Whatever You Call It, We Can Secure It…

Just when you thought you had the perfect laptop to suit your needs, the CE industry comes out with all these cool new laptops… er, uh tablets… or hybrid convertible devices… Well, whatever you want to call them one thing is clear, you’re just starting to see the first of them.

Microsoft, Dell, Lenovo, Toshiba and Asus are just a few of the major players participating in the tabtop/laplet craze. These CE manufacturers have taken the best of the laptop world combined with the best of the tablet world, all rolled into one new hybrid device. These “convertibles” usually have faster processors for productivity like a laptop and the convenience of a tablet’s touch screen.

When it comes to security for these versatile devices, VPG has you covered. Some models flip over or slide back on themselves, while others have detachable parts. We have a custom solution to secure multi-piece displays. Call today to speak with a sales representative.

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VPG has Power at CES 2012

VPG-booth-CES2012If you didn’t receive our emails and you didn’t read our blog “Lights, Camera, Daguerreotypes!” you may not know that Vanguard Protex Global attended PMA@CES this year. In January 2012 the Photo Marketing Association (PMA) teamed up with the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) to put on an event where innovation and technology thrive. Our team was on site for the duration of the show with a very specific mission; gather pertinent and innovative information for the New Year.

Vanguard Protex Global (VPG) offers a wide variety of retail security solutions to accommodate an ever expanding consumer electronics market. One of the benefits of working with VPG is our patented cord reel solution that powers AND secures your device. Digital cameras, cell phones, smartphones, laptops, netbooks, ultrabooks, tablets, GPS units and even the new “i’m Watch” can be protected, powered and displayed for the consumer to play with. (The i’m Watch is essentially a phone on your wrist. It works with the Android system via Bluetooth. Check it out by clicking here.) Our team was tasked with the responsibility to seek out the newest innovations and document what may be released over the next twelve months or so. This gives our customers an edge so that when the “i’m Watch” is finally released in the consumer retail market our engineering team can be a step ahead of the game in powering the device.

Some of the new gadgetry on display at this year’s show included; a new camera lineup from Canon, a Xyborg tablet from Motorola, a 3D camera from Panasonic, a phone/tablet hybrid from Samsung, a plethora of ultrabooks and a brand new trade show booth from VPG! We have learned a lot at the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show. PMA@CES has offered up some great new innovations and we can’t wait until they hit the retail market. For more information about how to power and protect your gadgets give us a call at 877-477-4874 or click here to check out the VPG Volt system.


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Will a Toughbook Tablet Take Off?

The Front of the Toughbook Tablet

The Front of the Toughbook Tablet

Panasonic announced this week that it will soon offer a Toughbook line Android-based tablet.

According to a press release from yesterday, Rance Poehler, president of Panasonic was quoted as saying “Enterprise customers are very interested in the tablet market, but have been frustrated by the lack of appropriate solutions.”

“The vast majority of tablet devices—regardless of the OS—are engineered for consumers and don’t offer appropriate levels of security and durability or the functionality needed for business use. Like all Toughbook products, our Toughbook tablet will be designed and constructed with the mission-critical mobile user in mind.”

Well there is no ambiguity in who Panasonic is trying target for this product. The question I have is, “Will the demand really be there when this tablet becomes available?”  White collar tablet users typically wouldn’t need a “rugged-ready” tablet, as they wouldn’t us it in a rugged environment. Besides, sales numbers clearly indicate that iPad reigns supreme in tablet demand. The recent iPad 2 release only solidified that.

When it comes to gray and blue collar users, how many of them will want to have to clean their screen multiple times a day? As tablets are touch-screen interactive, I would think that the screen is going to get pretty roughed-up by users on construction sites, government employees and field workers, etc.

As a result, it appears that this will likely be a dud. What do you think? Will a Toughbook tablet really take off?

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Securing iPads and Tablets in Retail Environments

ipad_tablet_retail_securityIn a recent article (pdf) in Retail Solutions Online, Frank Mayer associate Andrew Govek outlines his view into the keys to securing display iPads and tablets in retail environments.

He states, “Securing vulnerable electronics at retail removes a ripe source of temptation. At the same time, retailers must balance the need for secure merchandising against the desire for customers to experience products in authentic ways. Safely displaying electronics, especially the latest drivers of in-store traffic, requires consideration and planning.”

Govek goes on to outline his two simple guidelines to follow when securing tablets. They are:

1. Alter the product as little as possible

2. Secure the product used for demonstration in the most unobtrusive and purposeful way

This may seem easy at first but with tablets having a minimalist form factor, it can be hard to secure the device without detracting from it’s attractive design. But an iPad and tablet retail security solution from Vanguard does just that.

Our field-proven VoltTM solution has been safely securing electronics products for years, with the largest selection of sleek display pedestal options available today. If you want to safely display your iPads and tablets for customers to explore, contact us today to learn more about our solutions. Or call 877-477-4874.

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Pivot: Time For A Change In Direction for Retail Security

Pivot. Point.

There’s little doubt that tablet devices have captured the attention of consumers by offering a broad array of features.

One of the most captivating features of the tablet is the ability for images, movies and the web to adjust to the orientation of the screen. But how do the best retailers show off this feature while offering optimal security for the device? Now, there’s a display system that shows off this feature without compromising the security level required on the sales floor. Introducing the PivotTM tablet display system from VPG.

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The Vanguard Pivot Security Solution for iPads and Tablets

The unique design of the Pivot allows customers to explore the features of the device whether in portrait or landscape mode. And the self-centering technology found in the Pivot ensures that the tablet automatically returns to a position that encourages customer interaction each and every time. The Pivot from VPG – Now that’s picture perfect.

Contact us today to learn how we can put the Pivot to work for you. The Pivot from VPG is expected to ship in June.

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New Dell Streak 7 Available from T-Mobile

The New Tablet Runs Android 2.2 With Dell's Stage UI

The New Tablet Runs Android 2.2 With Dell's Stage UI

On Wednesday February 2nd, T-Mobile customers will be able to get their hands on the new 7 inch tablet from Dell called, Dell Streak 7. It is being touted by the carrier as the first 4G tablet.

The cost of the tablet will be $199 (after a $50 mail-in rebate) when purchased with a 2-year contract. Should you want the tablet without a ball-and-chain contract, you can get it for a mere $449 with a prepaid broadband plan.

The Streak 7 is a step up from the previously released Streak 5, as far as true tablet form goes.  It’s closest competitor would be the Galaxy Tab, which is priced about $100, as well as the iPad of course.

Here are the product specs from

Operating System
* Android™ 2.2 (Froyo) with Over the Air Upgrade Capability

* nVidia Tegra T20 – Dual Core @ 1 GHz

* T-Mobile: HSPA + @ 2100/1900/AWS/850

* 7” WVGA 800×480 Capacitive Multi-Touch Screen with Corning Gorilla Glass

* Front: 1.3MP Fixed Focus
* Rear: 5MP Auto Focus with Flash

* H.263/H.264, 3GP, MPEG4, WMV

Audio and Speakers

* Email, IM and Video Chat on all models
* SMS & MMS on 3G models only

* Full HTML WebKit browser, Adobe Flash 10.1 (Froyo)

* 16GB of Internal Storage with support for up to 32GB additional storage using the user accessible SD, MMC, SDHC memory card slot

* Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n
* Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR

* 199.9 x 119.8 x 12.4 mm

Advertised System Weight
* 450 g

Primary Battery
* 2780 mAh

Read some recent reviews of the Dell Streak 7 at:

* Engadget

* CrunchGear

* Cnet

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Holy Mackerel! Now Sharp Enters the Tablet Arena

OK, perhaps I should have seen it coming.  Though I’ll have to admit the entry by Sharp into the tablet fray was a bit of a shocker.  Did I say “the entry”?  Allow me to clarify by saying “the entries”.  You see, Sharp has just announced the planned roll-out of three devices.  Under the name Galapagos (uh, help me with that one) Sharp will launch a 10.8 inch and two 5.5 inch Android tablets.  The devices – referred to as eReaders with the additional ability to access multi-media – will have built-in Wi-Fi (802.11b/g) capabilities enabling them to access the Galapagos e-bookstore.

The devices will be rolled out in Tokyo this December – no word yet  on the timing of the U.S. debut.  These units are sleek in appearance and boast high resolution screens that should deliver eye-popping images.

The questions that remain to be answered about pricing and U.S. availability will soon be answered.  The answer that I am looking for is: Who will be next to throw their tablet into the ring?  Any guessers out there?

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