Archives For Mesa 2 Rugged Tablet

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Juniper Systems has worked to develop a rigorous quality-assurance process to ensure each Mesa 2 Rugged Tablet that leaves our doors goes with the same quality standard we hold ourselves to. As a company that operates almost entirely under one roof, we have the benefit of working closely with all individuals involved in the process, from product development to shipping. This allows for quick clarity on order specifications and improvement input from our entire team. Our process set in place for quality assurance is constantly improving and being updated for any issue that comes our way. Though we’re pretty proud of our current quality assurance process, we recognize there is always room for improvement. Because of this, a combination of teams focusing on different aspects of quality assurance meet regularly to discuss improvements and work toward maintaining a thorough quality inspection process. Below is an outline of our current process.

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Android™ has emerged with growing popularity in the handheld arena, from smartphones to tablets to other devices, it’s here to stay. Since its notable growth, Google has been working toward making various forms of Android available for enterprise devices as well as other device types such as Internet of Things. In the world of rugged handhelds, device manufactures have been turning to Android to participate in the Android “ecosystem” and provide users with an easy-to-use, versatile operating system.

To avoid confusion, it’s important to understand the differences between Android Open Source Project (AOSP) devices and Android Google Mobile Services (GMS) devices, as many individuals have the misconception that all Android operating systems have the same capabilities. The key to differentiating between the two is first recognizing that AOSP is the basis for all Android devices. Sponsored and lead by Google, AOSP provides the source code necessary to build an Android-compatible operating system. GMS is added to select “authorized” Android devices. GMS is generally enticing to consumers/end users because it allows access to a large quantity of applications through the Google Play Store. It also provides several other applications including Gmail, Chrome browser, Google Maps, etc. If it is an “authorized” Android device, it will include GMS with all associated apps preinstalled.

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Because the Mesa 2 Rugged Tablet was designed for a wide range of uses, we developed a variety of carrying options to meet the needs of the individual user. With the carrying options listed below, you have the ability to optimize your current workflow and increase productivity, simply by changing the way you carry your Mesa 2.

Carrying Options

  1. Pistol Grip

The Pistol Grip is the ideal choice for all the frequent barcode scanners out there. This option features an ergonomic, two-stage trigger design focused on reducing strain and maximizing productivity during heavy barcode-scanning applications. The Pistol Grip Holster (sold separately) accompanies the grip to securely fasten the device to a belt or shoulder strap for convenient carry and deployment. Entirely compatible with the M2 Office Dock, the Pistol Grip allows for simple docking and charging, without removal of the grip. In addition, it can be used as a convenient desk stand for easy viewing of the Mesa 2’s large 7-inch display.

Mesa 2 with Pistol Grip

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For those of you who are new to the world of RFID and rugged handheld computing, welcome. We hope this post serves as a guide to help you better understand which information collection option best suits the needs of your project. A common question often answered here at Juniper is, “Which RFID frequency should I use?” We want to make sure you’re getting the tools you need, without overpaying for features that won’t be useful in your situation. Because identification readers are used in so many different cases, it’s hard to identify a customer’s exact needs without speaking to them directly. However, we hope these questions serve as a starting point to launch you in the right direction and prepare you to ask the right questions when determining the best option for your project.

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Juniper Systems established a partnership with Industrial Networks this month after an extensive, collaborative effort in integrating ATA/AEI long-range UHF RFID tag readers into the Mesa 2 Rugged Tablet. As the only existing solution of its kind, it will serve as a complete identification and tracking system for the railroad industry, as well as other industries requiring long-range UHF RFID tag reading.

Industrial Networks President Jimmy Finster contacted Juniper Systems seeking a sleek and innovative option that included a solid rugged handheld with ATA reading capabilities and an all-day battery life and the Mesa 2 jumped at the opportunity. What a showoff.

For those unfamiliar with our latest rugged tablet, The Mesa 2 with ATA UHF RFID runs on a complete Windows 10 operating system, allowing users to operate the rugged tablet as a full desktop computer. Its Class 1, Div II classification ensures it’s built to be used in hazardous locations, while its IP68 rating provides the highest-rated protection against water and dust.

The current standard solution for tracking and identification systems in the railroad industry is a Windows Mobile handheld with an external RFID antenna. With an increased battery life and Windows 10 capability, Industrial Networks was pleased to look into this product, as new solution able to fit the high demands of the railroad industry.

Here at Juniper we’re excited about both the product we’ve created and a long-term partnership with Industrial Networks.

For more information call 435-753-1881 or email sales@junipersys.com

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About Industrial Networks:

Industrial Networks is the leading provider of railyard automation and data acquisition systems for manufacturing and shipping operations in North America. Their expertise touches operations run by rail shippers, short line and Class I railroads, trucking, and more. The close relationship with Bourque Logistics, the leading provider of rail transportation software to shippers in North America, provides over 75 years of experience providing state-of-the-art rail automation. For more information, visit inetlp.com.

 “Unrivaled tolerance to a vast range of environmental extremes, the adaptive sensory processing capabilities of the Mesa 2 Rugged Tablet extend from its auxiliary Geode companion to orbital satellites in the furthest reaches of Earth’s biosphere.”

 

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Earlier this year, I resumed my duties as a groundskeeper around the office of a small ecological consulting company in Pennsylvania. Having received my Bachelor of Arts in geography from West Chester University of Pennsylvania, a few decimal degrees of GIS still lingered in my head, so when I was called into the office mid-January to help operate a Mesa 2 Rugged Tablet demo model, I was happy to comply. It seemed like a curious portable device that could definitely take a punch and continue to run without skipping a beat, and I was discovering new and exciting features on a day-to-day basis. Using the property grounds and the surrounding forest, which I had become familiar with in the previous years of work I had done outside, I began to establish a series of waypoint markers to mimic the Flagging Tape used in actual field work data analysis; I then tested different methods of data collection and cross-referencing in order to establish the most efficient and practical means to carry out potential field work applications in the future. I was intrigued by the node-locked copy of Global Mapper™ v18.0, which my boss had purchased from Blue Marble Geographics – Global Mapper was a GIS software company staple, but completely foreign to me (I had settled into Esri’s ArcGIS™ software during my college years). With my experience in GIS and the novelty of a portable touchscreen device capable of running Global Mapper on Windows 10 OS, the Mesa 2 tablet became the perfect catalyst to boost my familiarity with the software. My comfort in performing GIS analysis through the Juniper Systems interface grew exponentially compared to that of my experiences using ArcMap on a desktop computer, and it wasn’t long before I was certain that the Mesa 2 would become an exceptional company asset. Specifically, it seemed that it would be invaluable in determining the relative accuracy of spatial datasets provided by external sources, in real-time, to account for the margin of error and establish new parameters that would better represent our firsthand data observations.

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Mesa 2 Rugged Tablet in M2 Dock

Running a powerful quad-core processor and a full Windows 10 operating system, the Mesa 2 Rugged Tablet™ is the most capable device built by Juniper Systems yet. As we’ve said before, since it runs on full Windows, the Mesa 2 is robust enough to even be used as your desktop PC, making it especially easy to transition from collecting data in the field, to further utilizing your data back in the office.

Today you’ll find out how easy it is to start using your Mesa 2 as a desktop computer, beginning with the simplest way:

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