Xplore Technologies Corp. (NASDAQ:XPLR) and CLS America take it to the tablets with the Thorium X, a satellite communications tablet system built on the Xplore XSLATE D10 Android™ rugged tablet PC.
Xplore received an initial order from OEM customer CLS for 1,000 XSLATE D10 units and is prepared to fulfill follow-on orders as needed over the next three years to support rising production and sales of the CLS-branded system. The Xplore XSLATE D10 rugged tablet was selected to serve as the underlying platform for the Thorium X rugged satellite tablet and software solution, which is now available to customers worldwide and will be showcased at Xplore’s booth #3231 at DistribuTECH 2017 in San Diego, CA, January 31-February 2, 2017.
Mark Holleran, president and COO of Xplore remarked, “One of Xplore’s strengths is the ability to engineer flexible rugged tablet technologies that allow OEMs such as CLS to customize and implement future-proof mobility solutions based on our industry leading platforms. By adding satellite data communications capabilities to the best Android rugged tablet on the market—the Xplore XSLATE D10—CLS both expands the addressable market and enables increased ROI for customers with 'off the grid' mobile workforces.”
The Intel®-powered Thorium X features an integrated Iridium Short Burst Data (SBD) modem and flexible satellite antenna that increases the reliability, speed, and cost-effectiveness of mobile communications. As a result, users will be able to maintain continuity in their professional activities from any remote location around the globe, and probably at a lower cost than most cellular data plans.
“We know that communications challenges in places or during times when no cellular or WiFi is available costs global industries and governments millions of dollars,” explained Michael Kelly, vice president of CLS America. “Thorium X now allows people to stay connected via satellite 100 percent of the time, and at a fraction of the cost of satellite phones.”
Thorium X users will have the ability to access email, view statistical reports of missions, engage in M2M communication and monitoring, and send electronic forms, among other critical tasks, via satellite in real-time. A bright, 10.1” outdoor viewable screen and Glove Touch capabilities make it easy to conduct secure, TPM 1.2-protected transactions day or night, even in inclement weather. Thorium X software solutions are also available as a tablet app and desktop platform to securely facilitate mapping functions, deliver weather reports, and perform data compilation and transmissions in real-time via the rugged satellite tablet.
“The launch of Thorium X means that users no longer have to rely solely on WiFi or cellular network connections. This is a huge win for people and teams who work in remote areas, or during times that other communications have been compromised, especially those supporting global operations related to emergency management, military, environmental monitoring, government, fisheries, and other field-centric industries,” Kelly continued.