Rugged Roundup

— April 14, 2008

Rugged, mobile, affordable devices that meet Class 1, Division 2 standards are coming to market with greater frequency. They include:

  • The Panasonic Toughbook 19, a 2-pounder for very mobile workers, and the Toughbook 30, which features a large screen, ideal for workers running multiple applications. Both have magnesium cases covered with leather, which acts as a spark deterrent.

  • The Augmentix XTG630 fully rugged notebook meets military standards for drops, temperature, vibration, humidity and crashes. Plus, it has a 14.1-inch wide-aspect LCD screen with DirectVue technology for full-sunlight readability.

  • The General Dynamics Itronix GoBook MR-1 is the world's first fully rugged UMPC. Its clamshell design measures 6 by 4.3 by 1.5 inches, and it weighs in at 2 pounds.

  • AirLink modems from Sierra Wireless can be safely used for connecting gas correctors, providing wellhead measurements, monitoring pipelines and meeting other connectivity needs of oil and gas companies.

  • Touchstar Solutions works with international markets, so its CEagle II rugged handheld meets ATEX requirements. From the French, Atmosphere Explosibles, the ATEX directive takes into account explosive concentrations of gas, vapor or mist in the air, as well as electrical sources of ignition.

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