Niche distributor, AvanTEC, has broadened its hardware offering into rugged PDAs and handheld notebooks via a partnership with Swedish vendor, Handheld.
The company, which also represents rugged notebook vendor, General Dynamics, had been looking for a PDA/handheld complement to its notebook portfolio for a while, general manager, Dave Crawsey, said.
“We’d been looking at the market for something a big different, and the Handheld range included RFID readers in the PDAs, which leads to different applications from other vendor offerings,” he said.
With the advent of 3G communications, Bluetooth, a stable Windows Mobile operating system and integrated camera, the market for rugged mobile solutions was growing, Crawsey claimed.
“We’re finding a lot of uptake with customers looking for data collection and asset management solutions,” he said. “We expect transportation and ticketing verticals to find the Handheld line the most appealing, especially with the RFID readers.”
In a release, Handheld CEO, Jerker Hellstrom, said the AvanTEC appointment would help boost the vendor’s expansion plans.
"One goal in our global expansion is to work with partners that can add that extra level of support, service and business know-how to our superb product line-up and AvanTEC is a perfect match with our ambitions," he said.
AvanTEC is looking to build further vendor partnerships, but will not be looking to bring on any further notebook or PDA vendors.
“We don’t want to be carrying competitive lines,” Crawsey said. “We are, however, looking at solar power vendors, as well as ruggedised peripherals and other accessories.”