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Auto-Switch EHS Settings when Power is Detected and Lost

Ian Hatton -
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EHS Cradle Switch Configuration
Ian Hatton
Zebra EMEA March 23

Summary

This guide details a method to reconfigure a Zebra device for two different EHS configurations which will automatically be selected when the device is placed in and out of a cradle i.e. when external power is detected and lost. It is mainly intended for use with a vehicle cradle but can also be used with a standard desktop cradle if required (the EHS configuration switch will occur with any cradle providing external power to the device).

Introduction

  This utility can be used in two scenarios:

  1. Ensures the end user is locked into a specific subset of authorised applications when the device is docked in a cradle for safety reasons i.e. so that the user is not distracted when driving a vehicle . For example, in the default demo configuration only Gmaps and Phone are allowed but some customers may prefer to have only Gmaps (for navigation) and not the Phone app and others may prefer to disable access to all applications whilst driving (in which case the EHS launcher screen will be empty).
  2. Allows a Desktop configuration to be used in Mirror mode (default mode) when the device is docked in a Zebra Workstation Cradle (ZWC). There are several advantages of using the device in Mirror mode including compatibility with Android 10 , reduced memory requirement, better Android application compatibility, easier to configure via an EMM , live wallpaper support etc . The default desktop EHS configuration includes utilities to :
  1. Select wallpaper
  2. Pull down the Notification bar
  3. Add shortcuts to apps and settings
  4. Backup the current Desktop configuration so that it persists if the device is undocked and redocked

Default Installation

  1. Compatible with latest A10 and A11 OS releases and should work on most Zebra Android devices including TC2x , TC5x , TC7x and EC5x
  2. Note that the utilities associated with this configuration (apart from EHS itself) are unofficial/unsupported i.e. use at your own risk.
  3.  Configure an internet connection on device and scan the StageNow barcode below to install (recommended to clean boot the device beforehand although this is not essential) :

  1. When device boots to EHS , you will see the screen below which is the default handheld EHS configuration containing a selection of apps for test & demo. Additional apps can be added to this home screen using the steps detailed at the end of this document

              

  1. Place in cradle ( or connect to external power via a USB cable)  – display automatically switches to desktop/cradle configuration which has a minimal set of apps which are approved for use. The default wallpaper changes in order to indicate to the user that a new configuration has been applied.