Symbol AP650, AP-6532, AP-7131N AP-7161 and AP-7181 access points in EU. Additionally, on January 15, 2015 will be terminated sales of AP622 and AP621 access points.
It means that Motorola Dependent APs, ie. access points which cannot function without an RF controller, will completely disappear from the market. Many new customers will not probably buy an RF controller although it still has sense escpecially because:
  • large WLANs management
  • WLAN management on different sites
  • more security options (Radius server, integrated WIPS).

Replacement solutions:

  • Recommended replacement for the Dependent APs (AP621, AP622 and AP650) is an Independent AP-7522. In addition to an advanced wireless standard 802.11ac the AP-7522 can operate without an RF controller. The AP-7522 can form a Virtual controller - it means one AP can manage other APs of the same type on the same site.
  • AP-6532 and AP-7131N are replaced with AP-7532 - 3-radio 802.11ac Independent AP.
  • Outdoor access points AP-7161 and AP-7181 are replaced with AP-8163.

End of the engineering support (new firmware development, AP support on the RF controllers etc.) is set by AP621, AP622 and AP-7181 to December 14th, 2015, while by AP650 and AP-7131 to May 15th, 2017. Service support will be available up to May 13th, 2020.

Zebra TechnologiesZebra announced the official closing of the transaction of the Enterprise business of Motorola Solutions. Effective immediately, these two organizations are operating as one company, under the Zebra Technologies name. And Motorola staff already have e-mail addresses at the zebra.com domain and modifying profiles on Linked-in ...

More information at http://blogs.zebra.com/motorola-solutions%E2%80%99-enterprise-business-is-now-part-of-zebra-technologies.