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Motion CL900 hits the ground running

Motion CL900 hits the ground running

Ruggedised tablet for vertical markets lands in NZ

The first shipment of the Motion CL900 tablet PC flew out the door almost as soon as it landed in New Zealand on Tuesday.

The tablet, which was first announced by Motion Computing in January, is the company’s first small form-factor, rugged tablet designed for productivity and integration.

“It’s been ruggedised and designed for everyday business use both outdoors and indoors,” says Vaughan Nankivell, General Manager Corporate and Enterprise at Simms International, Motion’s exclusive distributor in New Zealand. “It’s also unique in the sense that it’s brought Windows computing into the touch space. So you’ve got a lot of businesses out there that are Microsoft architecture and they want a device to fit under the security environment they are used to with their desktop clients so this slots into it. It's not another OS they have to deal with or find a way to manage.”

Simms began taking orders for the tablet in April and though the first shipment was relatively small, many were aimed at resellers considering larger deployments across different vertical markets.

According to the statement, the tablet—which runs Windows 7—has a sealed exterior to protect against dust, moisture and other elements; a Corning Gorilla glass, 10.1 inch display, and a .9 kg body that has been tested to withstand drops from a height of 1.3 metres. It also comes with BIOS level security protection through Computrace, which can double as an asset management agent controlled through software running on the enterprise level.

The tablet starts at $1,995 with options—such as swipe-card slots—designed for specific vertical markets.

“It’s not an iPad competitor,” says Nankivell. “This is a channel product. It’s worth resellers getting behind.”

Simms BDM for Motion products Dale Campbell says the tablet is targeted at organisations with field sales forces that need to input more than “one string of data” on the go.

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