Motorola's New Mobile Device Mixes Flexibility, Functionality

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Motorola's New Mobile Device Mixes Flexibility, Functionality

Motorola, Inc. this week launched the MC55, the smallest and lightest addition to its family of Enterprise Digital Assistants (EDA) designed specifically for mobile workers, with a 3.5-inch display.

The MC55 EDA combines the functionality of a cell phone, two-way radio, bar code scanner, digital camera, and mobile computer in a single compact, lightweight unit, and leverages Schaumburg, Ill.-based Motorola's mobile computing platform architecture to bring business-critical voice, data, and applications to the field.

"The MC55 helps mobile workers work without boundaries, with robust connectivity to mission-critical business applications in a compact business-class device," said Bob Chen, VP and general manager of mobile computing, Motorola Enterprise Mobility.

The MC55 midrange EDA supports the GSM/GPRS/EDGE standard for wireless wide-area networks, and offers both voice and data services. Its features include integrated GPS, which supports a host of real-time location-based applications, including directions for drivers and real-time fleet location, geo-fencing, and bread-crumbing for dispatchers.

The new handheld is available in two models and multiple configurations. All models have a monocoque housing for durability, and a full keyboard for ease of use. Motorola also developed a variety of accessories to meet diverse business needs.

Each of the MC55 models is designed to meet the needs of a specific type of mobile worker -- those inside the four walls, those outside and those that work in both environments. The MC5590 EDA offers wireless 802.11a/b/g LAN (WLAN) and Bluetooth connectivity for workers mostly inside the four walls -- including health care workers in a hospital environment, as well as retail or hospitality associates. The MC5574 EDA comes equipped with wireless WAN (WWAN), wireless LAN (WLAN) and Bluetooth to support workers in the field, including maintenance personnel and postal and delivery workers. In addition, the MC5590 and the MC5574 EDAs are VoIP enabled and offer the capabilities of Push-To-Talk (PTT), as well as the ability to support soft-phone clients and integration with installed IP PBXs.

"Motorola continues to demonstrate its high standards for product quality with the introduction of the new MC55 EDA -- uniquely designed for mobile workers inside and outside the enterprise," said Chuck Dietrich, VP of mobile, "Our relationship with Motorola provides enterprise customers with rugged solutions for accessing data and applications through Salesforce CRM Mobile and ISV applications built on the platform. And with the MC55, we are able to provide our customer-base with an incredibly powerful option for boosting field service productivity in any vertical market."

In combination with Motorola's recently introduced Total Enterprise Access and Mobility (TEAM) Express solution, the MC55 enables virtually instant communication. The TEAM Express solution provides Push-To-Talk capability between the MC55 and other enterprise mobility devices, including Motorola's CA50 VoIP-enabled wireless bar code scanner, the 3G MC75 premium EDA, TEAM VoWLAN smartphones and Motorola two-way radios. By leveraging an existing WLAN infrastructure, this server-less solution provides a fast, easy-to-deploy path to basic interoperable voice communications inside the enterprise.

The MC55 is based on the Marvell XScale PXA270 520 MHz processor and Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.1 operating system to provide increased interoperability with existing enterprise infrastructure, enhanced security features, a flexible development platform and mobile messaging. The MC55 EDA family of products also offers a variety of data capture options to provide increased flexibility among mobile work forces, including a 1D laser scanner or 2D imager. A two-megapixel auto-focus high-resolution digital color camera can be added to either the scanner or imager to allow for easy capture of a signature (document capture) or a photograph (image capture) for proof of condition or delivery.

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