New Honeywell Sled Charges iPad Mini on the Go

Honeywell's new Captuvo SL62 enterprise sled, an encasement that transforms an Apple iPad mini into a customer engagement tool for retail, hospitality and field service associates, debuted at the NRF 2014 Expo in New York City.

The SL62 helps employees look up inventory, scan barcodes and securely process payments, increasing customer engagement and improving mobile point-of-sale. It gives associates access to transaction data via the web or mobile apps, providing an opportunity to upsell products and services and keep customers more engaged in the buying process.

The Captuvo SL62 is designed for all versions of the iPad mini. An optional magnetic stripe reader allows associates to checkout customers on the spot. What's more, the Captuvo SL62 also charges the iPad mini when it needs power most, which trims downtime and maximizes productivity.

In addition to allowing associates to go "beyond the counter" and engage with consumers directly, the Captuvo SL62 can improve the gift registry process for brick-and-mortar retailers. Now, shoppers can use the device to scan products, look up information and reviews and add products to a registry as they walk the store. This customer-friendly design can lead to the potential elimination of gift registry kiosks.

"An enhanced iPad mini solution is ideal for our retail and hospitality customers that are already familiar with the Apple iOS and iPad interface," said Robert Kilby, vice president of sales at Direct Source, a retail systems integrator and Apple Authorized Reseller. "Our customers had great feedback about the performance and experience with the Captuvo SL62 pilot units that Honeywell provided during the development process. We will be looking to deploy more of the devices going forward as mobile solutions continue to expand."

Equipped with Honeywell's Adaptus 6.0 imaging technology, the Captuvo SL62 can accurately read most bar codes, including government issued IDs, coupons or loyalty club bar codes, and can withstand multiple 4-foot drops.

The Captuvo SL62 will begin shipping in early 2014.
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