Motorola Solutions has unveiled the ET1 Android tablet, a rugged seven inch screen handheld designed for the enterprise market.
The ET1 brings the familiarity and popularity of a consumer class user experience to a true enterprise class device, which includes enhanced durability, an optional barcode scanner and magnetic stripe reader, hot swappable battery packs, and secure system software. Key industrial strength accessories, such as secure multi-slot recharging stations are also available.
Intended for demanding day-long use, the Wi-Fi-enabled ET1 is password-protected so it can be easily shared and instantly provisioned for each employee according to their level of responsibility and access rights. Based on log-in information, managers can automatically control and monitor use of approved applications to help ensure on the job productivity is not compromised.
Running an enterprise-ready hardened version of the Android operating system, the ET1 tablet is designed to be used 24 x 7 by multiple staff members.Supported by Motorola’s portfolio of enterprise-grade software modules including RhoElements, a new HTML5 application enablement framework, businesses can now quickly and cost effectively develop enterprise applications once and deploy them on both traditional Windows Embedded Handheld and Android-based Motorola devices, allowing for consistent user experiences.
The ET1 incorporates a durable Gorilla Glass seven inch colour display, designed for customer-facing applications containing video and images. In addition, the screen bezel can be customised to match the retailer’s brand.
Mototrola Solutions also announced the availability of Motorola RhoElements, a state of the art web-based application framework.
It is designed to allow businesses to quickly and cost effectively develop and deploy web-based applications on existing Motorola Windows Embedded Handheld (formerly known as Windows Mobile) and Windows Embedded Compact (Win-CE) mobile computers, as well as Motorola’s ET1.
Motorola RhoElements is the first of several product releases targeted at developers within Motorola’s customer base and PartnerEmpower ecosystem. Using Motorola’s widely deployed PocketBrowser product, a framework for web-based line of business applications, RhoElements provides an important new way to develop applications on existing Windows-based industrial mobile computers and offers a bridge for seamless application support on future mobile computing devices and operating systems.
Motorola also announced that it acquired Rhomobile on 29 July 2011. Motorola expects to announce additional cross-platform application development tools, enterprise integration components and cloud-based services for channel partners and customers leveraging Rhomobile’s product suite in the coming months.