From its offices in Austin, Texas, Xplore Technologies Corp. (NASDAQ: XPLR), a pioneer in the global rugged tablet industry, earlier this week announced that one of the largest field service and engineering companies in the electric utility sector has placed an additional order for 100 XSLATE B10 fully rugged tablet PCs together with additional batteries, battery chargers, and AC adapters. This additional purchase agreement supplements the 700 XSLATE B10s already ordered and deployed by the customer in early 2016 as its supports the program of repair and restoration on North America’s aging utility infrastructure now underway.
Announcing the new order, Mark Holleran, president and COO of Xplore remarked:
“Customer acceptance of the XSLATE B10 has been tremendous since its launch in September 2015. Many utility sector leaders, including this customer, have experienced near-immediate ROI after mobilizing critical workflows on the B10. As a result, we are receiving several repeat orders for this fully rugged tablet, even though it has only been available for approximately one year.”
Among the several reasons identified by this customer for choosing the XSLATE B10 as its primary computing platform is the B10’s inclusion of sealed ports. A sealed I/O port protects sensitive internal circuitry from invasive elements such as rain, snow, ice or dust. Sealed ports on the tablets it deploys is a vital requirement for this utility infrastructure service provider since nearly 90 percent of its 3,000 employees are mobile, spending all day in the field, mostly on foot, in extreme environmental conditions. The award-winning XSLATE B10 is IP65 and MIL-STD-810G rated and is the first rugged mobile computer to offer up to eight sealed I/O ports as a standard built-in feature.
Another factor in the decision to go with the B10 was its sunlight-readable display, Wet and Glove Touch data entry capabilities, support for Windows® 7 and 10 OS, Intel® Broadwell generation Core-Series processors, and 8GB Ram. This combination of features allows field service personnel to connect with back-office data systems and interact with necessary workflow applications no matter their location or surrounding environmental conditions. The additional hot-swappable batteries will provide up to 20 hours of power for each user, and the B10’s built-in 4G LTE broadband and 802.11ac Wi-Fi technologies will provide reliable data access and communications channels for the widely dispersed field service teams around the clock.
All 800 XSLATE B10s are expected to be used by the customer’s field service technicians in the inspection, assessment, repair, and installation of wood and steel electrical and telephone poles. The tablets will also be employed in conducting field surveys and audits of the utility infrastructure. The collection, aggregation, sharing and review of operational data in real time made possible by the deployment of the B10 will increase efficiency by improving the management of inventory, crew routing, status reporting and related processes without delay.
“From the very beginning, this customer expressed the need for a highly scalable and uncompromising mobile computing solution that would replicate a high performance desktop PC experience – and the XSLATE B10 tablet PC delivered just that,” Holleran added. “They recognized the value of the tablet PC form factor as they had previously used non-Xplore tablets for field operations. However, our competitors’ legacy devices just couldn’t keep up the rising data demands or modern workflow mobility requirements like Xplore’s future-proof solutions are designed to do.”
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