Intermec introduces the CK3 Next Generation Series of mobile computers

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Intermec, Inc. has announced the CK3 Next Generation Series of rugged mobile computers. For use in distribution centre, manufacturing and retail operations, the CK3 Next Generation Series comprises two models – the CK3X and CK3R – which utilise a 1GHZ OMAP architecture to optimise workforce performance through long battery life, enhanced barcode scanning, superior device health monitoring and broad compliance for emerging industry standards such as HTML5.

The CK3X is optimised for warehouse operations and is the perfect migration option from the current CK3B, while the CK3R is optimised for light industrial and retail front of store applications. Maintaining the current CK3B form factor and rugged design, legacy applications and backwards-compatible accessories allows customers to seamlessly migrate to the latest technology without an additional investment in chargers, docking stations or scan handles.

"The CK3X and CK3R expand upon the popular CK3B for continued best-in-class operations to support customer needs for increased productivity, flexibility and exceptional workforce performance," said Earl Thompson, Intermec Senior Vice President, Mobile Solutions Business Unit. "Designed specifically with the future in mind, the CK3 Next Generation Series is an exceptional choice for customers who need to support ever-changing data capture requirements and future-proof their supply chain, DCs and in-store retail operations."

CK3X – Superior Speed and Endurance Takes Workflow Performance to the Next Level

The CK3X offers the ideal migration model for the current CK3B. Featuring the choice of integrated area imagers for standard range or near/far range scanning, the CK3X provides unsurpassed scanning performance on 1D and 2D bar codes including the ability to read poor quality or damaged codes.  The scan engines also offer support for omni-directional scanning and high motion tolerance for improved efficiency. To truly future proof investments, the CK3X features a highly adaptable design supported by the latest RF standards - 802.11 a/b/g/n and Bluetooth radio, as well as an optional RFID reader accessory.

The rugged CK3X is designed to withstand multiple five-foot (1.5 meter) drops to concrete across all operating temperatures. It also delivers long battery life performance, lasting through a full shift and beyond without requiring workers to replace or recharge batteries. The sleek form factor also comes free of the heavy bulk contained by traditional rugged devices in the same class.

CK3R – Mobile Automation Offers Easy-to-Use Form Factor and Simple Implementation

The CK3R contains the perfect mix of functionality and value for light industrial and retail environments.  The CK3R's slightly smaller size offers an even lighter, more ergonomic form factor perfect for front of store retail applications and also contains the newly introduced EA31 imaging engine for quick and accurate scanning operations and support for omni-directional scanning of 1D and 2D barcodes. Additionally, the CK3R is designed to stand up to the rigours of everyday use with a rugged, laser-etched keypad, a four-foot (1.2 meter) drop rating to concrete across all operating temperatures and an IP54 seal rating against rain, moisture and dust.

Both the CK3X and CK3R make transitioning from other mobile computers easy with device configuration tools like CloneNGo – Intermec's breakthrough device provisioning – which makes it easy to "clone" device settings from a single master unit to an unlimited number of devices.

Additionally, with the latest Microsoft® Windows Embedded Handheld operating system, the CK3X and CK3R are compatible with a wide range of software applications – from warehouse management systems to other mission-critical tools developed by the Intermec PartnerNet Independent Service Provider (ISV) community.

"The CK3 Next Generation Series is a workhorse that provides users of our Stay-Linked Terminal Emulation solution with a robust platform for remote access to their host-based enterprise applications," said David Griffith, President and CEO of Stay-Linked Corporation.   "We've developed and certified Stay-Linked client software specifically for the CK3 Next Generation Series, and we've found that the available multiple keyboard and scan engine configuration options allow for the customisation of a user's experience to the unique requirements of an individual working environment, which maximises workflow.  It's a great addition to the new state-of-the-art mobile computer offerings from Intermec."

"For business critical mobile applications the need for mobile devices with reliable battery performance, data capture configuration options, robust security and enhanced processing power to support increasingly sophisticated applications in a lightweight ergonomic yet rugged design is critical," said David Krebs, VP Mobile & Wireless Practice, VDC Research. "Intermec's CK3 Next Generation family of rugged handheld devices delivers these capabilities and is well designed to support mobile applications across a variety of rigorous warehouse, logistics and retail environments."

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