Spectralink Pivot 8753 

The Spectralink Pivot is part of a complete WLAN solution for healthcare professionals, and it runs Android

Android has been noticeably absent from industry applications, like assembly factories, warehouse facilities and hospitals. The function is there, and the open-source Android code is a complete operating system and application framework that nobody has done much more than phones or tablets with. Spectralink is going to try and change that.

As part of their unified communications systems, the new Spectralink Pivot is a handheld Android device that does traditional voice calling, video and data transmission over WLAN, complete with a 1D/2D barcode scanning system built in. While this is a perfect application for many use cases, Spectralink is directly marketing it towards healthcare facilities.

This is exciting stuff, folks. We think about phones and tablets when we think about Android, but as a complete embedded platform Android is capable of running on all sorts of equipment. While the Spectralink Pivot may resemble a traditional handheld device, the addition of the scanner when paired with custom software makes for a great single communications device for the Nursing staff — who we all know does all the work at the hospital and needs every tool they can get to help do their job. The same goes for workers in a giant warehouse, or a production facility. Right now, most places using similar technology are using late-model iPods or iPads with extra equipment hanging off of them to do this. Switching to Android means they can run custom firmware, and install applications as needed without any interference from App stores or platform rules. That's a big plus for the IT guys who keep this sort of system running.

To be sure, products like this aren't designed or built — or priced — for the consumer. The $950 Spectralink Pivot 8753 is just a small part of a complete WLAN communications package, and is designed to replace existing systems that have outlived their usefulness. We're still pumped to see this sort of thing, though, because we know how powerful Android can be. It's great to see more of its potential being used like this.



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Spectralink and Android poised to revolutionize communication in your hospital


I'm a pharmacy tech and this would be great for getting in contact with me when I'm around the hospital delivering meds. Since I have zero bars with T-Mobile service inside this place.

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I am rather surprised your hospital doesn't have some sort of paging system. The hospital I work at is contracted with Sprint which has antennas set up throughout the facility.

My old hospital had a phone like this. Where I could make calls over wifi and be contacted when changes happened. It wasn't android based though. I think it was a windows phone.

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My wife is a nurse and they just had a meeting about this. The hospital is passing out Galaxy S4 minis until they get spectra-links.

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I like the fact that they didn't include a camera, just the special-built scanner. Last thing we need is some old man screaming at his nurse for taking pictures of his meds and posting them to the twiterbooks.

Yeah Penn State Hershey Med is usually up on things and have a great system in place. They are using the old style scanners still, but as of this morning the dr. was complaining about switching systems "again". Not sure where, what or when but I am always interested in the new tech they have.

This is my new field (went from mobile games to healthcare software). Android i going to be the choice for an "embedded" OS for these specialized devices. Red tape adds time.

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The company I work for sells the Spectralink wireless products to lots of hospitals and those nurses are really rough on the handsets. We process hundreds of repairs a month due to them getting dropped/broken or just going "defective", and these are just small handsets with a small display. Spectralink is going to have to make that bigger screen extra durable if this is going to be successful. Waterproofing might be good too since many are "water damaged"(yes, dropped in the toilet).

They could look to Motorola for ideas on that. Some of the old Nextel devices could really take a beating. Even some of the Casio phones that Verizon sells are pretty tough.

Nokia still has a solid build too. Especially if they make it a tank like the ones shown above...there has got to be some of those old casings around somewhere

Actually the nursing technician does pretty much ALL the work in a hospital. But hey, according to this and the writers math, what's left for the doctors?!

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Side note: does this run Google Play? Because if not, it's not really Android like the Kindle Fire and upcoming Nokia "Normandy".


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Our hospital also has a Spectralink system and we're issued VOIP phones for in work communication as well, to have this enabled on our personal phones would be a huge boon

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