Psion marks its next major open innovation landmark with launch of Psion Omnii platform and first new product

Psion, the global provider of mobile computing solutions, has unveiled another strategic landmark for the company, with the launch of Psion Omnii, a sophisticated, highly modular mobile computing platform. The new Omnii platform will give Psion, its resellers and developer partners the opportunity to co-create the widest range of adaptable solutions in the industry. Psion's Omnii platform coupled with the open, online community at, delivers an entirely new way of developing mobile products.
With Psion's Open Source Mobility (OSM) business model at its heart, Psion's Omnii platform delivers a new, adaptable and rugged handheld computing family of devices. The platform combines more than 20 years of industry expertise in modular architecture and design. During its development phase, the Omnii platform has been subjected to over 120,000 hours of product testing, which included extensive beta testing with business partners and customers.
OSM is Psion's innovative business model that combines three core elements:
A sophisticated, highly modular mobile computing platform
An open innovation approach to collaboration and development
Customisable products, solutions and services
Psion's Omnii platform tackles technology obsolescence
To achieve the longest possible lifecycle, companies have previously had to buy complex, expensive and over-featured devices to try and keep pace with changing technology and business needs. This also limited their ability to quickly adapt to new market opportunities or to adopt breakthrough technologies.
Psion's Omnii platform fundamentally changes this scenario. It is designed to deliver the best lifetime TCO from the outset. By being almost completely re-configurable in the field, devices built on the Psion Omnii platform can be adapted for new technologies or even be re-purposed as customer needs change. The upgradeable and interchangeable modules are not only developed by Psion, but also by an expanding network of more than 200 developer partners around the world, connected together via Psion's open, online community at
John Conoley, CEO, Psion, said: "The development and launch of Psion's new Omnii platform is the next major strategic milestone for the company. We've tested, adapted and evolved the platform based on direct feedback from the people who will use and develop on it. This modular design approach enables customisation at far greater levels than anyone in this industry has achieved before. The savings that can be generated through lower TCO and longer product life are compelling. The modular approach is also great for Psion, giving the company unrivalled flexibility, cost control and continuity as well as significant market differentiation."
Introducing the Psion Omnii XT10
The first device to be created from the new Omnii platform is the Omnii XT10, which launches today. The Omnii XT10 is an ultra rugged, modular handheld computer, targeted at demanding users, such as ports, airports, supply chain and logistics operations.
Psion's Omnii XT10 comes with an IP65 and a 2.0m drop rating and due to the inclusion of the Texas Instruments OMAP3 processor performs up to two times faster than the competition on industry benchmarks. The superscalar architecture delivers parallel ARM instructions for better performance and better efficiency, at lower MHz. The Psion Omnii XT10 features extended battery life with over twice the capacity of comparable products and offers a battery health grade feature that warns when the battery is nearing the end of its lifecycle and allows users to get maximum value from the hardware.
"Our new Omnii platform is the most technically advanced enterprise mobile computing environment we've developed so far. It builds on the success of our previous products, such as the Workabout family, and extends our commitment to developing highly adaptive, ingenious and open products that meet the widest possible array of mobile computing demands," said Mike Doyle, Chief Technology Officer, Psion. "With Psion's Omnii XT10, we're starting a new and exciting journey to take advantage of an evolving abundance of niche applications for rugged mobile devices."

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