Hamann said that a key differentiator of the Mobelisk solution is that its abstraction layer is programmable. "This gives programs the ability to access physical key presses and do a hard reset," he said. APIs will be available when the solution is released later this year. Also, unlike competitors, the modular design of MoGo Chimera can be configured to carry only those peripherals that are required by the application. It also includes end-cap validation to ensure that mag-stripe readers and other security-prone devices are genuine and working properly, and are not being spoofed or hacked. MoGo's peripheral options "all came out of direct engagements with Verizon customers; they're exactly what people want," said Hamann.
The outer case, too, is designed for end-user branding, and can be ordered in custom colors, logos or even with overprinting. Hamann said that the plan is to certify MoGo Chimera at IP54, which provides ingress protection from enough dust or splashes of water to be harmful. "But we're hopeful for IP65," he said, which permits no incursion of dust and protects components from high-pressure sprays of water from any direction. "It's also rated for one meter of drop endurance," Hamann added.
Unlike many of today's made-in-China devices, Mobelisk's hardware is made right here in the good old U.S.A. "We're proud to say our stuff is manufactured and assembled in Phoenix." Hamann said that for purpose-built deployments, companies generally start with a small pilot program to shake out the bugs, and then roll out devices in phases. "People will order 10, then another 150, and then perhaps 1,500 over a year-and-a-half. For these lot sizes, economies of scale from mass production doesn't make sense. Flexibility is key for us. We're not doing volume, so it doesn't make sense to go overseas."
MoGo Chimera evaluation units are expected to be available in July; general availability is set for September.
PUBLISHED ON MAY 22, 2013