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Thames Water Standardizes Asset Management and Field Service with Motion Rugged Tablet PCs

Motion Computing, a leading global provider of rugged mobile technology solutions, today announced Thames Water Utilities Limited will standardize on the Motion F5 Tablet PC for its above ground asset management, maintenance and field service operations. The F5 was chosen on the basis of it being the clear favorite throughout extensive user testing with 86% of users, when given the choice, preferring the Motion device over two alternatives.

“Our trial included over 200 users and we tracked a range of factors, from general user perception, physical features and battery life to toughness, application usage and screen usability,” said Jon Regan, Head of SAP Competency Centre in Thames Water. “When you get the kind of feedback that compares the F5 to Rolls Royce cars or that says ‘just about everything about the Motion tablet is better than the alternatives,’ you have to listen to your users. Positive comments on the ergonomics, size, weight and design of the device, as well as the accuracy of the pen input, the photo editing application and the screen viewing angle were consistent across all users.”

The device will be rolled out as part of a phased introduction this summer that will see Thames Water replace a fleet of legacy handheld devices. The tablet, running Windows 8, will run Thames Water’s SAP and ClickSoftware asset and field management systems. New capabilities of the tablet-based solution include the ability to take and share annotated, fully date, time and location stamped photographs of assets via SnapWorks™, the touch-centric photo application for Motion tablets’ built-in cameras.

“This is not just about the popularity - or even the capabilities - of the Motion tablet PC that we have chosen. IT teams cannot live in an ivory tower and such strong collaboration between the IT team and end users does incredibly good things for confidence in the new kit and we anticipate strong adoption leading to improvements in productivity,” said Regan.

“The tablet has rapidly become the dominant form factor for field service industries such as utilities precisely because it offers the end user a much better experience than handheld devices and can accommodate so much more, whilst being far easier to use than rugged laptops,” said Ian Davies, Country Manager, Northern Europe, Motion Computing.

About Motion Computing
Motion Computing® empowers organizations worldwide with technology solutions designed to optimize the performance of mobile workers. Building on a foundation of award-winning technical expertise and decades of industry experience, the Motion® team makes it their business to understand your business. Through industry-leading rugged tablet PCs, tailored accessories and services – Motion delivers mobile technology solutions customized to business workflows. Purposely built for vertical markets including field service, healthcare, utilities, construction, retail, public safety and first responders - Motion’s suite of mobile technology solutions improves worker productivity, data accuracy and security, while enabling real-time decision making at the point-of-service. Customers report lower operational expenses, increased efficiency and enhanced customer service. Motion makes its solutions available through a global network of value added resellers and distributors. For more information, visit www.motioncomputing.com.

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