Handheld sends Algiz XRW notebook packing for the Arctic

Handheld sends Algiz XRW notebook packing for the Arctic

Rugged notebook to endure extreme temperatures

Rugged mobile PC and PDA vendor, Handheld Group sent its Algiz XRW rugged notebook to the North Pole last week to accompany a French expedition led by scientists Alan le Tressoler and Julien Cabon.

The objective of the North Pole 2012 Expedition is to collect a range of measurements from an unexplored area for science.

The notebook will be in use for a five-week period, during which time it will endure temperatures of -40C. It will be used for the team’s computing and communications requirements, connected to a satellite phone in order to transmit data and image for international distribution.

Algiz XRW is IP65-rated (dustproof, water resistant), passes MIL-STD-810G ruggedness testing (including 1.2m drop tests), and can withstand temperatures ranging -20 to 55 degrees Celsius while in use, and -40 to 55 while in storage.

Le Tressoler said the notebook is the most important piece of equipment as it not only allows for scientific research and analysis, but serves as a lifeline in case of bad weather or injury.

“We have to be sure that our equipment will be operative and reliable,” he said.

["Algiz XRW]is indispensable for the success of our scientific data collection, and for our security.”

The notebook features a 10.1-inch touchscreen display with MaxView technology for clarity and brightness for efficiency in direct sunlight.

It contains Bluetooth, WLAN, GPS, and a 3G modem for GSM/UMTS/EVDO data transmission. Its Gobi 2000 technology allows it to work on any wireless frequency anywhere in the world.

Weighing in a 1.5kg, it offers a battery that works for eight hours on one charge.

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