Schaumburg, Ill.--July 24, 1997--Motorola's Worldwide Data Solutions Division (WWDSD; Schaumburg, Ill.) announced the introduction of the SitePad wireless thin client terminal tailored for on-site data applications. The SitePad terminal brings the power of a networked PC to locally mobile workers in industries such as manufacturing, warehousing, transportation, utilities, and health care.
Leveraging standard Windows applications running on a Windows-NT server with Citrix WinFrame, the SitePad terminal is mobilized with CruiseConnect embedded thin client system software from Cruise Technologies and one or more wireless access points connected via Ethernet to the server. The SitePad terminal has no local computing capabilities and relies on the server to provide each unit with its own Windows NT virtual session. This allows workers access to desktop computing capabilities without being tied down to a fixed location.
The SitePad solution offers workers benefits, including:
- Ease-of-use: Users interact with the SitePad terminal just as they would a PC and are able to access the internet and e-mail, as well as a multitude of applications such as Word and Excel via touching the screen (with finger or stylus) for mouse and on-screen keyboard input. The performance and response time of the system, with the exception of motion video, is equivalent to the performance of most desktop PCs.
- Security: Since the wireless thin client solution only transmits pixel (or screen update) information to the SitePad terminals, data files are never transmitted over the air. For additional protection of information, each unit can be configured to require a security ID to be entered prior to opening a session on the server. Since applications and data are not stored locally, valuable information will not be lost or compromised if the terminal is misplaced or stolen.
- Quick System Integration and User Acceptance: Since all applications execute on the server, there is no requirement for new software development. The SitePad thin client terminal also utilizes low-power, local-area 2.4 GHz spread spectrum radio technology which does not require FCC licensing and can be implemented quickly. In addition, mobile workers will be able to use applications with which they are already familiar.
- Centralized Management Support: By centralizing all computing elements on the server, SitePad wireless thin client terminals simplify IT management and support. The thin client server software provides IT managers with a flexible, cost-effective interface for system control and management including trouble shooting, configuration management and software version, and upgrade management for all SitePad terminals.
The SitePad wireless thin client terminal has many on-site applications, depending on the requirements of specific industries:
- Manufacturing: Inventory management, factory floor control and line configuration
- Warehousing: Inventory management, inventory transfer and routing, and floor-space management
- Transportation: Inventory management, material handling, and project scheduling for railroad, airlines, and courier organizations
- Utilities: Parts inventory control, service vehicle maintenance, and nuclear power plant operations
- Healthcare: Medical records, admitting, and drug or lab test ordering at the point of care
Cruise is licensing its CruiseConnect embedded system software and hardware platform designs to Motorola for incorporation into the SitePad wireless thin client terminal.
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