Motorola unveils tablet computer

Designed for a variety of industries Motorola Solutions’ Android-based enterprise ET1 tablet computer is the first of its kind to market

Motorola unveils tablet computer
Motorola unveils tablet computer

October 11, 2011

Designed for a variety of industries Motorola Solutions’ Android-based enterprise ET1 tablet computer is the first of its kind to market.

The Et1 tablet
will initially focus on the retail industry, with applications
specifically catering to the needs of the retail worker on the shop floor to increase productivity and enhance the in-store shopping experience.

Motorola says its ET1 reflects an emerging category of solutions that bring the familiarity and popularity of user-friendly consumer devices to an enterprise-class product.

Australia and New Zealand Managing Director Gary Starr says the ET1 tablet computer features enhanced durability, an optional barcode scanner and magnetic stripe reader, hot-swappable battery packs, and secure system software.

"Key industrial-strength accessories such as secure multi-slot recharging stations are also available," Starr says.

Intended for demanding day-long use, the Wi-Fi-enabled ET1 is password-protected so it can be easily shared and instantly provisioned for each employee according to his or her level of responsibility and access rights.

Based on log-in information, managers can automatically control and monitor use of approved applications to help ensure on-the-job productivity is not compromised.

"The introduction of the ET1 tablet is a natural extension to our product portfolio," Starr adds.

"Leveraging our leadership in mobile computing and expertise in retail, the ET1 will enable store associates to take advantage of the sleek design and user experience of a tablet with the applications, durability, security, device management and lifecycle support that retailers require.

"The tablet has also been designed with a robust feature set to meet the critical needs of mobile workers in other enterprise sectors such as supply chain and healthcare," he says.

Available from the fourth quarter of 2011, Motorola’s ET1 tablet will be offered with the company’s Service from the Start with Comprehensive Coverage program.

"This provides coverage for normal wear and tear as well as accidental damage to internal and external components, significantly reducing unforeseen repair expenses," Starr says.

Motorola Solutions’ ET1 tablet will be


  • Retailers can seamlessly and securely run a variety of applications developed by Motorola’s extensive partner and independent software vendor (ISV) community, including:
    Assisted selling
    Mobile point of sale (mPOS)
    Manager electronic dashboards
    Planogram management and compliance
    Item locator
  • Running an enterprise-ready hardened version of the Android operating system, the ET1 tablet is designed to be used 24 x 7 by multiple staff members.
  • Supported by Motorola’s portfolio of enterprise-grade software modules including RhoElements, a new HTML5 application enablement framework, businesses can now quickly and cost-effectively develop enterprise applications once and deploy them on both traditional Windows Embedded Handheld™ and Android-based Motorola devices, allowing for consistent user experiences.
  • The ET1 incorporates a durable Gorilla Glass™ 7-inch colour display, designed for customer-facing applications containing video and images. In addition, the screen bezel can be customised to match the retailer’s brand.
  • Motorola’s ET1 tablet offers a comprehensive suite of enterprise-class features and accessories including:
    Durable design to withstand multiple bumps and drops during a workday
    Optional integrated bar code scanner and magnetic stripe reader

    Hot-swappable rechargeable battery pack, with memory back-up battery to retain RAM data for up to 15 minutes when the main battery is removed
    Single- and multi-slot tablet and battery chargers
    Front- and rear-facing cameras
    Availability of Bluetooth-connected handheld bar-code scanners, mobile-payment readers and mobile printers
    Optional hand strap for comfortable full-shift handling

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