From Finland, the early epicenter for mobile phone innovation, 3 wireless technology veterans saw a global market opportunity for professional grade rugged computer tablets which are more durable than consumer models, yet not quite the costly bullet-proof units mandated by the world’s military and police forces. In 2009, they started Aava Mobile in Oulu, Finland to create a new category of durable mobile computing.
The Aava engineering team set out to develop the Inari family of ruggedized 8 and 10inch Windows tablets as well as 5 and 6inch handhelds along with add-on accessories and mounting options to serve the needs of numerous vertical market applications. Retail, restaurant, hospitality, logistics and field services were top of mind at the outset.
Aava’s “Finnovation” continued with the addition of two Android tablets of the corresponding size formats, but with a built-in CPoC contactless payment antenna for “tap‘n pay conveniently embedded on the screen front for ultra-fast transactions.
The Aava team continues to Finnovate creating new unattended devices for the growing self-service market along with perpetual enhancements to their existing professional products.
The City of Oulu is the capital of northern Finland, having around 200,000 inhabitants. The Oulu Region is the fastest growing region in Finland.
Oulu has an international airport with about 15 flights to and from Helsinki each day.
The Oulu Region is well known for its technology, the hi-tech growth having started after the establishment of Oulu University in 1958. Thanks to the University, companies have access to young professionals.
The high-tech sector currently employs over 10,000 people.
Company History Timeline
Aava Mobile becomes part of Pepperl + Fuchs Group
Aava Mobile launches next gen of tablets based on Intel and Qualcomm platforms
Aava Mobile launches oona payment solutions
Aava Mobile introduced family of new payment accessories-oriented products
Aava Mobile announced to present the first full Windows 10 device in 5” class
Aava Mobile and Verifone partner to offer the first Intel-powered, “pocketable” POS solution
Aava Mobile and Ingenico launch the first fully integrated tablet with contactless payment
First Aava Roadmap product, tablet based on Intel Atom quad-core with Windows 8
Tablet design on Intel Atom dual-core with Android
Tablet design on Intel Atom with Windows 8
Tablet references and product design
First tablet design based on Intel Atom platform
First smartphone references design on x86 Intel platform
Aava Mobile founded by a team of wireless experts with a focus on open OS smartphones and handhelds