Kyocera and Visual Labs Team Up at the National Sheriffs’ Conference

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Public-safety workers, particularly sheriffs and police officers, face some of the most stressful job situations and unpredictable environmental conditions known to man. It’s for this very reason that our team at Kyocera designs our rugged product lineup with public-safety workers in mind. Whether an officer is involved in a high-speed chase or monitoring a riot, we design mobile devices that can withstand virtually any obstacle or challenge. We also partner with software solution providers, like Visual Labs, to integrate industry-specific technologies into our devices that assist with increased productivity and reduced costs for taxpayers.

Next week, we are heading to the 2017 National Sheriffs’ Association Annual Conference and Exhibition (NSA) in Reno, Nevada, alongside our partner, Visual Labs, to show off the latest and greatest in body-worn camera technologies running on the Kyocera DuraForce PRO ruggedized smartphone. The NSA Annual Conference and Exhibition, which runs June 23-28, is one of the largest of its kind and displays products and equipment relevant to every facet of police work, jails, prisoner transport, and courtroom security. In addition to the Expo, the NSA also hosts more than 60 seminars and workshops covering all aspects of the duties and responsibilities for sheriffs’ offices, including law enforcement, jail operations, service of process, transportation of prisoners, and court and judicial security.

Visual Labs will have a booth at the Expo (booth #914) to showcase its body-worn camera technologies, which have become increasingly important given today’s rise in scrutiny over law enforcement’s use of force. Given Kyocera’s legacy is in creating durable, rugged and cost-efficient mobile devices, we are the perfect hardware solution for sheriffs’ departments across the country. Kyocera will also have a dunk tank in Visual Labs’ booth to show first-hand just how tough our devices are—the DuraForce PRO is built with certifications to IP68 and is waterproof up to 30 minutes, up to 2 meters deep.

In addition to the booth at the Expo, Kyocera’s Dr. Muzib Khan, General Manager, Kyocera Business Center, will be participating in a presentation with Alex Popof, Visual Labs’ CEO, entitled, “What You Need to Know About Body-Worn Camera Technology.” The presentation will be held Sunday, June 25, from 12:15 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. in room A13, and will focus on how to use new technologies to enhance officer safety and increase operating efficiencies. The discussion will also touch on the latest trends and technological innovations with body cameras, including advances in both hardware and software; officer safety features such as situational awareness via live streaming and positional awareness via GPS/Cellular Triangulation; and video geo-location, which is the ability to display maps that simultaneously correspond with body camera footage, and the ability to search for videos geographically.

If you plan on attending the 2017 NSA Annual Conference and Expo, please stop by the Visual Labs booth (Booth #914), and attend our collaborative presentation on Sunday, June 25. You can also learn more about our lineup of rugged devices or follow us on Twitter (@KyoceraMobile) and LinkedIn (Kyocera International- Communications Equipment Group).

Kyocera Fuels Innovation in Mobile Health

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A few months back Kyocera announced the development of one of the smallest known optical blood-flow sensors, designed to measure the volume of blood flow in subcutaneous tissue through contact with the ear, finger or forehead. The sensor is an integrated module with a laser diode and photodiode included in a single package, and uses the laser doppler method to measure blood-flow volume beneath the skin. With the sensor, Kyocera is researching a variety of mobile health (mHealth) applications such as monitoring stress levels or preventing dehydration, heat stroke and altitude sickness by studying trends or changes in blood-flow volume and developing algorithms for detection. The technology has strong potential for the mobile health (mHealth) industry and for health-conscious consumers.

The first prototype device from Kyocera to use the blood-flow sensor is a set of earphones. PCMag tested these earphones at the HealthCare IT 2017 trade show in April, and wrote about them in a recent article. While the potential applications mentioned in the article are still being researched, the article concludes that the future of wearable fitness trackers may be inside the ear or other small areas of the body, rather than on the wrist as is common today. Kyocera’s pioneering work is helping to drive that new reality.

Along with its mobile-phone business, Kyocera provides a wide range of components for smartphones and wearables and has been focused on developing and experimenting with thinner, smaller components that support high functionality in compact devices. With the global mHealth market rapidly expanding, the company is utilizing its expertise in components to address a wide range of healthcare applications. The optical blood-flow sensor used in the prototype earphones, which will become available soon from Kyocera, is only 1mm high, 1.6mm long and 3.2mm wide, and is highly reliable, which makes it ideal for use in wearable devices, mobile phones and medical equipment.

For more information on Kyocera’s optical blood-flow sensor, read the related press release on our web site.

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.

KYOCERA HEADING TO CORRIGO’S GLOBAL FACILITIES MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE

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It’s been an action-packed 2017 on the events front for the Kyocera team. From the Consumer Electronics Show to Mobile World Congress, ConExpo and the Mid-America Trucking Show, we have been working feverishly to get the word out about Kyocera’s rugged device lineup, including the newest addition—the DuraForce PRO. This summer shows no signs of slowing down as this week we are heading back to Las Vegas to participate in the Global Corrigo Conference, Connect2017, along with approximately 350 of Corrigo’s customers and service professionals who are leaders in the facilities management industry.

To provide some historical context, Kyocera and Corrigo have been working together since 2015. Corrigo is an innovative technology company that delivers software as a service (SaaS) and mobile solutions for very specific trade industries, and both companies view facilities managers as a critical part of business operations. We have been collaborating to create and market technology products that fit the very unique needs of those in this important industry. Kyocera’s rugged phones have always been a good choice for rugged industries like facilities management in retail, property management and hospitality, among others, and are areas where Corrigo has a strong presence. As such, our collaboration with Corrigo creates special value and opportunity for our customers.

Corrigo’s solutions include a cutting-edge facilities management platform designed to help users transform their building- and facilities-management operations, from tracking work orders to asset tracking and compiling data analytics. Corrigo’s user base is a fantastic fit for Kyocera’s rugged mobile devices, which we will be showcasing at the Kyocera booth (#903) on the exhibit floor. During the show we will be highlighting our Push-To-Talk (PTT) services, and demonstrating our collaboration with SOTI—a mobility management solution provider—using MobiControl on the DuraForce PRO. Kyocera’s devices are also optimized to run the Corrigo mobile app, making an ideal combination of hardware and software to meet their customers’ needs.

If you’re planning to attend Connect2017 in Las Vegas this week, which runs Tuesday, May 16 through Thursday, May 18, please come by our booth to learn more about our rugged lineup of mobile devices, and how Corrigo customers can save time and money with a Kyocera rugged device like the DuraForce PRO. We will be exhibiting as a Platinum Sponsor and participating in a variety of activities and happy hours onsite at our booth, and will be participating in the Rapid Networking Sessions at the Corrigo Café. Stop by and learn more about our lineup of rugged devices or follow us on Twitter (@KyoceraMobile).

Kyocera Drives Sustainability

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Kyocera is excited to participate this year at Waste Expo 2017, an annual event for waste management and recycling industry professionals. We consider ourselves a global, active participant in reducing waste across all our corporate activities. Globally, we continuously refine our efforts to protect and improve our environment. Locally, we were recently awarded “Recycler of the Year” by the City of San Diego’s Services Department, the 17th consecutive year we’ve been honored by the City for our recycling and waste-reduction efforts.

This underlying commitment drives Kyocera toward providing technological solutions that create efficiencies, streamline logistics and ultimately contribute to sustainable smart choices for any business. For instance, our product portfolio of rugged mobile devices lengthens the life-cycles of mobile phones, the most common electronic that nearly everyone uses. With our rugged technology, we can increase the “planned obsolescence cycle” so that a business can reduce its total cost of ownership across a fleet or a team that relies on mobility to connect across a company’s infrastructure.

In the transportation world, Kyocera mobile devices can ensure drivers and managers have reliable, rugged devices that can survive virtually any environment, including waste and recycling-management and logistics teams. Kyocera provides a wide range of must-have applications, from business-critical voice and direct-mode-operation (Push-To-Talk or PTT), to GeoTab Drive for Hours of Service (HOS) tracking, to group voice and multimedia connection. At Waste Expo this week, we’ll be showing Kyocera rugged devices and Push-To-Talk demonstrations.

Recently, Kyocera supported the deployment of its DuraForce XD large-screen rugged smartphones for drivers at Success Logistics, offering a cost-effective, easy-to-use and durable mobile solution. The transportation industry in general – and Success Logistics in particular – needs reliable, durable devices with larger screens to run the necessary services, solutions and applications that drivers need, across networks.

Success Logistics runs the GeoTab Drive mobile app for drivers, an all-in-one driver platform for Hours of Service, Driver Vehicle Inspection Reporting and Driver ID. Not only did Success Logistics need a larger mobile interface with which drivers could interact with the screens even with wet hands or with gloves on, but also the company needed a cost-effective, durable smartphone that would perform properly “in cab,” survive long-term across different types of trucks and was easy to use for all drivers.

To learn more about how Success Logistics, GeoTab Drive and Kyocera collaborated to solve these transportation issues and implement a solution with the required cost savings, durability, ease of use and battery life, download the Case Study HERE.

And if you’re attending the Waste Expo this week, please come by and visit Kyocera (Booth #4563), and learn more about our work in waste management and the recycling industry helps professionals implement rugged technology and advanced communication solutions. If you don’t yet have a ticket to the show, use exhibitor VIP code CR3 for a discount! We’ll be giving away a DuraForce PRO at the expo and we’ll also be hosting a happy hour on Tuesday, May 9 and Wednesday, May 10 from 2-5 p.m. at our booth.

Public Safety: Rugged Technology for Critical Moments

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Our public-safety institutions are charged with the most important responsibility – keeping us safe – and in some cases, saving our lives. When tragedy strikes, timing is of the essence and errors are unforgiving. Everything needs to go right. While many things are out of our control, our equipment is not. Traditionally, communication devices for public safety have been rugged and reliable – CB radios, walkie-talkies, etc. The evolution of mobile technology, however, now offers public safety professionals an incredible array of features to help them do their jobs in a more efficient and effective fashion. There is a downside to emerging technology though – it’s often delicate, making it unreliable in challenging conditions. Enter rugged mobile.

This week, Kyocera is headed to the International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE) 2017, the annual convention for communications tech professionals and two-way radio manufacturers. Manufacturers like Kyocera are revolutionizing mobile devices, combining the full technological power of the modern smartphone with rugged designs that stand up to the harshest conditions, providing unprecedented reliability when it matters most. From police officers to EMTs to Park Rangers, going rugged can help optimize operations – and keep the public safe.

The Move to Mobile

Rugged and reliable communication devices like two-way radios have served the public-safety sector well for decades. They allow for clear, immediate communication in critical moments, and their rugged designs stand up to the elements and the often-rough situations in which public safety officers find themselves. For these reasons and more, the public-safety sector has lagged in adopting mobile technology. The rapidly expanding benefits of mobile technology, however, are convincing the industry to adapt and adopt. A report from the Federal Communications Commission states that, “Today’s channel allocations in public safety communications bands can handle limited data applications, but emerging applications demand higher data rates and broadband capabilities for communications among first responders and public safety agencies. First responders in emergencies are beginning to recognize video applications and visualized location-based services as mission critical.”

It’s All About Information

In times of crisis, information is the most critical resource. And in the digital age, information is readily available – if you can access it. Smartphones and cell-enabled tablets put real-time information in the hands of public-safety officers, allowing them to respond and react to changing circumstances in real-time. Information is collected across multiple systems. Whether it’s information on a potential suspect, GPS location tracking, traffic information or dispatch communications, mobile technology is the conduit through which information is distributed. Armed with information, public-safety officers can gain a full understanding of the situation at hand, and act accordingly. Access to information can speed response, eliminate mistakes, and ultimately, save lives.

Next-Gen Video

 A picture is worth a thousand words. In public-safety environments, pictures can inform an approach and expedite the resulting actions. Mobile technology is increasingly focused on enhancing the quality and speed of photo and video transmission, allowing users to stream live video information. The possibilities are endless. The rise of apps like Periscope and Facebook Live have demonstrated what streaming video is capable of. Anyone armed with a smartphone can bring viewers into a live atmosphere. Media has been particularly adept at using the technology, broadcasting live from protests, rallies, natural disasters and more. This technology in the hands of public safety officers is invaluable, advancing situational awareness and amplifying information sharing.

IoT

 The Internet of Things has been talked about in technology circles for some time. But what started as more of a theory than a readily available application is finally coming to fruition. According to VDC research, 2016 saw multiple IoT cloud platform rollouts across large organizations. VDC predicts that IoT development will advance in 2017, focusing on everything from platforms as a service to security against botnet attacks. What does this mean for public safety application? Potential. From centralized monitoring of equipment and movement to reporting and surveillance, public safety will reap the benefits of emerging IoT applications. Many IoT platforms will rely on mobile devices, and applications in environments not hospitable to typical electronic devices are driving the demand for rugged devices to previously unseen levels. In order for IoT’s benefits to be fully realized, raw data – and sensitive data – must be aggregated and parsed over time. Mobile will allow for the easy flow of this data by acting as a conduit, as well as offering analytics functionality. IoT data lives in the cloud. Mobile can both upload and download this data anywhere, anytime, enabling public-safety officers to make real-time, critical decisions.

Security

One of the reasons public safety has been slow to adopt mobile solutions is a fear of security issues. Public safety organizations – particularly law enforcement – often communicate sensitive information. A security breach could conceivably have serious consequences. While the worry over security is not unfounded, the mobile industry is constantly evolving its security measures to thwart hacking attempts. With the US military making significant investments in mobile-communication solutions, security development is quickly evolving to meet the needs of the most security-concerned organizations. 

Rugged

Mobile technology often must be treated with kid gloves. Just look at the thriving market for smartphone insurance and aftermarket protective cases for consumers. In public safety environments, delicate devices are a non-starter. That’s where rugged mobile comes in. For most of the mobile era, truly rugged devices were available only to enterprise organizations – and at a significant cost. Companies like Kyocera, however, are bringing rugged to the masses with military-grade, affordable rugged devices that meet the needs of a wide variety of organizations – including public safety. Of course, not all rugged solutions are created equal. The emergence of rugged has resulted in devices that claim they are “rugged,” but don’t meet industry standards, certifications and benchmarks for rugged devices. Truly rugged devices – like the Kyocera DuraForce Pro – are designed to meet IP68 for dust and water immersion (up to 2 meters for up to 30 minutes) and Military Standard 810G for protection against dust, shock, vibration, temperature extremes, blowing rain, low pressure, solar radiation, salt fog, thermal shock, icing and freezing rain, humidity and water immersion. These are the conditions in which public safety workers often find themselves. These critical conditions – in critical moments – require durable, rugged and reliable mobile solutions. Kyocera answers the call.