The latest ruggedized enterprise handheld computer from Janam Technologies, the XM2-RFID UHF, adds a new tool for businesses that require the accurate reading of specialized RFID tags used in a wide range of industries, including retail, transportation and logistics, manufacturing and defense.
The XM2-RFID UHF handheld, which lists at $2,295, reads ISO18000-63, EPC Global Class 1 Gen 2 tags to help businesses ensure that the right goods are available in the right place at the right time with no errors, according to the company. The ergonomically designed device, which fits in the palm of the hand, weighs 13 ounces and can complete more than 40,000 tag reads on one battery charge, is the latest mobile handheld computer in Janam's expanding range of products.
The handheld device includes a Zebra Technologies' SE4500 2D imager for robust decoding of the hardest-to-read barcodes and runs on Microsoft's Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5 operating system. The XM2-RFID UHF is built to withstand drops from 4 feet and everyday shocks and knocks, and is sealed to IP64 standards against water, dust, dirt and other contaminants in challenging environments.
The latest Janam handheld features a 3.2 inch QVGA resistive touch-screen display with an LED backlight, an ARM 9 processor, 128MB of RAM, 128MB of on-board storage and runs on the Microsoft Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5 operating system. The RFID antenna is housed in the top rear section of the device.
The newest Janam device supports 802.11b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth for easy connectivity and is powered by a long-life 2,880mAh hot-swappable Li-ion battery. It is 5.8 inches long, 2.9 inches wide, 1 inch thick and weighs less than 13 ounces.
Adding to its flexibility for users, the XM2-RFID UHF can be operated via its built-in keyboard display or through a stylus to give users more options for data input, communications and related tasks in the workplace.
"As organizations look for new ways to address today's business challenges, RFID has emerged as a viable and affordable option for applications such as cycle count and inventory management, supply chain efficiency and anti-counterfeiting of luxury goods," Harry B Lerner, CEO of Janam, said in a statement. "Janam's XM2-RFID UHF is not only fully featured to meet the needs of a diverse set of mobile workers, but available at a highly attractive price point for organizations focused on improving their bottom line."
In May, Janam unveiled a pistol-grip mounted XG3 ruggedized mobile computer, which offers another option for industrial users. The XG3 lists for $1,995 and includes a 3.5-inch VGA thin-film-transistor (TFT) display, a 1GHz ARM Cortex-A8 processor, 512MB of RAM and a choice of keypad designs.
Also available from Janam is the XM5 rugged handheld computer, which is a cross between a large smartphone and a small tablet computer. Announced in January, the XM5 allows users to buy the handhelds loaded with the Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5 operating system and then later have them converted to run Android 4.2 if the enterprise wants to switch platforms without having to buy new hardware. The XM5 lists for $1,595 to $2,495.
In May, competitor Zebra Technologies unveiled its TC75 enterprise handheld computer, which is ruggedized to meet IP67 standards against dust, dirt, water, extreme temperatures and other hazards. The TC75, which lists for $2,595, runs on Android AOSP 4.4.3 and has a 4.7-inch HD display, a 1.7GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and 4G LTE connectivity.