Honeywell introduces Dolphin 6000 scanphone

Dolphin 6000 delivers converged communications, computing and scanning technologies to the mobile information worker

Honeywell introduces Dolphin 6000 scanphone
Honeywell introduces Dolphin 6000 scanphone
June 27, 2011

Honeywell’s Dolphin 6000 bridges the gap between consumer mobile phones, industrial mobile computers and bar code scanners, empowering mobile information workers to connect, collect and communicate at the point of customer service.

The compact, durable Dolphin 6000 Scanphone automates the data collection process and delivers real-time access to business data, leading to improved productivity, more informed decision making and lower operating costs.

Honeywell Scanning & Mobility Director of Product Management Taylor Smith says
Honeywell has seen an increase in the use of consumer-grade smartphones for enterprise applications.

However, these devices are not specifically designed for enterprise use and do not meet the bar code scanning needs of mobile information workers.

"The Dolphin 6000 delivers more reliability, more powerful scan performance and greater line of business application support than any smartphone on the market," Smith says.

In addition to its basic mobile phone functionality, the Dolphin 6000 offers advanced productivity features geared towards today's vertical enterprise, including field service, field sales, and retail and logistics operations.

An integrated scanner provides fast and accurate bar code scanning, simplifying data entry tasks, while Honeywell’s Remote MasterMindfor Mobility device management software lets users manage, update and remotely diagnose all Dolphin 6000 devices within a network from one centralised location, lowering development and maintenance costs.

Utilising the Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional operating system, the Dolphin 6000 is designed for easy integration with enterprise-grade software applications, such as Pocket Inventory from independent software vendor (ISV), pcAmerica.

Australian Dolphin distributor Ian Walmsley says the Dolphin 6000 fits within a category of product missing up until now.

"There are many businesses that have been deploying consumer smartphones for cost reasons," Walmsley says.

"They often end up suffering long term because of all the key enterprise features consumer products are missing such as full shift battery life, operating system versions that are stable for longer than six months, the ability to source identical replacement devices and to economically service the products for several years.

"Now businesses finally have a viable enterprise class alternative in the Dolphin 6000," Walmsley says.

More rugged than a smartphone, the IP-rated Dolphin 6000 is resistant to moisture and particle intrusion, making it suitable for use in adverse conditions, such as those encountered by a field service or logistics worker.

The device comes equipped with a long-lasting battery for uninterrupted productivity throughout an entire shift.

The Dolphin 6000 also has an integrated megapixel camera and is optimised for voice communication, eliminating the need to carry a separate digital camera and mobile phone.

Multiple wireless options, including GPS, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, help users stay connected in a variety of environments.

The Dolphin 6000 is available with Honeywell’s Service Made Simple service offering, which provides comprehensive coverage on normal wear and tear, as well as accidental breakage for up to three years, providing a level of support, reliability and longevity that is not available with a consumer device.

Further, the device supports low failure rates and unlike a smartphone, has a three year life cycle with five years of post-production support, helping businesses keep mobile device acquisition costs low.

The Dolphin 6000 will begin shipping globally in June.

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