Pentagon tests notebooks in drill

The Defense Protective Service tested rugged notebook PCs configured for emergency workers during a recent bioterrorism exercise in the Pentagon courtyard.

During Operation Misty Court, federal and local agencies, including the Arlington, Va., fire department, responded to a simulated sarin poison gas attack.

The GoBook notebooks from Itronix Corp. of Spokane, Wash., were loaded with the Chemical Biological Response Aide software suite from Defense Group Inc. of Alexandria, Va. The application provides tailored information about chemical and biological agents and explosives for different types of first responders such as firefighters, police, hazardous materials teams and health care workers.

A secure wireless LAN from Telos Corp. of Arlington, Va., kept first responders in the courtyard connected to a command center.

Light reading

The responders carried Cobra Hardpak II software on the GoBook Max ultrarugged notebook. Command post personnel used the lighter GoBook version with larger displays and CD-ROM drives.

Itronix officials said the GoBook does not produce any electrical sparks that could ignite flammable gases.

The unit can be decontaminated with water, diluted chlorine or disinfectants after leaving a contaminated area.

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William Jackson is a Maryland-based freelance writer.

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