Xplore Technologies calls its new rugged tablet PCs an "iPad on steroids" and has designed them for heavy-duty field use by emergency medical technicians, police, firefighters, the military and manufacturing workers.
NEW YORK - Xplore Technologies
a leader in enterprise rugged tablet PCs for outdoor environments, has unveiled
its iX104C5 family of tablets for enterprise users in emergency medical
services, the pharmaceutical industry, the military and manufacturing.
presentation at the Harvard Club in New York, Xplore executives touted the
fifth generation of the company's iX104 tablet line as the most rugged,
powerful and sunlight-readable PCs.
Sassower, Xplore's chairman and CEO, called the new tablets "an iPad on
steroids." With computing power featuring Intel's Core i7 CPU, the
iX104C5s hold juice greater than the popular Apple tablet, Sassower said.
a full computer device," he said. "The iPad cannot compete with the
full computing power of the C5 unit."
are used in clean-room environments where companies such as Merck
manufacture pharmaceutical products.
units Xplore unveiled, the iX104C5 DMCR Xtreme Clean Room Tablet is marketed
for use in the pharmaceutical and food industries. A clean room is used in
manufacturing or scientific research to keep out dust, chemicals and other
vehicles such as fire engines, police cars and ambulances mount the tablets on
a dock as they rush from one emergency to another.
At the May 9 announcement,
the iX104C5 M Xtreme Military Tablet was mounted on a vibrating and rumbling
dock to simulate the shock of a military vehicle. Another model was submerged
in a fish tank. The tablets are rated IP-67, allowing them to be submerged in
video demonstrated how the tablets could be frozen
solid, submerged in water or dropped from high shelves.
product is very good for EMS, ambulance, etc., because the product is
waterproof, so you can wipe off any blood, any contamination, take a
disinfected solution to it," Mark Holleran, Xplore's president, told eWEEK
at the Harvard Club product announcement. "That's a very tough
environment, where, let's face it, there's disaster, there's human life
involved, people aren't looking to place down a computer; they're
tablets on the run allows EMS workers to potentially access an EHR (electronic
health record) to see what a patient might be allergic to, Holleran suggested.
"This is a truly mobile device that you can [use to] access that data and
save lives before the guy reaches the hospital and find out he's allergic to
something," Holleran said.
tablets are employed by workers in utilities, warehouse/logistics, route
delivery and the military. Forklift operators and military servicemen use the
Xplore tablets as they navigate rough terrain.
it's been used a lot in ambulance-type situations because no matter what type
of gel or blood or cuts, or if you have sticky hands, it can withstand those
types of situations," Andrea Goren, managing director of the digital think
tank Phoenix Group and an Xplore board member, told eWEEK.
the tablets conform to the MIL-STD-810G guidelines on rugged durability. Xplore
tablets can withstand 7-foot drops to plywood over concrete and 4-foot drops
directly to concrete. They can also survive falls to asphalt.
Windows 7 and features 802.11g, Bluetooth and wireless LAN, Holleran said. For
the latest models, the company designed a high-gain antenna with support for 4G
and 3G to reach remote areas.
It also added
a tool-less removable dual SSD (solid-state drive) module and tool-less access
to SIM and microSD ports. On the fly, users can replace input connectors,
memory and wireless cards.
feature AllVue Xtreme LCD technology, hazardous-location certification and
suitability for indoor and outdoor viewing.
The iX104C5 DM
has a high-capacity lithium-ion battery, and the iX104C5 DML runs an Intel
Celeron Dual-Core U3405 CPU to handle less-intensive tasks.
Xplore tablets to date have worked for first-response situations, such as ambulance
runs, they're a bit heavy-at around 5 pounds-for a doctor to carry around in a
hospital. The company is looking into smaller versions to fit in a lab coat or
a soldier's pants pocket, Goren said.
In the meantime, doctors and clinicians in a hospital could
transport the device on a cart, he said.