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Itronix Introduces GoBook II Supporting Three Wireless Networks Concurrently
Posted: 10-Dec-2002 [Source: Itronix press release]

[New GoBook II supports 802.11b, Bluetooth and W-LAN technologies, includes a Pentium IV 1.7 GHz processor and a removeable 30 GB hard drive.]

Spokane, Washington -- Itronix Corp., the world's leader for implementing wireless, rugged mobile computing systems, today introduced the GoBook II laptop computer, the world's most advanced wireless, rugged laptop. Designed with integrated wireless features that support up to three wireless networks concurrently, a removable hard drive for enhanced data security and the most powerful processor on the market, the GoBook II ushers in a new era of wireless mobile computing capabilities. Successfully tested by both government officials and field technicians under some of the harshest conditions, the GoBook II will be available for delivery in January 2003.

"With the introduction of GoBook II, Itronix has set a new standard in wireless, rugged mobile computing and communications," said Donald Ponikvar, Ph.D, senior vice president of Defense Group Inc. "We put the GoBook II through rigorous tests in preparation for its potential deployment with government agencies charged with improving our homeland security, and it exceeded all our expectations for durability, performance and flexibility. During major emergencies and national disasters, such as the terrorist attacks last year, the first thing to go down is communication connectivity. GoBook II's ability to ensure wireless connectivity and withstand harsh environments, no matter the circumstance, is one of the most critical components in supporting our nation's efforts against military attacks, destruction and terrorism."

The lightweight, rugged GoBook II is the latest addition to the Itronix notebook product line, which includes the semi-rugged GoBook Pro(tm) laptop computer and ultra-rugged GoBook MAX(tm) laptop computer. Like all Itronix rugged mobile computing devices, the GoBook II is built to operate and withstand any situation a mobile workforce may encounter, including rain, snow, wind, dust, fire, shock, vibration, and chemical exposure. Built with a die-cast magnesium housing; an outdoor touch-screen display and NiteVue(tm) keyboard, the GoBook II exceeds Mil Spec 810F test standards, making it the most durable and rugged PC in its class.

"Mobile PC reliability -- in terms of durability, processing power and wireless performance -- is critical in helping keep the growing number of mobile workers productive across different industries," said Eugene Signorini, Sr., analyst, Wireless/Mobile Enterprise and Commerce for The Yankee Group. "The combination of GoBook II's horsepower and simultaneous support for three wireless technologies is a win/win for enterprises and their extended mobile workforces. Wireless and other mobile technologies, like Itronix's GoBook II, are some of the drivers that we believe will contribute to the growth of U.S. sales of mobile field sales solutions from $132 Million in 2002 to $825 Million in 2006."

"On the Go" with Advanced Wireless Capabilities Designed with integrated wireless communications, GoBook II is the first rugged laptop that concurrently supports up to three different wireless networks, including 802.11b (wireless LAN); Bluetooth; and wireless WAN technologies such as CDMA 1xRTT, CDPD, and GPRS. This integrated support allows a mobile worker to maintain seamless, wireless connectivity and communication while roaming from any location and under any circumstance.

In addition, GoBook II is the only wireless, rugged computing solution that incorporates Itronix's Common Radio Module Architecture (CRMA), which enables users to easily and cost effectively upgrade to new wireless technologies as they become available.

Enhanced Data Security GoBook II includes an easily removable hard drive, which allows mobile workers on different shifts to share a single unit without sharing data, reducing the cost and security concerns of mobile computing. The new system's removable hard drive also satisfies all U.S. government security requirements.

Latest PC Technology Built with Intel's new Mobile Pentium IV 1.7 GHz processor, GoBook II is the fastest rugged computing solution available today. In addition to its speed, the new system delivers up to1024 MB DRAM and up to 30 GB hard drive.

"GoBook II was designed to support the requirements of the world's growing mobile workforce -- field service technicians, insurance adjustors, public safety officers, or our nation's warfighters -- who need reliable, secure and consistent wireless access to data. By simultaneously supporting three wireless technologies, GoBook II allows for a seamless handoff and automatic access to any available network -- guaranteeing wireless connectivity from any location and under any circumstance," said Matt Gerber, vice president of marketing for Itronix. "The next in a long line of innovative Itronix products, GoBook II epitomizes our mission to provide world-class, wireless, rugged computing solutions and unparalleled customer service."

Award-Winning Implementation Services To ensure end-user satisfaction and provide companies with a single source for service and support, the GoBook II is backed by Itronix's award-winning iCare Implementation programs. The best end-to-end life cycle support available in the mobile computing industry, the iCare Implementation programs include project consulting, workforce management, application development, training, comprehensive deployment programs and help desk support, all designed to maximize mobile workforce productivity.

Availability

Itronix is currently accepting orders for GoBook II. GoBook II has a limited three-year warranty and is available at an MSRP of $4,495. All Itronix rugged products, including the GoBook II, are available directly through Itronix by calling 1.800.441.1309 or by emailing sales@itronix.com.

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