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Issue Date: Vol. 52, No. 7, July 2012, Posted On: 7/8/2012

Juniper And SDG Ready Launch Of Rugged Android Tablet Computer

Hank Schlesinger
vending route tools, vending machine business, tablet computer, vending routeman, Rampage 6, SDG Systems, Todd Blumer, Juniper Systems, Rob Campbell, Mesa Rugged Notepad, rugged handheld computing solutions, Android Open Source Project

Juniper Rampage

LOGAN, UT -- A tablet computer that even the most butterfingered routeman or worst conditions can't destroy is slated to enter the market soon. Scheduled for rollout in the third quarter of 2012, the Rampage 6 is the product of a partnership between Juniper Systems here and Harmony, PA-based SDG Systems.

The new unit will provide many of the advantages and benefits of Juniper's previously introduced Mesa Rugged NoteĀ­pad, including a large 5.7" viewing display and integrated GPS receiver with 2- to 5-meter accuracy. An optional 1D/2D barcode scanner also is available.

The new handheld unit runs on the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) 2.3 operating system. It will be available exclusively through SDG.

The Rampage 6 arrives with an IP67 ingress protection rating, which specifies that the device is sealed against dust and able to withstand immersion in water as deep as 1 meter (39") for 30 minutes. According to the manufacturer, it also can survive a fall of 4 feet onto concrete and being left in a sweltering truck.

"Our new partnership with SDG Systems will further enhance our ability to provide the best rugged handheld computing solutions to our customers," said Rob Campbell, president and chief executive of Juniper Systems. "By working together, we have created a very unique and in-demand handheld computer with the Android (AOSP) operating system, now known as the Rampage 6. Leveraging the Android expertise of SDG gives our customers an original and powerful data collection device and we couldn't be more excited about the opportunities this new partnership will bring."

Juniper officials report that AOSP 2.3 offers many advantages for data collection, including easy multitasking, a modern user interface, rich programming environment, multiplatform development, abundant application data storage, open source flexibility and the opportunity to take full advantage of a custom Android interface developed by SDG Systems. Additionally, its optional "kiosk" mode can restrict the applications accessible by the user, creating a single-purpose device without distractions.

"Collaborating with Juniper Systems on a product as unique and dependable as the Mesa Rugged Notepad has made this experience very rewarding, and we're excited to put the SDG name on it," said Todd Blumer, president and chief executive of SDG Systems. "Our decision to develop Android for the Mesa was based on its extreme ruggedness, quality design and dependability. I am confident that the Rampage 6 will live up to those standards."

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