Securing Honeywell rugged devices in the enterprise

Henry O'Shea

May 30, 2022

9 min read

In recent years, the demand for rugged devices in various industries like service, manufacturing, supply chain, logistics, transportation, oil and gas and others has shot up.

Market research statistics released by Technavio predicts that the rugged device market is expected to shoot up USD 1.67 bn from 2019 to 2024, accelerating at a CAGR of 5%.

Rugged devices in an increasingly IoT enterprise system improve productivity and security by a significant amount. Workers can stay connected and access data in demanding environments with the help of rugged devices. Honeywell devices are specifically designed for use in such environments. Using Hexnode’s integration with Honeywell, rugged devices can be secured for use in rough conditions.

Honeywell – Rugged Industry Leader

Honeywell is an Android device manufacturer and a Fortune 100 company from Charlotte, North Carolina in the United States. They are famous for their brand of rugged devices and Android POS systems. These devices are used across the globe by businesses big and small alike.

The list of Honeywell devices includes a wide range of rugged mobile devices, Scanners, RFID readers, Enterprise mobility devices, Enterprise SLEDs, printers, wearables and so on.

The how and why of rugged device management

How will Hexnode secure Honeywell rugged devices?

Hexnode UEM’s integration with Honeywell ensures that frontline workers will be equipped with the right features and apps. This can be done by applying policies that restrict the usage of data, blacklist/whitelist unnecessary applications, as well as turn devices into single-purpose kiosks. IT admins can monitor and secure rugged devices with ease from the comfort of their workspace. Hexnode UEM’s capabilities offer top-of-the-line security for workers to use rugged devices in challenging conditions in the most efficient way possible.
Check out Jayden Traore’s piece on how to manage Honeywell Android device using Hexnode.
Let’s take a look at some of the features Hexnode provides that supports and secures Honeywell rugged devices in the enterprise:

  • Single-app and multi-app kiosks: Hexnode UEM allows IT admins to turn your rugged devices into single-app or multi-app kiosks desiged to work for specific tasks related to business. This reduces unwanted usage of external applications and reduces costs, as well as secures it if a device gets lost or stolen.
  • Remote monitoring and location tracking: Since rugged devices contain sensitive company information that could be potentially damaging for an enterprise if it is compromised, IT admins can remotely monitor rugged devices. Hexnode UEM also allows for devices to be monitored and tracked to prevent sensitive corporate data from falling into the wrong hands. Setting up geofences also helps in monitoring in the event a device or group of devices gets misplaced, lost or stolen.
  • Applying policies: By applying policies, rugged devices can be be used to its fullest intended potential. By applying data usage and app usage restrictions, IT admins can ensure that productivity and efficiency across the enterprise remains high. Policies can be applied based on an employee’s work requirements, ensuring that they receive the right amount of information for their jobs – no more, no less.
  • Remote wipe and lock: Rugged devices used by frontline workers hold sensitive data that could be damaging to an enterprise if it falls into the wrong hands. Luckily, IT admins can prevent this scenario from ever arising with the remote wipe and device lock features provided by Hexnode UEM. Admins can remotely lock or wipe devices from the device dashboard in seconds, and prevent sensitive information from being compromised.
  • App management: With Hexnode UEM, IT admins can create custom app stores for enterprise, containing only the required apps to be installed onto rugged device. In addition to this, APKs and other files can be deployed remotely to multiple devices at a time, thereby reducing costs and time while increasing productivity and efficiency across the frontline.
  • Remote View: A frequently used feature among IT admins, Hexnode UEM’s Remote View feature enables admins to assist frontline workers by remotely accessing devices from the portal and perform troubleshooting to resolve device-related issues in real time. This greatly reduces time where work stays stagnant – frontline workers can resume their duties once the issue has been resolved.
  • Mobile content and file management: Hexnode UEM allows IT admins to seamlessly share enterprise and business content to frontline workers so that workers access the right information related to device issues, problem solving, relevant tasks and so on – greatly improving frontline productivity in the process.
  • Dashboard: Hexnode UEM’s Dashboard provides a simplified, overall view of all the devices enrolled in Hexnode. It is a centralized console from where remote monitoring and issue resolution can be completed in double-quick time. Admins can have a quick glance at device compliance issues, activity summary and if required, necessary information about individual devices.

Custom Capabilities

In addition to the capabilities provided by Hexnode, rugged devices can be further secured with the further customization of device capabilities with the help of OEMConfig. In the case of Honeywell, there is an OEMConfig app in Google PlayStore, which can be remotely deployed onto enrolled devices with Hexnode UEM.

Honeywell rugged devices in particular are very popular, with their two OEMConfig apps, Honeywell UEMConnect and Honeywell OEMConfig for ScanPal EDA Devices. These apps provide industry-targeted features with business-grade performance, which is preferred by many industries.

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Rugged Devices in the Enterprise

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Which Industries adopt Honeywell Rugged Devices?

As previously stated, Honeywell is a very popular rugged device option amongst many sectors. Here are a few sectors in which Honeywell devices are used more extensively.

Healthcare and Life Sciences
Honeywell has the technologies to help healthcare providers increase productivity, efficiency, and shape the future of their organizations.

Transportation and Logistics
Navigating the challenges of delivering essential and non-essential goods.

Offering diverse health and safety solutions for every worker, hazard and industry.

Distribution Centers
With Honeywell rugged devices, frontline workers can transform DCs (distribution centers) into high-performing businesses.

From the storefront to the distribution center and across the supply chain, Honeywell’s retail solutions bring together people, assets, and merchandise in powerful new ways.

In heavy-duty environments, such as construction sites, where devices are exposed to rough conditions, Honeywell provides rugged device capabilities fit for frontline workers.

Honeywell devices help meet mission-critical obligations while reducing operational costs.

Aerospace and Defence
Honeywell is a leading supplier to engine and auxiliary power unit (APU) manufacturers for fuel, air, and lubrication systems.

What are the most widely used devices on the market?

Mobile Computers

Honeywell’s Enterprise mobile computers range from handheld computers and vehicle-mounted devices to tablets, wearables and mobile phone sleds. These are purpose-built for specialized operations including:

  • Retail-in-store, DSD and back-room
  • Warehouses and Distribution Centers
  • Transportation and Logistics
  • Postal/Courier/Express/Parcel Delivery
  • Manufacturing
  • Field Service
  • Fleet Management
  • Government

Honeywell’s range of handheld computers ensures secure connectivity between frontline workers and backend systems. Many of its various devices include long lasting batteries that can last up to two or three shifts, with lightweight designs that minimize user fatigue. Being a rugged device, these mobile computers provide the highest level of protection in rough environments without having to compromise device integrity or sacrifice on its ergonomic benefits. In addition to this, Honeywell’s handheld mobile computers also provide high levels of speed, connectivity, network coverage, anytime, anywhere connectivity and device longevity.

Some of Honeywell’s mobile computer models include:

  • CT45/CT45 XP
  • CT30 XP Handheld Computer
  • CK65 Handheld Computer
  • Honeywell CK3R
  • Honeywell CK3X
  • Honeywell CK75
  • EDA52 Handheld Computer
  • EDA5S
  • EDA61K Handheld Computer
  • CT40XP Handheld Computer
  • CT40 Handheld Computer
  • Honeywell CT60
  • CT60XP Handheld Computer
  • Dolphin CT60 Handheld Computer
  • ScanPal EDA51 Handheld Computer
  • CN80 Handheld Computer
  • CN51 Handheld Computer
  • CN75 Handheld Computer
  • CN80G Handheld Computer
  • Honeywell CN75e Handheld Computer
  • ScanPal EDA51K
  • Honeywell ScanPal EDA50
  • Honeywell ScanPal EDA51
  • Honeywell ScanPal EDA60K
  • Honeywell ScanPal EDA61K
  • Honeywell ScanPal EDA70
  • Honeywell ScanPal EDA71

Vehicle Mount Computers

Vehicle-mounted computers are essential in the day-to-day workflows of warehouses, manufacturing, ports and intermodal environments. With an advanced mobile solution that caters to the needs to forklift operators and warehouse managers when moving products in and out, the workflows become much more efficient and streamlined. Honeywell’s range of vehicle mount computers does just that; combined with a device management solution that accelerates device provisioning, certificate deployment and much more, frontline workers can complete the duties with increased efficiency and productivity.

Some of Honeywell’s mobile computer models include:

  • Thor VM1A Vehicle-Mounted Computer
  • Thor VM3A Vehicle-Mounted Computer
  • Thor VM3 Vehicle-Mounted Computer
  • Thor CV31 Vehicle-Mounted Computer


Honeywell’s rugged tablet computers equip frontline workers in various sectors such as:

  • Retail
  • DSD
  • Field service
  • Transportation and Logistics

Exceptional Wi-Fi performance, excellent Wi-Fi connectivity allows frontline workers to access resources anytime, anyplace. With a wide assortment of hardware, it can also be used for mounting in forklifts and other vehicles in logistics management. In addition to this, its excellent barcode scanning capabilities makes it a truly mobile field device, containing the required enterprise reliability, scalability and upgradeability that is so coveted by IT departments.

The RT10 tablet in particular has set a new standard for mobile warehouse, manufacturing and field service workers. Supporting both Android and Windows operating systems, its breakthrough data capture technology is designed to improve workforce productivity and efficiency.

Honeywell’s range of enterprise tablet computers include:

  • RT10 Rugged Tablet: Android
  • RT10 Rugged Tablet: Windows
  • ScanPal EDA71 Enterprise Tablet


Mobile-scanning workflows are taken to new levels of efficiency with Honeywell wearable computers. Tasks like picking workflows, large package handling, sortation, truck loading and so on in the fields of transportation and logistics, warehouse and retail will see lots of time saved with the use of wearable computers. Improving efficiency improves productivity, and reduces overhead costs as well.

Honeywell’s range of wearable computers include:

  • 8680i Wearable Mini Mobile Computer
  • 8690i Wearable RFID Mini Mobile Computer
  • CT40 Wearable Computer

Hexnode and Honeywell – Rugged Device Management simplified

Rugged devices certainly do help in securing and optimizing frontline workflows. Combined with Hexnode’s various rugged device management capabilities (as previously elaborated), especially with OEMConfig and Android Enterprise, device management across the entire enterprise is solved from a single Hexnode console. Be it legacy OS, device-level, network-level or data-level security issues, frontline workers can go about their duties with increased efficiency and productivity.


Henry O'Shea

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