Honeywell has introduced a new device designed specifically for the rugged environments frequented by today’s mobile workers. The Dolphin 70e Black is an enterprise hybrid device (EHD) that provides data capture, scanning and Internet capabilities and is designed to withstand drops on concrete, exposure to dust and submersion in water, Honeywell said.

With a 12-hour battery life, the smart device Dolphin 70e Black was created for traditional auto-identification and data capture customers who want something sleeker and lighter than a typical AIDC industrial device, but need something tougher than a consumer-grade phone, the company pointed out.

“Honeywell has decades of experience in rugged design manufacturing and we are proud to introduce the AIDC industry’s newest rugged hybrid device,” said John Waldron, president of Honeywell Scanning & Mobility. “Dolphin Black reflects two device trends in today’s industrial world: consolidation and consumerization. Workers and enterprises are looking for a single device that can do the work of several. They also want their devices to be as intuitive and easy to use as their personal mobile phones and tablets, but rugged enough to survive the environment of today’s mobile professional.” 

Features of the device include:

  • IP67 rating allows for submersion in water and is completely dust-proof
  • Enterprise-class area-imaging scanner
  • Large 4.3 in. capacitive touch display that can be viewed in direct sunlight
  • Up to 12 hours of battery life with a user replaceable battery
  • At 7 ounces and around ¾ in. thick, it is lightweight and compact enough to fit in a worker’s pocket

ALK Technologies tested some of its products on a beta version of the device and came away impressed.

“We had the opportunity to test our CoPilot Live Professional navigation solution on a beta version of Dolphin Black, and from a developer perspective, we were tremendously impressed with the implementation of our application. Our customers value accuracy and efficiency in a convenient form factor and with the Dolphin Black’s lightning quick performance and stunning product design, Honeywell is in a strong position to meet our customers’ needs,” said Dan Popkin, vice president of business development of enterprise solutions at ALK Technologies.

The Dolphin Black will begin shipping with Windows operating systems and Android operating systems in February 2013.