Motorola TC55Motorola Solutions announced the launch of Touch Computer TC55 - ruggedized mobile phone with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. The device is ready for enterprise usage. It contains Motorola Extensions - a set of features that turn the standard consumer Android into a real enterprise grade operating system, with the security and manageability that enterprises require. In addition each new unit is covered by the Service From the Start for 2 years. It includes normal wear and tear, 3 days in-house repair turnaround and software upgrades. The TC55 is optionally available with linear imager for 1D barcode scanning. All configurations contain 8 mpx camera which enables 1D/2D barcode scanning, too. The TC55 utilizes advanced noise-cancelling technology, plus speaker that is four times the audio loudness of many of today’s most popular consumer smartphones, ensures that workers and their callers hear every word on every call - even in noisy business environments.

TC55 Characteristics

  • Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean
  • 4,3“ multi touch capacitive touch screen
  • 1,5 GHz dual core processor
  • 1 GB RAM, 8 GB Flash, user accessible slot for microSD cards (up to 32 GB, SDHC)
  • Dual microphones dual front speakers, 3.5 mm headset connector
  • Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC
  • GPS (supports also Glonass)
  • Operating temperature from -10° to 50 °C
  • 1.2 m drop to plywood, 1.2 m to concrete with protective boot across the operating temperature range. IP67 protection.
  • Weight 220 g
  • Dimensions (with standard battery): 137 mm L x 69 mm W x 15.9 mm D

Each TC55 comes with a battery (standard or extended) and a rugged USB charging cable. Power adapter is not included. Other accessories include a vehicle cradle, protective boot incl. tethered stylus, spare styluses, 5-slot charging cradle and a holster.

Initial software release will not include Google Mobile Services (GMS: GMail, Google Maps stc.). Motorola plans on having a GMS variant approved and available by the end of Q1 2014. The upgrade will be covered by the service contract.
WWAN radio technology of the TC55 utilizes HSPA+. LTE is designed specifically for US market.

Motorola ET1 a MC40Motorola released innovated ET1 enterprise tablets ET1 and MC40 Wi-Fi terminals. The innovation consist in operating system Android 4.1.1 (Jelly Bean). ET1 and MC40 with Jelly Bean have new product numbers.

Original devices with Android 2.3.4 (Gingerbread) can be upgraded:

  • The upgrade is free of charge if the customer has a valid service contract. In such a case request the upgrade on Technical Support website. Motorola offers also upgrades in service center.
  • Devices not covered by a service contract may be upgraded with additional charge.

Main improvements of Android 4.1.1 are the follwoing:

  • Enhanced performance & faster processing – e.g., an application running on the device with Jelly Bean will typically execute faster than identical app running on the device with Gingerbread
  • Improved user interface
  • Smoother UI, Video & Animations
  • Device encryption
  • ‘Strong’ password support (history, expiration, and complexity)
  • Proxy support
  • VPN support
  • USB Host Support
  • Exchange Active Sync v14.1

For mobile device management MSP 4.2 is probably the best choice. If an MDM solution is being used, Motorola Extensions can be utilized. Extensions (MX) to the Android Platform enhance the value-added enterprise features on the ET1 and MC40. Examples of these enterprise extensions include multi-user log-in, application control / lockdown, 256-bit AES encryption file system (secure storage), critical suspend and enterprise class WLAN security. The new ET1 and MC40 devices with Jelly Bean will ship with MX version 3.2.1.

AirwatchOn 26th June, 2013 AirWatch, the global leader in mobile device and application management, announced the acquisition of Motorola Solutions’ MSP (Mobility Services Platform) business. With MSP, AirWatch gets a fully featured MDM system for enterprise mobile devices and a talented development team. AirWatch will evolve the MSP product line on an ongoing basis and pursue further plans to incorporate the leading MSP features into the AirWatch Enterprise Mobility Management platform.

AirWatch's Press Release

Motorola MC92N0Motorola Solutions introduced new gun-shape mobile terminals MC92N0-G – the next evolution in the MC9000 series. The MC9200 will be offered in both Premium (full features) and Standard (basic features) models. The introduction of the MC9200 does not signal the end of life, nor does it replace the MC9190 family of products. The MC9200 and MC9190 will coexist in the marketplace.

Standard konfigurace models are based on MPA3 platform (OMAP 4430 1 GHz processor), have a colour touch display 3,7“ VGA, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi adaptor, RAM 512 MB and Flash 2 GB, operating system Windows Embedded Compact 7 (= Windows CE 7.0) or Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5.3 without MS Office, standard or a long-range laser 1D or digital 2D scanner and 2 Watt speaker.

Premium models are also based on MPA3 platform (OMAP 4430 1 GHz processor), have a colour touch display 3,7“ VGA, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi adapter, RAM 1 GB RAM and Flash 2 GB, operating system Windows Embedded Compact 7 (= Windows CE 7.0) or Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5.3 with MS Office, standard or a long-range laser 1D or digital 2D scanner or a DPM or „Drive License“ 2D imager, 2 Watt speaker, interactive sensor (IST) and an RFID tag for asset management.

Motorola service center offers the operating system exchange on MC92N0: CE 7.0 can be replaced with WEHH 6.5.3 and vice versa. There is no support for other operating systems like Windows CE 6.0, WM 6.1 or Android.
Like at MC9190-G there is a pre-licensed Wavelink TelnetCE coming with the terminal. On CE 7.0 units the Telnet Client is pre-installed, too.

Accessories of MC9190-G is fully compatible with MC92N0, including keyboards, batteries and vehicle cradles. Both models have the same operating specifications (1.8 m drop to concrete, IP64 protection). Internal flash memory may be expanded using standard SD card with max. capacity 32 GB.

All MC92N0-G configurations are shipped with a standard 2200 mAh battery.

SOTI MobiControl Web UIMotorola Solutions announced end of development of Mobility Services Platform (MSP) management solution. Sale of MSP licenses will be finished in December 2013. As a replacement SOTI MobiControl is offered to the current and new customers.

The main advantage of MobiControl is support for wide range of mobile devices: from enterprise class devices of many manufacturers to consumer smart phones and tablets. MobiControl supports all main mobile operating systems including Google Android and Apple iOS. MobiControl brings a user friendly web interface. Devices can be enterprise or consumer class, employee or corporate owned, with virtually any operating system. Since MobiControl supports any Wi-Fi or cellular network, your IT team can configure, provision, secure, monitor, track, troubleshoot and resolve mobile device issues, no matter where in the world.

SOTI MobiControl Client is not pre-installed on Motorola mobile devices. It can be understood as a disadvantage. But using pre-installed Rapid Deployment Client and an FTP server used for MobiControl client staging it can be worked around.

SOTI MobiControl licenses can be purchased from Motoroly partners. Tier 1 technical support is provided by Motorola, higher levels directly by SOTI.

MSP customers with active service contracts will be offered a one-for-one exchange for SOTI licenses at no additional cost. They will then receive a credit for the remainder of the contract life, which can be applied towards a new SOTI contract. All MobiControl licenses require a new support contract minimum for the first year.

More information about SOTI MobiControl

Motorola AP-6562 Outdoor Access PointMotorola Solutions releases a new outdoor 802.11n Access Point AP-6562. This AP is more cost effective alternative to existing AP-7161. It can be used to create Wi=Fi coverage in outdoor manufacturing plants or warehouses areas, parking lots of supermarkets etc.

AP-6562 is an Independent Wi-NG 5 AP with 2x2 MIMO support (max. 300 Mbps), 2 powerful radios 2,4 GHz and 5 GHz, IP67 protection (withstands wind, rain and temperatures -30 ° to 60 °C), and MeshConnex and ADSP support. AP-6562 can be used to create Wi-Fi infrastructure for AP-7161 VMM (Vehicle Mounted Modem).

AP-6562 is offered in 2 configurations: with integrated antennas with N-type antenna connectors (suitable dual band antenna is for example ML-2452-HPAG5A8-01). AP-6562 has a console port and a 1 Gbps LAN port, which is used also to power the device. It is recommended to use 802.3at POE standard although 802.3af is also supported }not in whole temperature range). Mounting accessories is the same like for AP-7161. AP-6562 is supported in Wi-NG 5.4.1+ and may be used as a standalone or RF-controller managed AP.

Motorola MC45Motorola Solutions introduced recently a new type of mobile device - terminal MC45 - for field mobility. These are the basic features:

  • Microsoft Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5.3 operating system
  • WWAN connectivity 3,5G HSDPA voice/data, WLAN 802.11 a/b/g, Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR (Microsoft stack), GPS
  • Display 3,2“, QVGA, 320x240 pixels
  • Li-ion baterry 3080 mAh
  • Numeric keyboard with s 26 keys
  • 256 MB RAM and 1 GB flash, expandable up to 32 GB with micro SD cards
  • Rugged design - 1.5 m drop, IP64 sealing
  • Operating temperature range from -10° to 50 °C
  • Aggressive 1D laser scanner with Adaptive Scanning and camera (3,2 mpx, autofocus) with 2D barcodes reading option
  • RhoMobile Suite support
  • Qualcomm Processor - like ES400 and MC65, MC45 is not based on Motorola's MPA platform
  • Motorola MSP MDM support

From the above you can see that rather than a revolution on the mobile device market MC45 is an evolution utilizing proved components.

Motorola Solutions launches MSP 4.2 with new management features to the Motorola Solutions mobile computing product line, which includes extended support for Motorola's Enterprise Android devices.

MSP 4.2 utilizes software supplements to provide support for the Motorola's Android devices and SB1 smart badge. MSP continues to provide a single management console to enable customers to manage from a consolidated remote view of their inventory of ruggedized mobile devices.

MSP version 4.2 supports the following additional features:

  • Support for configuring GPRS settings has been added to the Motorola's Enterprise Android client
  • Remote Control support has been added for Motorola's Enterprise Android devices
  • Authentication/Security Enhancements
  • Additional settings supported MSI Enterprise Android Devices
  • Discontinued support for consumer and BYOD devices (Apple iOS and Android smart phones)
  • Better support for staging and provisioning site specific settings and applications
  • Support for EWB100 (not through Proxy-agent any more)
  • All MSP Documentation Available from Web Console
  • MSP Supported with Microsoft SQL Server 2012
  • Enhanced Lock & Wipe: provides the ability to block certain device peripherals and enables automatic locking on failed password entry. Phone devices under lock can still be enabled to dial certain phone numbers for emergency access. Additionally, camera, BT ports can be blocked in enterprises that require more security when devices are within their enterprises.
  • Secure Storage now nables a password-controlled encryption file systems on the device. Encrypted files can be made unavailable on locked devices. Removable storage devices with encrypted file systems can still be accessed when removed from the device.
  • Automated 802.11x Certificate Deployment and Renewal: MSP 4.2 can now obtain data from other applications and incorporate it into policies and payloads that are distributed to managed devices. This feature allows MSP to automatically obtain certificates from certificate authority servers and deploy them to devices when brought under management. MSP can also obtain new certificates automatically when the existing certificate is nearing expiration.
  • Device-Side Scripting: MSP 4.2 introduces a new ability to deploy and run scripts on mobile devices. MSP scripting significantly enhances the flexibility and power of MSP management of Motorola Solutions’ Windows-based devices. The scripting engine is based on the popular LUA language.

Motorola MC40Motorola launches a new mobile terminal MC40 with Wi-Fi connectivity and Android operating system with Motorola's MX extensions.

The MC40 mobile computer has been designed specifically for retail and offers a comprehensive suite of enterprise-class features and accessories including:

  • Durable design to withstand multiple bumps and drops typical of retail use
  • Battery swappable and independently rechargeable battery with memory back-up battery to retain RAM data for up to 15 minutes when the main battery is removed
  • Single and multi-slot chargers to optimize backroom management
  • Remotely manageable, configurable, and controllable without end user intervention using Motorola MSP 4.2
  • Integrated 1D/2D scanner with laser aimer and rear 8 mpx camera
  • Ability to be a password-protected shared device that can be instantly provisioned for each employee
  • Ability to create a fully-encrypted file system that protects enterprise and customers’ data
  • Support for Bluetooth devices such mobile printers

Motorola MC40 will be offered in 4 configurations: with/without MSR and with/without hardware VoiP support. The MC40 Telephony-ready SKUs will be optimized to best support telephony VoIP functionality. This optimization includes acoustics subsystem optimization including echo cancellation for full duplex telephony, noise reduction and voice optimized WiFi performance. The Motorola Solutions’ PPT Express client will be preloaded on all MC40 models.

Currently, the MC40 supports the Android operating system, Gingerbread 2.3.4 version. Motorola is investigating newer versions of Android (version 4.x). Applications may be loaded through APK files, or with the use of MSP. For application development Motorola recommends their RhoElements Suite.

Motorola SB1 Smart BadgeMotorola Solutions launches SB1 Smart Badge. The SB1 is a brand new category of mobile device that can be deployed to the entire mobile workforce, designed specifically to address the needs of the “un-served or disconnected worker” - those workers who do not have a mobile device, workers who do not have access to needed information at their fingertips. The Motorola SB1 smart badge is a wearable, cost-efficient, thin-client mobile device that can be deployed in enterprises such that all workers can be empowered with communications and collaboration solutions that drive cost savings, improved productivity and better customer service. With enterprise-class bar code scanning, push-to-talk and access to line-of-business applications, workers can answer customer questions right on the spot.

SB1 Key Features

  • An affordable connected and wearable device that can be deployed to the entire mobile workforce inside the 4 walls (Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n)
  • Innovative E Ink display delivers long battery life (greater than 14 hours in sample use profiles) between charging and great readability in all lighting conditions
  • Omni-directional 1D and 2D barcode scanning. High performance bar code scanning enables first-time capture of bar codes.
  • Push to Talk (PTT) voice communications with audio accessories
  • Thin-client architecture and standard web technology (RhoElements based apps using HTML5)
  • Enterprise-class accessories including a 10-unit rack-able charging cradle, and Push-to-Talk (PTT) headsets and speaker options.
  • Badge mode can display employee badge info or promotion when not in use
  • Wearable via neck lanyards, belt holsters, or arm-band
  • Enterprise durability. With a military standard drop specification and environmental sealing, the SB1 is ready for all day enterprise use, providing durability and reliable operation.