Tailored for warehouse management and similar applications, the vehicle-mount Datalogic R Series, made for Datalogic by German DLoG, is designed to reduce errors in receiving, storing, retrieving and shipping. Add a handheld bar code scanner for additional data entry or location confirmations. The R Series comes in three models with different screen sizes and slightly different specifications. The R Series 12 model shown here is the largest version, suitable for applications that require a full SVGA display and have enough room for the somewhat larger package (12.6 x 10.3 x 4.0 inches and 11.4 pounds).
From a technical standpoint, the R Series vehicle mounts are Windows CE 5.0-based systems using the 520MHz version of the Marvell XScale PXA270 processor. There are 128MB or RAM and Flash ROM each. A PC Card Type II slot is available for expansion as long as no CF card is being used.
As the name implies, the R Series 12 uses a large (for a vehicle computer) 12.1-inch display. It is a color TFT with standard 800 x 600 pixel SVGA resolution, enough for almost all applications. The display has a fairly bright backlight (up to 350 nits) and a resistive touch screen. Datalogic offers a variety of compact external keyboards. A total of 25 membrane keys programmable located around the display can be used for settings and applications.
As a vehicle mount system, the R Series 12 is designed to run on 24/48 Volt DC. It can handle significant voltage sags (up to 10 Volts), but there is no internal backup battery.
For connectivity, the R Series 10 has two standard DB9 serial ports. Our review unit came with a full USB port as well as a mini-A and a mini-B USB port. For wireless networking connectivity, there is 802.11b/g WiFi.
The Datalogic R Series are extremely solid and rugged machines. Their fanless housings are made of solid aluminum, and the machines are designed specifically to handle the shock and vibration encountered in rigid suspension vehicles. The R Series is heavily sealed and can handle a wide 32 to 122 degree Fahrenheit operating temperature range. An optional heater allows operation down to -22 degrees Fahrenheit, making it suitable for freezer and cold storage environments.
A wide variety of mounting solutions are available for the R Series, including sun visor mounts, mounts for the optional barcode reader, swiveling brackets, and the uniquely versatile RAM Mount solutions.
For software development, there is the standard Windows CE SDK as well as Wavelink terminal emulation, and a variety of Datalogic and Wavelink utilities.