News | June 20, 2011

Field Service-Ready Vehicle Cradle For Rugged Tablet Introduced

Source: DLI

DLI 8800 VMC provides integrated port replication, external antenna connectivity and telematics support in new slim-line vehicle mount cradle.

DLI, a leading manufacturer of rugged tablets, invehicle computers, and mobile POS devices has announced the new DLI 8800 VMC, a locking vehicle mount cradle designed exclusively for the DLI 8800 Rugged Tablet. The 8800 VMC provides a secure method of installing the DLI 8800 Rugged Tablet into a wide variety of vehicles, extending the rugged tablet's use in the areas of field service, field sales, and fleet management.

The field service-ready DLI 8800 VMC incorporates a number of features common to other DLI vehicle mount cradles including a configurable port replicator, connection to multiple external antennas, and a power regulating converter, as well as DLI's soon-to-be released RoadConnect telematics support feature. The DLI 8800 VMC includes many of the same features already found on the DLI 8800 Desk Mount Cradle, this time integrated into a slimmed down, ruggedized vehicle-mount form factor.

At the heart of the DLI 8800 VMC is a fully configurable port replicator integrating one RS 232 and three USB ports (including two IP67-rated sealed locking connectors), a J1708/J1939 telematics interface, and two selectable RF pass-through connectors for use with cellular, Wifi, or GPS external antennas. Using the DLI 8800 VMC mobile workers can easily connect a DLI 8800 Rugged Tablet to a variety of external peripherals including a rugged keyboard, mobile printer, tethered bar code scanners and more.

Through its integrated 10~60VDC Power Regulating Converter, the DLI 8800 VMC provides a stable, regulated power source as well as voltage spike protection for the 8800 Rugged Tablet when connected to a variety of consumer, commercial and industrial vehicles including lift trucks and delivery vans.

Exclusive to the DLI 8800 VMC and other DLI vehicle mounting cradles is the new fully integrated telematics feature – RoadConnect. This J1708/J1939 interface provides DLI Rugged Tablets with a direct link to a vehicle's Engine Control Unit (ECU). Using this firstof- its-kind telematics feature DLI tablets can "pull" a wide range of data including:

  • Mileage
  • Speed
  • Braking patterns
  • Hours of operation
  • Idle-time

By harnessing this integrated telematics feature the DLI 8800 VMC becomes a powerful fleet management and maintenance tool that extends the functionality and value of the DLI 8800 Rugged Tablet.

Designed, manufactured and serviced in the USA at DLI's corporate facility located in LaPorte, Indiana, the DLI 8800 VMC is available for delivery to both end users and qualified resellers beginning in July with prices starting at $243.00.

About DLI
DLI, located in La Porte, Indiana, is a privately held company engaged in the design, manufacture, and service of rugged mobile computers. Based in the United States with an Asian sales and service office located in Taipei, Taiwan, DLI brings to market rugged products that help businesses capture, create, and exchange data throughout the entire mobile enterprise.

The DLI line of rugged tablets, in-vehicle and industrial computers, and mobile POS devices are all designed to perform in the harshest environments and form the oundation of high-value mobile computing solutions in industries as diverse as manufacturing, field service, retail, public safety, warehousing, transportation, and government.