Open-platform application offers class-leading flexibility, improved field mobility for mobile workers, with no licensing fees or activation requirements
EVERETT, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sep. 25, 2012-- Intermec today announced a new HTML5-capable browser, allowing for the development of OS agnostic web applications that can run on iOS, Android and select Intermec rugged mobile computers, enhancing workflow efficiency and offering increased flexibility to mobile workforces.
Unique to the industry, Intermec’s HTML5 offering includes a true web browser application, based on WebKit™, for multiple models of Intermec’s handheld computers for Windows® Mobile and Windows Embedded operating systems. Additionally, Intermec’s HTML5-capable browser supports applications designed to run either on-line (connected to a web server), off-line (no connection to a web server) or a combination of the two.
“Intermec’s new HTML5-capable browser offers enterprises the flexibility to equip their mobile workers with a modern user interface and latest business logic, along with the right device for their specific working conditions and usage demands,” said Earl Thompson, Intermec Senior Vice President, Mobile Solutions Business Unit. “Offering much more than the next iteration of web language, Intermec’s HTML5 offering extends the Web paradigm to a whole new class of future-proofed applications by allowing for them to be developed and deployed cross-platform.”
Intermec’s HTML5 browser for Windows Embedded Handheld is not only built on the state-of-the-art Webkit engine, like iOS® and Android™, but it is offered conveniently preloaded and free of licensing fees or license activation requirements on Intermec CN50, CS40, CN70, CN70e and CK70, and is available for free download for the CK3, CK71 and CV41. HTML5 applications that run on consumer-grade smartphones and tablets can now also be run on these select Intermec rugged mobile computers without changes or rewrites.
For improved workflow efficiency, data can be stored locally on the device until synchronization with the back-end server is available, eliminating time lost due to poor cellular coverage. Transactional data can also be updated quickly with minimal overhead making workflows more responsive. And, with future operating system roadmaps uncertain, porting applications to HTML5, or developing new applications using HTML5, offers programmers the ability to create a single code base that will run on Windows Mobile, Android and iOS to provide a solid path toward future technologies.
“As a developer of cutting edge mobile and web applications for a number of platforms, including Intermec’s, the new support of HTML5 on Intermec devices simplifies and streamlines our product development efforts, allowing us to develop for a single HTML5 environment for both consumer and rugged devices,” said David Judd, Managing Partner at TechLantern.
“Intermec is demonstrating a clear vision of how HTML5 will impact their market and is on the right path to leverage the disruption caused by the introduction of consumer grade products into field mobility markets. Their HTML5 Browser offering provides software vendors and customers with a clear and easy path to deploy rugged mobile computers in environments that feature smartphone and tablet devices,” said Eric Klein, a senior analyst covering mobile software at VDC Research.