Hands On: Command Portability Pt 2


 
 

Fran Hildwine | | Tuesday, June 26, 2007


Command Portability: Transform any vehicle into a Command Post

I have yet to see an EMS vehicle with excess storage space, and EMS command vehicles that carry MCI gear have even less space. At major incidents and prolonged deployments, the ability for EMS command to be visible, under adequate cover and organized, as well as manage data and review guidelines, are all important. Here are six products that can help you initiate command operations long before the mobile-home-size command post arrives on scene. The big bonus: All six products will fit inside a mid-size duffel bag.



Trimble Recon

If you're looking for a rugged PDA but something smaller than the Ranger, the Trimble Recon may be for you. The Recon weighs in at a mere 17 oz. (490 g) and operates for 15 hours on a full charge. The Recon operates on Windows Mobile 5.0 and comes with much of the same software as the Ranger, and it also comes with standard CF slots with optional Bluetooth and 802.11 wireless connectivity. Meeting the MIL-STD-810F and IP67 ratings ensures that the Recon will stand up to the harshest environments your command post can provide. The Trimble Recon retails for $1,279Ò1,679, depending on memory and other options. Check outwww.trimble.com/ml_recon.shtml for the white paper Total Cost of Ownership, which details how the rugged handheld computers are more cost effective than the consumer-grade handheld models over a period of years.



Call 541/750-9200 or visitwww.trimble.com/mil.




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