Itronix goes semi-rugged with notebook line

Itronix's yellow Hummer notebook has design touches that call to mind the popular SUV's grill and dashboard controls.

Itronix Corp. next week will unveil its GoBook VR-1 semi-rugged notebook line, which the company told GCN will be aimed primarily at first responders who need a sturdy mobile computing device that's not necessarily designed for battlefield conditions.

In connection with the VR-1, Spokane, Wash.-based Itronix is also rolling out a Hummer-branded version of the system under an exclusive licensing agreement with General Motors. The company showed GCN a yellow Hummer notebook with design touches that call to mind the popular SUV's grill and dashboard controls. Itronix senior vice president Matthew Gerber said the Hummer notebook would be aimed more at consumers but would include the same basic features as the VR-1.

Gerber called the VR-1 'vehicle-ready,' with the same temperature, vibration and humidity specifications as the company's fully rugged GoBook III line of portables.

'If you're going to get it wet and drop it, get the GoBook III,' Gerber said. 'But if you won't drop it or get it wet, the VR-1' is the system users want.

Itronix expects the VR-1 to show up in squad cards, mobile operations centers and other austere environments. 'For first responders working out of their vehicles, temperatures can get extreme,' Gerber said.

The VR-1 has many of the advanced features of the GoBook III, such as support for multiple wireless radios, a global positioning system, and an enhanced display for outdoor viewing. It can also be outfitted with a fingerprint scanner and smart-card reader for strong security.

The VR-1 will be available in November at a base price of $3,329. The Hummer version will be out at the same time starting at $2,988 for a system with a one-year warranty.

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