EMS Global Resource Management, a division of mobile connectivity company EMS Technologies, Inc., has announced that the LXE Marathon field computer has begun shipping to enterprises around the world.
The fully-rugged device, which runs full Windows XP with an ergonomic form factor and multiple data input options, enhances process efficiency in applications including: intermodal facilities, warehouse supervision, manufacturing maintenance, quality control, retail line-busting, rental inspection, and industrial field service.
Dino Koutrouki, VP and general manager, EMS Global Resource Management, commented: Our partners and customers are discovering tremendous value while using the Marathon; it is designed to streamline unproductive steps within existing processes. Tasks that involve data input on paper forms, or walking back to a PC to find actionable data, are inherently wasteful, yet most enterprises have been hard-pressed to automate them. The Marathon field computer puts laptop computing power into a form that any worker can use anywhere, at any time.
State of the art
The Marathon field computer weighs less than a kilogram (2.2 lbs), connects via 802.11 a/b/g/n, and is powered by an Intel Atom processor that runs full Windows XP operating systems. The device offers multiple built-in data-entry options, including a 7-inch outdoor-visible touchscreen, full QWERTY keyboard, integrated fingerprint reader that doubles as a mouse, and a high-resolution colour camera. SmartDock cradles allow one-handed undocking and user-friendly peripheral interfaces for both desk and vehicle setups. Additional accessories include a magnetic stripe reader, 2D imager and extended life batteries for continuous 8- or 12-hour operation, all of which mount securely to the unit while maintaining an overall IP rating of IP65 for protection against dust and water.
The Marathon device has been tested extensively with customers and software providers, and has been certified on applications for supply chain, field service, and manufacturing. The initial rollout of the computer is targeting warehouse supervision, manufacturing maintenance, quality control, retail line-busting, rental inspection, and field service ?store-and-forward? applications. The Marathon field computer is available from 1400, and, according to EMS, compares favourably with rugged laptops and tablets while delivering greater functionality and value. The Marathon is available for purchase through all of LXEs distributors and partners worldwide.