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WalkAbout Computers Ships Hammerhead XRT Rugged Tablet PCs

WalkAbout Computers, Inc., a leading manufacturer of rugged tablet computers for mobile workers in the utility, public safety/EMS and other vertical markets, is now shipping their new Hammerhead XRT rugged Tablet PC. The Hammerhead XRT is the latest edition to WalkAbout’s expanding line of rugged Tablet PCs and docking stations.

In support of Microsoft’s Tablet PC initiative, WalkAbout’s Hammerhead XRT Tablet PC comes standard with Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition, enabling users to run full Windows-based applications using a pen or speech, annotate documents, and create handwritten documents using “digital ink” for later reference or conversion into text. The Hammerhead XRT supports all legacy Windows applications and will take advantage of the powerful pen-based functionality in new Windows applications developed for the Tablet PC platform.

“We are currently shipping our Hammerhead XRT Tablet PCs to Allegheny Power,” said David Grainger, CEO of WalkAbout Computers. “We’re excited to be working with Microsoft to provide customers with the most rugged Tablet PC featuring the latest software developed specifically for mobile applications.”

Microsoft’s Windows XP Tablet PC Edition will be deployed to 850 workers at Allegheny Power via the Hammerhead XRT. The Tablet PCs are used in all types of weather to report completed work and timekeeping information at Allegheny’s 51 service centers located in five states. The mobile computing project at Allegheny began four years ago and has successfully automated a process that previously had been done with pen and paper.

With its lightweight design, built-in wireless connectivity, onscreen keyboard and hot-docking support, the highly rugged Hammerhead XRT brings the power of the Tablet PC into places where other computers won’t dare to go. Designed to meet MIL-STD 810F specifications, the Hammerhead XRT performs flawlessly in freezing temperatures, pouring rain and other demanding situations and delivers reliable mobile functionality wherever work gets done — whether it’s behind a desk, on the road or out in the field.

The Hammerhead XRT features a fully sealed, vacuum-tested rugged aluminum housing, 256/512 MB RAM, 20/40 GB hard drive, legacy dock compatibility and dual hot-swappable batteries for seamless operations and improved productivity. The unit is powered by the Mobile Intel? Pentium? III Processor-M with Enhanced Intel? SpeedStep? Technology, which enables greater speeds and lower power consumption for long-lasting performance.

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