May 2008

Rugged computers bring military heritage to mining


ARMOR C12 convertible notebook computer

Automated computer systems have become indispensable in almost every aspect of the mining industry. However, the often harsh environment of mine sites and field operations, where connectivity is perhaps most essential, can sometimes prove to be too much for fragile mobile computing products. So it certainly makes sense that the answer to this dilemma comes from products designed to survive an environment whose conditions can be even more extreme than mining’s.

Two new fully rugged ARMOR computers from DRS Technologies draw on years of military experience to offer data protection technology, “anywhere” connectivity and sunlight readable display options. These units have been extensively tested for drop-shock, moisture, temperature extremes and resistance to dust and vibration.

“Whether it’s a soldier in need of mission-critical information in the desert or a utility worker in need of automation in the field, ARMOR rugged mobile computing devices survive the rough conditions they face on a daily basis,” said Michael Sheehan, president of DRS Technologies’ Tactical Computing strategic business unit.

Weighing just 5.2 pounds, including batteries, these units are also extremely portable for operations requiring mobility. And, with Intel® processing technology and a full array of technology options, these systems have brains as well as brawn.

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