DLI's latest rugged tablet, the 9000, comes with a five-in-one module to enable mobile payments in a doctor's office or retail showroom floor.
a maker of rugged mobile devices, has unveiled its new DLI 9000 tablet, which enables
salespeople in a retail store or doctor's office staff to handle transactions
away from their desks.
A five-in-one mobile
point-of-service (POS) module allows patients to take care of payments, such as
for medication at their hospital bedside or at home, said Joe Alexander, DLI director of sales.
"It is a product we're
targeting in health care," Alexander told eWEEK.
Despite the fact that the patient
may not be quite up for it, the tablets allow emergency workers in an ambulance
to access patients' insurance documentation and take care of copays on the way
to the hospital.
In addition, the tablets can be used by police
officers or emergency workers at the scene of an accident to scan documents
such as insurance cards and licenses.
Launched on May 21, the tablet runs an Intel Atom
Z670 processor, with 2GB of 800MHz DDR2 memory and a 64GB solid state data
storage drive. It can handle indoor or outdoor viewing on its 9.7-inch LCD
The unit weighs 1.98 pounds, which is comparable to
Motion Computing's 2.1-pound CL900
In addition to health care and retail, technicians
in the field, such as appliance repairmen, can use the device to take payments.
The five-in-one module consists of a magnetic stripe
reader, near field communication (NFC), a debit pin pad, an EMV (Europay,
MasterCard and VISA) reader and a bar-code scanner.
Not only can bar-code scanners track retail
merchandise, they can also scan the codes on medicine
and patient insurance cards.
Operating on either Windows or Android, the DLI 9000's dual-boot capability
allows users to switch back and forth depending on the app they need to use, Alexander said.
As for wireless connectivity, the DLI 9000 supports
WiFi, Bluetooth and Qualcomm's Gobi 3000 mobile broadband technology, which
allows users to create their own hot spots.
The RF capabilities of the DLI 9000 can be used to
scan a patient's ID card or bracelet in a hospital and import the data into an
electronic health record (EHR), Alexander said. The tablets can also scan
customer tickets on a cruise line or at an entertainment venue. The device can also run ambulance dispatch software.
Unlike the consumer Apple
, which is gaining mass appeal in retail and health care, the DLI 9000
is an enterprise-class tablet with an Ingress Protection (IP) 54 rating for
rugged durability, which means it can withstand dust and moisture, Alexander
DLI plans to roll out an antimicrobial plastic shield
to guard against spills of fluids in a hospital or doctor's office, said
With its impact-resistant casing, the unit can also
survive 4-foot drops to concrete. The unit's temperature range provides
flexibility for first-response personnel operating in extreme conditions. Users
can store the tablet in temperatures of -4 degrees to 149 degrees Fahrenheit
and operate it from 0 degrees to 122 degrees Fahrenheit.
As for security, the device enables users to lock
down and freeze an image through app-lock software, said Alexander. Images
could consist of clinical drug trial documents or a customer's driver's
license, said Alexander.
The DLI 9000 will be available by the end of the second
quarter of 2012.