Janam Technologies has announced its latest rugged mobile computer, the pistol-grip mounted XG3, which offers workers in a wide variety of industries a powerful machine that can be used in almost any environment. The machine lists for $1,995 and is available immediately.
The XG3 is smaller and lighter than typical handheld computers and is the lightest industrial-grade device in its class, weighing about 22 ounces, according to the company. The machine includes a 3.5-inch VGA TFT display with hardened glass, a 1GHz ARM Cortex-A8 processor, 512MB of RAM that can be expanded to up to 1GB, 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth capabilities and a long-lasting 5200mAh hot-swappable Li-ion battery. The XG3 also includes a motion-sensing accelerometer and runs on the Microsoft Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5 operating system. XG3 buyers can also choose from a variety of keypad designs to meet their exact needs, according to Janam.
The XG3 is built to take day-to-day physical punishment in industrial and commercial workplaces, with the ability to survive multiple 6-foot drops on concrete, while operating across a wide temperature range, from minus 4 degrees F to 140 degrees F. The computer is also sealed to IP65 standards to protect it from dust, dirt, water, chemicals and other contaminants.
"The XG3 is built with the user in mind," Harry B. Lerner, the CEO of Janam, said in a statement. "Incomparably light and ergonomically designed to fit comfortably in the hand, this is the ideal device for scan-intensive, extended shift use in the harshest environments. Unlike our competitors, Janam doesn't force customers to choose between price and performance. The XG3 meets the most demanding requirements at an incredibly competitive price point."
Also included in the new XG3 is the latest in high-performance barcode scanning technology, which allows users to efficiently complete their work in inventorying and tracking products, materials and anything else related to their businesses. Buyers have a choice between Honeywell's Adaptus imaging technology or Motorola's SE965 extended-range 1D laser scan engine in the units they purchase, according to Janam.
The XG3 also includes support for Voice over IP (VoIP) communications, allowing for reliable voice and data across manufacturing facilities, distribution centers, plant floors, loading docks, seaports and other harsh environments.
Back In January, Janam introduced its XM5 Rugged Mobile Computer, which allows users to start with Windows and then migrate the device to Android as their infrastructure needs change. The XM5 is a phablet-like handheld mobile device, with 4G, 3G and WiFi capabilities to allow users to communicate via voice, email, texting or through the Internet wherever they are working.
The XM5, which also runs the Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5 operating system, ranges in price from $1,595 to $2,495, depending on configurations and features. The XM5 is equipped with an AM3715 ARM Cortex-A8 1GHz processor, a 3.5-inch VGA fortified-glass display, 512MB of RAM, 1GB of onboard ROM storage, a 4,000mAh rechargeable Li-ion battery, and a user-accessible micro SD card slot with SD and SDHC support.
Ruggedized tablets and smartphones continue to expand in the enterprise marketplace to help equip mobile workers who require tougher devices to do their work in harsh conditions, according to an earlier eWEEK report. In December 2014, Kyocera introduced its DuraForce rugged Android 4G LTE smartphone, which is IP68-certified. Available through AT&T and U.S. Cellular, the DuraForce includes a reinforced housing and Military Standard 810G protection against shock, vibration, temperature extremes, blowing rain, low pressure, high altitudes, solar radiation, salt fog and humidity.