Motorola’s mid-range mobile computers

The rugged mobile computer offers streamlining and flexibility to businesses and government agencies

November 5, 2009

The rugged mobile computer offers streamlining and flexibility to businesses and government agencies

Motorola has announced the new MC3100 series ( of mobile computer which offer data capture options, enterprise-class motion sensing capabilities, and a versatile form factor for mid-range mobile computing.  The MC3100 will be available worldwide through Motorola channel partners and Motorola sales.

The device is designed for key-based and touch-screen applications inside the enterprise, such as price/stock management, inventory control, returns processing, shipping and receiving, baggage tracking and asset management.

“Motorola’s legacy of excellence in design and ergonomics continues with the MC3100 mobile computer – helping organisations increase productivity, streamline operations and reduce total-cost-of-ownership,” said Gerald McNerney, vice president of mobile computing product management, Motorola Enterprise Mobility Solutions.

“With an MC3100 in their hands, in-building mobile workers across a range of industries will have an ergonomically superior device that provides access to better information to make better decisions all resulting in better outcomes,” he continued.

The MC3100 series offers a family of three models for customers to mix and match to best meet user and application demands.  Equipped with the Marvell XScale PXA320 @ 624 MHz processor, each model offers a choice of operating systems and advanced data capture technologies.

Microsoft Corp.’s Windows Mobile® 6.1 provides users with a wide array of ISV applications plus a familiar and intuitive interface that reduces training time, while the componentized, real-time Windows Embedded CE 6.0 Pro platform provides a familiar programming environment to support the development of rich custom applications with intuitive user experiences.

Customers can also choose from the Symbol SE950 1D laser scanner for rapid and accurate capture of all 1D symbologies – including damaged and poor quality bar codes often found in the warehouse or retail aisles – or the Symbol SE4500 1D/2D imager for the capture of 1D and 2D bar codes as well as direct part marks, still images and documents.

“Microsoft is pleased to work with Motorola to extend the power of the PC by fuelling the rich user experiences and streamlined connectivity enterprise users and consumers demand from emerging specialized devices,” said David Wurster, senior product manager for Windows Embedded at Microsoft.

“Motorola’s MC3100 is a strong example of a device offering a choice of Microsoft operating systems with the versatility enterprise customers demand for productivity and a rich set of programming tools for application developers,” he continued.

The MC3100 incorporates the Motorola MAX Sensor, an enterprise class motion sensing application.  Motorola interactive sensor technology (IST) is a new Motorola innovation that supports a host of motion-sensing applications that enable organizations to derive increased business value.

For example, organizations can increase worker accountability by detecting and logging device drops and improve power management by enabling the MC3100 mobile computer to automatically revert to sleep mode when not in use or if the display is face down.

And for added flexibility, in applications such as signature capture, the integrated accelerometer allows the display to dynamically rotate or switch between portrait and landscape modes based on the orientation of the device.

Motorola’s new Mobility Platform Architecture 2.0 on the MC3100 series preserves existing application investments by enabling seamless porting of applications from other Motorola mobile computers. In addition, the MPA 2.0 next-generation platform increases wireless security via MAX Secure — which includes FIPS 140-2 certification required for government deployments.

The MC3100 series also offers comprehensive centralized management to streamline operations and reduce total-cost-of-ownership.  Equipped with an integrated UHF RFID tag – the new MC3100 series enables enterprises to leverage existing or planned RFID deployments – right out of the box.

The integrated RFID tag allows customers to track the movement and location of the mobile computers to effortlessly maintain a real-time inventory of assets.  For additional device manageability, Motorola’s Mobility Suite offers comprehensive management solutions that provide centralized control of the MC3100 and other Motorola mobile computers.  Motorola Mobility Services Platform (MSP) enables remote staging, provisioning, monitoring and troubleshooting of the MC3100 regardless of where it is located.

Motorola Enterprise Mobility Services recommends Service from the Start with Comprehensive Coverage for inside-outside protection for the MC3100. Customers can rest assured that no matter what is damaged — from broken displays, keypads, and internal and external components to select accessories — the repair is covered.

With Motorola’s Service from the Start with Comprehensive Coverage, unexpected repair expenses are significantly reduced, providing service peace of mind. Technical software support helps keep the MC3100 running at optimal efficiency — and customers connected to their critical business systems.

Motorola’s robust and award-winning partner network provides access to Motorola validated line of business applications.  The result is a substantial reduction in application development time and costs for Motorola MC3100 customers – enabling rapid deployment, improved return on investment and a cost-effective path to upgrade to the latest mobile computing technology with minimal business disruption.