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Motorola unveils enterprise only tablet
The rugged ET1 tablet runs on Android 2.3, can withstand operating temperatures of up to 50 degrees centigrade
- Motorola has released the first ever enterprise only tablet in the Middle East region at GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK. The rugged ET1 tablet runs on Android 2.3 and features user changeable batteries for long-use.
- “Tablets have primarily been a consumer device for you to check emails, browse the web, read e-books and emails, but the adoption of this very important device into enterprise has been marred by drawbacks on existing enterprise platforms, things like; is it secure enough for me to deploy into the enterprise, is it rugged enough for it to withstand the user abuse and misuse that it would be subjected to in the enterprise, does it have enough capabilities that it can run my enterprise applications?” said Hofeza Sayalwala. Regional manager, Motorola Solutions.
- Motorola has taken its experience in building rugged devices for mobile enterprise devices and extended that to tablets as well. To ensure security for enterprises and to eensure the device is appropriate for enterprises, Motorola enhanced the Android 2.3 OS by building in more secure features for the enterprise, such as multi-user log-ins.
- “Security, specifically when you are transmitting credit card information, as many enterprises may use this as a moveable POS to swipe credit cards, those enhancements have been built on top of Android OS as well,” said Sayalwala.
- The battery life for the Motorola device is the standard eight to ten hours, similar to consumer devices, but Motorola has introduced user-changeable batteries, so users can swap out and charge batteries on the go. The ET1 tablet has also been designed to withstand workplace pressures.
- “It needs to withstand the user abuse and environmental pressure enterprise users need. This tablet has an IP54 rating, this can be taken out in rain and a sandstorm and it will not harm the device, it also has a drop spec of four feet and can withstand that drop,” said Sayalwala
- The tablet complies with military standard MIL810G and has been subjected to tests in which it has been operated in 0 to 50 degree centigrade. Users can continue using the tablet in a 50 degree temperature environment and it can be stored in a much higher temperature such as in a car or on a dashboard.
- In the enterprise, customers would want to be able to migrate their enterprise applications onto the tablet, so Motorola has created a developer platform that allows them to do this.
- “Many enterprises are still using Windows-based applications. So we have built a development platform called ROH Elements, what this does is allow any existing applications which may be running on Windows mobile, put it on ROH Elements and with that they can easily migrate that application onto the Android platform,” said Sayalwala.
- ROH Elements means that the customer does not have to restrict themselves to Android or Windows applications. In the future ROH Elements will have the capability to migrate to OS’ like iOS, BlackBerry and Symbian, according to Motorola.
- The tablet has a 1GHz processor, comes with 4GB of memory which is expandable up to 32GB, has two UB slots, as well as an attachment slot, so enterprise can, for example add a bar code reader or a credit card reader to the tablet.
- Motorola will also be providing an extended lifecycle for the tablet device of three years plus a guaranteed three years support and comprehensive coverage for damage or breakage.
- At the moment Motorola will be releasing the wireless LAN only model, the 3G model will be available late next year.