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.

Kyocera Demonstrates First Ruggedized Android Smartphone Solutions for AT&T Fleet Complete

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Today, Kyocera is thrilled to announce a collaboration with AT&T and Fleet Complete to unveil the first ruggedized Android® solution to support AT&T Fleet Complete®. AT&T Fleet Complete is a family of GPS-based tracking and management solutions for the transportation industry that collect and send vital information between operations staff, mobile workers, and fleet vehicles. The solution is a perfect fit for the ruggedized consumer for whom we design at Kyocera.

Kyocera, Fleet Complete and AT&T are jointly conducting live demonstrations of the solution in the Fleet Complete booth (#1321) at the NAFA 2016 Expo in Austin, Texas, and will feature Kyocera’s DuraForce and DuraForce XD smartphones running AT&T Fleet Complete, including its integration with AT&T Enhanced Push-to-Talk.

AT&T Fleet Complete aims to reduce business costs, potentially increase profits, and enable regulatory compliance. Kyocera’s ruggedized smartphones further enhance these cost savings and increase the dependability of the solution. A recent study by analyst firm VDC Research showed that rugged devices in business settings fail less than one-third as often and decrease total cost of ownership by 46 percent when compared to non-rugged devices.

Kyocera’s DuraForce and DuraForce XD, both available from AT&T, are fully ruggedized, extremely affordable smartphones. Users can choose between the DuraForce’s “standard” 4.5-inch display or the DuraForce XD’s extra-large 5.7-inch display, which is ideal for viewing content like forms and maps. Both are certified to Military Standard 810G for dust, drop, shock, vibration, temperature extremes, blowing rain, low pressure/high altitude, solar radiation, salt fog and humidity. They also are certified IP68, meaning they are dustproof and can be fully submerged in water up to six feet deep for up to 30 minutes.

Drivers and field teams using Kyocera smartphones with AT&T Fleet Complete can be dispatched more efficiently, enhancing on-time performance and customer service. Mobile workers can use the devices’ data capabilities to manage tasks, access job details and complete clock-in and -out timesheets. And along with standard phone service, AT&T Enhanced Push-to-Talk enables near real-time communication between individuals or groups. AT&T Fleet Complete is now integrated with AT&T Enhanced Push-to-Talk. Businesses can communicate even faster and better manage information on the location and condition of their operations staff, mobile workers, and fleet vehicles.

If you’re at NAFA, stop on by the Fleet Complete booth and see AT&T Fleet Complete and Kyocera’s rugged lineup in action. For more information on Fleet Complete, please visit www.fleetcomplete.com, and for more information about the AT&T Fleet Complete solution, visit the AT&T Business Center.

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 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. 

 

 

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.