Live from Mobile World Congress: Kyocera and its Partners Demo the Future of PTT, Mobile Enterprise Management and More

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Hola from España. Kyocera is in Barcelona this week for five days and nights of eating paella, drinking sangria, and, of course, defining the future of the wireless industry at the 2016 Mobile World Congress. We’re excited to be here with the movers and shakers of the mobile industry, including many of the partners with whom we collaborate closely to enable the future of ruggedized mobile devices.

Kyocera will be showing off our latest mobile phones and devices, including the recently announced DuraXE and DuraForce XD, and featuring our devices in the booths of some of our partners, including Qualcomm, SOTI and Mobile Tornado. If you’re on the ground in Barcelona, be sure to stop by their booths and see how we are working together to bring dependable, rugged devices to enterprise customers worldwide, and enabling new levels of connectivity, security and enterprise management.

Qualcomm (MWC 2016: Hall 3, Booth 3E310): Kyocera and Qualcomm share a long, rich history, as Kyocera’s North American mobile-phone business was formed through the acquisition of Qualcomm’s handset business in 2000. The relationship and partnership remain strong to this day. The companies’ offices are separated by a few miles and Kyocera continues to use Qualcomm’s top-notch Snapdragon processors in our devices.

SOTI (MWC 2016: Hall 5, Booth 5B40): Kyocera and SOTI have partnered to bring Enterprise Mobile Management (EMM) software to rugged devices worldwide. Kyocera recently launched North America’s first LTE-capable feature phone, the DuraXE, which runs on an open-source operating system and uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with 1.1 GHz quad-core CPU, typically used in smartphones. This is allows the device to support SOTI’s flagship product, MobiControl, so that enterprises can enable, optimize and secure their mobile workforces across all platforms, for both corporate-liable and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) polices.

Mobile Tornado (MWC 2016: Hall 5, Stand 5E81): Mobile Tornado provides leading professional Push To Talk over Cellular (PoC) and Wi-Fi solutions, and Kyocera partners with Mobile Tornado to deliver the highest-quality PTT solutions, particularly for wireless operator TELUS in Canada. Both companies ensure that Kyocera rugged devices are tested and certified for compatibility with the Mobile Tornado PTT client. This means better business connectivity and continuity in order to solve issues like latency, responsiveness and screen operability in extreme conditions.

MWC 2016 is sure to be full of innovative solutions for the wireless and mobile industry, and at Kyocera, we look forward to seeing how enterprise functionality and ruggedized design will continue to evolve. We look forward to seeing you on the show floor.

Lane Paxton is the senior director of marketing at Kyocera Communications. An industry veteran of 18 years with experience in marketing, product management and product development, Lane has been with Kyocera since July of 2008. Prior to Kyocera, he was responsible for product marketing and product planning for the U.S. and international business units at Gateway. Additionally, Lane was a co-founder of a successful software company and was a key driver in taking a wireless startup through IPO. When not working or shuttling his two kids to their activities, Lane likes to ride waves and mountains sideways…right foot forward.

 

Kyocera Named Official Smartphone of Honda Racing Corp. for Dakar Rally

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Kyocera prides itself on being a world leader in rugged mobile devices, supporting all types of enterprise verticals and consumers who work, perform or play in the harshest environments. It’s for those very reasons we were the official smartphone of Honda Racing Corp. (Team HRC) for the Dakar Rally 2016 last month in the motorbike category. The Dakar Rally is an intense off-road endurance race, which took place January 3-16 in traverse, grueling environments across Argentina and Bolivia.

The world-famous Dakar Rally originated in 1979 and is a long-distance rally raid that covers various off-road environments including deserts, jungles and mountainous areas. This year, the rally took top drivers and riders from Buenos Aires, Argentina north through Bolivia and back down to the finish line in Rosario, Argentina.

Kyocera supplied ruggedized devices, including the Kyocera Torque, to Team HRC for telemetry and communication purposes. The devices were carried by the team throughout the race, allowing them to monitor the status of the motorbike and send critical performance data and log information to the crew and mechanical experts.

“The Kyocera Torque exceled for Team HRC in the extreme heat and dusty conditions of the Dakar Rally. This was a high-impact, grueling course and the Torque played an important role in facilitating our team’s communication,” said Taichi Honda, Team HRC Rally Project Leader. “Not only did the device survive, but it never missed a step, especially with rugged features like Glove Touchscreen Operation. Torque passed this torture test with flying colors.”

Kyocera was proud to support Team HRC in the Dakar Rally 2016, and even more proud that the same rugged Kyocera products and technologies used in this ultimate endurance race are available today to businesses and individuals around the world. Kyocera’s rugged devices enable all of us to stay connected and productive at work and on-the-go, no matter the challenges we face. For more information on Kyocera’s rugged lineup, please visit our web site or follow us on Twitter @kyoceramobile.

John is director of corporate communications at Kyocera. He has worked on the Kyocera team shaping its communications strategy over the past 15 years – 13 of those years in-house and two with a Kyocera agency partner. John has always had a passion for writing and began his career as a newspaper reporter at the Whittier Daily News, part of a multi-paper syndicate in Los Angeles.  When not working, he and his wife can usually be found coaching, shuttling, refereeing or cheering for his three sons and their numerous plays, concerts and sports teams. 

 

 

Blueforce Development Corporation Endorses Kyocera’s Devices For Workers in Hazardous Locations and Jobs

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At Kyocera, we believe that not all rugged devices are created equal. Our DNA is rooted in creating mobile devices that offer a unique blend of toughness, performance and affordability, and we feel we have a leg up when it comes to providing field workers the best durable mobile solutions. A big part of our success in rugged is in part because we have a great ecosystem of developer partners creating apps that tailor our devices to particular markets, like Blueforce Development Corporation.

Blueforce develops software products that “facilitate the formation of arbitrary and spontaneous confederations of people, sensors, and systems using mobile devices.” Their sweet spot is delivering network-centric computing for those requiring the highest degree of security, mobility, and interoperability, making them a perfect match for Kyocera.

One way Kyocera differentiates our devices for potentially dangerous jobs is by certifying them to certain OSHA “HAZLOC” (or “Hazardous Location”) standards. Earlier this week Blueforce posted a blog entitled, “A Primer on the HAZLOC Certification: Not All Mobile Scenarios Require Intrinsically Safe Devices,” where they outlined the benefits and tradeoffs of different levels of HAZLOC certifications.

As Blueforce pointed out in this blog post, it is imperative to carry a properly certified phone if you work around hazardous materials. That’s where Kyocera excels. Blueforce endorsed our rugged devices, particularly our Brigadier, DuraForce and DuraForce XD for providing workers in high-risk settings “peace of mind that their smartphones are certified for protection in hazardous locations where concentrations of flammable gases, vapors or mists are not normally present in an explosive concentration (but may accidentally exist).” They also go on to endorse our Class I, Division 2-certified devices as offering, “the necessary and robust level of protection, full ruggedization and the affordability and convenience of an off-the-shelf solution from the nation’s leading wireless service providers.”

“Customers with highly mobile workforces require solutions that match the environments in which they work. Whether it is oil and gas, or visiting nurses and social workers, a common requirement emerges: all require a device that is safe, a device that is resilient, and a device is easy to use. Kyocera delivers all of this and more,” said Michael Helfrich, CEO of Blueforce Development Corporation.

Partners like Blueforce are important to Kyocera’s success in our mission to be the worldwide leader in creating rugged mobile solutions. For more information on HAZLOC certifications or Blueforce, check out their blog or call them at 866-960-0204.

John is director of corporate communications at Kyocera. He has worked on the Kyocera team shaping its communications strategy over the past 15 years – 13 of those years in-house and two with a Kyocera agency partner. John has always had a passion for writing and began his career as a newspaper reporter at the Whittier Daily News, part of a multi-paper syndicate in Los Angeles.  When not working, he and his wife can usually be found coaching, shuttling, refereeing or cheering for his three sons and their numerous plays, concerts and sports teams. 

 

Live From World of Concrete: How Rugged Devices Can Help Enterprise and Construction Workers

Greetings – and déjà vu – from Las Vegas. Feels like yesterday I was here for the enormous Consumer Electronics Show (CES) a few weeks ago. This week I am back in Sin City attending the World of Concrete trade show, which runs February 2-5. It’s a perfect fit for us, as Kyocera is committed to building durable and rugged devices that survive and thrive in the extreme conditions that many field workers face. One of the sectors on which Kyocera is laser-focused is the construction industry.

You don’t see many Porsches parked at construction jobsites. For obvious reasons, they’re not the right equipment for the job. Similarly, today’s most popular mobile phones simply aren’t equipped to survive in that environment. Dust, dirt, water and mud are the enemies of most phones and electronics. Construction workers – and especially concrete workers – are faced with some of the toughest working environments around. That’s why Kyocera’s portfolio of ruggedized mobile devices – which provide a unique blend of durability, performance and affordability – can be such an indispensable tool.

World of Concrete (WOC) has been around for more than 40 years and will draw more than 55,000 construction-industry professionals to see nearly 1,500 companies exhibiting in 675,000 square feet of exhibit space. It’s a big and important audience. And this audience needs the toughest of the tough when it comes to mobile devices and connectivity. This year, Kyocera will have a booth at the show—Booth C7406—and will be working closely with partners like busybusy, ActSoft and Klein Electronics.

Kyocera and busybusy (Booth C7307) have back-to-back spaces on the show floor and will be demonstrating busybusy’s time-management software running on Kyocera devices. busybusy has been an excellent partner to Kyocera in helping us to better understand the mobility needs of the construction industry. Isaac Barlow, who set out to find tools that would help him increase competitiveness and profitability for his excavation company, founded the company. Dissatisfied with the options available, he was determined to solve his own problem and launched busybusy. With contractors in mind, the product has evolved to become an important productivity solution for the construction industry and companies with mobile workforces.

ActSoft is another partner with whom Kyocera is closely collaborating at this year’s WOC to bring new mobile functionality to the construction industry. ActSoft is a leading developer of GPS-based mobile applications for businesses with workers and vehicles on the go. Its products include Comet EZ, Comet Tracker, Comet Mobile Worker, Comet Fleet, Comet Asset, and Advanced Wireless Forms. ActSoft provides enterprise solutions through all major wireless carriers to thousands of companies in the United States, Canada, and many locations throughout the world, and will be demonstrating software running on Kyocera’s rugged devices.

Klein Electronics will be with us using our rugged phones to showcase its line of mobile accessories for the industry. Its solutions range from earpieces and headsets to remote speaker microphones (RSMs), charging accessories and more. We’re always happy to work with Klein because, just like our phones, Klein’s devices are designed to excel and enable in the most challenging environments.

Kyocera is excited to be a part WOC this week and to spend time with this hardworking community. Our goal is to help improve efficiencies and provide rugged and durable devices that will keep all workers productive and connected on the job site, with the reliability and lower cost of ownership that construction demands. We don’t want our customers to ever have to deal with fixing a damaged or broken phone, but instead to have all of the applications they need at their fingertips, be it Push-To-Talk, time-management tracking systems or GPS apps. With more than 75 durable smartphones and feature phones launched worldwide since 2008, Kyocera is the industry leader in waterproof, shock-proof and Military Standard 810G-certified devices. I look forward to seeing all of you at WOC this week—please stop by the Kyocera booth (C7406) to say hello and learn more about our leading product lineup for the concrete and construction industries.

John is director of corporate communications at Kyocera. He has worked on the Kyocera team shaping its communications strategy over the past 15 years – 13 of those years in-house and two with a Kyocera agency partner. John has always had a passion for writing and began his career as a newspaper reporter at the Whittier Daily News, part of a multi-paper syndicate in Los Angeles.  When not working, he and his wife can usually be found coaching, shuttling, refereeing or cheering for his three sons and their numerous plays, concerts and sports teams.