Psion Teklogix Unveils NEO Pocket-Sized Handheld

By PRESS RELEASE — September 22, 2008

Innovative ergonomics, class-leading industrial design and feature-rich packaging combine in an entry-level handheld device to deliver maximum mobile productivity

Mississauga, ON, Canada  -- Expanding its rugged wireless computing solutions to a host of new light industrial mobile applications, Psion Teklogix, Inc. (LSE: PON), unveiled NEO, its next-generation lightweight, pocket-sized handheld computer.

Available for order now, NEO combines rugged durability with outstanding ergonomics that include a unique angled display for optimal viewing during data capture with a brilliant colour touch screen with maximum brightness and clarity for easier readability both indoors and outdoors. Combined with its compact size and an 8-hour battery, NEO is designed for today's mobile workforce.

NEO provides a new device option for existing customers while simultaneously opening new market opportunities for both Psion Teklogix and its channel partners. Further, after a very successful 13-year production run of its Workabout MX, Psion Teklogix is able to provide this customer base with an excellent replacement product and a complementary addition to Psion Teklogix's portfolio of class-leading devices.

NEO takes full advantage of Microsoft Windows CE .NET 5.0 to integrate a number of advanced data capture and communications functions that increase worker productivity and connect users with their critical applications whether in the store, warehouse or remote job site. These functions include an integrated imager or laser scanner, and Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN), and Bluetooth wireless capabilities. In addition, NEO leverages Psion Teklogix' PTX Connect  application to deliver Voice over IP (VoIP) with discrete Push-to-Talk for real-time voice communications as well as Instant and Text Messaging functions. NEO can be easily expanded to incorporate new technologies, such as Radio Frequency IDentification (RFID), based on a user's future application requirements.

NEO's rugged engineering and compact, stylish design make it ideally suited for a number of applications including:

  • Retail Front of the Store: mobile stock checking, price checking, merchandising
  • Light Duty Warehousing: inventory tracking, stocking, back-dock shipping and receiving
  • Utilities: meter reading, surveying, parking enforcement, asset tracking
  • Courier and Parcel Delivery: receipt acknowledgement
  • Ticket Verification: theater and sporting events
"NEO's bright, high-resolution colour display is ergonomically angled towards the user to make it easier and more comfortable to use, avoiding the 'scan, tilt and squint' viewing of other devices. With a host of rugged performance and ergonomic features, NEO complements our broad line of rugged handheld computers," said Barry Boyd, Senior Product Manager, Psion Teklogix, Inc.

Small and compact, NEO weighs just 275 grams (9.7 ounces) and measures 16.5 cm (6.5 inches) long by 6.4 cm (2.5 inches) wide by 3.8 cm (1.5 inches) high. Despite its small size and stylish design, NEO maintains Psion Teklogix' hallmark ruggedness and is designed to withstand demanding customer usage environments with an IP54 rating for water and dust resistance as well as an ability to withstand 26 drops from 1.2 meters (4-feet) to concrete.

It also has an easily removable pistol grip that simply clips on and off for quick transition between different data acquisition activities. In order to support different application requirements, NEO is available with 48 key alphanumeric or 26 key numeric keyboards.
"NEO provides Psion Teklogix and our channels the opportunity to reach into a host of worldwide markets from retail and light duty warehousing to courier and event ticket verification. We developed it with the assistance of our channel partners, distributors and customers to make NEO the most competitive product in the market with the right attributes that make our customer's mobile workers more productive." said Rob Vandervecht, Vice President Marketing, Psion Teklogix, Inc.

About Psion Teklogix, Inc.
Psion Teklogix is a global provider of mobile computing solutions designed to improve business efficiency and productivity for leading enterprises throughout the world. Solutions are built around a range of high-quality, innovative mobile computers designed for tough and demanding environments. Psion Teklogix is a leader in rugged hardware, integration, service and support and in new and emerging technologies including image capture, RFID and biometrics. With over three decades of industry experience, Psion Teklogix has customers in more than 80 countries, and 39 sales and support offices in 23 countries. Psion Teklogix is headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada with additional corporate offices located in the United States, Europe and Asia. Psion Teklogix parent company, Psion PLC, is listed on the London Stock Exchange (PON.L).

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