bSQUARE has announced a deal to manufacture 5000 units of its popular reference design for Hoeft & Wessel Skeye Webpanel. Hoeft & Wessel intends to offer the devices to their customers throughout Europe under the brand name skeye.mobile.
Here’s the official release –
The new skeye.mobile devices are to be targeted at vertical market customers, predominantly in the areas of retail sales and transportation dispatching, as well as enterprise users. The handhelds would complement Hoeft & Wessel’s existing skeye.pad tablet product line by targeting mobile professionals who seek an unrivaled Wireless Data experience in a smaller form factor device. It would be the first mobile device to feature a VGA display that presents web pages like a laptop, a retractable QWERTY thumb-type keyboard, GSM cell phone, and built-in radio technology to access high-speed, always-on GPRS wireless data networks — all in a very small handheld form factor.
“BSQUARE’s turnkey handheld device design allows us to offer our customers two different tiers of wireless data products to meet their specific requirements,” said Peter Claussen, Executive Chairman, Hoeft & Wessel Skeye Webpanel AG. “Since skeye.pad and skeye.mobileboth use the Windows CE operating system, it will be easy for our customers to develop mobile application software that runs on either device without significant modification.”
“A strong focus on serving vertical markets like retail, as well as enterprise customers, makes Hoeft & Wessel an ideal OEM partner for BSQUARE,” said Bill Baxter, President & CEO, BSQUARE Corp. “Business professionals in Europe already lead the rest of the world in using next-generation mobile applications and Wireless Data networks to increase their productivity. Now the skeye.mobile handheld gives them a smaller, higher performance device for accessing those applications.”
“BSQUARE’s Power Handheld is a great tool with very unique features for the enterprise,” said Tony Sica, Vice President Intel Wireless Communication and Computing Group. “To this point, it has been very difficult for OEMs and carriers to capitalize on the ever-increasing voice and data opportunities found in corporations of all sizes. Powerful clients like BSQUARE’s that run Intel(R) XScaleTM technology based processors provide a very compelling way for wireless carriers to turn data into dollars and enable OEMs to get into the wireless IT game in significant ways.”
This is certainly good news for those of you in Europe. We saw this device at the CES and it was pretty amazing. I can only hope someone takes this leap in the US very soon!
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