Honeywell has launched a new hardware and software platform for the next generation of its mobile computers.
The devices are generally used globally by distribution centers, transportation and logistics providers, hospitals, and retailers to capture critical data.
The Mobility Edge Platform comprises common hardware architecture and a suite of tools on which Honeywell and its partners will build future mobility solutions, which include rugged handheld computers, wearable devices, voice-directed technology, tablets and vehicle-mounted computers.
The platform is designed for Google’s Android operating system, which is increasingly becoming the standard for industrial mobile devices.
It offers a long product lifecycle by supporting current and future Android versions – more than any competitive offering on the market, according to Honeywell.
Additionally, the common platform provides consistency across Honeywell’s next-generation devices and makes it easier for customers to upgrade current models, manage device refreshes and quickly deploy software applications.
Honeywell also unveiled its Dolphin CT60 handheld computer, the first new mobile device to run on the Mobility Edge Platform.
The rugged device is designed for transportation, logistics and retail workers and offers an extended battery life, high-performance scanning and other productivity features, says Honeywell.
Peter Howes, president of Honeywell’s productivity products business, says: “After talking to many of our strategic customers and partners, we rethought the approach to solving the constraints they face today on mobile deployments.
“Our customers require something more comprehensive and scalable, and that is what we are introducing with the Mobility Edge Platform.
“Because we built the Mobility Edge Platform with an Android-first mindset, businesses will have the confidence that our devices will support future versions of the operating system without making new hardware investments.
“Leveraging a single, unified platform will make adding new devices and testing and deploying business-critical mobile hardware and software easier and faster.”