In January 2020, Microsoft officially ended its support for Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5. This will complete the end-of-life process for all Windows ruggedized environments.

In preparation for this transition, CAT Squared is redeveloping our entire suite of mobile applications for the Android operating system, and we are ready to release the first of our rewritten apps:

  • Dry Goods Mobile
  • Egg Inventory Mobile

In addition to additional device hardware options, our new applications also provide substantial performance improvements as well as usability and workflow improvements.

While we are developing the new Android applications to work alongside our existing Windows Mobile ones, we’re also taking steps to improve the management and configuration process. With our new applications, site administrators can configure device options through a web portal, and devices can be setup by simply scanning a server-generated barcode. This process also allows for device configuration to be adjusted remotely, without the need to physically locate a device in order to update its settings.

If you are interested in testing the new applications or need recommendations for compatible devices, please email joseph.ganann@catsquared.com.

Kathy Barbeire

Written by Kathy Barbeire

Throughout my career, I’ve helped organizations think of creative ways to (1) harness new technology to maximize effectiveness, (2) collect relevant data to measure and improve performance, and (3) use data to tell compelling stories to customers and stakeholders. In 2015, I became CAT Squared’s marketing manager. In this role, I monitor industry trends to (1) ensure our products are flexible enough to adapt to new industry standards and (2) prepare our customers for new technologies with the potential to disrupt the industry. I’ve represented CAT Squared as a participant in a blockchain learning group that has grown out of Blockchain for Arkansas (BC4AR), an initiative launched by Governor Asa Hutchinson to promote capacity building around blockchain technology. As my own knowledge and capacity grow, I develop new content to educate our supply chain partners and help them prepare for the transition ahead. Prior to launching my career, I graduated magna cum laude from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) with a Bachelor of Arts degree in professional and technical writing and a double minor in sociology and information technology. I later returned to UALR and completed the MBA program. Before joining CAT Squared, I applied my passion for data-driven storytelling to help nonprofits define their goals, track program metrics, and engage donors and community stakeholders in their missions to fight hunger, poverty, and homelessness, first as a program manager for the Our House Homeless Shelter in Little Rock, and then at The Salvation Army Central Arkansas Area Command.