Kyocera and Kodiak Demonstrate Push-to-Talk Gateway Technology on Kyocera DuraForce PRO at the 2017 DistribuTECH Conference

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We’re off to another trade show this week, and this time it’s conveniently located in our North American headquarters of San Diego. The annual DistribuTECH Conference and Exhibition, a leading electric power transmission and distribution conference, begins today. Kyocera and our partner Kodiak are working together to showcase advanced Push-to-Talk (PTT) communications on Kyocera’s DuraForce PRO smartphone in our booth. The solution we’re demonstrating can help utility companies reduce cost and improve communication in the field.

Kodiak is a Push-to-Talk solution provider that not only offers PTT over 4G, LTE and Wi-Fi, but also developed a “gateway” technology to integrate with the existing Land Mobile Radio (LMR) networks that many utility companies use. This integrated PTT service can be used on regular PTT-enabled mobile devices, such as Kyocera’s rugged smartphones that feature programmable buttons.

Kodiak’s gateway technology combined with Kyocera PTT-enabled smartphones is an effective solution for utility companies and various public agencies that need expanded 2-way communications capabilities without adding significant cost. This implementation is easy to set up, costs much less than adding new LMR sites or new frequencies, expands capacity and network reach, and provides low latency connectivity.

If you’re at DistribuTECH this week, be sure to visit Kyocera and Kodiak at our booth (#4232) to learn more about PTT solutions and Kyocera’s rugged device lineup. For more information on DistribuTECH, visit http://www.distributech.com/index.html.

John Chier 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.

Kyocera Teams Up with Arians Family Foundation for Charity Event at 2017 Phoenix Open

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*Photo taken from 2015 Phoenix Open Charity Event

All of us at Kyocera share a passion for creating the best rugged mobile devices available on the market today. But our passion doesn’t stop there. Kyocera was founded in 1959 by Dr. Kazuo Inamori, whose guiding philosophy is “Do the right thing as human beings.” Equally important to being the global leader in rugged mobile solutions, the team at Kyocera makes giving back a top priority as well.

While the world of professional sports gears up for Superbowl weekend, it’s also time for the PGA’s annual Waste Management Phoenix Open. Known as “The Greatest Show on Grass,” the Phoenix Open has a reputation as one of the tour’s most energetic events. It’s also an event that’s run by the Phoenix Thunderbirds, one of Phoenix’s leading philanthropic organizations for the past 80 years. Kyocera has been a proud sponsor of the tournament and, more recently, has expanded our involvement to support the Arians Family Foundation (AFF).

Bruce Arians, head coach of the NFL Arizona Cardinals, founded the AFF with his wife Christine in 2013, with the mission to support and develop programs that prevent and improve situations of child abuse and neglect. The organization specifically advocates for children involved in the court system, supporting CASAs (Court Appointed Special Advocates) to ensure abused or neglected children receive the love and support they need—a cause close to all of us at Kyocera.

Kyocera is an active supporter of the AFF throughout the year. For the third consecutive year at the Phoenix Open, Kyocera will host a reception for the AFF at the course’s famous 16th hole. The reception is not only for members of the Foundation and its supporters, but a fun day out on the golf course also serves as a reward for a group of the most outstanding kids to benefit from the AFF’s work with CASAs.

With no fear of water hazards or the elements, Kyocera’s rugged devices are perfect for golfers and outdoor enthusiasts. Our presence at the Phoenix Open, however, goes much deeper than that. We’re proud to continue our involvement with the Phoenix Thunderbirds and support of the Arians Family Foundation. If you’d like to help this amazing program and help be a voice for children in need, visit http://www.ariansfamilyfoundation.com/.

For more information on Kyocera’s rugged lineup, please visit our website or follow us on Twitter @kyoceramobile.

From Futuristic to Functional: A Look at the Top Trends from CES 2017

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The 2017 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas was as crazy as you might have imagined it to be, with more than 165,000 attendees in the technology industry converging on Sin City all at once. While I am still trying to catch my breath from all of the meetings, announcements and new products, this year’s CES did not disappoint in terms of highlighting some really cool technology. All sorts of “things,” from refrigerators to hairbrushes to cars, are getting connected to the Internet. And as part of the wireless industry, I couldn’t help but notice that mobile devices are at the core of most of these connections.

After taking a look at the myriad product introductions at CES 2017, there were several trends that stood above the “noise” of the show, including the Internet of Things (IoT), wearables, AR/VR, connected cars and robotics. While many of these trends were also front and center last year, they are now becoming more consumer-friendly, cost-efficient, and ready (or much closer to ready) for primetime and mass adoption.

Here are some of the major takeaways from our time at CES 2017:

  • The IoT Revolution is Closer: Mobile is front and center of the Internet of Things (IoT), and many of the products and services showcased at CES this year proved that. While many companies are integrating connectivity and sensors into every day products to make them “smart,” the companies that do so in a way that is seamless, straightforward and provides clear value to consumers will ultimately be successful and drive IoT technologies forward to widespread use. One fun example we saw is Target, which is releasing a line of Bluetooth-connected lamps that use tunable white lights and are remarkably affordable.
  • Driving the Connected and Autonomous Car Forward: While fully autonomous driving is not a reality for 2017, more and more vehicles are implementing technologies such as self-parking and automatic braking that are getting us closer to that reality. Companies like Chrysler, Faraday Future and Honda made headlines at CES this year with impressive vehicle showcases. Chrysler featured the Chrysler Portal Concept car, which is fully autonomous and has face and voice recognition built in. While there is no specific plan for commercialization, some of the types of technologies used in the concept vehicle will be available in the not-too-distant future. Faraday Future was founded in 2014 and since then has developed two major concept cars, including the FF FFZero1, which debuted at CES last year, and the FF91, which debuted this year. The FF91 is a stealth-like luxury electric car that will offer many autonomous features such as self-driving and self-parking in addition to a 378-mile range. And for another really cool innovation, the Honda Riding Assist is a self-balancing concept motorcycle, designed to provide the thrill of riding a motorcycle while reducing the danger quotient. It keeps the rider upright, even at low speeds.
  • Robots Take to the Earth and Sky: Robotics was another popular category at CES this year, from inexpensive drones to robots that cost upwards of $10,000. One drone that caught the attention of many techies this year is UVify’s Draco. This drone is modular, easy to repair, and includes assisted flight modes for learning, making it an especially good option for racing. While it isn’t cheap at $499, its modularity allows for easy fixes if an arm or blade happens to break off from crashing into a tree. Another company, Elephant Robotics, showcased a $10,000 robotic arm launching next month that has integrated computer vision and can reduce the overall cost of machinery that’s used for loading/unloading, packaging and testing by 80 percent.
  • Rugged Holds Real Value: CES runs at a frantic pace, and gets more crowded every year. I can’t tell you how many people I saw drop their phones during the course of the show while trying to get from point A to point B. Most mobile devices announced at CES just don’t have the durability to survive through a major fall or a dunk in the pool. Rugged devices—ones that are durable, waterproof and don’t need additional expensive cases—continue to rise in popularity because of their reliability and cost-savings compared to traditional devices, without compromising on features or performance. While most major wireless-industry announcements will probably be made at Mobile World Congress next month in Barcelona, we came away from our time at CES confident that 2017 is full of opportunity for rugged devices.

Now that CES has come and gone, it’s always exciting to see how far the industry will evolve in the coming year. Regardless of what comes next, it is a sure-fire bet that IoT, automotive, robotics and rugged will all continue to be hot topics in 2017 and beyond.

John Chier 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. 

busybusy, Kyocera Join Forces at the 2017 International Builders’ Show

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The beginning of each year always comes with an influx of trade shows and events across multiple industries. While last week we were running all over Las Vegas for the Consumer Electronics Show, this week Kyocera is joining forces with one of our fantastic software partners, busybusy, to participate at the 2017 NAHB International Builders’ Show (IBS) in Orlando. We will be showcasing how our hardware and busybusy’s software can help the construction industry enhance productivity via mobile technology.

Construction Marketplace, one of the key media outlets covering the show, just published its show guide, and highlights Kyocera and busybusy’s partnership on page 42 of its newest issue. From project and field management to communications, connectivity and materials and resource management, Kyocera and busybusy are working together closely to meet the unique and specific needs of the construction industry.

To read more about our partnership with busybusy at IBS, please read page 42 of Construction Marketplace’s show guide. And if you’re at IBS this week in Orlando, be sure to stop by busybusy’s booth (#W5371) to learn more about our complete solution for the construction industry.

KYOCERA DURAFORCE PRO EARNS CES 2017 INNOVATION AWARD

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As we kick off the new year, we are proud to announce that our latest ruggedized smartphone, the Kyocera DuraForce PRO, has been chosen as a CES 2017 Innovation Awards Honoree in the “Wireless Handsets” category. The annual International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas is one of the largest (and busiest!) consumer technologies shows in the world, and the CES 2017 Innovation Awards* is a prestigious awards program created to acknowledge outstanding design and engineering in consumer electronics across 28 product categories. For our newest Kyocera device to be regarded amongst the top mobile handsets in the world is an honor and a true testament to its standout combination of performance, durability and affordability.

Products entered in the CES Innovation Awards program are judged by a panel of independent industrial designers, independent engineers and members of the trade media. They are evaluated on their engineering, aesthetic and design qualities, intended use/function and user value, unique and novel features, and how the design and innovation of the product compares to other products in the marketplace.

According to the Consumer Technology Association, products chosen as CES Innovation Honorees reflect innovative design and engineering in some of the most cutting-edge tech products and services coming to market. DuraForce PRO, which is the latest among the durable smartphones in Kyocera’s leading portfolio of rugged, military-grade and waterproof devices, offers an affordable, durable and dependable smartphone for both business users and consumers alike. DuraForce PRO is certified against shock/drops, water immersion, vibration, high altitude, extreme temperatures, dust and humidity. It can be submerged in up to 6.5 feet of water for up to 30 minutes and, for peace of mind, it comes with a standard two-year limited warranty. On top of its durability and reliability, it comes equipped with industry-leading, high-quality photo and video capabilities, including three front-and rear-facing cameras, and the industry’s first super-wide-view HD action camera in a smartphone.

DuraForce PRO will be on display along with other award winners during CES, January 5-8, 2017 in the Innovation Awards Showcase at The Venetian, Level 2, Ballroom E/F. If you are attending CES, come by and check it out! Or, if you can’t make it, check out DuraForce PRO on our site. For more information about the CES Innovation Awards, visit their website.

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. 

*The CES Innovation Awards are based upon descriptive materials submitted to the judges. CTA did not verify the accuracy of any submission or of any claims made and did not test the item to which the award was given.