TELSTRA Mobile has certified Symbol Technologies ’ ruggedised Pocket PC handhelds for use on its GPRS network.
Telstra Mobile launched its GPRS or General Packet Radio Switching, network in March 2001 as an overlay to its GSM digital mobile network.
Telstra certified the Australian-developed Symbol GPRS product after passing stringent network testing.
Australian businesses can now enjoy the competitive advantage of using Symbol’s workforce computers on Telstra’s GPRS network.
The products are also in the final stages of carrier certification with Australia’s other GPRS networks (Optus and Vodafone).
This means users will not be locked into a particular carrier for their industrial voice and data requirements.
Symbol Technologies general manager Cal Anderson said the development of the products by Symbol’s Australian R&D team gave local businesses an opportunity to gain a competitive edge through GPRS.
“The GPRS Pocket PC is for businesses that depend on accurate and efficient collection, transmission and processing of data. Its market is businesses who understand the importance of field-force productivity,” he said.
“Because GPRS sends data in self-contained packets, users are charged only for the amount of data sent and not for the period of connection time.
“The GPRS Pocket PC is for businesses that depend on accurate and efficient collection, transmission and processing of data. Its market is businesses who understand the importance of field-force productivity.”
With expected data speeds of 30kbps into the terminal and 10kbps out, Symbol’s GPRS solution will meet the needs of most industrial applications. Workers can be always connected, without the prohibitive costs of a standard mobile connection.
GPRS Pocket PC handhelds combine ruggedisation with WAN capabilities. The handhelds are IP54 rated and can withstand windblown dust, rain and 1.2 metre drops to concrete. WAN capabilities for data are on GPRS, GSM and SMS with GSM for WAN voice.
The PPT 2837 is a streamlined pen-based configuration while the PDT 8137, also pen-based, offers multiple keyboard options.
Both feature the Intel StrongARM processor operating at 206 MHz and a rechargeable, extended-use lithium-ion battery. Both are fully compatible with Microsoft SDK for Pocket PCs with a Symbol API available to support barcode scanning.
Integrated miniature scan engine, conveniently placed scan triggers and ergonomic design enable simple one-handed data capture. High resolution VGA display with responsive touch-screen and backlit keyboard further enhance ease-of-use.