Why it is time to migrate your warehouse equipment to the latest Android OS

As support ends for Windows CE and Windows Mobile, older mobile devices will no longer be receiving updates or patches, making them increasingly vulnerable to security threats. Many businesses are therefore upgrading their hardware to Android devices.

At the beginning of 2020 Microsoft stopped support for Windows Embedded CE 6.0 and Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5, the most common operating systems for the rugged mobile computers used in warehouse or manufacturing environments.

Honeywell, a leading supplier of enterprise mobile computers, has therefore advised that businesses need to put in place a solid plan to migrate or upgrade these devices to the Android platform before they become a liability.

Google has invested heavily in enterprise capabilities across the last several Android versions, and Android Enterprise now features a range of business management functionality and more advanced security defenses, to meet the needs of enterprise clients.

While in the consumer mobile market devices are generally replaced every 2-3 years, enterprise hardware is expected to last at least five years, if not more.

Because of this, Honeywell has put together Mobility Edge, a unified platform for mobile computing hardware and software, ensuring an extended lifecycle, and enterprise grade security, for warehouse mobile computers. Through this program Honeywell’s Sentinel Service will provide critical security patches for up to two years beyond Google’s last security patch, giving customers a product life-cycle through at least 2025.

“This is an important consideration for anyone running a warehouse.” Said Sheldon Vermaak, Solutions Specialist at Cradle Technology Services, “Outdated hardware can be a serious business risk, and negatively affect efficient business operations. Honeywell’s Mobility Edge solution helps mitigate those risks while ensuring hardware longevity”.

As a leading supplier of Honeywell hardware for the warehouse environment, Cradle Technology Services, is equipped to support your business with this transition and ensure that your devices are up to date, functioning optimally, and secure.