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Mi-Co Announces Forms Software Support for Motion’s F5 Tablet PC



Motion’s F5 semi-rugged Tablet PC is targeted to the field-force worker. To take full advantage of the camera, bar-code reader, RFID, digital pen, etc, a company needs good e-forms software. Fortunately, there are some good solutions out there, Mi-Co being one of them.

f5_use03 Mi-Co just announced full support of the F5 in this press release:

CHICAGO — Gartner Wireless and Mobile Summit, Mar. 5, 2008 — Mi-Co, (  the mobile data capture software company, today announced full Mi-Forms e-forms support for the Motion Computing ® F5 tablet PC at the Gartner Wireless and Mobile Summit. The F5 is a balance between commercial-grade tablet devices and fully rugged PCs. 

Mi-Co’s Mi-Forms take full advantage of the unique blend of workflow and information capture capabilities in the new F5 tablet PC, including out-of-the-box support for the unit’s 2.0 MB digital camera, RFID and optional barcode scanner. Combining these hardware features in a ruggedized mobile PC with Mi-Co’s industry-leading handwriting recognition capabilities, forms design and workflow integration makes the Mi-Co Mi-Forms solution for the Motionâ„¢ F5 a new standard for field data capture.

“Mi-Co has a history of success with Motion Computing and other leading hardware and software companies in the mobile computing arena,” said Greg Clary, Mi-Co CEO. “Having Mi-Forms as a part of the F5 ecosystem acknowledges that these are two leaders driving the industry forward.”

The F5 was specifically designed to address issues encountered by mobile workforces across industries including field service, manufacturing, government and construction. Organizations within these industries seek to consolidate the devices technicians carry, while improving workflow, reducing data collection errors and ensuring that users can communicate with each other and with host systems—whether in the field or in the office.  Mi-Co’s Mi-Forms for F5 software factors in difficult field conditions and harnesses the power of the F5 unit to enable field-friendly forms that capture data from a range of sources and communicate it quickly to colleagues and to the home office.

F5 field features include:

         Field-ready slate design that includes a magnesium frame, View Anywhere ® outdoor display, integral handle and easily cleaned protective covering.

         Shock-mounted hard drive and combined accelerometer designed to detect drops and shocks, reducing the possibility of data loss.

         Fully integrated camera, RFID and optional barcode scanner to improve workflow and increase productivity.

         Embedded wireless broadband for continuous data access.

“Motion put a customer-first focus on the F5 to ensure that the PC and its customized applications serve the specialized needs of field staff who work in difficult environments and require high connectivity, high functionality data capture capabilities,” said Mike Stinson, VP of Marketing, Motion.  “Mi-Co is a cornerstone company that helps to capture specific data and fully maximize the capabilities of the F5.”

The F5 is IP54 rated to meet difficult job demands from rain, dust exposure and drops. The F5 is designed to protect from the top three causes of notebook damage: drops, liquid spills and objects being dropped onto notebooks.  The F5 is currently available through Motion Computing’s network of value-added resellers and distributors and is priced from $2,699 – $4,000.

Pricing for Mi-Co’s Mi-Forms software is based upon customization and size of the installment. Field customers interested in purchasing Mi-Forms for F5 or the Mi-Forms Designer should contact Mi-Co at 888-621-6230 or view a demo at

Software companies focused on field-friendly applications for data capture, error reduction and connectivity are encouraged to join the Mi-Co partner program to gain access to Mi-Forms script source code supporting the F5 device. Contact Mi-Co at 888-621-6230.

About Mi-Co

Mi-Co, the mobile data capture software company, provides digital writing software that enables efficient, effective data capture and communication from handwritten source documents. Mi-Co’s enterprise Mi-Forms Software System enables flexible e-forms design for data capture using digital ink and provides handwriting interpretation, touch-screen input, verification, data validation and communication of forms-based data for enterprise users. Mi-Forms supports Tablet PCs, UMPCs, digital pens, pocket PCs and the Intel Mobile Clinical Assistant. Mi-Co is headquartered in Research Triangle Park, NC, with a customer service center in Seattle. For more information on Mi-Co, visit

About Motion Computing

Motion Computing is a mobile computing and wireless communications leader, combining world-class innovation and industry experience so professionals in vertical industries such as healthcare, field sales and service and government can use computing technology in new ways and places. The company’s enhanced line of tablet PCs, mobile clinical assistants and accessories are designed to increase productivity for on-the-go users while providing portability, security, power and versatility. Motion combines those products with services and unique vertical market knowledge to deliver robust solutions — platforms, peripherals, services and wireless — customized for the needs of a particular industry. For more information, visit

Motion Computing and Motion are trademarks or registered trademarks of Motion Computing, Inc, in the United States and other countries.

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