News | August 12, 2010

LXE Launches Marathon™ Field Computer

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Fully Rugged Computer, Optimized for the Mobile Worker, Features Gobi™ WWAN Radio, Biometric Mouse, Full QWERTY Keypad, and 7" Touchscreen

LXE, a division of EMS Technologies, announced recently the introduction of its Marathon™ field computer. The Marathon field computer introduces a new form factor in mobile computing, with a larger screen size and greater computing power than a PDA, smaller size than a laptop, and multiple data-capture and connectivity options. Taken together, the Marathon field computer provides new levels of usability for the mobile worker in field-force automation, route accounting, and public safety.

Stephen Newell, LXE general manager, says the Marathon field computer fills a critical market need for workers in mobile environments. "Between PDAs and laptops, there is plenty of technology that offers mobility, but every solution before the introduction of the Marathon field computer has come with sacrifice – whether it's a lack of ruggedness, small screen size, or awkward ergonomics. The Marathon computer fills a void in the market for a fully-rugged, PC-based experience with the right balance of screen size and ergonomics. An uncompromised technology experience for mobile workers equals an uncompromised service experience for their customers."

The Marathon field computer weighs less than a kilogram, and is powered by an Intel® Atom processor that runs full Windows® 7 or Windows® XP operating systems. It combines multiple built-in data-entry options, including a 7" outdoor-visible touchscreen, full QWERTY keyboard, integrated fingerprint reader that doubles as a mouse, and a high-resolution color camera. The unit's available desk and vehicle SmartDock cradles allow one-handed undocking and user-friendly peripheral interfaces. Additional bolt-on accessories include a mag stripe reader, 2D imager, and extended life batteries for 8- and 12-hour continuous operation, all of which attach securely to the unit while maintaining the overall IP-65 rating for protection against dust and water.

The Marathon field computer connects via Gobi™ WWAN radio. The Gobi technology means the Marathon computer can connect through either GSM- or CDMA-based mobile carriers. The computer can also connect to a local area Wi-Fi network via 802.11 a/b/g/n. Bluetooth connectivity provides users with the potential to connect various peripherals wirelessly.

The Marathon field computer will begin Beta site deployments in September, with shipments to preorder customers scheduled for December. Said Newell, "We are energized by the positive response that the Marathon computer has already received from our reseller partners and early adopter customers around the world. We look forward to serving their mobile workers - and changing the way they do business in the field."

About LXE
LXE, a division of EMS Technologies, is a leading manufacturer of rugged vehicle-mounted, handheld and wearable mobile computers. LXE helps companies extend corporate networks to mobile workers in demanding conditions by providing easy-to-use, tough and reliable wireless computers. LXE products are used by organizations worldwide to drive down costs and improve customer satisfaction. For more information visit http://www.lxe.com or www.ems-t.com.

SOURCE: Honeywell