Mobile computing supplier, Intermec, adds vehicle-mount lines and new services

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Handheld computer supplier Intermec has launched two new vehicle mount computers, which are designed to integrate with any forklift truck; and two enhancements to its mobile computer portfolio.

The CV41 and CV61 are claimed to be the first vehicle-mount computers to offer the proven productivity, accuracy, safety and reduced training time benefits of the Vocollect voice-directed work. 

“Intermec’s new vehicle-mount computers are built to withstand our customers’ most challenging environments – delivering fast, reliable and secure connection to warehouse management systems,” said Earl Thompson, Intermec senior vice president, mobile solutions business unit. 

“Offering an ideal balance of display readability and mounting ease, the CV41 and CV61 strengthen Intermec’s position as a premier leader in warehouse and distribution centre automation with one of the industry’s broadest suites of advanced data collection solutions.”

The CV41 vehicle-mount computer is said to improve forklift operator performance by providing a balance of usability, performance, and ease of deployment and maintenance. 

The 21.4cm (8.4in) LED backlit display reduces visual obstruction during forklift operations, simplifies installation compared to full-screen devices, and supports an optional brighter outdoor display, said Intermec.

The touch screen and integrated keyboard are field replaceable, and the computer features a powered docking system that reduces maintenance downtime. Powered by a 1.6 GHz Intel Atom Z530 processor, the CV41 is claimed to be the only Vocollect voice-enabled vehicle-mount computer running the Microsoft Windows CE 6.0 operating system. 

The CV41 reporting capability enables mobile workers and IT administrators to monitor and prevent issues related to scanning, communications and a range of other functions.

The optional Vocollect Voice capability, complete with client and wireless headset, provides additional productivity, accuracy and training benefits associated with voice-directed work, said Intermec

In a larger display model, the CV61 is a touch screen vehicle-mount computer and is the successor to the CV60. 

The CV61 boosts operator performance and saves time and money for those upgrading from the CV60, said Intermec. The 30.7cm (12.1in) LED backlit touchscreen display is said to be easy to read in dimly-lit or outdoor environments. Powered by a 1.8 GHz Intel Atom processor, the CV61 offers a choice of Windows 7 Professional or Windows XP operating systems.

Like the CV41, the CV61 features the same optional Vocollect Voice capability and its associated benefits.  

At the same time, Intermec has announced improvements to its handheld computer family, the 70 Series. They include a new 1 GHz Texas Instruments OMAP 3715 processor and a Wide Area Flexible Network radio based on Qualcomm Incorporated’s Gobi3G connectivity technology.

“By incorporating these industry leading enhancements, Intermec vastly reduces connectivity limitations with the ability to deploy the 70 Series on virtually any 3G network and increases the speed of business with faster processing power,” said Thompson. 

“This increased flexibility reinforces Intermec’s commitment to delivering best-in-class rugged mobile computers with the capabilities necessary to conduct business anywhere, anytime in the field.”

The new processor provides customers running data-hungry applications with the fastest, most responsive platform available, said Intermec. Along with a quicker processer, the 70 Series also maintains its best-in-class power management and battery life performance to avoid unnecessary downtime, the company claims.

In addition, the 70 Series comes equipped with a Flexible Network radio that will provide Wide Area Network selection capability. 

Based on Qualcomm’s Gobi 3000 embedded module, the Flexible Network radio enables fast data communications on both CDMA and UMTS wireless networks, said Intermec.

“The enhancements to the 70 Series portfolio allow us to keep our customers’ needs met as they work toward best-in-class operations in today’s fast-paced business climate,” said Jim Ledbetter, president of Barcom. 

“Through continuous innovation in hardware, software services and integrated solutions, Intermec helps my customers realise the full potential of their workflow processes.”