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Southern Water in UK Selects New Rugged Tablet for field service teams

Taiwanese producer has signed a deal to supply Southern Water In the United kingdom with Getac’s 380 F110 Windows 8 fully rugged tablets for field service use.

The devices will be a critical component of Southern Water’s Work and Asset Management and Management Information (WAMMI) initiative, designed to streamline operations out in the field and improve service for customers.

Southern Water selected these devices following feedback from field service operatives who rated the F110 tablet as superior to their existing hardware. Southern Water impressed by the ability to deliver a fully rugged device at a cost-effective price. The devices are expected to be in operation by the end of June 2015.

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Worldwide Tablet Growth Expected to Slow to 7.2% in 2014 Along With First Year of iPad Decline

The worldwide tablet market is expected to see a massive deceleration in 2014 with year-over-year growth slowing to 7.2%, down from 52.5% in 2013, according to a new forecast from IDC. At the core of this slowdown is the expectation that 2014 will represent the first full year of decline in Apple iPad shipments. Both the iPad and the overall market slowdown do not come as a surprise as device lifecycles for tablets have continued to lengthen, increasingly resembling those of PCs more than smartphones.

The tablet market continues to be impacted by a few major trends happening in relevant markets. the early stages of the tablet market, device lifecycles were expected to resemble those of smartphones, with replacement occurring every 2-3 years. What has played out instead is that many tablet owners are holding onto their devices for more than 3 years and in some instances more than 4 years. We believe the two major drivers for longer than expected tablet lifecycles are legacy software support for older products, especially within iOS, and the increased use of smartphones for a variety of computing tasks.Add to this the larger smartphones, known as phablets. 

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Datalogic US50 Long-Range Ultrasonic Sensors

Datalogic Automation has announced the introduction of the new US50 series of ultrasonic sensors with M50 plastic tubular housing, and thus enlarging the existing measurement device portfolio.

Datalogic Automation US50 is the new series of ultrasonic sensors with M50 plastic tubular housing. All models are provided with a radial emitting head and offer the following versions:

  • Digital bipolar PNP/NPN NO/NC configurable output;
  • Analogue 0-10V / 4-20mA configurable output.

Operating distance from 200mm to 8m makes US50 ideal solution for all industrial applications where the target must be detected or measured really far away from the sensor.

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Internet via smartphones and wearable technologyN

Toshiba Electronics Europe (TEE) has announced it will offer a new range of application processors Increasingly the delivery of video and audio over the internet enabling set top boxes and similar equipment to receive the service and distribute contents to PCs and smartphones via a wireless LAN.

The TZ5000 series application processors integrate the high-speed wireless LAN function required for high-quality video distribution plus embedded NAND flash memory to save user programs and store large amounts of data as cache. This reduces the number of external ICs and mounting area, contributing to downsizing of equipment. This will also be a leading component in Wearable technology.

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The First E-Business Application to Use the European Citizen Card

At this year's CeBIT, Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) and Wirecard Bank AG were showcasing the first e-business application that utilizes the electronic ID card, which several European Union member states are planning to introduce.

To use the application, consumers have to register with Wirecard Bank's internet payment service, Wirecard, and install special software and a simple contactless card reader on their home PCs. This new application allows banks and consumers to authenticate one another using an official personal identity document and a personal identification number (PIN) for the first time ever.

Giesecke & Devrient's new launch represents the first implementation of the standards for microchip-equipped European Citizen Cards along with the middleware to support commercial applications. "This is a major milestone for e-government and e-business applications. Users and online service providers can benefit from added security in their internet transactions, thanks to secure mutual authentication based on an official electronic document," noted Hans-Wolfgang Kunz, group executive for the Government Solutions business unit at Giesecke & Devrient.

Several European countries, including Germany, are planning to introduce electronic personal ID documents with integrated microchips. Citizens will thus be able to identify themselves to government offices on the Internet as well. At the same time, the electronic ID can also help make e-business applications more secure - and more convenient, since it eliminates the need to maintain numerous user names and passwords for various internet portals.

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