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Handheld Computer Offers Integrated Bar Code Scanner, Digital Camera Options

Trimble has introduced its most versatile and feature-packed rugged mobile devices to date—the Nomad series of handheld computers. The Nomad comes standard with an 806 MHz processor, 128 MB of memory and integrated Bluetooth technology. A range of optional configurations are available including an integrated Global Positioning System receiver, a bar code scanner, a digital camera, and 802.11g (WiFi).

With Trimble’s Nomad handheld computer, users can easily collect, save and transmit data while in the field. Integrated GPS gives users location data for navigation. Users can also collect bar code information with the Nomad’s integrated laser scanner as well as capture color images for inspections and maintenance with the 2-megapixel digital camera. Plus, users can take advantage of the Nomad’s CompactFlash (CF) and Secure Digital (SDIO) slots to add more devices such as memory and RFID.

In addition to its standard built-in features and range of options, the Nomad handheld computer offers top-of-the-line performance with a 5200 mAh rechargeable lithium ion battery, up to 1 GB of Flash memory and a daylight-visible VGA touch screen display. The battery provides users with 15 hours or more of active use without a recharge. The Nomad’s VGA display is sharp and clear in sunlight, presenting maps and other graphic-intensive files in better detail than a typical QVGA display. It also comes with Windows Mobile 6, the latest version of Microsoft’s operating system for mobile devices.

The Nomad series of rugged handheld computers will be available in four configurations:

  • 800B – the standard configuration with 512 MB Flash memory and Bluetooth
  • 800L – 1 GB Flash memory, GPS, Bluetooth and 802.11g
  • 800LC - 1 GB Flash memory, GPS, Bluetooth, 802.11g and digital camera
  • 800LE – 1 GB Flash memory, GPS, Bluetooth, 802.11g, digital camera and bar code laser scanner

As with other Trimble rugged handheld computers, the Nomad series meets the MIL-STD-810F standard for drops, vibration and temperature extremes. It also comes with an IP67 rating, which means it is completely sealed against dust and can survive immersion in up to a meter of water for approximately 30 minutes. Weighing just 21 ounces (595 grams), the Nomad is shaped to fit comfortably in a user’s hand.

The Nomad 800B and 800L are available now. The Nomad 800LC and 800LE are expected to be available this month.

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