FRENCH TABLET OUTFIT Archos has bought into the French military grade device maker Logic Instrument, acquiring almost half the company to start an enterprise and defence industrial products venture.
Along with the announcement Archos has unveiled a line of smartphones and tablets focused on the business sector, including some with rugged design features thanks to Logic Instrument.
Archos CEO Loic Poirier told The INQUIRER that the firm partnered with Logic Instrument to bring lower priced rugged devices to the enterprise in what he called a "consumer to business" or C2B initiative.
"It was a perfect partnership to extend the range and to bring all our products to the enterprise and create C2B - which is really important," said Poirier. "C2B means: 'why shouldn't the employee benefit from the latest technology, such as full HD, NFC?' Because today, if you look at the professional world, many of the products are dual-core and old."
Poirier said that he didn't just want to bring the technology to the enterprise but he also wanted to offer lower prices to businesses that will allow companies to replace their equipment.
Poirier added that his goal for Logic Instrument is to deploy a complete Windows and Android line in the enterprise.
Together, with the announcement of the acquisition, Archos and Logic Instrument have developed a range of products for the industry and defense sector to provide professionals with ruggedised tablets, smartphones and notebooks built for "harsh environmental conditions" resistance to water, dust, and shocks.
The lineup includes the Fieldbook E1, a rugged 10in Android tablet built to withstand extreme conditions and hostile environments, including drops of up to 1.8m and resistance to water and dust intrusion thanks to IP65 certification.
Certification to the MIL-STD810G military standard means it will also resist a wide range of operating temperatures from -20°C to 60°C.
There's also a smartphone to match, offering IP54 certified water and dust resistance. Called the Fieldbook H1, the Android smartphone has a tempered glass screen and a rubber case to give it drop resistance. Logic Instrument claims the smartphone will run for up to two full days.
Archos' new business arm has also launched a full line of eight non-rugged enterprise focused devices across tablets, smartphones and laptop PCs.
These devices combine fleet management (MDM) with Android and Microsoft security schemes as well as what the firm says is "an extremely aggressive pricing structure".
Sharing Archos' Google certification, the Logic Instrument lineup includes the Logic 101 XS2, a 10in Android based tablet with a detachable magnetic cover.
The Logic 101 XS2 comes with Microsoft Office Suite Pro 6 preinstalled, for viewing, creating, editing and sharing Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint files as well as opening email attachments and viewing PDF files.
Along with the 101 XS2 Logic Instrument will also launch the Logic 50 Helium 4G smartphone. It features an ultra-bright 5in HD IPS display and powered by a quad-core 1.2GHz processor, and the smartphone's 4G module is said to deliver download speeds of up to 150Mbps on LTE networks.
The company will also announce a global network of distributors and resellers that will offer a complete line of rugged mobility products before spring. µ