Radix has recently joined forces with leading wireless network operator O2 in order to provide its channel partners and end-user organisations with integrated mobility solutions based on its ultra rugged handheld computers.
Under the new partnership, Radix is able to ship handhelds directly from its Milton Keynes manufacturing facility with on-board Wireless Wide Area Networking (WAN) capability. This means that customers receive a Mobile-Data-Ready handheld computer, without having to compromise factory tested durability.
Prior to the O2 agreement, customers would be required to remove the expansion bay cover of their Radix handheld, and self-insert their own PC Card modems and/or SIMS. This required a level of training to ensure that gaskets were properly aligned and the integrity of the seal was maintained, thus preventing moisture and dust ingress. Any fall in re-assembly standards could threaten the IP67 ingress protection rating of the device and render it vulnerable in harsh weather conditions, thereby exposing the business solution to failure.
The alliance with O2 also provides an opportunity for Radix to simplify the deployment of wireless enabled solutions by making it easy for end-users to get connected to the O2 3G and GPRS networks.
In order to keep data costs to a minimum and to ensure that Radix customers enjoy the most competitive business tariffs from O2, Radix have agreed to remove themselves (and their channel partners) from the supply chain as far as airtime is concerned. The agreement enables end user organisations to establish a direct relationship with O2 for billing.
As the device is factory shipped with modem and SIM on board, all the customer needs to do is advise O2 when to enable the SIM. The service is then effectively switched on, and billing is organised by O2 directly.
Radix and O2 are enthusiastic about the potential for wireless-enabled solutions in ultra rugged handheld markets. Traditionally, new technology adopters in environments where ultra rugged equipment is deployed have tended to be among the late majority, and with 2.5g networks now well established and delivering business benefit in a wide range of areas, considerable growth is anticipated in this sector.
The new partnership enables Radix and O2 to leverage each others experiences and strengths, and to deliver mobile data solutions with low cost, low risk and high positive business impact. Radix has strategic relationships with a global network of system integrators. These vertical market partners are able to provide integrated mobile computing solutions tailored to the needs of individual customers.
Radix and its partners provide ultra rugged mobile computing solutions for demanding environments. With proven technical expertise in the design and manufacture of sophisticated yet durable mobile computers, Radix is perfectly positioned as the partner of choice for organisations implementing mission critical mobility solutions.