Successful Field Test for Honeywell CN51

A successful field test involving 15 drivers across four different Emons Spedition locations prompted the company to buy more than 920 handheld computers from Honeywell for navigation and telematics. The new mobile computers will be used for mobile order management for both long-haul and local transport in 21 locations.

Following the trial, a points system was used to assess factors such as the display’s brightness and size, usability, vulnerability to glare and reflections, battery life, response times, and behavior when using the stylus.

Emons Spedition & Logistik is an independent medium-sized family business that provides logistics services. The firm transports more than 3 million shipments every year and owns more than 93,000 square meters of storage space. With more than 2,000 employees across 87 locations, having the right equipment is vital for operations to run smoothly.

Emons Spedition’s Head of IT, Gunnar Stellmacher, said that the device was very compelling on paper thanks to its good performance reserves. He identified the Honeywell CN51’s ability to work with both Android and Windows Mobile operating systems as one big draw because it means that if they eventually switch over to Android, there would be no need to shell out for new hardware at the same time.

Durable and Reliable

This hard-wearing model can operate in a range of temperatures from -20 degrees to 70 degrees Celsius. It easily pops in and out of charging stations with just one hand, and the pogo pins provide secure connections. The supplier of the devices provided custom mobile vehicle mounts that are powered by the vehicle’s cigarette lighter and can be installed and removed in a snap, which is useful because the firm mostly works with subcontractors. The batteries have been able to outlast entire shifts, and the devices even stood up to a very hot summer.

The success of these devices has given the company confidence, and they are now planning to equip their units with more software functions.

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