Xplore Technologies and VDC Research Launch Tool to Help Companies Evaluate Costs for Consumer and Rugged Devices

Free tool enables businesses to determine lifetime cost savings for rugged device deployments

AUSTIN, Texas – Xplore Technologies Corp. (NASDAQ: XPLR), manufacturer of the world's most powerful, longest-lasting and rugged tablets on the market, and VDC Research, a leading and trusted research group that specializes in the mobility and rugged space, partnered to create the "Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) Calculator" to help companies determine if transitioning to rugged tablets is beneficial to their business.

By entering company details for a potential deployment, the TCO Calculator helps operations and IT departments determine the true cost of deploying rugged versus consumer devices. The tool provides a cost analysis, comparing the financial benefits rugged devices can bring to the workplace against deploying consumer devices.

"When the decision comes to purchase or upgrade devices, it can be difficult to justify a more expensive rugged tablet, even if you know it will last three to four times longer than standard consumer tablets," said Mark Holleran, president and COO of Xplore Technologies. "The TCO Calculator takes much of the guesswork out of the equation, and makes it easier to decide if a consumer or rugged tablet is best for your business. We anticipate many companies will find that although rugged tablets may have a higher upfront cost, consumer tablets will be more expensive to deploy in the long term."

The TCO Calculator is an ideal resource for companies considering rugged device implementation to replace consumer devices or making a move from more traditional operations to an all-digital workforce. The tool presents a breakdown of specific costs to help IT decision makers determine the best option for their mobile computing needs.

"VDC Research has conducted extensive research on the TCO for mobile devices used by frontline mobile workers. Backed by a rigorous and in-depth primary research campaign, the TCO models reflect the aggregate responses from technology decision makers in organizations across multiple industries and representing various mobile use cases," said David Krebs, vice president of enterprise mobility and connected devices at VDC Research. "The tool is designed to provide guidance to organizations making mobile investment decisions, while acknowledging that all deployments are unique."

Consumer devices operating in harsh, demanding environments such as utilities, telecommunications, energy, military and warehousing, often fail because of drops, extreme temperatures and other hazards of taking electronics out on the field. Companies in these industries wanting to explore rugged devices will be able to quickly see the benefits and cost savings to their operations with the calculator.

To address the industry need for a tool that accurately reflects costs associated with deploying mobile devices, Xplore and VDC developed the TCO Calculator by leveraging their proprietary research and extensive information database. Following several months of development, VDC's analysts formulated cost equations to account for both hard  and soft costs, while taking industry averages associated with both rugged and consumer devices into consideration.

The tool is available at no cost and can be found on Xplore's website at http://xplt.ch/1mwM7EO.

About Xplore Technologies®

Xplore Technologies Corp. has been a leading global provider of truly rugged tablets since 1998. Xplore tablets are among the most powerful and longest lasting in their class, withstand nearly any hazardous condition or environmental extreme, and feature competitive pricing and significant ROI. The company's products are sold on a global basis, with channel partners in the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia Pacific. Xplore Technologies’ tablets are deployed across a variety of industries and sectors, such as energy, military operations, manufacturing, distribution, public services, public safety, government, and other areas with hazardous work conditions. For more information, visit the Xplore Technologies website at www.xploretech.com.

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