KYOCERA AND PARTNERS SHOWCASE ADVANCED COMMUNICATIONS SOLUTIONS FOR CONSTRUCTION AT CONEXPO-CON/AGG

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This week, Kyocera, along with our partners AT&T, Kodiak and busybusy, is off to Las Vegas to participate in ConExpo-Con/AGG 2017. ConExpo is the construction industry’s premier international tradeshow, held every three years, which showcases the latest products and technologies for construction business owners, workers and operators. We will be showcasing our latest rugged, military grade, Android-based smartphones enabled with Advanced Push-to-Talk (PTT) communications solutions, which are ideal for use in harsh and hazardous environments including construction jobsites. Our partners will be highlighting the integration of mobile devices with PTT capability over LTE cellular and Land Mobile Radio (LMR) networks, bridging the gap between these technologies and enabling seamless radio communications.

First, AT&T and Kodiak will be showcasing their Enhanced Push to Talk (EPTT) “gateway” technology, which integrates existing LMR networks with PTT-enabled Kyocera devices over AT&T’s 4G, LTE and Wi-Fi networks. This gateway implementation is easy and cost-effective for construction companies to set up, costing much less than adding new LMR sites or frequencies, and expanding capacity and network reach while providing low latency connectivity.

Another partner of ours—busybusy—will also be demonstrating their cloud-based Time Tracking and Equipment apps, which are workforce and asset management solutions that gather real-time data. With a monthly paid subscription, they can easily download onto Kyocera mobile devices, offering a total mobile solution that can help contribute to the bottom line of a construction business.

If you’re attending ConExpo-Con/AGG this week please come by during our daily educational demonstrations from 2-4 p.m. at Kyocera’s booth (#G74113), and to learn more about these advanced communications solutions and see Kyocera’s lineup of PTT-enabled rugged devices. For more information about ConExpo-Con/AGG, visit: http://www.conexpoconagg.com.

Rugged for the Military: Kyocera Heads to Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association West 2017 Show

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Kyocera prides itself on making rugged devices for business and consumers that face some of today’s harshest environments and situations. I think it’s safe to say that the U.S. military faces some of the toughest and most brutal conditions in the world—from extreme heat and dust to sand, blowing rain and wind. It’s for this very reason that we are heading to The Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association Show West (AFCEA) this week in our own backyard here in San Diego.

AFCEA is the premier conference and exposition of its kind on the West Coast, and brings together military and industry leaders with technology providers to network, demonstrate and discuss technology solutions that can assist our military. The show, which is attended by more than 7,000 professionals in the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard, will feature speakers including the Pacific Command and Pacific Fleet commanders, the U.S. Fleet Forces commander, Systems Command commanders and local three-star commanders.

Kyocera will have a booth at this year’s AFCEA West (booth #549) in an effort to learn more about the military’s unique needs for mobile solutions, and to educate this important group of influencers about the power of our rugged-device lineup and key attributes that can help them be more effective on the job. Kyocera’s rugged lineup includes:

  • Offering certified IP68 and Military Standard 810G protection from hazards including water, drops, vibrations, extreme temperatures and much more
  • Eliminating the need for a protective case saving money on accessories and preventing damage from a drop or accident
  • Providing certified Hazardous Location protection (Non-incendive, Class I, Division 2) for use in work environments where concentrations of flammable gases, vapors or mists are not normally present in an explosive concentration (but may actually exist)
  • Leading security features including Android for Work, biometric fingerprint authentication, FIPS 140-2 validated cryptographic module (includes AES 128/192/256) with NSA Suite B security, and Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) APIs to allow flexibility in defining restrictions and configurations
  • Supports advanced Virtual Private Network (VPN), Secure Boot, TrustZone® for Trusted Execution Environment (TEE) and leading EMM solutions
  • Affordable and available off the shelf from the nation’s leading wireless service providers
  • Designed with Push-To-Talk (PTT) in mind, including a large side button, extra loudspeakers and 3240mAh long-lasting battery
  • Support for LMR (Land Mobile Radio) interoperability, complementing existing networks
  • Support for a full ecosystem of app solutions and accessories to accommodate the needs of the military, including MDM (mobile device management) solutions

We look forward to a successful and productive week at AFCEA West, as well as sharing some recent successes we’ve had in the public safety arena with our partners like Blueforce Development and Visual Labs. If you are at the show please stop by the Kyocera booth (#549) to learn more about how our rugged devices can help our military be more efficient, productive and safe, or follow us on Twitter (@KyoceraMobile).

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.

The Future of IoT and Mobile: What’s Coming in 2017

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As 2016 crawls to a close, we look back on a tumultuous and historic year, and look forward trying to determine what the future holds. In any given year, much changes. Our politics change, our businesses change and our lives take new paths. While anything can happen (the Cubs won the World Series!), at least one thing is certain – technology marches on. The Internet of Things – or IoT – has been a hot-button tech topic for some time. But after years of development and refinement, IoT has made huge inroads and looks likely to make game-changing breakthroughs in the years to come, and mobile technology will be crucial to its development. As 2017 approaches, we look into our crystal ball to see what the future holds for IoT and mobile.

Mobile Will be on the Front Lines of the IoT Revolution

IoT is exploding. Every day, more data about more things are coming online, allowing us to make critical decisions in real time to drive efficiency and improve the customer experience – and that’s just scratching the surface of the potential of IoT. As more and more industries and enterprises roll out IoT programs, mobile devices and technology will take greater roles in enabling these programs. Mobile devices, already in the hands of just about every American, will help ease the transition into IoT frameworks, as end-users are already familiar with mobile-based software platforms. Soon, those that aren’t utilizing mobile for IoT will find themselves at a major disadvantage, as their access will be limited to times when they are sitting in front of a desktop. Mobile phones aren’t simply a hub for incoming data – they’re the joysticks (to use an antiquated term) and the main point of access to the world of IoT.

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Major industries like healthcare, transportation and home automation are already utilizing IoT, putting intelligence and communication into machines and processes to make them more efficient and productive. For many of those programs and applications, mobile devices serve as the human-interface terminals. From nurse practitioners collecting health data to dispatchers directing trucking operations, mobile devices are being deployed on a wide scale to execute, manage and control IoT functionality.

The Demand for Rugged Will Continue to Rise

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. When the success of a business depends on uninterrupted functionality – especially in harsh, wet or dirty settings – rugged mobile devices are imperative. Devices like Kyocera DuraForce PRO will become commonplace in the market, especially for enterprise users. And because a majority of workers still use their personal devices at work, consumer demand will also grow for devices that balance the ability to work and play. Manufactures will work to develop more and more devices that meet IP68 and military standards for water, dust and temperature-proofing. IoT programs can be rolled out in a variety of atmospheres, from construction sites to kitchens, but they’re only as reliable as the hardware capturing and controlling the data. Rugged technology must keep pace with the expanding implementation of IoT into the workplace.

Mobile Functionality Will Evolve

 

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High-quality cameras with special post-processing, coupled with sensors that provide position information, accelerometer data and movement direction, are nice value-add features for today’s smartphones, but before long, they will become necessary functions for business applications of IoT. The future of business – and the driving force behind IoT – is data. Increasingly, data includes images and video, as well as analytics and other monitored conditions. Successful monitoring of an oil rig, for instance, requires both traditional data (output, electricity usage, etc.) and visual data, like a live feed of a well, or images of damage. Real-time imaging – including 3D imaging – is an extremely useful benefit for a variety of businesses and will create new efficiencies that will help businesses run effectively. In some cases, users may need to use their existing rugged handsets to execute these specialized IoT functions. Device manufacturers will need to integrate rugged cameras capable of capturing and transmitting images from nearly any environment at any time.

PTT, once primarily the domain of construction workers, will become more widespread, especially with PTT available over LTE networks, making it more immediate and reliable. For most businesses – especially those in the health and safety industries – real-time, mission-critical data transmitted through imaging or voice communication with PTT can be a true game-changer, as it will allow business to react to changes or emergencies in real-time. Mobile-device manufacturers must offer these features to meet the needs of businesses and individuals who rely on IoT.

Look a little further into the future, and mobile devices may take new forms. Contemporary smartphones are limited in screen size. There’s only so much wiggle room for larger screens with devices built to be handheld. For some IoT applications, screens may not be needed. Future mobile devices will solve this riddle with detachable screens, portable screens – and even bendable screens.

Networks Will Evolve Too

As mobile broadband moves to its next iteration – 5G – it will allow for larger data transfers at increased speeds, including streaming video. This means no more “buffering,” no more dropped calls and more reliable communication in general. Device functionality will keep pace with advanced networks, offering more ruggedization, security and bells and whistles – including multiple cameras and additional sensors which will be capable of capturing and sharing a significant amount of information in real time.

And it’s not just the network. While most IoT data is routed through the cloud, it’s not the only option for transferring IoT information. Peer-to-peer (P2P) communication between devices bypasses the network and cloud, sharing information via Bluetooth and WiFi mesh networks, to help make device connectivity ubiquitous. Carefully architected P2P networks offer stronger security and privacy, lower latency and advanced scalability.

Mobile Will Develop in Concert with IoT

 

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As IoT becomes more ingrained into everyday business and life, mobile manufactures and IoT software developers will work together to create solutions that push IoT to new boundaries. In order for IoT’s benefits to be fully realized, raw 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 users to make real-time business decisions.

Marshall McLuhan, a father of modern communication, once famously said that the “medium is the message.” When it comes to IoT, smartphones will become the data hub or the data generation end points. One needs the other to work. If IoT devices – like sensors and thermostats – are a bicycle, mobile devices are a 12-cylinder engine. While individual IoT devices may have low data output, the sum of hundreds of devices will feed reams of data through cyberspace, clogging data capacity. Better, stronger and faster mobile devices will be needed as the hubs to perform intermediated analytics and to help with the capacity crunch. And as IoT grows, with millions and even billions of machines connecting to each other, mobile will evolve in its capacity to offer solutions to different challenges in the future.

The Future is Connected

IoT has arrived, but the technology is in its infancy. In the coming years, it will grow, change, adapt and improve – and it will do so quickly. IoT will have a greater impact on the way we work, live and process information than virtually any technology since the advent of the smartphone. It is only appropriate that the smartphone is intrinsically tied to the progression of IoT. Mobile technology and IoT will grow together in the coming years, each developing its technology to benefit the other.

Kyocera’s rugged devices are at the vanguard of the IoT revolution. With advanced connectivity, PTT and P2P capabilities, and enhanced security, as well as the cool features that consumers want and love – like multiple cameras, fingerprint authentication and protection against water, dust, drops and hazardous conditions – Kyocera delivers next-generation mobile devices. We are constantly innovating affordable, dependable and rugged mobile solutions that move the needle towards a more connected future.

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.

Video Blog: Kyocera, TangoTango Team Up to Enhance Productivity for Jackson County Sheriff’s Department

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Public safety workers, particularly law-enforcement officers, face some of the harshest and most demanding environments and situations in the workforce today. It’s for this very reason that Kyocera has made the public safety sector a priority in our product-development efforts. Mobile technology, particularly rugged devices with cutting-edge software applications, can be the difference in saving a life or responding to an emergency more efficiently.

One of Kyocera’s software partners, TangoTango, is an expert in integrating private Land Mobile Radio (LMR) networks with nationwide LTE cellular Push-To-Talk (PTT) service from wireless service providers. Together, Kyocera and TangoTango recently worked with Jackson County, Alabama’s Sheriff’s Department to overcome challenges with its LMR systems, including cost of deployments and expansions along with coverage in mountainous terrain.

To mitigate this problem, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department augmented its existing LMR network with a PTT-based solution from Kyocera and TangoTango. With TangoTango software, the Department was able to integrate Kyocera’s ruggedized DuraForce PRO smartphones with PTT from AT&T into the existing radio network. This combination ensures the police department can always stay connected and radio for help in case of an emergency, and has been proven to be a very cost-effective alternative. The DuraForce PRO also delivers 12-hour battery life, high-quality audio and the ability to withstand inclement weather, making it the perfect rugged device for the department.

Watch the video below to see and hear more about how the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department benefited from its collaboration with Kyocera and TangoTango.

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.