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Getac PS236 Rugged PDA Adds RFID Capabilities

Sydney, 1st June, 2011- Getac’s ultra-rugged handheld PDA, already accredited for explosive environments (ATEX), now adds RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) capability for use in the mining , oil, gas and petrochemical markets.

The new functionality on the PS236 rugged PDA enables real-time asset management. This unit’s IP67 and MIL-STD-810G ratings and ATEX certification, make it ideal for use in extreme environments where cutting-edge asset tracking is business critical.

“The new capability allows users to input information from multiple types of HF RFID tags – a technology that is being adopted more and more across the oil and gas sectors,” says James Hwang, president of Getac Technology Corporation.

“Users can simply insert the certified RFID SDIO card into the handheld’s SDIO card slot, and the unit then becomes a one-stop asset management solution.”

The PS236 can also be used as a 1D Laser barcode reader, for operations utilising barcode technology.

“Whether you’re using passive RFID or barcodes, the information is easily captured and then seamlessly transmitted into the enterprise database,” James Hwang says.

This is possible thanks to the unit’s WiFi, HSDPA (3G) and Bluetooth connections, which allow real-time inventory, document and asset tracking.

“We’ve upgraded the PS236 to offer this powerful asset management function in line with the needs of our customers,” James Hwang says. “RFID is used more and more to improve efficiency by saving time and cost when asset tracking so we felt that it was important to offer customers this solution.”

The Windows Mobile 6.1 PDA has full accreditation to ATEX (category 3 / zone 2) meaning that the device can be used safely in environments with an explosive atmosphere.

“At 806MHz it’s the fastest device of its kind and still the only handheld that is IP67 rated and can be used as a phone,” added James Hwang.

The PS236 unit also includes integrated GPS, altimeter, an auto-focus 3 megapixel camera, e-compass and hi-res display for GIS surveying and other GPS/mapping-based applications.

Service, support and warranty repairs for Getac Rugged Laptops and handhelds are carried out by Tough Corp, the ANZ regional repair centre based in Sydney, Australia.

Further details on the full functionality and specifications of the Getac Rugged PDA can be found Tough Corp’s website www.toughcorp.com or call +61 2 9937 1800