Rugged notebooks used in Pentagon bioterrorism drill

Rugged notebooks used in Pentagon bioterrorism drill

ATLANTA'The Defense Protective Service last month tested rugged notebook PCs configured for emergency workers during an exercise in the courtyard of the Pentagon.

Federal and local agencies, including the Arlington, Va., fire department, responded to a simulated sarin poison gas attack during the drill.

The GoBook notebooks from Itronix Corp. of Spokane, Wash., had a software suite called Chemical Biological Response Aide. The application from Defense Group Inc. of Alexandria, Va., provides information about chemical and biological agents and explosives.

A secure wireless LAN from Telos Corp. of Arlington, Va., kept first responders in the courtyard connected to a command center. The first responders used Cobra Hardpak II configurations based on the GoBook Max ultrarugged notebook. Command post personnel used the lighter GoBook version with larger displays and CD-ROM drives. Cobra units were on display at the SuperComm trade show in Atlanta this week.

Itronix officials said the GoBook is rated intrinsically safe, meaning it does not produce electrical sparks that could ignite flammable gases. They said the unit can be decontaminated with water, diluted chlorine or disinfectants after use in a chemically or biologically contaminated area.

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