Texa launches Axone 4 tablet
Seen the adverts where the surgeons, teachers and housewives seem to be able to do virtually any daily task with the aid of their ipad? Well with the launch of the Axone 4 diagnostics tablet, Italian garage technology manufacturer Texa aims to this mentality into garages.
The Axone 4 features a large 9.7" TFT touch screen, capable of high resolution graphics (1280 x 1024). All processes take place by keying directly onto the screen (where, when necessary, the software brings up a drop-down keypad), whilst the frame only features an on/off swithch and a multifunction button.
Like most modern consumer products, the Axone 4 has been fitted with an accelerometer that allows for the vertical to horizontal rotation of the image, according to the instrument position, allowing mechanics the preferred option. The system is driven by the power of Windows netbook PC namely a powerful Intel Atom processor, complete with 2GB RAM memory. In addition it features a 32 Gb solid state disk (which therefore has no moving parts) guaranteeing durability, lower power consumption less overheating.
Equipped with WiFi as standard, the system is able to download all updates via the Internet. In addition there is Bluetooth to enable dialogue with all the TEXA interfaces devoted to individual repairs. On-board equipment features a VGA camera for documenting and saving specific stages of work. This is also said to be handy during the spare parts purchase process and video assistance service. This and the onboard speakers are both fully waterproof. The Axone 4 can be fitted with an HSDPA module, which also allows for connection (via internet) to Texa’s servers, in order to carry out updates and Google, even when out of the workshop.
Axone 4 is 100 per cent pass through compatible and capable of carrying out all ECU reprogramming operations/key encoding in accordance with SAE J2534 and ISO 22900, simply connecting to the manufacturer’s servers via the Internet.
In addition the Axone 4 includes remote assistance. If a mechanic has Wi-Fi connection, he can call up the Texa call centre and, if necessary, the TEXA call centre operator can remote “enter” the Axone 4 and make any changes and checks as may prove necessary. There is even talk of the Axone 4 being fitted with a navigation software module complete with GPS maps, thereby becoming the perfect navigator allowing you to reach the broken-down vehicle directly.
As you would imagine the system enjoys all the options linked to the IDC4 operative environment and can therefore access the “Solved problems” functions, to the TGS2 system, the enormous database of vehicle scheduled maintenance tables, system technical data sheets, system wiring diagrams, new customer management and test archives.