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Mobilní terminál Symbol TC70

Following the ET1 tablet, handheld terminals MC40, MC67 and MC3200, TC55 industrial phone and CC5000 multimedia kiosk Motorola (now Zebra) with a great welcome event announced on October 21, 2014 a new mobile device - Symbol TC70 with Android operating system. The labeling can be seen in continuity with the popular MC70 series and a return to the old well-known mark Symbol - now it will be used on scanners, mobile devices and Wi-Fi products from the Zebra.

If you hold the Symbol TC70 in your hand, you feel that it is an overgrown phone (but it is not a phone!), or rather a smaller tablet. In any case the device is durable enough for use in an harsh enterprise environment.

TC70 basic specification:

  • Android 4.4.2 Kitkat + Motorola Extensions (MX)
  • Fast integrated 1D/2D barcode scanner SE4750 capable of reading from glossy screens even at greater distances
  • IP67, 1.8 m drop to concrete
  • 4.7 "capacitive display with Gorilla Glass 2
  • Wi-Fi only (no WWAN)
  • Bluetooth 4.0 + NFC
  • Front + rear Camera
  • Pre-installed PTT Express
  • Pre-installed MSP 4.2 support (Rapid Deployment Client + MSP Client)

TC70 accessories will be rich:

Příslušenství k mobilnímu terminálu Symbol TC70

Ordering of TC70 should be possible since November 2014.

tekterm-settingsWith Psion acquisition Motorola offers now also TekTerm Telnet emulators. Latest 7.0 version is available both for Psion and legacy Motorola devices. TekTerm supports Windows CE/ Windows Embedded Compact, Windows Mobile/Windows Embdedded Handheld and desktop Windows (PC). Software had been tested and validated for the following mobile device types:

  • MC92xx
  • MC91xx
  • MC95xx
  • MC32xx running Windows CE
  • VC70N0
  • WT41N0

It should work on all other Motorola devices running supported OS. The TekTerm Client supports ANSI, VT-100, or VT-200 and IBM 5250 or 3270 emulations with a maximum of 8 sessions whether it is connecting directly to the host application or through the Communication / TekTerm Server 9500, 9510 or SW95xx. TekTerm Client also provides features such as various fonts, font colors, and screen sizes, as well as SSH secure connections.

The demo version of TekTerm Client v7.0 can be downloaded here. After 30 minutes a pop-up message appears warning the user that this is a demo version and the connection to the host is then disconnected.

TekTerm Client will install to the devices known persistent storage location and save it’s configuration in non-volatile storage. The TekTerm Client CAB file includes a setup utility that detects which device it is being installed on and copies the files to that devices persistent file storage. For Psion devices this is the \Flash Disk folder (configuration is saved to the registry) and for Motorola devices persistent storage is the \Application folder for both configuration and TekTerm files.

TekTerm does not control or configure the scanning of a device (like Wavelink TE does). Scanner must be utilized via DataWedge (Motorola) or Scanner Service (Psion).

TekTerm is not available for Android or iOS.

Presentation of Motorola history and products on May 17th, 2014 in PilsenOn Saturday, May 17, 2014 I attended lectures and exhibitions on the history and present of Motorola company in the Museum of West Bohemiain Pilsen. An ardent enthusiast Pavel Mašek presented the founders of Motorola and the products of this company since its inception brought to market. There were also mock and exhibits functional phones including Iridium satellite phone, rugged laptops, radios and various contemporary promotional items and flyers. Participants had the opportunity to meet with current Motorola enterprise products like mobile terminals and Wi-Fi networks. Internet access (hotspot) for the event was delivered by Motorola RFS4000 RFcontroller with AP650 access points.

More info (in Czech) at www.staredobrecasy.cz.

On May 2, 2014, three years have passed since the moment I decided to leave the security of employment and venture into the uncertain waters of freelancing. The decision was not easy that time, the beginnings were not too easy, but in retrospect it was the best thing I could do. And I'm glad I did! During that time I got to many interesting projects and customers. I'd like to thank them, as well as Motorola Solutions UK that had the courage to work with me and after a while found that cooperation is mutually beneficial - or at least I hope :-) Thanks again!

Motorola Wi-Fi komponentyIn April 2014 Motorola released the new series of firmware for their Wi-Fi controllers and access points denoted as Wireless New Generation / Wi-NG 5.6.

What are the major news:

  • Support for new devicesAP-8163 outdoor access point and sensors on AP-8232.
  • Support for new virtual controller Motorola VX9000 (running on VMware ESXi, Citrix Xen or Hyper-V).
  • Apple Bonjour protocol support: Apple devices can automatically detect printers and other services.
  • Captive Portal for wired LAN: hotspot for wired clients.

  • Rate limit for both directions on L2TPv3 tunnels and extended VLANs over MINT layer 2: useful for WAN bandwidth management.

  • IPv6 protocol support, incl. captive portal and firewall.

  • Exterior BGP protocol support on NX4500 and NX6500 controllers.

  • T5 switch TS-524 and TW-51x (T5 Wi-Fi over VDSL) management support: adoption, firmware update and monitoring. Requires 1 Adaptive license for each TS-524 switch.

  • Increase of the number of cluster members from 2 to 6 for license sharing and AP load balancing. Useful for upgrades of Wi-NG 4 implementations with more than 2 RFS4000, RFS6000 or RFS7000 controllers.

  • All controllers now support Advanced WIPS functionality as a standard without the need to purchase an additional license. Rogue AP detection and classification is supported incl. the termination. Original additional licenses NX-9000-ANLYTC-LIC, RFS-XXXX-ADWIP-LIC and NX-XXXX-ADWIP-LIC are now obsolete.

Wi-NG 5.6 is currently not supported on the new Motorola NX7500 RF controllers.

zebra-technologiesIn the middle of April 2014 Zebra Technologies announced to buy enterprise division of Motorola Solutions for $3.45 billion. Zebra plans to fund the deal with about $200 million of cash and $3.25 billion in new debt. An interesting fact is that the worth of Zebra Technologies itself is $3.4 billion only and it is significantly smaller that Motorola's enterprise division. About 4,500 Motorola employees will join Zebra when the deal is finished. It should happen until the end of 2014.

The deal leaves Motorola with only its government-services unit and iDEN network technology.

Technology experts and Motorola's employees have generally a positive undestanding of this deal. Zebra's traditional portfolio, bar code printers, will be supplemented by the barcode readers and enterprise mobile devices. And I would add a bit of nostalgia, it will overwrite the third one brand: Symbol > Motorola > Zebra.

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SOTI MobiControl v11In January 2014 SOTI released version 11 of the MobiControl - premium mobile device management system (MDM).

MobiControl v11 comes with a lot of new features and enhancements including the following:

  • Support for managing Windows Phone 8 devices
  • Support for iOS 7 MDM features
  • Support for Samsung KNOX
  • Support for scheduling administrative reports
  • Multi-file upload functionality in the Content Library
  • Enhancements for Motorola Android-based devices 
    • Added support for SD Card encryption
    • Added support for distribution of private keyed certificates
    • Added support for configuring system settings via Enterprise MX XML

  • Enhancements for Motorola devices with Windows CE and Windows Mobile
    • Added support for cold (CE) and clean (WM) boots
    • Added support for persistent storage of packages

Motorola Wi-Fi komponentyIn November 2013 Motorola released the new series of firmware for their WiFi controllers and access points denoted as Wireless New Generation / Wi-NG 5.5.

What are the major news:

  • Hierarchical management ONEVIEW: Site RF controllers can be centrally managed by NX9xxx platforms or RFS7000 in the NOC. The RFS7000 can manage any type of RFS series, the NX9000 can manage any RFSxxxx and NX45xx/NX65xx platforms, and the NX9500 can manage all the RFS and NX platforms. The master controller takes one AAP license of any managed RF controller on the lower level.
  • VM Management: Virtual machines running on the NX45xx/NX65xx can be managed by a NX95xx controller
  • Hosting of Motorola ADSP (version 9.1 and above) on the NX95xx controller
  • BYOD Device Fingerprinting support: Administrator may define roles and restrict access of mobile devices to the network sources in respect of the mobile device is the corporate one or BYOD.
  • Outdoor mesh enhancments: Dynamic Mesh Selection and Wired Peer Exclusion, Mesh Visualization, Multi-channel VMM
  • Wired enhancments: Support for 802.1x Authentication for wired ports. Devices that fail authentication can be optionally placed into a Guest VLAN. Support for MSChapv2 with the built-in RADIUS server and for wired ACLs on the NX 4XX and NX 65xx platforms.
  • Smart Caching na NX platforms: Provides content caching of HTML pages and video (Youtube, corporate training server etc.). Caches the entire video at the remote site, so when subsequent users at that site view it again, it is delivered from the local NX controller. This significantly reduces WAN bandwidth and improves latency, thereby providing an optimal application experience. Requires a special license.
  • Access Point Wizard simplification. A new wizard that simplifies AP setup and configuration. The existing wizard from prior releases is relabeled “Advanced” in the UI. Available on all independent APs.
  • Network Analytics Enhancments + API to query data stored by the analytics application
  • Certifications WiFi Certified Passpoint (Hotspot 2.0), 802.11r and 802.11k (Voice Enterprise), and 802.11w (Protected Management Frame support).

The RFS40xx platforms with Wi-NG 5.5 can manage up to 48 access points. Additionally, for the NX9000 controllers Motorola offers new 8-licenses bundle to control other RF/NX controllers or APs.

 

Motorola MC2180Motorola Solutions launches new configurations of MC2180 handheld terminals with Microsoft Windows CE 6.0 Professional and 256MB/256MB RAM/Flash memory. Original models with Windows CE 6.0 Core and 128 MB/256 MB RAM/Flash continue to be available, too.
The difference between WinCE Core and Professional is the following: both of them have the same core, the Professional version has additionally the Internet Explorer and Remote Desktop Client built-in.
The MC21xx with both WinCE Core and Professional utilize the same API which means that applications are compatible. All accessories are compatible, too.

Next, Motorola announced release of the Rev C version of the operating system software for the existing Windows CE 6.0 Core models.

Following is a high level overview of feature enhancements and fixes incorporated into the Rev C software release:

  • CCX v4 certified WLAN
  • interated PTT Express v1.1.49
  • RhoElements Framework - v02.02.01.12.00
  • RhoElements Basic Browser v2.0 (MC2180 only)
  • DataWedge - v3.5.18
  • Additional bug fixes

All customers will have access to the Rev C software for the MC2100 family free of charge.

More information about handheld terminals Motorola MC2100