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.