Here’s an interesting twist on those mega tower server racks that typically reside in the technological underbelly of businesses far and wide: Griffin just announced its new MultiDock rack for iPads, iPhones and iPods.
The Multi-Dock is a single station that houses, charges and syncs 10 iPads, iPhones or iPods. Ideally suited for educators, healthcare workers, sales execs or other “on-the-go” professionals who rely on mobile devices to get their jobs done. This isn’t a mere shelf-system — it’s a business-class rack designed to stand up to high usage scenarios. Its minimal design has a tiny footprint (less than a laptop, in fact), while also managing to stuff a total of 10 charge bays, for keeping those gadgets powered up. As for syncing, the connection works by hooking the devices into a single host computer, to simplify IT management and ease logistical issues.
What’s even more interesting is that this rack seems to be a new category of product, one that suggests how businesses might be considering iOS a bit more seriously. After all, we’ve already seen airlines, restaurants and other sectors integrate these devices. This type of item suggests that Griffin at least believes firmly that we may see an even bigger deployment across the enterprise sector. If it fails, it’s not like the company could just re-orient this thing for cross-over appeal in the consumer market. The MultiDock is scalable up from 10 to up to 30 iPads, ranging in price from $700 to $1,800. That’s just not something Aunt Susie and her 5 rugrats will pick up at a flea market.
What’s your take on i-devices in business? Could we be poised to see even more of it, or do you think that the MultiDock will just wind up being a low-demand, specialty niche product category?
[via Press Release below]
Griffin Introduces MultiDock, First Offering in Business Solutions Sector
Charge, sync, and store 10 iPads, iPhones, or iPods in a single station
Griffin Technology’s new Business Solutions help educators, healthcare professionals, sales executives and others manage their iOS deployment
Nashville, TN – September 29, 2011 – Griffin Technology, one of the world’s foremost creators of innovations for everyday life, announces the availability of their new MultiDock, a station that charges, syncs, and stores up to 10 iPads, iPhones and iPods. Designed and built to withstand the rigors of workplace, classroom and institutional use, MultiDock is a compact, scalable power and storage solution for any iOS device. MultiDock’s power supply delivers full-rate charging to each of its 10 Charge Bays. The steel enclosure has a minimal footprint (less than that of a laptop).
“The MultiDock delivers plug-and-charge convenience in a compact footprint that adapts easily to classrooms, offices, healthcare facilities and other settings,” said Mark Rowan, President of Griffin Technology. “With Griffin’s Business Solutions, we are excited to provide the most complete power, protection, security, connection and application solutions for enterprise users.”
Mobile computing is changing the way businesses, institutions and agencies work. Griffin’s Business Solutions are aimed toward embracing the change, enabling enterprises to work smarter. MultiDock is the first of many Business Solutions that Griffin will be offering. For companies who have deployed iOS devices, MultiDock is an efficient and trouble-free way to keep them all charged, synced and secured while avoiding logistical nightmares.
Simply slide the iPad, iPhone, or iPod into one of MultiDock’s bays, connect the included dock cable, and MultiDock charges all connected devices simultaneously. Using the included USB cable, syncing with a host computer is enabled, but is not required after initial set-up. MultiDock’s separation of the charge and sync functions allows MultiDock to deliver full-rate charging to all attached devices simultaneously as it affords IT managers increased control over content on the attached devices. There is no need to remove the devices from their cases; MultiDock bays are sized to accommodate most Griffin shell and skin-type cases.
The Adventure Science Center, a children’s museum located in Nashville, has deployed the MultiDock charging station for the last 4 months. “As the Science Center employs more mobile technology to enhance our educational programming, the MultiDock station allows us to update our tools in the most efficient manner, saving us time and energy that can be better used developing and providing exciting learning opportunities to our visitors,” says Victoria Crowe Moreland, Director of Marketing at Adventure Science Center.
MultiDock can be ordered to accommodate 10, 20, or 30 iPads at prices ranging from $699.99 to $1799.99. As iOS deployment grows, it is easy to add capacity as desired. Up to 3 MultiDocks can be linked and synced at once using the provided USB hub that connects to the Mac host computer via a single USB connection.
Add accessories to customize the MultiDock experience:
Laptop Stand: Sized for a laptop and perfectly angled for ergonomic use;
Protective Cases: Compatible with MultiDock, designed with custom cut-outs for controls and connector ports.
Cables: Replacement USB-to-dock connector charge/sync cables.