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June 16, 2013 - Panasonic Canada announced the availability of three enterprise-grade Toughpad tablets, including the FZ-G1 (10-in. Windows 8 Pro OS, or 7 Pro through downgrade rights), and two Android-based tablets: the 7-in. JT-B1 and 10-in. FZ-A1. The tablets are designed for those who need mobile access to data when working in adverse conditions. The FZ-G1, FZ-A1 and JT-B1 are fully customizable, with options to add integrated 4G LTE mobile broadband and barcode reading technologies. The FZ-G1 also includes the option to add an additional USB port, 10/100/1000 ethernet port, smart card reader, serial port or a larger solid-state drive. Hardware encryption, root protection and FIPS compliance are available in various configurations of the Toughpads for enterprise level security. All three have MIL-STD-810G durability certification, and have been tested for drops, fluid ingress and temperature.
May 4, 2013 - IECEx—the IEC System for Certification to Standards relating to Equipment for Use in Explosive Atmospheres—has launched the first mobile application to show international certificates for equipment used in explosive atmospheres. A person in the field can now look at a piece of installed equipment, and the app will provide them with the ability to confirm there is a valid certificate for the apparatus on the IECEx online Certificate System. This free app of the IECEx online Certificate System—for iOS, Android tablets and smart phones—can be found at the Apple App Store and Google Play. It installs a simplified version of the main IECEx online Certificate System covering Certified Ex Equipment, and allows the user to synchronize the Ex Mobile App with the IECEx online Certificate System, as required. The offline mode provides advanced search capability and CoC (Certificate of Conformity) abstracts (simplified details), while the online version gives the full details of CoC.
Maintenance Connection, a leading provider of browser-based Enterprise Maintenance Management Solutions, has released of a mobile CMMS tablet-based version of their MC Mobile Wireless Edition. The Mobile CMMS Tablet Edition is a valuable work flow management tool that provides technicians with quick access to work orders and key maintenance data from the field. The Maintenance Connection Mobile CMMS Tablet Edition was developed in response to the increased availability of larger and more interactive mobile devices that provide users with bigger screens, as well as touch based interfaces. Functionality includes options for members to view and edit open work orders, as well as create new requests when needed. Members can update inventory, have the ability to view asset details, asset history, and make edits when necessary. The application is very user friendly, with icon driven screens and a smooth flow. For example, the Work Order List is especially easy to read and navigate, providing technicians with quick access to their assignments. Once a work order is selected, technicians can easily view icons to access tasks, material costs, inventory counts, history, assignments, labor costs, and areas to enter information required to complete the work order. The Mobile CMMS Tablet Edition uses a wireless Internet connection, providing real time access and updates to the Maintenance Connection data. The Mobile CMMS Tablet Edition is optimized for tablet devices such as the Apple iPad or Samsung Galaxy. However, it is compatible with a broad array of browsers, and may thus also meet the needs of organizations using netbooks or laptops.


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