Say Hello to Kyocera’s Newest Rugged Smartphone with All-In-One Super Wide View HD Action Camera: DuraForce PRO

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Kyocera prides itself on creating mobile devices that are rugged, durable and dependable. Today, I am thrilled to announce the introduction of our newest rugged smartphone—DuraForce PRO. Building on the legacy of our ruggedized smartphones like the DuraForce, Brigadier and Torque, DuraForce PRO raises the bar with stronger specs across the board. And, DuraForce PRO is the first rugged smartphone to augment its standard cameras with a super wide view action camera.

Like its predecessors in Kyocera’s rugged lineup, DuraForce PRO is certified to IP68 for dustproofing and waterproofing (now up to 2 meters deep for up to 30 minutes) and Military Standard 810G for ruggedization. Along with the new action camera, the PRO adds a stronger processor, a larger 5” display, more memory, a larger battery, a fingerprint sensor on the power button for security and much, much more.

Action cameras have become extremely popular for recreational and business use. Adding one to DuraForce PRO means there’s no need to carry a separate device. Because it’s built into a 4G LTE smartphone, you get a 5” high-definition viewfinder to watch what you’re shooting and, instead of having to dock with a PC, the videos and photos can be shared, streamed and posted wirelessly, virtually in real time. Adding to the functionality, DuraForce PRO is waterproof and has an Underwater Mode for the cameras that keeps the viewfinder on, but switches the controls to the phone’s buttons.

For the business world, where durability enhances productivity and saves money, Kyocera devices have become the stocked solution of choice at all four national U.S. carriers and two of the top three in Canada. DuraForce PRO builds on our strength in this category by supporting Android for Work, enterprise-grade Wi-Fi, and many other important features. We’re also very proud of our growing ecosystem of application and accessory developers big and small, whose collaboration allows businesses to turn our phone into customized solution for a variety of industries and vertical markets.

DuraForce PRO has a long list of features and specs that make it stand out in the rugged smartphone category. I won’t list them all here, but encourage you to check out our more detailed official announcement of the phone. Launching nationwide this fall, we’re confident that DuraForce PRO strikes an ideal balance between performance, affordability and durability. Whether you work in tough profession or you’re just an adventurous type who wants to capture memories while you live life to the fullest, the new DuraForce PRO is the right device for you.

For more information about the new Kyocera DuraForce PRO, visit www.kyoceramobile.com/duraforce-pro or follow us on Twitter at @kyoceramobile for more details on device availability in the coming weeks and months.

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 and Corrigo Convene at 2016 PRSM to Help Ensure Facilities Managers are Connected, Productive and Profitable

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Question: What do Kyocera—a worldwide leader in rugged mobile solutions—and Corrigo—an innovative technology company that delivers software as a service (SaaS) and mobile solutions—have in a common? The answer may surprise you. Both companies view facilities managers as a critical part of their business operations, and are creating and marketing 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 differentiates themselves with a platform that supports every link in the work order value chain—its customers range from Fortune 50 companies to mom-and-pops—proudly working with customers from very large to very small. While other software platforms are all about the schedule, or the purchase order, or the accounting, Corrigo manages everything that touches the work. If work orders are at the center of your world, you’ll find in Corrigo a platform that fits how you work.

Corrigo delivers value for its users by supporting improved service delivery and better P&L impacts through every facilities management decision. Furthermore, Corrigo delivers rock-solid reliability and security, comparable to cloud companies like Amazon.

To provide a bit more context, the Corrigo technology platform powers the management of facilities in multi-site environments. Founded in 1999, the company was one of the first five SaaS startups in Silicon Valley. Corrigo’s powerful and flexible solutions are successfully deployed in numerous industries including restaurant, retail, property management, hospitality, healthcare, homebuilding, manufacturing, distribution and all kinds of service businesses.

Kyocera and Corrigo joined forces in March 2015, shortly after Kyocera participated in a Corrigo User Conference. Corrigo was in the market to find a device partner and Kyocera, given its rugged DNA and collaboration with field workers, agreed it made perfect sense to collaborate with Corrigo and be one of its sponsors for its event. It’s been a match made in facilities-management heaven. The two companies have worked together on joint initiatives – including a rebate program for Kyocera devices and Intuit® Field Service Management software powered by Corrigo – collaborating to improve the lives of facility workers in the field. Kyocera has also provided its DuraForce and Brigadier devices to Corrigo to conduct solution demonstrations at industry events and customer presentations.

The DuraForce and Brigadier lines of Kyocera rugged devices, excluding flip phones, are tested and certified for all Corrigo mobile apps.

Next up for both companies is the 2016 PRSM National Conference—the largest, most widely recognized retail facilities-management event in North America, which takes place April 24-27 in Long Beach, California. Kyocera and Corrigo each have their own booths at the event—Kyocera will be at booth #850 showcasing our rugged mobile device portfolio and demonstrating how facilities managers can improve their bottom lines. Corrigo will be at booth #665 showing off its Enterprise platform for facilities management and its Pro platform for service providers supporting the facilities industry.

If you are onsite at PRSM next week, please be sure to stop by the Kyocera (#850) and Corrigo (#665) booths to learn more about our collaborative technology initiatives to make facilities work smarter and more efficient. Kyocera will also be raffling off our rugged devices during the show to a handful of lucky attendees. We look forward to seeing you all there!

Dr. Muzibul Khan joined Kyocera Communications, Inc. in 2013. He is responsible for Corporate and Technology Planning functions, charting the evolution of the business plan and technology portfolio for KCI, which finished 2013 as the fourth-ranked cell-phone manufacturer in the U.S. market. Before joining Kyocera, Dr. Khan served in senior leadership roles in the global telecommunications industry, including Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for Huawei Devices USA, head of Research & Development for Nokia CDMA terminals, Vice President of Product Management & Engineering for the wireless terminals division of Samsung Telecommunications America, and Technical Manager for Systems Engineering, Standards & Regulatory Compliance at Lucent Technologies.