Handheld devices get rugged

If you need a phone and computer regardless of location or conditions, the new 700 Series mobile computer from Intermec Technologies Corp. of Everett, Wash., could be the device for you.

The 700 series PDA runs the Pocket PC OS, uses the Intel 400MHz X-Scale processor and is ruggedized for harsh environments.

Intermec recently announced that its devices would add General Packet Radio Service and Global System for Mobile Communications capabilities, provided by AT&T Wireless.

'Our customers now can choose an extremely rugged device to take on the road, to the factory floor or wherever they need voice and data capabilities,' said Laura Johnson, director of mobile multimedia services for AT&T Wireless.

The 700 Color was one of the first enterprise Pocket PC devices to integrate an imager capable of capturing signatures and taking photographs, in addition to reading bar codes.

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John Breeden II is a freelance technology writer for GCN.

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