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Until now, retailers too often have been forced to rely on a variety of application-centric, proprietary technologies for their store operations and store management applications. The result has been a combination of mobile devices, operating systems and software development tools that have made it difficult, if not impossible, to reduce support and training costs. Intermec Technologies new modular CN30 mobile computer system changes all that.
The Intermec CN30, offers an entirely new approach to retail enterprise mobile computing, one that maximises flexibility, increases return on investment and lowers investment and supporting costs. The CN30's modular design allows users to easily build the device they need, delivering incomparable versatility in a standards-based common platform for all store management and operations applications.
At the core of the CN30 is its computing console - the common intelligence and display of the device - to which users add "modules" that differ in function, length and keyboard complexity according to intended purpose. Modules can be permanently attached, changed daily, or converted over time as applications and IT strategies evolve.
Available at launch are a 14-key module that transforms the CN30 into a "rugged PDA" with mostly graphic navigation, a full alphanumeric 56-key module for key-oriented applications such as terminal emulation for inventory management, and a universal pistol-grip handle with trigger for scanning. All keypad modules have a common look and feel and easily attach/detach with a secure latch. Once attached, the CN30 performs as a one-piece unit, surviving rough handling and exposure to dirt and moisture.
The ADC industry's first full-screen, display's 640 x 480 pixel high-resolution VGA color display provides easy navigation and optimal visibility for today's most demanding retail application programs, whether traditional text-based emulations or fully graphic Web pages. "The modular convertibility and competitive pricing of the CN30 means convenience and flexibility, as well as lower acquisition and total lifetime costs," said Intermec Vice President Mike Colwell. "Retailers will require fewer units, since they can be reconfigured for seasonal deployments or store restructuring. And service expenditures, sparing costs and employee downtime are lowered by changing modules in the event of a failure instead of taking a whole unit out of service."
The CN30 also features:
Bright, one-touch backlight access and user-selectable ambient light control, making it possible to use the CN30 in all lighting environments, from brightly lit stores to backroom inventory locations.
Intermec's own EV15 linear imager, which uses state-of-the-art Active Pixel Sensor (APS) technology for rapid bar code scanning. Side scan buttons provide comfortable, natural scanning for both right- and left-handed employees when held in the palm. An optional handle provides gun-type, trigger-activated scanning convenience.
High-performance, real-time wireless data communications via its Cisco Certified Extensions-compatible and Wi-Fi-certified 802.11b/g radio, which supports all 802.1x security standards. The CN30 also is Bluetooth compatible, making it possible to connect peripherals without wires or tethered cables.
Voice communications via its integrated speaker and microphone or a headset connected either through the jack or the cordless Bluetooth interface, allowing store personnel to communicate from the store floor and to minimise time away from customers.
Microsoft Windows Mobile operating system for efficiency, standards integration, state-of-the-art development tools, robust interfaces and support for a range of peripherals.
A whole suite of accessories is available for docking, charging and enhanced device protection.